Guest post by Emily Pham

Aloe vera has become very popular in the world of cosmetics. It is often used as a natural moisturiser, toner, face mask, and in much other skin and hair care products. This is unsurprising, as aloe vera gel has many health benefits for skin and hair. This first article will guide you to using the plant for generic skin enhancements, and in the second part we will address specific skin conditions.

Aloe vera provides 75 potentially active ingredients, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, salicylic acids, sugars, etc. It contains vitamins A, C, and E that are antioxidants, along with vitamin B12. Antioxidants protect your skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage the skin cells. It can work magic for your health and appearance of the skin, including decreasing the signs of aging. Aloe vera also aids in moisturising the skin and keeping your skin hydrated, rejuvenated and bright.

How To Extract Aloe Vera Gel From Fresh Aloe Leaves

1. Cut the leaves horizontally, then put them in an upright position for a few minutes to let the darker resin drain out.
2. After the resin drains out, you need to wash the leaves and peel off the thick skin with a spoon, leaving you with the transparent gel. Alternatively, you can scoop the gel from leaves with a knife.
3. Next, place the gel in a blender and add some drops of vitamin E oil to increase the power of aloe vera gel. You can keep the gel for a longer time if it is stored in the refrigerator.

If you do not have your own aloe vera plant, you can use the ready-made organic aloe vera gel from the market.

Below are some ways to use it for your daily skincare. Apply each mix after cleansing your face. You can prepare these packs in bulk and refrigerate. Remember to store the homemade aloe vera gel and face packs in an airtight container.

Aloe Vera Face Scrub For Glowing Skin

• 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 tbsp of brown sugar (optional)
• 1 tbsp honey

How to make it

Mix all ingredients well to make a spreadable scrub. Apply this on the face and gently massage it in circular motions about 3 minutes. After that, leave the mask for 20 minutes. Wash it off with a clean damp cloth to remove the malignant dead cells from the face. Repeat 1-2 times a week.

How it works

Coconut oil and honey will hydrate and moisturise your skin. Plus, it has the power to prevent wrinkles. Glycolic acid in sugar remarkably exfoliate your skin and dissolvs the dead skin cells, helping clear up blocked pores and blackheads.

Sunburn Relief

◦ 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel
◦ 1 tbsp of cucumber paste
◦ 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice
◦ 1 tbsp of curd

How to make it

Mix all ingredients and blend the mixture using a spoon till it turns creamy. Then, apply the mixture on your face and neck and leave it for 30 minutes. Cleanse it off using a clean damp cloth. Do this 3-4 times a week.

How it works

Lemon juice aids in lightening dark spots on the skin and exfoliates as well. Cucumber cools your skin and works well to help get rid of the redness of the irritation. Plus, aloe vera gel is an excellent remedy for dark suntans. It will lighten your skin in at least one week if applied daily to the affected area.

It takes time to achieve the results, so you should be patient. But do let us know about the results you achieved in the comments below.

Emily Pham is a blogger with many years of experience in searching for the best natural home remedies for beauty and health issues. All content provided is for informational and educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate for you.