The plant of immortality, aloe vera, is no stranger in the skincare world. Although it was only a few decades ago that we discovered this wonder ingredient for its umpteen benefits, it has actually has been there in the beauty books for centuries!
Well, now that everyone knows that aloe vera gel, the gooey, translucent sap of the plant is filled with beauty benefits and can rid you of almost all your skin woes, let’s get to the details. Oily, dry or sensitive, it works it’s magic on every skin type and is a secret to getting spotless, flawless skin. You might even have the thorny, triangular plant sitting in your backyard and still be unaware of what all it can do for your skin. But don’t worry, as we are here to help you with that today.
Allow us to get you familiar with all the amazing benefits that aloe vera gel for face and how to use it to get flawless, smooth skin with not one blemish in sight. Read on to know the reasons you need aloe vera gel in your skincare regimen and how you can prepare simple homemade face masks with it to make the most out of its skin benefits...
- Moisturises and heals dry and flaky skin
- Soothes irritated skin
- Helps with signs of ageing
- Fights acne and fades blemishes
- Removes dark circles and puffiness
- 3 ways to use aloe vera gel for your face
- Extract natural aloe vera gel from the plant
- Try DIY aloe vera face masks
- Aloe vera for dry skin
- Aloe vera for normal/sensitive skin
- Use aloe vera infused skincare products
Moisturises and heals dry and flaky skin
Aloe vera is known to be a natural moisturiser. It has hydrating properties and absorbs into the skin like magic. Even for oily and acne-prone skin, aloe vera has proved to be an excellent moisturiser because of its light texture and 99% water content.
Soothes irritated skin
Aloe vera gel has cooling properties which help soothe irritated skin affected by sunburn, rash, infection, redness and itchiness. Thus, it makes for a super ingredient for sensitive skin. Also, its antifungal properties help in handling inflammation skin issues such as heat boils and cysts in summers. No wonder, aloe vera is a must-have summer skincare ingredient.
Helps with signs of ageing
As your skin ages, skin loses its elasticity and smile lines, crow’s feet and saggy neck are some of the ageing signs that become more noticeable on the face. Aloe vera gel can help you deal with that. It helps your skin in retaining its moisture and gives back its radiance. Not only it reduces the visible wrinkles and fine lines on the face, but it also prevents premature ageing of the skin by improving the elasticity of skin and repairing skin cells.
Fights acne and fades blemishes
Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera can help keep acne at bay. How? It prevents bacteria build-up that is the main cause of pimples and acne, and it also speeds up the healing process. Applying a small amount of aloe vera gel on the zit would help you get rid of it in no time. Not only that, it helps remove pesky acne scars and blemishes that acne leaves behind.
Removes dark circles and puffiness
The most annoying and unsightly dark circles that you thought you really can’t do much about. Good news—you can trust aloe vera for getting rid of. It is packed with antioxidant and vitamin E which help lighten discolouration around eyes and the cooling effect helps with the puffiness, killing two birds with one stone. Applying aloe vera gel around eyes at night would depuff eyes and fades dark circles away.
3 ways to use aloe vera gel for your face
Now that you know why aloe vera is the solution is all your skin problems, we’re sure you can’t wait to try the wonder ingredient yourself to see the results. Take a look at three ways you can put the goodness of aloe vera to use and add it to your skin care regimen to get healthy, flawless skin.
Extract natural aloe vera gel from the plant
Cut a piece of aloe vera leaf, cut out thorns and rub it from gel-side on the face. You can also scrape some sap from the leaves of aloe vera plant using a knife to extract fresh aloe vera gel. Gel from two leaves would be enough. Take out more if you need. Mix some almond oil into it and apply the mix onto face and neck with the help of fingers before going to bed. Leave it overnight and wash your face in the morning.
Try DIY aloe vera face masks
For oily/combination skin: For oily skin, here is an aloe mask that will help you zap excess oil from your skin and prevent acne. Take some fresh aloe vera gel in a bowl and add 10-12 drops of tea tree oil. Whisk it into a smooth paste. Apply on the face, leave it overnight and wash in the morning. Apply twice a week.
Aloe vera for dry skin
For dry skin: To turn dry and dull skin into plump and supply one, prepare a face mask using aloe vera gel, honey and cucumber. These three ingredients are hydrating agents and when applied on face, leaves your skin soft and glowing. Blend one cucumber and add 1 tablespoon of honey and aloe vera gel both into it. Apply the mixture and leave it for 20 minutes and wash off.
Aloe vera for normal/sensitive skin
For normal/sensitive skin: Face mask made with aloe vera gel and banana is a moisturising and brightening face mask that works for every type of skin, especially normal and sensitive. It relieves skin from rash and itchiness and improves skin elasticity. Mash one banana into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and few drops of rose water. Mix well and apply on face. Wash when it dries and moisturise.
Use aloe vera infused skincare products
Another way of employing aloe vera gel in your skincare is to use skincare products that have aloe vera gel in them. Wash your face with an aloe infused face wash such as Lever Ayush Aloe vera Oil Clear Face Wash. Use Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel that protects your skin from pollution, while giving your skin the moisture of aloe. You can try a moisturiser such as Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Day Crème SPF 20 which has the goodness of aloe vera gel and SPF 20 protects you from UV rays all day and keeps skin hydrated. For dry and chapped lips, rely on Vaseline aloe vera lip balm to give your smooth, pink lips, no matter how hot and humid it is outside.
Psst, in case you the kind that is always in a rush, here is a video tutorial on how you can include aloe vera in your skincare regimen!