Aloe Vera – the humble white, goopy gel might seem like any other plant extract but it really is a wonder ingredient that comes packed to the brim with beauty benefits. An elixir for various skin and hair problems, aloe vera is the best natural remedy. It’s a great natural moisturiser for the skin and soothes irritated skin. An excellent defense for fighting acne and acne marks, aloe vera also lightens scars and blemishes. If you have puffy eyes or dark circles, it will help you solve those problems as well. Aloe vera has healing properties, hence can be used widely for healing wounds. It also eliminates dead skin cells, treats sunburn and fights signs of ageing.
If we haven’t already given you enough reasons to include this power ingredient in your beauty regime, here is a quick list of aloe vera-based face packs for glowing skin, one for every skin problem.
- For dull skin – Aloe Vera + Turmeric + Honey facemask
- To remove sun tan – Aloe Vera + Lemon facemask
- For oily, greasy skin – Aloe Vera + Cucumber
- For clogged pores – Aloe Vera + Masoor Dal (Red lentil) + Tomato paste
- For skin dryness – Aloe Vera + Banana + Honey
- For pimples and breakouts – Aloe Vera + Neem
- To exfoliate skin – Aloe Vera + Apple Cider Vinegar
- For smooth skin – Aloe Vera + Vitamin E
- To moisturise skin – Aloe Vera + Coconut oil
- For younger-looking skin – Aloe Vera + Carrots
- FAQs about aloe vera face packs
For dull skin – Aloe Vera + Turmeric + Honey facemask
Turmeric has healing properties and contains antioxidants that work to brighten up your complexion and even out your skin tone. Aloe Vera, when teamed with honey, uses its anti-inflammatory compounds to calm your skin down and prevents breakouts.
To remove sun tan – Aloe Vera + Lemon facemask
For this one, all you need to do is mix equal quantities of aloe vera gel and lemon juice. Gently apply this concoction on the tanned portion of your skin, allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes, and wash off. This one is perfect for regular summer use as it will strip your skin of that tan and leave it hydrated.
For oily, greasy skin – Aloe Vera + Cucumber
Tan, sunburn, oily T zone and pimples are all the favours that summer will do to your skin. Luckily for you, this aloe vera-based face pack will help you cleanse your skin and restore the moisture balance thus resolving your summer skin woes. Apply a paste of both the ingredients onto your skin for 15 minutes once every week, to rid your skin of the oil, dirt and impurities.
For clogged pores – Aloe Vera + Masoor Dal (Red lentil) + Tomato paste
Masoor dal is the best exfoliating agent that nature has to offer. And when it is teamed with the very versatile Aloe, it gives you a face pack perfect for summer skin. While the lentil helps scrub off the dead skin cells, unclogged pores, black and whiteheads; aloe makes sure it retains the moisture in your skin and doesn’t make it too dry. Tomatoes again are packed with antioxidants that work to remove tan.
For skin dryness – Aloe Vera + Banana + Honey
Banana is rich in fats, which helps hydrate your skin and keeps it moisturised. Honey on the other hand has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties which help cure patchy, dry skin thus leaving your skin deeply nourished. These ingredients along with aloe also tighten your pores and improve its elasticity.
For pimples and breakouts – Aloe Vera + Neem
When neem leaves with its anti-microbial properties are employed on your skin it works to cure skin acne. Neem also has anti-bacterial properties which helps clean pores and thus prevent breakouts and pimples.
Go ahead, grind neem leaves in rose water and then add aloe vera gel to it. Apply this paste onto your skin and let it dry for 15 minutes. Wash off with cool water for best results.
To exfoliate skin – Aloe Vera + Apple Cider Vinegar
Aloe vera is a soothing agent for the skin, and thanks to the BHAs present in it, it is also a natural exfoliator. Apple cider vinegar is another naturally exfoliating ingredient, and when paired with aloe, it works wonders on the skin.
For this exfoliating face mask, mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of water. Apply this face mask all over the face and let it dry. It will roughly dry in 20 minutes, so wash it off with warm water when it dries completely. You can use this face mask 1-2 times a week for exfoliation.
For smooth skin – Aloe Vera + Vitamin E
When combined with Vitamin E, Aloe vera gives you double the benefits for skin, as both are highly beneficial for skin care. This face mask rich in antioxidants will remove any spots or blemishes on your face, thus giving you smooth, glowing skin.
To prepare this mask, you’ll simply need one Vitamin E capsule and some freshly extracted aloe vera gel. Blend aloe vera gel with the oil from the capsule and apply the mixture to your face. Once dry, remove the face mask by washing your face with cold water. Repeat this every week for smoother skin.
To moisturise skin – Aloe Vera + Coconut oil
If you have dry skin, what better than combining aloe vera and coconut oil? After all, both are natural moisturisers, and both are super hydrating ingredients for the skin. This mask is a hydrating powerhouse for dry skin and can be prepared in a few minutes.
Simply mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil with 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel and apply the mask evenly on your face. Wash it off in 15-20 minutes and repeat at least once a week for keeping your skin well hydrated.
For younger-looking skin – Aloe Vera + Carrots
While carrots are known for improving eyesight, did you know they could also help you achieve younger-looking skin? That’s right. They are a rich source of beta-carotene, a skin-friendly form of vitamin A that supports healthier, younger-looking skin. When you combine it with aloe vera, it also reduces sunburn and works doubly well for fighting signs of ageing.
To prepare this mask, you’ll need 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon finely shredded carrot and 1 egg white. Combine all three and beat the mixture till it turns frothy. Apply it on the face using a brush and let it dry before rinsing with warm water.
FAQs about aloe vera face packs
Q. Can I sleep with aloe vera on my face?
A. Yes, you can definitely sleep with aloe vera on your face. In fact, letting it sit on your face overnight will give you the maximum benefits of this natural elixir. It will exfoliate dead skin cells, lighten your skin and moisturise it well.
Q. Is aloe vera good for wrinkles?
A. Yes, aloe vera gel fights signs of ageing, so it can definitely help reduce wrinkles on your face. It does this so by promoting the production of collagen on your skin. However, be patient, because it will take a few months for the results to be visible.
Q. How long does fresh aloe vera gel last?
A. As it is with any freshly extracted product, the earlier you use it, the better it is. However, you can store fresh aloe vera gel for 7-10 days. Store it in an airtight container in a cool place and use it within 10 days of extracting it. You can even freeze the gel into ice cubes for longer shelf life, but we recommend using it up within 1-2 weeks.
Q. What are the side effects of aloe vera?
A. Aloe vera is that one product that can soothe the skin and work beautifully on it. However, in very rare cases, the only side effect of using it topically is that it might irritate your skin. This is especially true if you have burns or cuts on the skin already. So, a patch test on the forearm before using aloe vera on your face might be helpful.