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Homemade Beauty Recipes with Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a natural, gentle and resourceful alternative for a variety of beauty cures. According to the International Journal of Research and Medical Sciences, Aloe Vera is packed with more than 150 active nutrients. In other words, Aloe Vera is an amazing base for beauty products.

Aloe vera is a powerful moisturizer, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, fortifying the protective skin barrier. It has been used for centuries in various cultural practices for the treatment of skin wounds and beauty purposes. The legend says that Cleopatra, known for her beauty, applied aloe Vera on a daily basis.

Below are some of my favorite homemade cosmetic recipes using Aloe Vera. Do not hesitate to share with me your feedbacks!

Preliminary Step: How to Prepare Aloe Vera Gel at Home?

Several brands come up with packaged aloe vera gel for beauty uses. However most of them are not considered as 100% pure due to the presence of preservatives and/or other components. The best way to get pure and fresh aloe vera gel is to prepare it at home. You can find fresh leaf of aloe vera plant in bio shops. If you go for homemade Aloe1. Cut the leaf carefully, and scoop the transparent gel-like substance out. Make sure to peel it correctly and remove the yellow resin. Indeed, the resin contains latex, which can be slightly irritating to skin.

Healing Gel

Aloe Vera has soothing, calming and healing properties. Combining them with essential oils known to reduce inflammation and infection is an easy solution to make.

The below recipe will instantly relieve you from any mosquito bites, scratches, burns, small wounds, …

Combine together:

  • 2 drops of essential oil (chamomile, lavender, tea-tree, rosemary, peppermint, …)
  • 1 spoon of Aloe Vera gel.

Put on the area to be treated.

Facial Cleanser

If you have sensitive skin, or just don’t like the way soap feels on your skin, this cleanser is for you. 

Honey and Aloe are gentle and soothing, but also tough on dirt and bacteria. Perfect combo with jojoba oil! Jojoba oil is known to be antibacterial, antioxydant, hypoallergenic and control sebum production.

Combine together:

  • 60 ml of Aloe Vera gel
  • 60 ml of raw honey
  • 1 spoon of jojoba oil

This cleanser can be stored in a sealed jar or a soap dispenser for about 1 month.

Exfoliating Scrub

Exfoliation is key to healthy and flawless skin. Aloe vera contains salicylic acid, which helps in sloughing dead cells off the skin gently. 

This scrub will exfoliate your skin deeply, nourish it from inside, and keep it hydrated for a long time.

Combine together:

  • 1 spoon of Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 spoon of extra virgin Olive oil
  • 1 spoon of brown sugar

Stir the mixture with a fork to come up with an almost smooth paste. Apply on your face and scrub smoothly before washing with cold water. It is also great for exfoliating your entire body!

Purifying Mask

Aloe vera gel and lemon juice are full of vitamin-rich ingredients for the skin. Mixed together they make a fantastic combo.

This mask is great for keeping skin clear and healthy, not to mention reducing any skin redness, inflammation, or pain. This facial pack is recommended for all skin types.

Combine together:

  • 3 spoons of Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 spoon of lemon juice
  • Few drops of honey

Apply directly onto your face for 10–15 minutes and rinse with cold water.Avoid the eye area which is more sensitive.