Aloe vera is one of those plants that, today, is widely used in countless beauty products, as well as in a huge variety of home and natural remedies. Very studied, as well as tremendously used since ancient times, it has achieved great popularity over the millennia for good reason. And it is that it has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, demonstrated by a good number of scientific studies. But how can we use aloe vera to enjoy its different qualities and benefits?
The aloe vera plant stands out for having a tremendously characteristic appearance and shape. For example, it has spiny leaves whose taste is bitter, and which act as a defense to prevent animals and insects from feeding on it.
Its leaves have a sticky translucent gel, with a very bitter taste, and which is one of the main “culprits” of its interesting preventive and curative qualities. In fact, this gel, once extracted from the plant (simply cut its leaves and let it come out little by little), is the one used either directly on the area to be treated.
Aloe vera paste ideal for dry skin
Dry skin is usually a rather uncomfortable problem, characterized not only by peeling, but also by the appearance of annoying itching as a result of skin irritation, which also tends to crack easily. It can happen for a wide variety of reasons, from being naturally dry (with no other related cause), exposure to certain chemicals, hot water, or equally dry weather conditions.
The recommended treatment will depend on the cause that has caused the appearance of dry skin. However, along with changes in lifestyle (for example, changing any product we are using, bathing in warm water instead of hot…) the dermatologist may advise us to use ointments, creams or lotions useful to relieve symptoms.
With aloe vera, for example, we can make an ideal paste for dry skin, since it acts as a wonderful natural moisturizer, and also provides hydration.
To prepare it, you only need a little aloe vera gel (freshly extracted if possible), a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk and a few drops of rose water. Blend this mixture until you get a homogeneous paste. Then you will only have to apply it to the area of the skin that you want to treat, and leave it to act for 20 minutes, more or less.
Natural Aloe Vera Scrub
Many dermatologists advise exfoliating the skin at least once or twice a week, becoming in fact the most useful and appropriate option when it comes to removing dead skin cells that have remained and have not been completely shed, which it can cause the appearance of dry patches of skin as well as clogged pores.
We can prepare an aloe vera scrub that helps to exfoliate the skin in a completely natural way. To make it you need half a cup of fresh aloe vera gel, a cup of sugar (or coffee) and two tablespoons of lemon juice. The sugar is useful for exfoliating the skin helping to reduce the accumulation of dead cells, the aloe vera will cleanse the skin in depth and the lemon is useful for reducing scars.
To make this natural scrub, you just have to put the fresh aloe vera in a large bowl, add the sugar and the lemon juice after having squeezed it. And mix it well. When applying it, you only have to rub the skin of the face and body with this exfoliating mixture.
Aloe vera for sensitive skin
The sensitive skin, in many cases, is usually a symptom of another condition or disease. Sometimes it may even happen that we do not know that our skin is sensitive until a bad reaction arises after using a certain cosmetic product, such as soap or any other makeup product. What’s more, dry skin may be a related cause.
Luckily, we could almost say that aloe vera is worth practically everything, and depending on the ingredients with which we combine it, it is useful for not only dry skin, but also sensitive.
On this occasion, for example, we can use a little aloe vera gel and combine it with cucumber juice, yogurt and sweet almond oil. We will only have to mix them well in equal parts, until a paste is formed.
When applying it, we will only have to put a little of this paste on the skin area to be treated, and leave it for 20 minutes while it acts. Finally, rinse the area with lukewarm water.
Aloe vera for acne
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. And different studies have investigated what the qualities of this plant are when used in conjunction with some of the most commonly prescribed. In this way, when we have a mild -or even moderate- acne problem, aloe vera can become a natural option to calm the skin and relieve breakouts.
How? Very simple: when we apply it to the area we want to treat, thanks to its antibacterial properties, it naturally helps to control and reduce acne-causing bacteria. And the same thing happens when, in addition, we use two ingredients with the same qualities: cinnamon and honey. Therefore, what could be better than using these three ingredients to make a wonderful anti-acne aloe vera paste?
To make it, you just have to use a little fresh aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Mix it all very well. Then apply this paste on the area to be treated, leaving it to act for 20 minutes. Finally rinse with warm water.
Aloe vera for hair
Did you know that the qualities of aloe vera are not only useful for treating skin problems and conditions? It is also very interesting for the hair, thanks to the presence of enzymes known as proteolytic enzymes, which help repair dead skin cells on the scalp. In this way, it prevents the itching that usually arises on the scalp, reducing the uncomfortable and annoying dandruff.
In addition, it acts as a wonderful natural conditioner, which means that it leaves hair as soft as it is shiny, thanks to the fact that aloe vera has a chemical composition similar to that of keratin, which is the main protein of hair.
To apply it to your hair, you only need fresh aloe vera juice and coconut oil. Mix it in equal parts, apply it to the hair and leave it on for as long as possible. Finally, yes, remove it from the hair by rinsing it with warm water. You will enjoy strong and smooth hair.