Aloe vera – a magical plant that needs no introduction. It is a staple not just in our households because of its soothing and medicinal properties, but in the cosmetic industry as well. It is extremely hydrating, and is thus used in soaps, shampoos, conditioners, creams, hair and face masks, etc. It is a great leave-in potion too. It is hard to believe that a simple plant can be chock-full of amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and all good things.
For dry skin
Aloe vera gel has healing and hydrating properties and is ideal to provide the dry skin with the much needed moisturisation. Use aloe vera gel directly on your skin and dry patches and it will instantly provide a burst of hydration.
As an exfoliator
Exfoliating the skin is important to get rid of dead cells and clear pores of grime. If you run out of your regular scrub, you can try aloe vera gel mixed with sugar granules for exfoliating the skin. It’s an all-natural and gentle way to exfoliate your skin.
Overnight nourishment for skin
Let aloe vera work its wonder while you sleep. Massage your face, neck and hands using aloe vera gel right before you hit bed. Aloe vera is non-oily and gentle and penetrates the skin layers providing deep moisturisation from within. Wake up to smooth, silky soft skin.
As an eyebrow gel
Use aloe vera gel to tame and condition your eyebrows. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to keep eyebrows slicked. Dip a q-tip in aloe vera gel and smooth over the eyebrows. You’ll have natural gel that is safe and also holds the eyebrow hair in place without being too greasy.
Soothe dry and cracked feet
This is a simple remedy to keep your feet moisturised and crack free all through the year. Apply a good amount of aloe gel on your feet, massage until it gets absorbed and then put on socks on your tootsies. In winters you can add aloe vera gel to your foot cream or petroleum jelly for super soft feet.
Due to its natural cooling properties, aloe vera gel is a great product for soothing sunburns. If you have stinging sun burn, apply a generous dose of aloe vera gel and it will calm the skin. It is a handy way to cure redness and rashes from sun burnt skin.
To lighten blemishes
Aloe vera has anti-bacterial, anti- inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic properties. These, along with the high moisture content, make it effective in reducing scars and blemishes. Use aloe vera gel mixed with lemon juice on scar marks and brown spots on the skin and watch the marks fade gradually.
As shaving gel
The aloe vera gel can be a natural substitute for shaving creams or gels. It is gentle on the skin and will give a smooth shave while also moisturising the skin. The antiseptic properties also make it great for nicks and cuts while shaving.