Aloe vera extract is rich in vitamin A, which increases cell turnover and alleviates dark spots; in vitamin C, which stimulates microcirculation within the skin; and in vitamin B and E, which help the cells fight oxidative stress. Its high concentration of minerals, trace elements, and eighteen amino acids explain the potency of its effects on the skin and accuracy of its nickname in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is known as the “harmonious remedy” It is particularly effective when it comes to soothing the discomfort of sunburn and revitalizing damaged and parched skin. It works wonder on the skin that lacks vitality, which it smoothes and revives.
We’ve put together a few easy aloe vera based recipes that you can easily make yourself.
SOS SUN BALM
It feels good to spend time in the sunshine, but it can take a toll on your skin. Aloe vera gel is antibacterial and helps prevent peeling skin following over-exposure to the sun. Aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory properties and high water content that helps hydrate the skin.
Don’t hesitate to apply a generous, healthy dollop of aloe vera gel to sunburn – the cooling and soothing effect is immediate. Once the calm has been restored, restorative sleep once again becomes possible.
SERUM TO SMOOTH OUT EYE BAGS
The area surrounding the eyes is often in the crisis: the skin is dry, thin and sensitive... Although there are countless products on the market which claim to help de-puff and lighten the area under the eyes, there are several things you can do yourself with only a few simple ingredients.
Using a whisk, emulsify two tablespoons of aloe vera gel, one teaspoon of cornflower hydrolat, and three drops of tamanu oil. Keep the mixture in the fridge in a little vial or roll-on for up to a week. Apply on the area around your eyes every morning when you wake. Gently rub until absorbed, and your gaze will be at its finest.
ANIT-HAIR LOSS HYDRATING MASK
Your hair is said to be your crowning glory, and it’s normal to want to improve your hair if it’s not to your satisfaction. If you’re trying to regrow hair that you’ve lost or would simply like to improve the hair that you have, try this natural remedy.
Thoroughly mix two tablespoons of aloe Vera macerate, one tablespoon of coconut milk, and two or three drops of ginger essential oil using a small bamboo whisk. Apply this mask to the roots of dry hair. Massaging it in for two minutes, and finish by applying it all the way to the tips. Leave on for about twenty minutes, then wash out with a very gentle shampoo.