Just imagine having beautiful glowing skin free of acne and other imperfections!!! Wouldn’t it be so nice?
I certainly vote for a clear skin!
Of course you can buy many expensive products, after all, there are thousands and thousands of different skin care products available at the stores.
However, it all comes down to basics – to the essential ingredient that your skin needs.
Aloe vera is probably one of the best ingredient that provides your skin with a long list of amazing benefits.
In this post I will show you how to easily make aloe vera gel at home from fresh ingredients.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel
I have many blog posts that describe aloe vera gel benefits for skin and hair. I will list those blog posts at the end of this article not to overcrowd the space here.
Let’s quickly list the benefits.
Moisturizing – aloe vera contains an enormous amount of humectants. Humectants attract water to themselves. So, if you apply humectant containing product to your skin, it will pull water towards the surface of the skin. That is how aloe vera gel is able to moisturize your skin and maintain it’s healthy elasticity.
Healing and Regenerating – all researches show that aloe vera gel is highly beneficial for burns, cuts, and other skin injuries. The healing process goes faster with the help of the gel.
Reduction of scars – because of its regenerating properties, aloe vera gel helps visibly reduce appearance of scars (including acne scars).
Helps sooth the sunburn – aloe vera gel has cooling effect and this is what you need for angry burnt skin. It soothes your skin without creating oily residue on the surface. This way heat from the burn is still able to escape. Add healing and regenerating properties to this and you will get an amazing healing cream.
Antibacterial – yes, aloe vera gel is capable of killing acne causing bacteria. That is why you will find aloe vera as one of the ingredients in acne-fighting products. (Also, if you have issue with acne, read up about tea tree oil – another amazing natural antibacterial solution)
Lightens blemishes and age spots on the skin – again, this effect is due to healing and regenerating properties of the gel.
By now we are so excited about these benefits and just want to start making our magical gel 🙂 So, let’s do it right now.
Homemade Aloe Vera Gel
You just need one ingredient – aloe vera plant, lol. That’s it.
Other material that you need:
- cutting board
- hand blender/small blender
- glass jar with air tight lid
I decided to provide instructions how to make aloe vera gel using step-by-step pictures and a video. I just think it is so much easier to see it, rather than me describing what you should do. However, if you have questions, ask me in the comments.
How To Use Aloe Vera Gel
There is no strict rule on using this gel. You can use gel on it’s own or add to other skin care products (homemade or commercial ones). Aloe vera gel can be used for all skin types. The only contraindication is your individual allergy to the plant.
I like using aloe vera gel on it’s own right after I cleanse my face and apply a toner.
What Is The Best Way To Use Aloe Vera Gel?
The best time to apply aloe vera gel to your face is in the morning and at night before bed time.
This is the routine I use:
- Cleansing your face with lukewarm water in the morning and using double-cleansing method at night
- Apply toner
- Apply aloe vera gel
- Apply serum and/or ampoule if you have them in your skin care routine (read more about essences/serums/ampoules HERE)
- Apply your usual face cream
You can apply aloe vera gel daily, as many times a day as you need. Remember, that aloe vera gel prevents your skin from sun’s free radicals, so it will be a good idea to apply aloe vera gel before going out under the sun. (Remember, you still need to you sunscreen though).
As I mentioned before, you can also mix aloe vera gel with other skin care products.
Is It Okay To Leave Raw Aloe Vera On Face Overnight?
Yes, absolutely. You can skin all this mixing part and just cut a small piece of a plant and apply gel to your face. You can keep it during the day or overnight. However, to be honest, if you have aging skin (30+ years old), I think you would need more care than just this gel. You will need nutrients and other ingredients from additional skin care products.
Can You Apply Aloe Vera On Face Daily?
Yes, you can. Aloe vera is very hypoallergenic and does not usually cause any irritation. However, it is always recommended to change your skin care products every 2-3 months to avoid allergies and give your skin opportunity to benefit from other ingredients.
How Long Can You Keep Aloe Vera Gel?
Aloe vera gel has a pretty long shelf life. You can keep it in a dry dark place for up to three months. If you keep it in the fridge, you can increase shelf life to 6 months.
Please, read other articles about aloe vera. Also find recipes of homemade skin care products with aloe vera.