How To Use Aloe
Everyone should keep an aloe vera plant around simply for unexpected scrapes, burns, and sunburns.
For everyday skin care, however, all you need is to one long leaf from your plant. If you don’t have a plant, you can use a commercial aloe vera gel as long as it doesn’t contain preservatives or artificial colors (11). Some commercial brands, even some that claim to be all-natural, contain other ingredients that can aggravate sensitive skin or make some conditions like acne, worse.
Once you have your leaf, cut it into 4 pieces about an inch long each. Now, slice the pieces horizontally, exposing the nourishing gel within.
These pieces will do four things:
- Cleanse—to cleanse your face using fresh aloe, first rinse it with water to moisten. Next, apply the fresh aloe gel to your entire face and gently wash it. Once covered in the aloe gel, use a clean tissue to remove any excess gel and dirt.
- Scrub—sprinkle a little rice flour or organic sugar on one of the pieces of exposed aloe. This will act as a gentle abrasive agent to scrub away dead skin and toxins. Rub the aloe and abrasive agent on your face for about 1-2 minutes then rinse with warm water. Use the scrub 2-3 times a week.
- Tone—to make an aloe toner, gently remove the juice from one of the four pieces by scraping the gel off into a shallow dish or bowl with a sharp knife. Add 2 tablespoons of rose water and 2 tablespoons of mineral water and mix well before adding the mixture to a small spray bottle. You can store this natural toner in your refrigerator for 7-10 days. Make sure to shake it well each time before using. Apply the toner in a gentle mist and allow it to air dry for best results. Use the toner every time you wash your face.
- Moisturize—Use the fourth piece of aloe as a moisturizer. Simply rub the exposed gel all over your face and let it soak in. Your face will feel amazingly soft without the greasiness many moisturizers leave behind. One study showed that aloe is “… a natural effective ingredient for improving skin hydration, possibly through a humectant mechanism.” (12). It is also perfect for acne-prone complexions.
Follow this routine for 2 weeks and you will see amazing results for everything from dry, flaky skin, to acne, wrinkles or just a dull, lifeless complexion. It will even help to remove dark spots caused by aging.