Along with treating a wicked sunburn, aloe can help treat acne, dry skin, insect bites, and various skin conditions (think psoriasis, dermatitis, etc.). That’s because it contains vitamins A and C, antioxidants, enzymes, and has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. As with all products in your beauty routine, you’ve got to make sure you’re applying it correctly — here’s how to do just that.
Choose Your Aloe Wisely
Always look for 100 percent natural aloe gel sans preservatives or additives or better yet, get yourself a mature plant with ample leaves that are approximately eight inches long and extract and clean it yourself.
Prep Your Skin
In order to optimize the effectiveness of aloe, make sure you skin is clean and exfoliated so that the aloe can penetrate — dead skin cells are a major roadblock.
Apply A Healing Mask
Natural, bottled aloe vera gel can be applied directly to your face via clean fingertips or fan brush as a mask — make sure you do a patch test first. Opt to either remove the aloe with a warm, damp washcloth after thirty minutes, or continue to repeat the application throughout the day or evening.
Or An Overnight Mask
Blend aloe juice and with a half of a cucumber and one egg white. Apply liberally to your face before hitting the sheets — but you may want to opt for a basic pillowcase just in case the concoction transfers during the night.
Whip Up A Soothing Toner
While fresh aloe is the best for this aqueous remedy, all-natural aloe can work in a pinch. Simply mix 2/3 cup distilled water with 1/3 cup aloe vera gel. Pour into a sterilized, airtight bottle and refrigerate. Shake the bottle well before use and apply the toner to your face with a cotton ball or pad. Discard after a few days.
Apply As A Zit Zapper
Apply the gel directly to your blemishes in an effort to shrink the size and zap bacteria while providing vital moisture.
Exfoliate With Aloe
Sub a skin-friendly oil with hydrating aloe when concocting your own DIY facial scrub. Mix baking soda or brown sugar with enough aloe to make a paste for a gentle exfoliant that also offers hydration.
Swap Out Your Regular Moisturizer
Whether you have oily skin, are in a warm and humid environment, or suffer from a skin disorder such as rosacea, natural aloe can be used as a light, anti-inflammatory moisturizer. If you plan on wearing cosmetics, reserve this option for nighttime as it can be difficult to achieve an even application on top of the gel.