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What’s the magic in Aloe Vera?

There are not many things in life that are as pleasant as covering your face with fresh aloe vera after spending a fun day at the beach. The immediate soothing feeling on the skin is nothing short of a magical experience…

close up of an aloe vera plant
The Aloe Vera Plant

 

Aloe vera doesn’t only feel good. As a skincare ingredient that’s packed with nutrients, it penetrates deep into the skin, moisturizes it and makes it brighter.

On the last part of this post, you’ll learn how to cut an Aloe leaf and make your own gel!

What’s makes aloe so special

Aloe vera consists of polysaccharides (a polymeric carbohydrate molecule) which gives it its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties. Aloe also has phytosterols (a group of naturally occurring compounds found in plant cell membranes) which help reduce irritation and itchiness.

Aloe vera gel also consists of minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium. It also has bioactive compounds that are rich in many crucial vitamins for the skin – A, B, C, D, and E.

Ideal for sunburn or irritated skin

In case of prolonged exposure to the sun, a topical treatment of aloe vera gel is ideal. It’s cooling properties can be very soothing for sunburned skin or even damage resulting from higher temperatures. I can vouch for aloe myself –

woman tanning on the beach
This could be harmful...

 

While pouring steaming hot water for a cup of tea, I was accidentally pushed by a lovely co-worker, which led to the inevitable splash all over my hand. It took precisely 3 seconds to feel my burning hand, glowing red. Lucky for me, we had an aloe plant just around the office. I quickly ran over the bush and cut two large pieces of the leaf, cut out the gel and immersed my agonizing hand into the gel blobs.

The next morning I came to the office, everyone looking at my hand looking for a bandage, but there wasn’t any. Swift action and 1 hour of continuous aloe treatment were enough to restore the skin completely. Magic!

Aloe for DIY Skincare

Using aloe for DIY skincare is super easy and fun. You can even grow your plant at home or in your garden, and being a quite independent plant, you won’t also need to worry about it besides regular water hydration.

The easiest recipe is to filet the aloe leaf and apply the clear gel from the inside of the plant directly onto your face, as a mask. If you so desire, you can shred it and mix it with other natural ingredients that our face loves, greens for example.

 

woman cutting aloe leaf
1) First, cut the leafs into small pieces
woman cutting aloe gel
2) Gentley remove the clear gel

Storing aloe is super easy – Cut the gel into small pieces and simply fill it into ice cube trays and put into the freezer. Now you can pop the aloe cube whenever you need a moment of freshness 🙂

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