The antiviral and antibacterial properties of aloe vera gel make it particularly beneficial for the skin, especially for the delicate skin of the face and neck. Although aloe vera is found in many beauty products, you can apply it as a pure gel directly to your face. If you use it right, it will help hydrate your skin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. It will also help you prevent the appearance of acne pimples.
Method 1 of 3: Moisturize the skin
Step 1. Apply the aloe vera gel with your fingertips
To enjoy the benefits of aloe vera gel, you can dab it lightly on your skin. It is not necessary to massage it deeply, because if it penetrates too far, it may have the opposite effect and dry out your face.
- You should only apply a thin layer of gel. There is no need to brush your face since a thick layer will not make the aloe vera more effective.
- For best results, leave the aloe vera gel on your face for about ten minutes. Then rinse with cold water and pat your skin dry. Pure aloe vera gel can have a drying effect if you keep it too long.
Step 2. Cleanse your face twice a day
If used correctly, aloe vera gel can replace your facial cleanser and moisturizer. When you wake up and before going to bed, apply a thin layer on your skin. Rinse off with cold water and then pat your face dry.
Avoid rubbing the skin on your face, especially the fragile skin around the eyes. You risk damaging it and weakening it
Step 3. Create a hydrating facial scrub
If you have oily, acne-prone skin, you've probably noticed that regular moisturizers only increase your tendency for rashes. For a powerful exfoliant that will remove dead cells that clog pores and hydrate your skin at the same time, mix brown sugar and aloe vera gel.
- To prepare this exfoliant, pour a small amount of brown sugar into the palm of your hand. Add aloe vera gel until all the sugar is moistened.
- Spread the mixture evenly all over your face, avoiding the fragile skin around the eyes. Massage gently for 1 to 2 minutes then rinse with cold water before patting your face dry.
- Use this exfoliant at least twice a week or as often as needed. Stop using it if your skin becomes excessively oily.
Step 4. Use aloe vera gel in moderation
Aloe vera gel helps moisturize the skin and improve its general appearance. However, since the enzymes it contains act as exfoliators, frequent use can have drying effects.
- The skin produces sebum when it becomes too dry. If you use aloe vera gel too often, you risk causing overproduction of sebum which can lead to pore clogging, inflammation, and rashes.
- If this is your first time applying aloe vera gel to your skin, rinse it off right away or keep it on for no more than 10 minutes.
if you want to keep aloe vera gel on your skin longer or if you want to keep it overnight, dilute it in another moisturizing liquid like olive oil.
Method 2 of 3: Treat the inflammation
Step 1. Use pure aloe vera gel to prevent rashes
Pure aloe vera gel has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. You can use it in place of your regular facial cleanser. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is gentle and poses no risk to sensitive skin. Replace your regular facial cleanser with aloe vera gel for at least a week to see if you notice any difference.
The enzymes in the aloe vera gel will gently exfoliate your skin, helping to remove dead cells that clog pores and cause rashes. It will lighten your skin and give you a healthy glow
Step 2. Prepare an aloe vera face mask
In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons (45 g) of honey, 1 tablespoon (22.5 g) of aloe vera gel and ¼ teaspoon (1 g) of cinnamon. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Since honey and cinnamon have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties similar to aloe vera, the mask will likely benefit your face more than aloe vera gel alone
mix equal parts aloe vera gel and lemon juice. Apply a thin layer of this mixture to your face and leave it on overnight. When you wake up, wash your face as you normally would. This treatment will help you to treat existing rashes, but also to prevent the appearance of additional pimples.
Step 3. Apply aloe vera gel after shaving
If you shave your face, you may have tiny, itchy, itchy cuts on your skin. Rather than using a commercial aftershave which may over dry your skin, apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel.
Scratching the tiny cuts can introduce bacteria to your skin and cause further inflammation. Aloe vera gel will soften your face and reduce itching, making you less want to scratch it
Step 4. Treat the inflammation caused by the existing pimples
Since aloe vera gel has anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce redness as well as swelling to make pimples less noticeable. Its moisturizing properties also make it a beneficial treatment for many skin problems, such as eczema and rosacea.
If you are currently using a prescription medication to treat a skin problem like acne or rash, seek the advice of your dermatologist before starting to apply aloe vera gel or stopping any treatments
Step 5. Mix aloe vera gel with tea tree oil
Use 6 to 12 drops of tea tree oil per 15 ml of aloe vera gel. Start with 6 drops and gradually add more if the mixture does not cause redness or irritation. Use this mixture as a topical treatment to heal small pimples after washing and then drying your face.
- You can buy tea tree oil on the Internet or in health and beauty stores. The amount you need will depend on the level of dilution of the tea tree oil you purchase.
- Store unused mixture in an airtight amber glass container. Place the container in a cool, dark place.
- If you apply it all over your face, the treatment will help prevent new pimples from forming. However, you should not use it as a substitute for other treatments without seeking the advice of a dermatologist.
Method 3 of 3: Extract aloe vera gel
Step 1. Choose the right species of aloe
There are many different species of aloe and only one of them is called aloe vera. The other species are often cultivated as ornamentals because they are relatively easy to care for. However, you can only extract aloe vera gel from the aloe vera plant and not from others. In a nursery, refer to the label to know the species of plants.
- True aloe vera plants are not particularly decorative compared to other aloe plants, and they rarely flower when grown indoors.
- An aloe vera plant has thin, particularly spotted green leaves.
Step 2. Use cactus potting soil
Grow your aloe vera plant in a medium to large pot to give it enough room to grow. Choose a pot with good drainage to keep the soil dry.
Look for a pot with a single large hole in the bottom to drain moisture. If there is water stagnating inside, your aloe vera will not grow
Step 3. Place your plant in a brightly lit area
Aloe vera plants are especially picky when it comes to light. They need a lot of sunlight, but when they get too much, they eventually dry out. Indirect and continuous exposure is generally the ideal growing condition.
- If you live in the northern hemisphere, place your houseplant on a window facing either south or west.
- If the leaves of your aloe vera are getting dry and brittle, this is a sign that they are getting too much direct sunlight. Put him somewhere else and see if his health improves.
Step 4. Avoid overwatering your plant
Potting soil should be moist to the touch, not soaking wet. Examine the leaves of your plant to see if it is getting enough water. If the leaves are cool and moist to the touch, it means that the aloe vera is properly watered.
- In general, you should only water your aloe vera when the soil feels dry to the touch. These plants should not be watered more than once a week and in winter they do not need a lot of water.
- If your aloe vera leaves are dry and brittle, first consider how much sunlight they get before watering, especially if the potting soil is still wet. Too much sun can dry out the leaves.
Step 5. Cut long, thick leaves
Using a clean, sharp knife or pair of scissors, cut the leaves, severing as close to the trunk as possible. The thicker leaves contain more aloe vera gel.
- Do not try to extract aloe vera gel from a plant that has dry, brittle leaves. Place it somewhere else and wait for it to regain its strength.
- You can extract aloe vera gel from a healthy plant once every 6-8 weeks by removing 3-4 leaves each time.
Step 6. Place the leaves upright
Place the leaves cut face down in a glass or small bowl. After a few minutes, you will see a red or yellowish liquid flow out. Let this liquid drain for 10 to 15 minutes.
This liquid is poisonous and may cause an upset stomach if swallowed. Even if you plan to use the gel topically applied to your face, it is still recommended that you allow this liquid to drain
Step 7. Peel the outer layer of the leaf
Using a clean, sharp knife, carefully trim the sharp edges of the leaf. Then remove the green part to reveal the transparent gel inside. This technique is learned with practice, but you need to be able to peel the leaf properly to get a clean, smooth strip.
Wash your hands before doing anything and work on a clean surface so you don't contaminate your aloe vera gel
Step 8. Scrape off the gel from the inside of the leaf
Once the gel is exposed, slide your knife underneath to separate it on the other side of the sheet. Proceed slowly, making sure to remove only the gel.
With practice, you will be able to squeeze all of the gel from the sheet in a smooth motion. However, the gel does not have to be in one piece. Multiple pieces will do just as well and will be easier to handle
Step 9. Store unused gel in the refrigerator
You can immediately apply the extracted gel to your face. If you plan to use it later, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to make sure it stays fresh.
Aloe vera gel degrades over time. You can only keep it in the refrigerator for a few days or a maximum of a week. If you plan to keep it longer, put it in the freezer
You can also freeze aloe vera gel to obtain softening cubes. Place it in a blender and mix it 2-3 times until you get a smooth liquid. Pour the liquid into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer. Aloe vera cubes can be applied directly to the skin for a cooling effect that will relieve inflammation or irritation.
- If you buy aloe vera gel on the Internet or in stores, carefully read the list of ingredients. To get the maximum benefit from the product, you should not purchase any gel that contains chemical additives.
- To prevent your aloe vera gel from getting damaged, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.