10 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera on Face and Skin

Hi IMBBians,

Today, I will be talking about a magical plant which is known not only for solving hair problems, but it is a good savior for solving face and skin problems as well. Yea, you guessed it right. I am talking about aloe vera and its miraculous benefits in beautification. Have you noticed one thing?? Almost all beauty products contain this chief ingredient in its ingredient list. Such is its power that it has become a home plant in many households as well. In this post, I will be discussing about 10 most vital reasons which make aloe vera vital for our face and skin. So, here goes the list.

10 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera on Face and Skin

1. Soothing Sunburns

Aloe vera is an excellent source of antioxidants as it is loaded with plenty of vitamins and minerals. When we have sunburns, our skin loses moisture and gets irritated. Aloe vera gel provides the much needed moisture to the skin and forms a layer on the layer of the skin. This helps in calming the skin faster and treats sunburn easily.
How to Use:
You can obtain some gel directly from aloe vera plant or can also buy aloe vera gel from the market and apply it directly to the sun burnt areas. This gel can also be mixed with a few drops of lavender or coconut oil to make the gel more consistent and can be applied few times a day. It will help in providing a good dose of moisture and also help in reducing redness due to sunburns.

2. Slows Down the Process of Ageing

Young woman with aloe vera

The goodness of aloe vera in stopping premature ageing comes as no wonder. As we age slowly, our skin becomes quite thin and fine lines, wrinkles start appearing quite early. Aloe vera contains antioxidants that provide the necessary building blocks for skin regeneration. It contains vitamins A, B, C and E that helps in making the skin softer, smoother and suppler. It also penetrates deeply and removes dead skin cells and helps in providing deep nourishment to the skin.
How to Use:
Prepare a mask by adding 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and one teaspoon of oatmeal extract with a few drops of olive or coconut oil added to this mixture. Apply this mask evenly on the face and keep it for 30 minutes. After that, rinse it off thoroughly. Do this process 3 times a week. You will get fresh and youthful skin and signs of ageing will never actually touch you early.

3. Helps in Skin Lightening

With too much exposure to sun, pollution and other genetic factors, skin starts developing dark spots and looks quite pigmented. Just like we used aloe vera for ageing skin, for pigmented skin also, it is a great savior. Aloe vera helps in removing dead skin cells naturally which helps to get rid of pigmentation and blemishes, thus revealing a truly radiant complexion.
How to Use:
Add a few drops of rose water to aloe vera gel and apply this to pigmented skin. Let it remain for 20 minutes before rinsing off. On washing off, you will experience truly radiant skin tone.

4. Helps in Treating Acne and Pimples

Aloe Vera Facial

Our age old enemy, pimples also accept defeat on confronting aloe vera. It contains two hormones, namely Auxin and Gibberellins which lends it an anti-inflammatory nature and helps in minimising acne scars faster. Its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties also help in also fighting off Eczema and fasten the natural process of healing. Aloe vera also inhibits dirt accumulation by forming a sheath on the skin that is responsible for formation of acne and tightens pores effectively.
How to Use:
Apply fresh aloe vera gel directly to acne prone areas or you can alternatively prepare a mask by adding 1 teaspoon of aloe vera and ½ teaspoon honey and lemon juice and apply this mixture to pimple prone areas. Allow it to work for 15 minutes and then rinse it off. Use this mask once regularly.

5. Minimisation of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks if present on exposed areas of body can be quite embarrassing but no worries as aloe vera can be used in healing this as well. Though complete curing of these marks is not possible, but the intensity of these marks can be lessened considerably. With continuous use of aloe vera gel, these marks will not be visible much.
How to Use:
Mix equal amounts of aloe vera gel and coconut oil in a bowl and apply it on the stretch mark areas. Massage them in circular motions gently and keep it for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse it off with cold water. Do this regularly.

6. Great for Tan Removal

Aloe vera is a great remedy for you if you have tanned skin. It is a rich source of antioxidants that helps in restoring the natural colour of your skin if it has been tanned.
How to Use:
For tanned areas, mix a couple of drops of lemon juice in aloe vera gel and apply it on the problem areas, letting it sit for 15 minutes before washing it off. You will feel a visible change in tan removal.

7. Works as a Natural Makeup Remover

Makeup removal is even more important than makeup application. The makeup removers available in the market may not be good for skin as they contain harmful chemicals, but if you love being natural than nothing works better than aloe vera gel as a makeup remover. It cleanses gently and naturally and is the easiest way to get rid of tough makeup. Just keep aloe vera gel handy and enjoy fresh and clean face wherever you go.
How to Use:
Mix 1 ½ cups of pure aloe vera juice and ½ cup of coconut, jojoba, or olive oil. Mix well and store in an airtight container. Before using, shake well and moisten a cotton ball or pad. Gently remove makeup and rinse to remove any traces of the remover. Then, rinse your face with water, pat dry and apply a light moisturizer.

8. Great for Softer Lips and Cracked Feet

Close up view of young beautiful woman face

If you have dry and chapped lips, then it’s high time for you to switch to aloe vera based products. It works great for dry and flaky lips and makes them softer and healthy-looking. Aloe vera is not only good for face or body but also great for feet as well. A long tireless day outside can tan and roughen your feet. In the long run, they would get cracked and sometimes these cracks can be really painful. Aloe vera helps to nourish such cracked and rough feet and makes them softer to touch. It also soothes tired feet and gives a gentle softening effect on cracked heels.
How to Use:
• Use aloe vera based lip balms or directly apply aloe vera gel mixed with rose water on dry lips. It will help in fast healing.
• For cracked feet, make an exfoliating foot scrub by mixing cornmeal, oatmeal and lotion with 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel. Work generously onto feet and let sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing and repeat often. You feet will feel relaxed and will get rid of all dead cells responsible for cracked feet.

9. Good for External Wounds and Insect Bite

It is not surprising that Aloe Vera is highly beneficial for burns, cuts and other injuries. This is because Aloe Vera boosts the healing of wounds, i.e., reduces the time of healing. It helps in cell regeneration process faster and penetrates the skin epidermal layer better than water. This makes it an interesting medicine for external cuts. If have experienced any insect bites as well, apply aloe vera gel on the affected areas. Since aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, it is highly effective for this type of skin concerns.
How to Use:
Apply plain aloe vera gel on wounds or cuts and leave them as it is. It can also be tried as an anti-shave lotion if you skin feels irritated and needs some soothing.

10. Works Great as a Moisturiser

Female hand holding aloe vera cactus.

Well, this point may be at the last but nevertheless, it doesn’t reduce its importance as a reason. We all know that aloe vera gel is a very good moisturiser and works great for dry skin. It feels very lightweight when applied. It has performed well for oily and acne-prone skin. Aloe vera increases the water content in your skin and leaves them hydrated without causing any breakouts.
How to Use:
Peel off the outer layer of an aloe vera leaf with a sharp knife and gently scoop out the gel. Massage this gel on face and other exposed parts of the body. Do this before going to bed every night and you will wake up with fresh and hydrated skin. You can also apply fresh aloe vera gel that is sold by many brands.

So with this, the list comes to an end. Hope you enjoyed reading this and will incorporate aloe vera in your beauty routine.

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