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How to Apply Aloe Vera on Face
Aloe or aloe vera is a popular, safe herbal medicine dating back to over 6000 years in different cultures. Egyptians engraved the use of it on the stone carvings referring it as “plant of mortality” there. Fast forwarding to the present day, people keep aloe vera plant at home using the clear, thick gel stored within its leaves generally for skin care.
Whether you look for one natural alternative for prescribed moisturizers or creams or you want to treat the delicate areas of your sunburn affected facial skin, you may try out aloe vera. The booklet ‘Aloe Vera’ is authored by Rita Elkins and Deanne Tenney. According to them aloe vera is used for treating minor wounds, radiation burns, minor skin rashes, Type 2 Diabetes, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Dermatitis and Psoriasis. In the words of aesthetician Kim Chang of Baylor Aesthetics Studio which is associated with Baylor College of Medicine- “Aloe vera has lots of uses. It contains antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.” People apply it commonly on their faces for reduction of inflammation and promotion of smoother skin and clearer complexions. While pharmacies and stores for health food typically sell the gel of aloe vera that is commercially made, the one directly extracted from the leaves of aloe vera plant is economical as well besides being fresh.
Applying commercially-made gel of aloe vera
Before you apply the gel of aloe vera, clean your facial skin gently with water and soap first.
The enzymes contained in aloe vera gel help exfoliate your skin for making it smoother. You can apply commercially made aloe gel direct to face as mask for skin healing using your clean fingertips. You must first ensure yourself that you are not sensitive or allergic to this gel. Begin with the application of a small gel dot on your wrist. Wipe clean then let skin dry.
Warning: If your skin swells or turns red, DO NOT use aloe vera on your face. Consult a dermatologist before applying aloe vera in case you have skin allergy or sensitive skin.
If your skin is not sensitive to the aloe vera gel then take one small dot of it on fingertips applying to face with the help of most importantly- concentric circles. Repeat until you cover all of the skin. Remove after half an hour.
Aloe vera gel heals skin irritations, acne, minor abrasions and sunburns, soothes insect bites and reduces inflammation and the likes.
Applying home-grown gel of aloe vera
For harvesting leaves from aloe vera plant, grip leaf bases with fingers then pull away gently from the aloe plant. Now clean dirt from leaf surface by scrubbing the leaves gently with wet toothbrush. Rinse off the leaves under a running cold water tap.
Prepare the leaves by cutting and removing the leaf base. Next remove spines from leaf sides with a kitchen knife. Thereafter peel off skin from 2 leaf sides with a vegetable skinner. Keep the gel inside an air-tight container of plastic. Do not place the container under direct sunlight.
Mix the gel of aloe vera with baking soda. Scrub your face in circular motion with the mixture. Wash off your face using warm water and soap. This process exfoliates your skin.
You can make an inexpensive toner from aloe vera by mixing 1/3 cup of aloe gel with 2/3 cup of distilled water. Pour in an air-tight clean bottle. Put the bottle inside refrigerator. Shake it well to apply it on your face by using a cotton pad.
Aloe vera has healing properties. It is anti-inflammable, protects against gamma and ultra-violet radiation and benefits your immune system. It has anti-humor and anti-viral activities and laxative, antiseptic and moisturizing effects. So to conclude, besides being an effective element of your beauty regime aloe vera can also be a handy addition in the medicine chest of your household.