Since ancient times, people have used various plants and herbs to create different products, from ointments to simple herb drinks to improve their health and to take care of their skin. Today we consider those all-natural remedies as old-wives tales and not as efficient as we want, but few have stood the test of time and their benefits have been proven over and over again. One of those miraculous gifts of nature is the aloe vera plant.
Everyone has heard about aloe vera and that it’s good for the skin, but few know what exactly aloe vera is and how does it work. Let’s start by mentioning that the aloe vera gel we know and the countless other aloe vera products we know, are made of or contain a portion of the aloe vera plant. Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, this succulent plant with short stem and big leaves, stores large quantities of water in its leaves, that has a gel-like consistency. This is where the plant hides its miraculous properties, which people have known about and have been using for over 5000 years.
The succulent is brimming with around 200 active components that treat a number of skin problems like burns, cuts, and acne, while consuming the fleshy part of aloe vera helps with any digestive problems, improves liver function, hydrates, and much more. Since this one plant contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids that can be used In a wide range of remedies, it is no wonder even big pharmaceutical companies and beauty industries have managed to turn this plenty into profit.
Now that you know you can get the purest form of aloe vera for your skincare from a plant you can buy and grow, let’s see some skin and hair products you can easily make at home. The best part with these homemade products is that you know exactly what goes in them so you don’t have to worry about them doing more damage to your skin or hair than good.
Let’s have a look at the best, gentle and effective aloe vera beauty products you can treat your skin with.
DIY Lemon and Aloe Hair Gel
If you use ordinary hair gel often, you know just how to damage it can cause to your hair especially if you decide not to wash the hair gel until the next day or not do the proper washing and conditioning routine. And honestly, most of us don’t need that much hold in our hairdo, just a light one, to keep those small straight hairs from running amok. This hair gel will hold your hair just fine, and it’s especially gentle if you have curls. Give it a twirl and see.
DIY Natural Aloe Vera Toothpaste
Most people today would never consider making their own toothpaste when there are so many available at the store. However, making one is easier than you might have thought. Only four-ingredient are what’s needed to make this soothing aloe vera toothpaste, which is great for sensitive gums and due to its anti-bacterial properties, can help you get rid of any bad breath or other oral infections.
Aloe Vera Moisturizer
One of the more popular uses of aloe vera in treating skin problems, like dry skin. And since dry skin is easily irritable, keeping it simple is better. Pure aloe vera blended with some almond oil and essential oil of your choice if you want some nice scent, is all that it takes to make your dry skin baby smooth again.
Aloe Vera Face Cream
Very low or very high temperatures can be pretty damaging even for the healthiest skin, especially on our face, since it’s exposed to the elements the most. Tor treating these seasonal skin problems you usually need to use some cream or face mask that will rejuvenate your skin. While we all have preferences depending on the type of skin we have, it is nice to know that you can make a soothing face cream at home that will work surprisingly well for any skin type. You’ll only need aloe vera and 2-3 other ingredients.
Aloe Vera Soap
Skin creams are all well and good, but we often forget to use them. This is particularly bothersome when you have problems with the skin on your hands. Whenever you put on the hand cream, chances are high that you’ll have to wash your hands or you’ll just have to restrain from touching or doing anything with your hands for a short while. But what if you can get a small dose of the aloe vera benefits whenever you wash your hands? Making this pure aloe vera soap is easy to make and will be beneficial for your entire body, nit just the hands.
Aloe Vera Body Wash
Just like the soap, the body wash is very easy to make, requiring just a few ingredients that will definitely speed up recovering from whatever skin condition might have. The anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and skin-calming properties will surely make this body wash one of your favorite everyday beauty products.
Shea Butter And Aloe Body Wash
As we can see, aloe vera can be combined with other ingredients that are good for the skin, enhancing their already soothing capabilities, case in point, the shea butter. While aloe vera alone is excellent for the skin, when you want to treat your entire body, it is better to use something extra that will only add to the benefits of the aloe. That’s why this rich and moisturizing body wash is something you’ll need when you want to feel better in your skin.
Aloe Vera Face Mask For Summer Skin
Let’s face it, the most cared for the skin on our body is the skin n our face, and we tend to give it the most attention and care than anywhere else. An aloe vera face mask combo with lemon juice and orange peel is great for lightening and cleansing the skin with a soft exfoliating factor. Your face will feel utterly refreshed.
Aloe Vera Shampoo
Aloe vera is well known for its endless skin benefits or health benefits when consumed, so it is no surprise that it is also good for your hair. It will take some getting used to if you want to switch from a store-bought to an all-natural shampoo, but you will be definitely happy with the resulting healthier hair.
Eczema Body Butter
We can’t have a complete list without at least one aloe vera product with more than just beauty purposes. This is a homemade medical cream that will definitely soothe your eczema problems, which we know can be quite bothersome and painful. This body butter is quite gentle, yet healing for the skin, using just a few natural-based ingredients. Your skin will thank you.
There are many plants out there that have been used for centuries for a reason, and now you have some ideas to start using one of the oldest ones in your everyday beauty routine. Give aloe vera a go and see how good it will be to your skin. Do you have any other tried and tested aloe vera uses? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.