Aloe is a wonderful medicinal plant that can be used in many different beauty hacks. Owning an all-natural beauty product company, we use ingredients such as this for their amazing benefits and qualities. For those that may not know, here are some of the wonderful benefits from this lush plant.
BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA
- Antioxidant rich
- Accelerates the healing process
- Reduces dental plaque
- Anti-aging properties
- Abundant in natural vitamins
Now that you know the benefits, I want to share a funny childhood memory. When I was little my mother and nana were super big into holistic care. My sister and I thought they were witches. One of the many concoctions they made us drink for our “health” was aloe vera juice. Let me tell you, this was not an easy task because it tasted HORRIBLE! Whenever my mother or nana would bring home the big yellowish tan jug, we would scattered and hide for our lives. As an adult, I can appreciate what they were doing, but boy o boy…. it took some years. LOL!
Here are a few simple beauty hacks to reap all of the benefits Aloe has to offer!
Take pure aloe vera juice and add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil and/or lemon essential oil. Swish it around your mouth after brushing your teeth. Spit out to reveal your gorgeous smile!
Benefit: Aloe vera reduces plaque and bacteria causing stinky breath.
OVERNIGHT FACE MASQUE
Purchase an aloe vera leaf. Cut a piece off and then cut in half. Then apply the gelatin all over your face. Let dry and then go to sleep. In the morning rinse off your face to reveal smooth & lovely skin.
Benefit: Aloe vera is very hydrating and soothing to the skin. Plus, it has been proven to increase collagen production and skin elasticity.
OVERNIGHT HAIR MASQUE
Simply take an aloe vera leaf and split in half. Then take a spoon and scoop out all the delicious gelatin on the inside. Place this in a blender and then it will become like a liquid. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, add the aloe vera to your hair from root to tip. Then go to sleep. ***Place a towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap.*** In the morning, simply rinse your hair and style.
Benefit: Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and natural vitamins, which nourish & promote healthy hair.
If the masque sounds like too much work, simply use aloe vera gel on your damp or air dryed hair to tame the frizz. Start with a little bit and then add more versus initially using too much.
Benefit: If you check out most conditioners and defrizzers, aloe vera is an ingredient. You are simply cutting out the middle guys as well as parabens and other ingredients you can’t pronounce.
ENHANCE ALREADY-OWNED BEAUTY PRODUCTS
If you have a powder based facial masque, foot masque, exfoliator simply add some aloe vera gel to make it a hydrating, skin soother packed with antioxidants.
Benefit: Add additional qualities to your already amazing products. For example, One Love Organics’ Brand New Day is a perfect masque to enhance with a little aloe. Add some aloe vera gel to make a hydrating & soothing face masque.
Simply dampen your legs or whatever body part you want to remove hair. Then apply your aloe vera gel and shave away.
Benefit: Aloe vera is a skin soother with anti-inflammatory properties, plus its super hyrdating!
After cleansing the skin and adding a light moisturizer, add a thin layer of aloe vera gel to your skin before applying your makeup.
Benefit: Aloe vera will not clog your pores and is a great light moisturizer for those with oily skin.
Be sure to get quality aloe vera gel and juice. We recommend getting them from a health foods store such as Trader Joe’s, MOMs or Wholefoods. We can not take credit for all of these hacks. Below we have given credit, where credit is do. Otherwise, they are practices we have done over the years. There are many other applications, but wanted to give you all the opportunity to share too!
Overnight hair and face masque: Instagram @Farahdhukai
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What unique and practical way have you used aloe vera gel or juice? Be sure to share below.