Aloe vera can work magic on your skin. Many people use it as a remedy for burns whether it's from the sun or the oven because it has a natural cooling effect. It's potent enough to treat many skin issues no matter the skin type and gentle enough to prevent dryness.
It makes sense that aloe vera is one of the most popular face mask ingredients. If you want to reap some of the benefits, here is an easy homemade DIY aloe vera face mask recipe to try.
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Benefits of an Aloe Vera Face Mask
The soothing properties of aloe vera gel are unbeatable. You can use it to treat sunburns, cuts, or any type of skin irritation, but what benefits does it have when used in a face mask?
A DIY aloe vera face masks will brighten your skin, and make it look more smooth, clear, and youthful. It can make a noticeable difference, more specifically:
- Helping to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. The antioxidants protect your skin from the damaging effect of free radicals and prevents the signs of aging.
- Treating acne and reducing acne scars/dark spots. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties help fight acne and calm the skin.
- Restoring and replenishing dehydrated skin. It an effective non-greasy moisturizer for all skin types.
- Reducing enlarged pores and evening out your complexion with its astrigent properties.
This aloe face mask can also be used on other parts of the body as needed especially where you have stretch marks or acne.
Where to Get Aloe Vera
Fresh aloe vera is best, so if you can grow your own at home that is ideal. It is a succulent so it doesn't take much maintenance.
To extract the gel from the plant, cut close to the root with a sharp knife. Place the piece you cut off in a bowl and leave it for 15 minutes.
After it has had time to rest, wash it off with water. Trim a bit off the bottom, top and sides. Then run a knife through the inside to cut it in half and expose the gel. Use a spoon to scrape out the aloe vera gel.
Of course, you can also buy aloe vera gel, but try to avoid any with preservatives. This one is a popular choice because it uses seaweed extract to help the skin absorb it quickly and make it less sticky.
Note: Aloe vera can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals so it's best to do a patch test before slathering all over your face.
Preparing for Your Aloe Vera Facial Mask
You will see better results with your aloe facial mask (or any face masks for that matter) if you prepare your skin for the treatment. Before starting to apply the aloe vera mask, it is important to wash your face with a gentle cleanser (try this Chamomile face wash) and pat dry.
I also recommend that those with long hair put it up and out of the way. It won’t hurt anything if you get a little bit of the mask in your hair, but it does make for a little more cleanup.
How to Give Yourself an Aloe Facial Treatment
- Apply a thin layer of the face mask (follow the recipe below) but be careful to avoid the area around your eyes. Some people like to use their fingers to spread it, but if you want to keep your hands clean, you could also use a brush like this.
- Leave the aloe vera face mask on for 20-30 minutes or until it dries. While you are waiting you could use a facial massage tool to help get the treatment deep into your skin. Then wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Follow with your favorite moisturizer.
Homemade Aloe Vera Face Mask Recipe
I love this aloe vera facial mask recipe because it works for all skin types and can be tailored a bit for your personal preferences. It's fast to make and only requires a few ingredients.
The base of the DIY aloe vera face mask is just aloe gel and an egg white which you should mix together in a blender. (You can also whisk it by hand if you don't have a blender.)
If you like, you could also add in a teaspoon of any of the following:
- Lemon Juice
- Coconut Oil/Sweet Almond Oil
- Raw Honey
Also, check out our recipe for an Avocado and Aloe Vera face mask.
How to Make an Aloe Vera Face Mask
Check out this video to see how to prepare the aloe face mask.
How Often Can You Use the Aloe Vera Facial Treatment?
Ideally, use this aloe vera mask three times a week. If that is too hard to fit into your beauty routine, aim for at least once a week. Since the ingredients are natural and gentle, you could incorporate the aloe facial mask into your daily skincare routine.
Storing the Aloe Vera Face Mask
Since you only apply a thin layer of the mask, you might have some leftover. It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
More Aloe Vera Face Masks
If you don't want to make your own aloe vera face masks there are a lot of affordable options that you can buy. Check out the selection here.
Other Uses for Aloe Vera
We talked about how Aloe can be used to treat burns and also improve your skin in a facial mask, but there is more. Also consider trying to use aloe vera as:
- a primer before applying foundation
- a makeup remover
- a scalp treatment for irritated follicles
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