We've been reminded over and over again by our (rightfully) concerned parents and doctors about the incredible benefits of aloe vera in relation to the health of your skin, especially for those dreaded sunburns. But, did you know that one of the simplest and most inexpensive face masks that you can use to boost the health and appearance of your skin also links back to this one ingredient? When I visited the Farmers Market a few months back in search of new plants to decorate my home office, I wasn't aware that I'd be relying on one of them to save my dry skin during the Fall and Winter months. Aloe vera is a fantastic, natural ingredient if you want to refresh, hydrate, moisturize, sooth or heal your skin. The aloe plant's juice is filled with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, natural sugars, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial agents.
After the aloe plant has grown, it is extremely easy to make a fresh, aloe facial from one of the stems. All you need is scissors or a sharp blade to carefully cut one of the stems from the aloe plant near the root. For best results, take a hot shower or a steam bath to clean and open up your pores before applying the mask. Once done, rinse aloe stem to remove any excess dirt on the outside, apply pressure from the tip of the plant down to the cut opening to squeeze out the fresh aloe. Apply the aloe directly to your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Repeat until aloe stem is empty and face is covered in thin layer. Leave on and let dry overnight for best results. Wash face in the morning to reveal softer, brighter skin.
For a twist on the traditional aloe vera homemade face mask, for anti-aging properties, add 1 egg white and a banana (fully smashed) to combine with the main ingredient. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and apply to face, avoiding eyes and mouth. Wash away mask with warm water after approximately 15-30 minutes.
Let me know in the comments how you enjoyed your homegrown aloe vera plant facial!
Until next time,
XO Anna Elizabeth
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