Endless Aloe Vera Uses
For those of us who have been steeped in clean beauty for some time, we know the powerful benefits and ways to use aloe vera are with certainty – endless. Many have deemed it the holy grail of ingredients for skin care and hair care including the Egyptians who refer to aloe vera as the “Plant Of Immortality” (source). And across the ocean from one desert to the next, Native Americans call aloe the “Wand of Heaven” (source).
While it may have been desired first for its therapeutic and cooling properties for burns, today aloe vera is loved for its long-lasting hydration, soothing abilities, and dense nutrients for skin and hair. Often a popular ingredient in lotions, masks, and soap.
Loaded with over two hundred nutrients, aloe vera uses can extend to a multitude of hair and skin issues. Ultimately the advantages of this beauty plant cannot be ignored!
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What’s the Best Aloe Vera to Use?
From gels to juice to powder, aloe vera comes in many forms these days. It starts by harvesting freshly cut aloe leaves. Then the jelly or inner flesh is extracted from the leaves. Next, it is cold-pressed to make aloe vera gel. Aloe vera gel can be directly applied to hair or skin. (Just make sure you are purchasing fragrance-free 100% aloe vera gel.)
And aloe vera juice can be made from powder or fresh aloe leaves. Extracting the juice from the inner flesh of the leaf is best. I use this brand of aloe juice. It has no sugar or water added.
So which is better – aloe vera gel, powder, or juice? Each can live up to its legendary, ancient names.
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How Does Aloe Vera Help Hair?
This miracle plant is very unique. The thick leaves that contain a gel-like substance are an ideal remedy for resolving a majority of hair woes. The benefits of aloe for hair consist of soothing irritated scalps, boosting hair growth, increasing glossiness, and taming frizz. Many who use aloe vera for hair, including myself, never look back.
How Does Aloe Vera Aid Skin?
Aloe vera benefits for skin range from antibacterial agents to help clear acne to antioxidants and minerals for improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties traditionally used to soothe irritated or sunburned skin.
Aloe vera uses can encompass just about every part of our body, from head to toe!
20 Aloe Vera Uses for Skin and Hair
No matter if you’ve been over-shampooing or over applying styling products that result in a greasy, oily scalp an aloe vera hair mask is the deep clean you need!
Utilize aloe vera benefits for hair to form a protective layer around hair follicles to prevent moisture loss. It has a unique ability to smooth hair and keep the frizz down. If you’re washing your hair every other day, refresh it by lightly wetting with a spray bottle and applying an anti-frizz spray.
Get glowing skin with this easy DIY aloe vera face mask. Not only does it deeply moisturize, but it also helps soothe sunburn, irritation, and redness. Thanks to the combination of aloe gel, MSM powder and allantoin, this face mask can also help calm the inflammation caused by acne breakouts.
Not only are aloe vera uses great for skin, but they are also beneficial for your lashes! This eyelash conditioner gives the impression of fuller lashes, which is perfect for when you want to wear less makeup. All this recipe takes is two ingredients, aloe vera, and castor oil, and you’ll be on your way to fuller, longer lashes.
This recipe for homemade shaving gel will leave your skin feeling smooth and let you get rid of that store-bought shaving cream that contains all types of toxic chemicals.
My DIY aloe vera face wash was one of the first and biggest changes I made for my skin. With this simple aloe vera face wash, my hydrating facial toner, and aloe vera face cream – I have been able to take control of hormonal breakouts and you can too!
Body wash is one of the few skin care products you can change frequently with ease and without regret! This creamy body wash recipe contains my current scent obsession. And it’s totally worth it – in just a few minutes you’ll have enough to last a few months.
Face oils are great for nighttime, but what about the day? That’s where serums can come in, and aloe is a perfect serum base! Underneath your makeup, it works to soothe skin, remove blemishes, and plump up the skin to remove wrinkles. The awesome part of this serum recipe is that you can use carrier oils and essential oils for your skin type.
You might have heard other women say that their hair is so flat because they are cursed with thin hair. Sadly, thin hair or thick hair has nothing to do with it. Your hair can be lacking volume from a multitude of other things. But I’ve got an easy fix – aloe vera hair volumizing spray!
Toners have recently become an integral part of everyday hygiene. They are liquid moisturizers packed with antioxidants and step two in my nightly skincare routine. This rose and aloe vera facial toner, made of natural ingredients:
- balances the natural pH of the skin
- freshens and removes traces of oil and makeup
- clears the skin pores
- lightens up the age spots
- helps improve acne
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If you haven’t noticed yet, aloe is not only calming to irritated skin, it’s a great acne fighter. And combined with tea tree essential oil, it’s one powerful acne-fighting mask. This mask also includes cucumber to soothe your skin while providing it with plenty of vitamin E and potassium to reduce blemishes.
What better way to smell clean than with one of the most fragrant flowers in the world? Jasmine ranks in at the #2 spot for fragrance by gardeners no matter the variety. But, with names like “queen of the night” and “poet’s jasmine” how could you go wrong? Make these gorgeous jasmine aloe vera soaps for gifts or keep them all to yourself.
If you are looking for an easy skincare recipe to quickly recover from a sunburn, you will love this natural after sun lotion. It contains soothing ingredients like aloe, shea butter, and essential oils to renew your face and skin from the sun. It’s best to apply right out of the shower while your skin is still mildly wet to help seal in moisture and prevent peeling so quickly.
Are you ready to get your hands on an all-natural creamy hydrating face cream? Look no further! This recipe for a DIY aloe vera face cream quenches the thirst in your skin and balances oil production while you sleep.
19. DIY Aloe Shampoo
This is not your every day foaming shampoo. It is a natural, homemade herbal shampoo made from horsetail and nettle to nourish, strengthen and promote hair growth, with protein-rich spirulina, aloe vera, and essential oils.
This recipe is a fresh and invigorating aloe vera use for the scalp and hair.
Want to Make Your Own Aloe Vera Gel?
Aloe vera uses make it great to have around the home! But, the important thing to keep in mind when growing an aloe vera plant is that it’s a succulent. Just like other succulents, aloe vera likes things a little on the dry side with plenty of warm sunshine.
And even if you don’t live in an area that has a year-round warm climate, that doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own aloe vera.
Aloe vera actually makes a great houseplant. As with most succulents, it enjoys plenty of bright light. So, I grow mine near our windows that face south or west for the best sunlight.
It so happens, aloe vera is one of the best houseplants for clean air because it requires little maintenance and it removes formaldehyde from the air (source).
So, once you’ve grown your own aloe vera you’ll have to harvest it from inside the long leaves. Here’s how to make aloe gel.
As someone who suffered from many skin issues and was lost when it came to managing my long hair, aloe vera uses has by far, personally been life-changing. Its light, soothing texture blends well into natural skincare and hair remedies alike.
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