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Posted on December 18, 2020
Extracted from a succulent plant, aloe vera gel is known for its remarkable health benefits and nutritional properties. Because of all the nutrients abundant in the aloe vera plant, the gel can be used in dozens of ways.
Not sure where to begin? Here are 16 tips on how to use aloe vera, and why you should keep a bottle in your fridge year-round.
Aloe vera is a popular succulent plant that contains a rich gel within its leaves. Aloe vera contains a plethora of nutrients, including vitamin E, enzymatic compounds, beta carotene, anti-inflammatory agents and much more. Aloe vera is also antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral.
The gel can be used in its pure form for a variety of uses. To keep it fresh, store aloe vera gel in the fridge to prolong the shelf-life. Always look for a pure aloe vera gel, that contains no other preservatives, additives or artificial ingredients. Diluted aloe vera gel isn’t as nutrient-rich as the pure form.
Not sure what to do with your bottle? Here are 16 uses for aloe vera gel:
Due to its rich nutrient and water content, aloe vera is the perfect whole-body moisturizer. Apply after your showers and watch it rapidly absorb into your skin without leaving a greasy or sticky feeling. Aloe vera gel can help lock in the moisture in your skin. This is particularly great to have during the winter months as our skin tends to need more TLC then.
Avoid ineffective and harsh sanitisers that dry out your skin, particularly in winter. With aloe vera, you can make your own DIY hand sanitiser to keep you and your family safe of bacteria and viruses.
Mix aloe vera with ground coffee beans or coarse brown sugar and make your own body scrub. Use in the bath or shower and buff the skin in circular motion. Rinse off and moisturize to remove all dead skin cells from your body.
Cracking heels and elbows? Dab some aloe vera on your dry patches a few times per day to treat, hydrate and soothe.
Mix aloe vera with your favorite carrier oils to make the ultimate hair treatment. Simply rub into your hair, leave in for an hour and wash normally for silky smooth nourished locks.
Aloe vera is gentle enough to be used on all skin types, no matter how sensitive. Mix aloe vera with other nourishing ingredients to create your own DIY face mask. Leave on and wash as normal.
Aloe vera is perfect as a cleansing treatment for your hair. Rub into your scalp as a shampoo and rinse off to get rid of excess oils and product from your hair.
As aloe vera is an antifungal agent, create your own treatment by combining aloe vera and coconut oil. Lather it onto each foot and wear socks to allow for absorption. Leave overnight and rinse in the morning as normal.
Dry, irritated scalp? Harsh shampoo chemicals can affect your scalp’s health - causing dryness, flakiness and cracks. Mix sweet almond oil with aloe vera for your own DIY scalp treatment. Rub into your scalp, leave overnight and wash in the morning. Healthy scalp, healthy hair.
Acne and spots getting in the way? Dab aloe vera as a spot treatment and allow to dry. Aloe vera can help as an antibacterial to reduce the inflammation and relieve the spots.
Add aloe vera to an old mascara bottle and use as a brow gel to keep your eyebrows on point. Simply brush your brows with the gel upwards and allow it to air dry.
Apply aloe vera to a cotton pad and wipe away the day with ease. Avoid the harsh chemicals of makeup cleansers and opt for a natural alternative instead.
Sunbathing? Having a bottle of aloe vera nearby is a must. To reduce the occurrence of sunburns and heat rashes, apply aloe vera frequently as part of after-sun care. Simply rub onto the affected areas and allow to air dry.
From treating kitchen scalds to sunburns, aloe vera has natural and soothing compounds that help reduce damage, accelerate recovery and provide a cooling relief.
Pesky mosquito bites can be very itchy and irritating. Reduce redness, swelling and irritation with a dab of aloe vera gel on the bite. Use a few times per day on the insect bite for maximum relief.
Puffy under eye circles? Look fresh and rejuvenated by dabbing aloe vera gel around your eyes. For extra coolness, keep your aloe vera gel in the fridge to reduce puffy eyes and wake you up instantly.