Aloe vera is known for its cooling properties, to soothe sunburn and pesky mosquito bites. But what about autumn? Don’t put away your bottles just yet - there is still use for your aloe vera gel.
Here are 5 genius ways to use aloe vera in the fall.
Why use aloe vera gel in the fall:
With winter around the corner and temperatures getting colder, our hair and skin need some TLC to prevent dryness and irritated skin.
Cold air can suck the moisture out of your skin, by slowing down the production of sebum (your skin’s natural oils). Avoid this by nourishing your skin and hair the right way - using aloe vera gel as a base.
Aloe vera contains a nutrient-rich gel, bursting with over 75 different nutrients. This includes vitamin E, enzymatic compounds, anti-inflammatory agents, and more. Aloe vera is also antibacterial and antifungal. Aloe vera is moisture rich and contains all the right nutrients to hydrate and brighten - including vitamin C, E, beta-carotene and more.
Aloe vera has been shown to exert an array of health benefits - and can complement your entire beauty regime. Here are some ways you can use aloe vera this fall to keep your skin and hair happy and healthy.
1. Hydrate skin to prevent cracking:
With natural moisturizing properties, aloe vera gel can help replenish lost moisture due to cold air from dropping temperatures. Simply mix aloe vera with coconut oil and apply after your shower every day for long-lasting hydration. If you suffer from oily skin, apply aloe vera alone for oil-free hydration without the greasy-feel. Aloe vera absorbs very quickly into the skin, particularly after a hot shower.
Another tip - apply a drop of aloe vera on your lips to prevent sore chapping common to winter weather.
2. Heal dry cracked feet:
Suffering from dry soles and heels? Aloe vera can be the perfect solution! Mix up your own heel mask - using aloe vera, coconut oil, tea tree oil and almond oil. Simply apply to your feet and wear some cotton socks. Allow them to all work overnight for maximum smoothness.
For extra exfoliation, add 2 tbsp of ground coffee to the mix and use as a scrub instead! Rinse off and re-moisturize with some aloe vera if needed.
3. Exfoliate the skin for ultimate smoothness:
Dead skin in winter ruining your glow? To maintain your skin during colder fall and winter months, exfoliation is key. Here’s a natural scrub that will revitalize and smoothen the skin for vitality. Use this once or twice a week in the shower to encourage circulation and remove dead skin cells. Mix 2 tbsp of aloe vera with 2 tbsp of coarse brown sugar. Rub on your elbows, knees, heels, or anything that needs a good scrub. Rinse away and moisturize as normal.
4. Hair mask TLC for nourishment and growth
Zoning in on skincare is usually the main focus - but don't forget your luscious locks! Your hair equally needs rejuvenating TLC in colder months. Mix 2-3 tbsp of aloe vera gel with 2 tbsp of coconut oil and sweet almond oil. Apply to your hair in equal parts, wrap in a towel and rinse after 40 minutes. Enjoy silky smooth, nourished hair without the frizz and dryness.
5. Shampoo for dry, itchy scalp
Give your scalp some love. Cold weather may increase flaky scalp conditions. Mix aloe vera gel with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to clarify, hydrate and cleanse your scalp and hair. Simply mix and use on your scalp before you condition your hair. Rinse away thoroughly and condition as normal.
Which aloe vera should I buy?
With the abundance of aloe vera gels on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. Always choose the purest aloe vera possible, with the least amount of ingredients on the list. Choose an unrefined, unprocessed aloe vera with no preservatives, carrageenan or additives to avoid harsh chemicals drying out your skin and hair. Store your aloe vera in the fridge for optimal freshness.
Aloe vera can be used in fall and winter months to promote hydration and avoid dryness. There are a variety of DIY beauty recipes you can create using aloe vera. Give your hair and skin a boost of nourishment with a high-quality gel this fall.