While you can find a number of Aloe Vera gels in your local convenient store, you can also make it from scratch in your own kitchen.
Here’s Kimberly’s D-I-Y Aloe Vera Gel for when your skin gets a little too sun-kissed.
By: Emily Dinenberg
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe is a cactus-like plant that has been used for thousands of years to cure a variety of conditions—most notably skin irritation. The plant grows in hot and dry climates such as Florida and Arizona in addition to subtropical climates like South America and the Caribbean.
Aloe produces two substances: gel and latex, which are often used for medicines. Specifically, Aloe gel is a clear, jelly-textured substance found inside the plant leaf,
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How Does it Work?
Aloe is made of up 99% water, but contains several active compounds that aid in healing skin.
Its gel contains glycoproteins, which can speed up healing processes through decreasing inflammation and pain.
Additionally, Aloe gel contains polysaccharaides, which stimulate skin growth and repair. The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe can also be combined with the soothing effects of other oils. Mix Aloe Vera with Coconut oil to kill bacteria that causes redness from blemishes. It’s clear to see why Aloe Vera gel has gained so much popularity for soothing burns.
In a study comparing the healing effects of Aloe to Silver Sulfadiazine (a topical antibiotic ), the research found that those who were treated with aloe vera healed an average of 9 days sooner than those treated without the plant.
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Using Aloe Vera In Your Beauty Routine
- If you have an Aloe plant at home, simply break off leaves of the plant to use the fresh Aloe gel. It’s excellent for sunburn, cooking burns, and inflammation.
- Look for products with the name Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice on the package ingredients. Aloe vera juice is the purest form you’ll find in cosmetics; most products use a diluted powder.
How do you use aloe vera in yoru beauty routine? Share with us in the comments.
Kimberly’s D-I-Y Cooling Aloe Vera Gel
You Will Need
- Fresh aloe vera
- Coconut oil
- Small Bowl of Ice
- Grapeseed Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Your favorite essential oils, such as lemongrass or bergemont
1. Melt a half of a cup of coconut oil in hot water. If you don’t want the coconut scent, then choose a refined coconut oil. Be sure not to overheat the coconut oil, so you don’t destroy its healing and nutritional properties!
2. Add two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel. If you use fresh aloe vera from a live plant, be sure to keep your lotion in the refrigerator!
3. Place the Aloe Vera gel and coconut oil into a bowl of ice water.
4. Stir until coconut butter starts to thicken, approximately 4 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl, as the coconut oil solidifies
5. When coconut oil small peaks, remove from the ice water.
6. Add two teaspoons of grapeseed oil. Combine until smooth.
7. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil, adjust the amount to your preference.
You can even eat Aloe vera! Next time you want something sweet, try this Aloe Vera & Kale Smoothie.
While Aloe Vera is considered an extremely safe method of soothing wounds, it is important to note that it should not be applied to deep or open wounds. Aloe rarely causes allergic reactions, but if your skin becomes irritated upon application of Aloe, stop using it immediately and consult a physician.
While sun protection is an extremely vital part of maintaining your health, it’s important to have a back-up plan like Aloe Vera. Next time you hit the beach, make sure you pack your customized Aloe Vera Gel (and an extra bottle of sunscreen). Your happy, healthy skin will be thanking you later!
Do you have any tips on how to naturally soothe a sunburn? Share your skin saving secrets with us in the comments!