Aloe vera gel has a light but pleasant fresh green natural scent. It has a silky smooth texture that is not sticky, and if it does get on clothing or linens, it easily rinses out with only warm water.
Aloe vera gel can help soothe and moisturize the skin and is particularly beneficial for specific skin conditions involving inflammation or dry skin.
Aloe vera gel contains over 75 potentially active compounds, including vitamins A, C, & E, enzymes, sugars, minerals, salicylic acids, and amino acids that are required by the human body.
How to Extract Aloe Vera Gel From Plants
The best source is directly from an aloe vera plant. It’s simple to extract the gel needed while leaving the rest of the plant intact. Be sure to remove it from an adult plant, and choose a large stalk. You don’t want to harvest the entire plant at once, as you want to use it for the weeks ahead and allow it to continue growing.
Using scissors, snip off two or three inches of the pointed part of the leaf. Don’t worry about the bit of gel that drips out from the plant. It will heal itself up. While the leaf won’t grow back, other parts of the plant will continue growing, so one plant should last you for an entire season until you can remove leaves to grow new plants.
Once you have cut your leaves, wash them under a warm tap. This will remove any dirt and debris from the surface. Don’t worry if a yellow gel comes out. This is called aloe latex. It’s generally discarded as it can cause diarrhea if you drink your aloe gel orally.
Dry your leaves off, then place them onto a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to trim the pointed spines from both sides of each leaf. The next step will involve removing the top and the bottom of the leaves.
You’ll have slabs of the gel. Ensure that you remove any small remaining leaf parts. Rinse the gel under the tap to get the latex residue off. Then cube your gel.
You can now take the gel and place it into a small glass jar. Keep your gel intact until you need it. You can then gently mash it out to a consistency that is good for rubbing onto the skin. You can then store your gel in the fridge until you need it. You should use up your gel within three days before its beneficial compounds start breaking down.
Homemade Aloe Vera Face Mask
You can make your own homemade aloe vera face mask in the comfort of your home, and for just a fraction of the cost of a salon facial.
Collect together the following ingredients to make your own soothing and healing face mask. This mask is suitable for both treating acne and helping to lighten skin to even out skin tone.
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- 2-3 drops of lemon juice
- Small bowl and spoon
How to Make Your Aloe Vera Face Mask
Mash your gel with the lemon juice. Ensure that the gel is thoroughly distributed. Otherwise, clumps of gel will fall off your face. Depending on what purpose you’re using your face mask for will depend on how long you leave it on, and how often you apply it.
How to Apply Aloe Vera on Your Face for Acne
If you’re using your face mask for acne, apply it once in the morning and once at night. Go through the following steps.
- Use your fingertips to apply the mixture to your face.
- It can be messy, so do this task in the bath or shower in case the mask drips down your face.
- Use a towel to wipe around eyes as the lemon juice will sting them.
- Gently massage the mask into your skin, ensuring that it penetrates the skin pores where acne bacteria lurks.
- Set a timer and leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Apply a light natural moisturizer but avoid clogging your pores with cosmetics.
- Repeat your treatment at bedtime.
- Do twice a day for the next two weeks.
- When your acne has significantly healed, you may do your treatments every 3 days.
- Keep up the treatments, as acne bacteria can be cyclical and come back the following month.
How to Use Aloe Vera on Face for Skin Fairness
If you’re using your aloe vera gel to brighten your face, or to even out skin tone after surgical or accidental scarring, acne scarring, or sunburn scarring, follow these steps.
- Apply the face mask to your face.
- Focus on the regions that have darkened scars or skin while leaving regular skin alone.
- Leave your skin mask on for 20 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Repeat your treatments once a week until your skin has an even skin tone.
- It can take about a month for the epidermis to rejuvenate fully, so stick with your treatments for that length of time.
- Repeat at any time if you see your skin tone becoming uneven.