A few years ago I was at a local grocery store, the one with all of the great deals on no-name products, and I picked up an Aloe plant.
To my surprise, that plant is still alive!
How You Can Use Aloe for Beauty
I suppose that my aloe plant is still alive because I often forget to water it. Plants that need a whole lot of water and a whole lot of sunshine usually don’t make it in my house. It’s not all my fault. My house just has not the best windows for plants. You really need a good southern-facing window to be a more successful plant owner- in my opinion.
I never really thought about my bargain aloe plant being anything useful until I got a bad burn on my hand.
Not too long ago I was making a skillet cookie. I safely removed the skillet cookie from my oven, placed it on the counter, removed my gloves to get something to cut it with, and then grabbed the handle of the hot skillet as I proceeded to cut the cookie. Bad idea, although, the cookie was really good. I was searching for something to put on my burnt hand when it dawned on me that I had this aloe plant sitting in my family room. I cut a piece off of the plant and squeezed some of the aloe on to the burn,
My encounter with that hot skillet and the aloe plant got me thinking about the many other benefits of the aloe plant in my house. Could I use my bargain aloe plant in my beauty regimen?
There are some 500 species of aloe plants out there. The most common aloe plant is the aloe vera. We hear the term ‘aloe vera’ as an ingredient added to many beauty products such as shampoo and lotion. People have been using the aloe vera as a first aid topical ingredient for hundreds of years.
Once you have am aloe vera plant, it is easy and inexpensive as well as convenient to use it. Plus, if you are like me, it is easy to keep that aloe vera plant alive. YAY!
Aloe leaves are the home of what scientists say is the location of both the ‘latex’ and the gel that we use.
The gel is what you see when you squeeze the leaf of the aloe plant while the latex is what is located just under it. The fact that you can snip off a piece of a leaf of an aloe plant and it will easily heal itself should tell us something about the healing properties of the aloe. Aloe naturally seems to fight inflammation which is one reason why we like to use it in beauty.
Possible uses for aloe in beauty include:
- Aloe can help reduce acne.
- Make up remover, simply apply it to cotton ball or tissue and use (avoid getting it into the eyes)
- Use to soften dry and cracked skin on your feet and elbows.
- Mix with liquid soap to use a shaving cream- can reduce the redness!
- Use on your hair and scalp as a hair mask- use 20 minuted before you wash your hair.
- Mix with some brown sugar to use as to exfoliate skin.
- Some suggest that applying the gel to balding areas of the scalp can help stimulate hair growth.
- Aloe gel makes for a perfect eye brow gel.
- Combine aloe gel with coconut oil to make the perfect hand cream.
- Rub a small amount of aloe between your hands and then rub it over your hair frizz to help calm that frizz down a bit.
Naaturally, it is suggested that you do your research on the side effects and possible interactions of using aloe vera before you try these ideas.