We tell you how to make this humble garden plant your best beauty partner.
Although many people are aware of the medicinal benefits of aloe vera, they are yet to incorporate its use into their daily lifestyle. The Egyptian Queen Cleopatra’s toilette contained good measures of aloe gel, so read on to know more about the beauty benefits of Aloe.
The beauty of Indian women has been much speculated since mythical times. These women had no “off the shelf” products to enhance their skin and hair, it was a complete dependence on natural products. The benefits of “Ghritkumari” for instance, is mentioned in all ancient scripture. It is nothing but our very own Aloe Vera which can be found in almost every kitchen garden and terraces. The gel of the Aloe Vera is made up of over 90% water, some organic and inorganic products, with a protein containing 18 amino acids and vitamins A, B, C and E.
While several beauty care products available in the market have “Aloe Vera” as a common ingredient, you can also use the fresh gel in various DIY grooming regimes for flawless hair and skin.
Aloe has a huge content of water in it which helps in keeping the skin hydrated. To obtain the Aloe gel, we need to break a leaf from the plant and remove the external thorns before delicately peeling out the outer skin using a sharp knife or blade. Scoop out the gel using a spoon. It can also be stored in an air tight container in the fridge.
Aloe for the skin:
Anti-Ageing Pack: Signs of ageing is a common problem for women. Aloe vera contains a plethora of anti-oxidants including beta carotene and vitamins C and E. You can make a natural homemade pack using a teaspoon each of aloe vera gel, instant oat meal and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix the ingredients into a fine paste and apply it on your face and let it rest for 15 minutes. Wash with cold water and repeat this process for a month to get a younger looking healthy skin.
Anti-Acne Pack: Acne is a universal problem and it leaves behind blemishes on the skin. To fight acne and pimple, make a paste by taking some aloe vera gel and blend it with gram flour, a teaspoon of neem leaves paste, 2-3 crsuhed cloves and add honey to it. Leave the paste for 15-20 minutes, before washing it off with cold water.
Anti-Blemish Pack: The aftermath of acne is even worse as it leaves behind scars. A face pack using half a cup of aloe gel, one grated cucumber and juice of half a lemon, blended together when applied on the face, this not only help in removing these marks but also in skin lightening. However, if lemon juice does not suit your skin, then you can also apply a paste of aloe gel and rose water. The paste should be left for 10 minutes, wash with cold water.
Soothing Pack: Those of you who have sensitive skin often feel cursed for the lack of products that suit you. This simple yet effective mask could be just right for you. Take some aloe vera gel, juice of a cucumber, yoghurt and rose oil. Mix them into a paste. Apply it on your face and leave it for 15 minutes and rinse it with cold water.
Glow Pack: With the wedding season on, the bridal entourage needs a glowing skin and a simple trick for it is to make a face pack using a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk and a few drops of rose water. To this paste add the aloe vera gel and apply it on the face and neck and let it rest for 20 minutes. It will help in cleansing your clogged pores and will also bring the natural glow to your face.
Aloe for the hair:
A good hair day is no less than a miracle. So how do we have that miracle every day? The solution is extremely simple. You can make a leave-in conditioner using equal portion of aloe vera juice and water and mix it together and keep it in a spray bottle. Add 3-4 drops of lavender oil or any other essential oil of your choice. Spray it on your hair just before stepping out. It will not only make your hair shine but also prevent the hair from looking frizzy and dry.
Dandruff build up is an ubiquitous problem and no amount of the chemical products seem to be able to combat it. These products also make the hair frizzy and rough. A natural solution to this problem is aloe gel. This natural hydrant not only moisturises the scalp but its enzyme helps in destroying the excessive dead skin cells and fungus, the two reasons behind the flaky scalp. Pre-shampooing, if you lightly massage a concoction of aloe gel and mixture of three oils (castor oil, sesame oil and coconut oil mixed in equal proportions) on your scalp, then visible results will be seen after a couple of application. It helps in preventing dandruff as well as in hair growth.
So treat your Aloe plant with enough TLC, because it is the secret reserve that you seek for perfect skin and hair.
Expert consulted: Ruby Biswas