If you are also a fan of aloe vera and would like to take advantage of its benefits as much as possibile, then I'm sure that at least one of the 6 aloe vera DIY homemade remedies that I am going to share with you will inspire you to give it a try.
Hence, let's start by taking a look at the various benefits and properties of the aloe vera plant and how we can include it in our daily beauty regime.
Considered almost a panacea since antiquity, the aloe vera plant can be a great ally if used both internally & externally.
Among its many properties, the most important ones for our skin are the following:
- purifying thanks to the aloin, active principle found only in the aloe vera
- nourishing thanks to the wide range of vitamins, minerals, sugars and aminoacids
- healing thanks to the acemannan which stimulates the turnover of the cells and of the collagen
Aloe Vera: Benefits and Properties
One can obtain two types of extracts from the aloe vera leaves :
the aloe vera juice
the aloe vera gel
whom used as therapeutic substances contain different chemical constituents and pharmacological recommendations.
The aloe vera juice
is obtained mainly from the longitudinal incision on the surface of the leaves, while the gel is obtained from the deepest part of the leaves.
The aloe vera juice contains more than 160 different substances: 13 vitamins, sugars and many minerals, among which some essential minerals too: calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc.
Including aloe vera juice in our daily diet strengthens the body and helps detoxifying the digestive system thanks to its laxative (due to its content of anthraquinone glycosides and aloine) and cleansing properties.
Natural does not always mean safe, hence the assumption of aloe juice may have side effects or could increase the toxicity of certain drugs or even reduce their absorption. In addition it should not be ingested during pregnancy. Hence it's always recommended to inquire thoroughly about possible side effects before deciding to take it internally.
The aloe vera gel
obtained from the inner part of the aloe vera leaves, is particularly rich in mucilage, having quite different therapeutic applications compared to the applications recommended for the aloe vera juice..
Aloe vera gel is an excellent ingredient in face creams due to its antibacterial and anti-reddening properties and it has excellent results even in the case of acne-prone skins. Its re-epithelialization properties stimulate the skin to produce new cells, resulting in a soft, silky, smooth & even-toned complexion. As a plus, it gives skin a matte finish removing the excess sebum without clogging pores.
Healing, soothing, moisturizing, nourishing, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, antiseptic, anti-itching, healing, refreshing, the aloe vera gel is used in many skin care and hair care products.
On my YouTube channel, BeautyFoodTips you can find the video tutorial on ""How you can make aloe vera gel at home"" using aloe vera juice or freeze-dried aloe vera.
What about the DIY Aloe vera homemade recipes?
If you're read so far, now that you are aware of the many properties and benefits of the aloe vera plant, you can explore the 6 aloe vera DIY homemade remedies.
Excellent natural homemade remedy in case of wounds or minor abrasions, for its soothing and healing properties it is often used in after-sun products. It is an excellent home remedy for burns or scaldings and its refreshing properties make it an effective anti-itching remedy for insects or jellyfish stings.
I personally make a great use of aloe gel in my homemade cosmetics and of course it is was a MUST ingredient in the Beautilicious Delights Face Creams. Whether it's a facial toner for combination or acne prone skin or a cleansing facial foam for sensitive skin, the aloe vera gel it's always a must. Stimulating the cells turnover, it is also a great remedy to heal and lighten acne scars.
But aloe vera is also an excellent moisturizer and styling hair product, whether it is used to define curls or wavy hair, or as a simple ingredient, working in synergy with other ingredients, as it is the case of the Beautilicious Delights Hair Spray. The aloe vera moisturizing active principles leave the hair soft, shiny and vigorous..
You may also use it as a scalp treatment mask as its soothing properties will help calm irritated and itching scalp.
These are the uses I most love for aloe vera, but what about you? Is there any special DIY aloe vera homemade remedy that has been a skin or hair savior?
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