Aloe Vera is a very recognizable term for many. Even when people aren’t aware of this cactus-like plant’s benefits, they are familiar with the plant itself. Aloe Vera is a gel-like substance made from extracts of the aloe plant. Aloe plants thrive in hot and dry climates, commonly farmed in New Mexico and Texas’ southern border areas. In 2002, the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) removed aloe vera as a laxative due to potential dangers associated only with that particular use. However, aloe vera is still one of the most popular plants used to treat many skin conditions and wounds. And luckily, aloe vera has many products and benefits in the world of skincare routines.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
An aloe vera skincare routine is very possible. Many products are out there, such as moisturizers, soap, and suntan lotion, which already contain this ingredient. Depending on each person’s skin type, they should invest in a specific aloe vera product.
This skincare plant has a wide range of health benefits:
- Skin Treatments: Many well-known skin conditions respond very well to aloe vera gel applications. Research even backs up its’ treatment for conditions such as:
- Dermatitis for sunburns, rashes, and bug bites.
- Minor burns
– Control Diabetes: The intake of aloe vera gel lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels in people with diabetes. You can take aloe vera gel orally via capsules or pills.
– Other Applications: Aloe vera can help treat alopecia (hair loss), Alzheimer’s and is a popular skin moisturizer during the winter.
How to Make Aloe Vera Gel
Making aloe vera gel is very simple and you can incorporate it into any existing skincare routine as a face mask, moisturizer, or spot treatment. If you don’t have any aloe leaves at home (I sure don’t!), you can find them at almost any grocery store or farmer’s market stand. Gather your utensils:
- 1 Aloe vera leaf
- Container for Storage
- Vegetable Peeler or Knife
1.- Cut an aloe leaf from the base of the plant. Wash and dry. Stand upright in a bowl or cup for 10-15 minutes, allowing the yellow-tinted resin to drain out of the leaf. This resin can contain latex, which might irritate some people’s skin, so performing this step is essential. Once completely drained, wash once more and peel off the thick skin with the knife or peeler.
2.- Spoon out gel into the blender, mindful of not accidentally adding any of the skin pieces. Blend for a few seconds until the gel is liquified and a bit frothy.
3.- Your gel is ready to use for your aloe vera skincare routine! Keep in mind that this gel is only made to last no more than a week. You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until then.
If you are interested in using aloe vera gel or supplements regularly, consult a doctor. There are also products containing aloe vera that can give you all its benefits, leaving you with moisturized and beautiful skin.