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10 Things You Can Do With Aloe Vera

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The miracle skin saver

 

The plant has been shown in studies to help heal minor wounds eight days faster than standard dressing, not to mention it’s an antibacterial and contains vitamins and minerals that can ease eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. Can be used as a beauty treatment as well to treat acne and rash.

As a makeup remover

You have to get the raccoon eyes off somehow, but many makeup removers contain harsh chemicals that are very drying to your skin, squeeze a dollop of pure aloe gel onto a cotton ball and swipe away the day for a simple and effective alternative.

As a shaving cream

It’s antibacterial, which is great for nicks; it’s slippery, allowing for a nice close shave; and it moisturises, too. You can use it on its own or combine with other nourishing ingredients for a smoother feel.

As a face wash

Is there anything it can’t do? Mix 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel with 1 tsp almond milk, and 1 tsp lemon, wash and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Since some minerals found in aloe are antibacterial, this face wash is ideal for sensitive skin, breakouts, and rosacea. Need an anti-aging boost? Mix 1 Tbsp aloe with 1 tsp 100% raw organic coconut oil, massage into hands until the contents are warm, then wash and rinse.

As an exfoliator

Exfoliation is important if you want to reveal glowing, fresh skin. Aloe is a great base for a homemade scrub because it helps soften your skin and supply oxygen to your cells, strengthening the tissue to create vibrant skin. Mix 1/2 cup of aloe with just enough brown sugar or baking soda to get a gritty (but not sharp) texture. Then rub it on your elbows, heels, arms, or wherever else needs softening in the shower.

For bad breath

When bad breath hits, drink up to 1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel dissolved in a 1/2 cup of water or apple juice. Aloe vera contains an anti-inflammatory compound called B-sitosterol that soothes acid indigestion, a common cause of bad breath. But resist the urge to chug in large doses as aloe vera can work like a laxative.

As an eyebrow gel

Everyone want those brows on fleek! Dip a clean mascara wand in some aloe vera gel and sweep over stray brows for serious stay-put power without getting hard or sticky. And if you did go overboard with the tweezing, mix one-part aloe gel with one-part castor oil. It seems to help over-plucked eyebrows grow in faster.

For dry, cracked feet

Mix together 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup corn meal, 4 Tbsp aloe vera gel, and 1/2 cup unscented body lotion and rub all over tired feet until well exfoliated. Sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

As a personal hand sanitizer

Sick of your hand sanitiser drying out your hands? Mix 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, 1/4 cup alcohol, and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil and pour into a spritz bottle. The alcohol fights germs while the aloe soothes your skin, spritz once and rub between hands.

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