You may know that aloe vera is great for sunburns but did you know it’s also great for many skin conditions? Plus the plant is inexpensive and easy to maintain at home.
A 2013 study published in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that fresh aloe vera gel in varied concentrations showed improvement of the skin’s visco elastic and hydration properties, which are important for fighting premature aging signs. The study sheds light on the synergistic antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and ultraviolet (UV) protective properties of the herbal plant.
To keep your skin young, it is important to exfoliate on a weekly basis. To make an exfoliating mask:
1. Blend 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel.
2. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground oatmeal and ½ teaspoon of olive oil in it.
3. Apply this mixture on your face and neck area.
4. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes.
5. Then, with wet hands, gently scrub off the paste.
6. Finally, rinse your face and neck with cold water.
7. Use this mask once a week.
Aloe vera is a natural antibacterial agent that helps fight the bacteria responsible for acne. It also stimulates the growth of new cells.
Plus, it has healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help the skin heal quickly and reduces skin inflammation.
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment found aloe vera to be very effective for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris.
* Apply fresh aloe vera gel directly on the affected areas a few times a day.
* Fill an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and freeze it. Rub a frozen cube on your acne to soothe the inflammation. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
* Alternatively, mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with ½ teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice. Apply it on the acne-affected area. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse it off with water. Do this twice daily.
Along with treating acne, this natural herb is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis and eczema.
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