5 Aloe Vera Homemade Face Packs For Hydrated Flawless Skin
Since I have grown an Aloe Vera plant at home, I have been experimenting with different homemade face packs using Aloe Vera and other easily available kitchen ingredients. I always prefer homemade packs and scrubs over readymade ones for myriad reasons:
1) They do not contain any (few) chemicals.
2) We can control the consistency of these packs.
3) They do not need any preservatives so work much efficiently when freshly applied.
4) We do not need to invest lot of money in these packs as they can be economically prepared from available kitchen or garden ingredients.
5) In case of any side effects we can immediately stop using the pack without any loss of investment. But if this happens with market available products we need to figure out ways to make their proper usage.
6) Instantly prepared home-made packs do not have expiry dates as you prepare them on the go.
7) We can choose the ingredients depending upon our skin needs per se a pack for tanning, a pack for hydration, a pack for matured skin, etc.
I have been using different type of aloe vera face packs: sometimes for my flaky skin, sometimes for tan removal and sometimes just for moisturizing. These packs won’t take much time and effort in preparation, and that is the reason I am exhausting them on every alternate day. Had it been otherwise I would hardly gotten on to them 😉
My skin type: Oily/combination, acne prone
Alove Vera face pack for tan removal
What you need (mandatory): Aloe Vera pulp, Lemon juice
What you need (optional): Cotton ball, Fuller’s earth
Properly mix Aloe Vera pulp half a spoon of lemon juice, and apply the mixture all over your face and neck area. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash off with plain water. The consistency of this mixture would be little runny so you may want to use a cotton ball to spread it. If you are uncomfortable with this consistency and do not have dry skin I would suggest mixing some fuller’s earth powder until you get the desired steadiness.
Aloe Vera face pack for hydration
What you need (mandatory): Aloe Vera pulp, Honey
What you need (optional): Cotton ball
Mix aloe vera pulp with a spoon of honey, and apply the mixture on face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with tepid water. Honey gets little sticky so you might need ample splashes of water to get rid of the stickiness. We cannot mix fullers earth to this pack as both honey (provides moisture) and fullers earth (soaks excessive moisture) have contradictory benefits so you may want to lie down on the bed when the pack is on.
Aloe Vera face pack for exfoliation
What you need (mandatory): Aloe Vera pulp, Oats
What you need (optional): Rose water
Take some aloe vera pulp and thoroughly mix it with a spoon of oats. Let this mixture set for 1-2 minutes before you start scrubbing your face with it. Once set, take this concoction to exfoliate your skin using finger tips. If you find the consistency thick and unworkable then mix a few drops of rose water to make it workable. While scrubbing use gentle circular motions to get rid of the dead skin cells. After 2-3 minutes of scrubbing let the paste stay on for another 5 minutes, and rinse off with water.
Aloe Vera face pack for suppleness
What you need (mandatory): Aloe Vera pulp, Almonds
What you need (optional): Rose water
Take 5-6 almonds, finely ground them and mix with aloe vera pulp. Let the mixture set for 1-2 minutes before applying to on to the face and neck. Use soft circular motions to spread it on the skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. While you take it off with plain water, give another round of scrubbing. You can mix of few drop of rose water in case you find the mixture too hard to scrub.
Aloe Vera face pack for reducing inflammation
What you need (mandatory): Aloe Vera pulp, Rose Water
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties so it can bring relief to acne prone skin. As per my experience it reduces the redness and inflammation of even the stubborn zits. Just mix a few drop of rose water with aloe vera pulp and let the mixture stay for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off with plain water.
I use freshly extracted aloe vera pulp for all the above packs. You may use aloe vera gels, available in the market, but the results may differ. So far, I have not encountered any adverse effects of using these packs but in case you do, I would advise you to stop using them immediately.
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