Soothing, delightful to smell and very easy to make, scrumptious aloe based face masks are great for your skin. This article explains all about their benefits, and also provides you with a recipe for a mask that you can make at home.
What are the benefits of the aloe plant for your skin?
Aloe vera is a plant that belongs to the aloe family. At first sight it just looks like a spiky and spiny plant, but when you crack open one of the leaves you will see that they are filled with a soothing and cooling gel. This gel can be eaten or used in cosmetics and it is great for the body both inside and out. Here are just a few of the amazing things that it can do:
- Soothe dry skin
- Reduce itching
- Reduce reddening and swelling due to its anti inflammatory properties
- Help to heal sunburn more quickly
- Soothe pimples and spots
- Deal with eczema
- Hydrate the skin
- Keep the skin looking youthful
- Reduce swellings and inflammation (again due to its anti inflammatory properties)
- Help to relieve bruising
Just why is this substance so beneficial for your skin? Well, that is because the natural gel is packed with amazing vitamins, minerals, and other exciting substances such as amino fatty acids which are great for restoring radiance and youthfulness to your skin. Vitamins that it is rich in include A, C, and E as well as folic acid and B1, B2, and B3. Vegans will also be interested to know that it is one of the very few natural sources of the essential vitamin B12 which is hard to get for a vegan diet except in supplement form. So, add some gel to your favourite smoothie or dessert (such as chia pudding) for a natural B12 hit. These vitamins are not the only thing that this lovely little plant is rich in, though, it also contains high amounts of minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium to name but a few. It is soothing, plumping, revivifying, cooling, anti inflammatory, toning, hydrating and detoxifying all in one! What is the best way to get the benefits of all of these lovely vitamins, minerals and amino acids delivered straight to your skin we hear you cry? By means of a face mask, of course.
A fantastic recipe for a fabulous aloe face mask
This mask can easily be made from ingredients that you can find at home or in your local health food shop. Aloe has what is sometimes described as a slightly minty taste and smell, whilst other people argue that it is more of a sweetish syrup that smells and tastes more akin to tea tree oil or eucalyptus than mint. The latter description fits the bill more, so you can imagine how soothing it is to have this wonderfully smelling mask on your face as you relax. Here are the ingredients that you will need to make the mask:
- Four tablespoons of natural aloe gel: this can be got from a health food shop or it can simply be obtained by cutting open the leaf of an aloe vera plant you are growing in a vertical direction and squeezing it slightly to let the gel ooze out.
- A few drops of tea tree oil for extra soothing properties and a touch of antibacterial action (great for acne or clogged pores where bacteria can be a problem).
- The juice of two fresh lemons (filled with anti oxidants, these lemons also add a delicious scent to the mask and help to preserve it if you want to keep it in the fridge for a day or two).
- Optional supplements such as a Vitamin E capsule or a teaspoon of powdered algae or seaweed.
Making the mask is extremely easy. Simply mix all of the above ingredients together in a blender. Some people like to chill the mask slightly to enhance its soothing properties, but don’t let it get too cold as this can be bad for your skin – a few minutes in the fridge is all that you need. Other people like to heat it up very gently by placing it in a bain marie over a pot of boiling water – again don’t let the mask boil or get too hot as this can destroy its active properties. Ensure that it is just the right temperature before applying to the skin. Can’t be bothered to heat it up or cool it down? No problem! This mask will be extremely powerful just applied as soon as you have blended all the ingredients together. This mask is very hydrating, and will not dry out, so the following steps are recommended:
- 1. Mix the mask as described above
- 2. Gently cleanse your face and pat dry. Gently exfoliating your face with a facial sponge can be a good idea as it ensures that no dead skin will stand between your face and the active ingredients of the mask.
- 3. Apply the mask with your fingertips, avoiding the area around your eyes, and avoiding the lips too. Cover your face and neck with a thin layer of the mask, which should have a pleasant lotion like consistency. You can rub it into your scalp as well if you want as it is very good at soothing itchy scalps and fighting or preventing dandruff.
- 4. Put on some music, lie back, and relax as you enjoy the scent of your home made mask and its invigorating action on your skin.
- 5. After about 15 minutes (the precise amount of time is up to you, but don’t leave it on for too long) and then rinse it away with warm water before patting your face dry with a towel.
- 6. Repeat once a week, or as desired.
As mentioned above, this face mask can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container (e.g. tupperware) for a few days for future use. It is a good mask to use before a party as it has a brightening effect, and it is also great for using just before bed as it helps to calm and soothe your skin and then you can finish up by applying a night time moisturiser.
Use this mask today for amazing skin benefits
Treat your face to an aloe based mask on a regular basis and enjoy the following key benefits:
- A vitamin and mineral boost
- The soothing and calming of the facial skin
- Plenty of amino fatty acids to give you youthful radiance
- Reducing reddening and swelling associated with skin irritation or spots
- A delicious scent
Extremely easy to make and so beneficial for your skin, why wouldn’t you use this mask? It also brings with it all of the benefits of organic skincare, and its repertoire of all natural ingredients are also highly adaptable. You can add other essential oils such as lavender or add other skin improving vitamin capsules and algaes, seaweeds, and more to adapt it to your skin’s specific needs. Or, strip it down to its barest form and simply mix aloe gel with the juice of a few lemons! Aloe gel is made of 95% water so there is no need to add in any other liquids to give the mask a lovely lotion like feel on your fingertips. This mask also makes a wonderful gift for a friend: scoop the mask into an attractive container, wrap it up with a pretty bow and give it to them as part of a pampering birthday treat. What could be nicer or more thoughtful than that? They will definitely see that you care about them, and you can combine the gift with other little items of skincare that you have made for them such as eye creams or hair pomades.
Grow your own aloe
It is possible to purchase aloe gel from health food stores, but you will have to be careful to ensure that it has not been mixed with preservatives if you want to make a totally organic mask. You can get that completely organic recipe, and reduce your use of plastic packaging too, by growing your own aloe plants in a pot on your sill or in your garden. Then, you can make the mask whenever you feel like it. Plus, these spiky little plants do look very cool and quirky.
Try out this mask today for unmissable skin benefits
It is so important to look after our facial skin, and to be very careful with the creams and other cosmetics that we put on it. You may have heard dermatologists say that putting anything on your skin is almost like eating that substance as your skin absorbs and consumes masks, moisturisers and more. Synthetic makeup can clog the pores, whilst organic home made masks can be like a healthy meal for your skin, leaving it looking and feeling absolutely amazing and performing all of its functions to the highest standards. Make sure that your skin is being well fed by treating it to this gourmet organic aloe based mask. Have fun trying out the steps above to create your very own mask for use during an enjoyable at home pampering session.