Beauty Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera for skin and hair - Major Mag

Aloe vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its medicinal and skin care properties. Vitamin A, C, and E present in aloe vera are anti-oxidants that help neutralize free radicals. It also contains 8 different types of enzymes, which helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied topically to the skin. Below, 11 proven beauty benefits of aloe vera for skin and hair. 

1. For Dandruff

The anti fungal properties of aloe vera destroy the dandruff causing fungus and yeast present on the scalp. 

  • Fresh aloe vera gel – 1 tbsp
  • Hair Conditioner – 1½ tbsp
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp 
Beauty Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera - Major Mag

Mix all the ingredients together and apply this mask on the scalp doing gentle circular movements. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes. Now wash your hair as you would normally do. 

Aloe vera is anti-pruritus in nature, which means that it can also give relief from itching and dryness that occurs in the scalp, due to dandruff.

2. For Sunburn

Despite your best efforts, your day in the sun took its toll and you now have a sunburn. Consider using aloe vera gel which is commonly used to reduce sunburn symptoms. In a 1999 study it was found that, the Aloe Vera Gel-treated burns healed faster (11.8 days) than the burns treated with petroleum jelly gauze (18.2 days).

You can either extract fresh aloe vera gel from the plant and apply it directly on the skin, or you can make ice cubes of the same for a more soothing effect. Just squeeze some fresh aloe vera gel onto the ice tray and freeze. Rub these ice cubes 2-3 times a day to the area until it is healed.

Beauty Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera for skin and hair - Major Mag

Also, take extra care to protect sunburned skin while it heals. Wear clothing that covers your skin when outdoors.

3. For Shaving

Running out of shaving cream? Rub some aloe vera gel to the desired area and get to shaving! It is a pretty affordable alternative for shaving cream because it goes on smooth and provides the perfect amount of slip without leaving you prone to pesky shave bumps.

4. For Dark Spots and Acne Scars

Blend fresh aloe vera in a jar, Dip sheet mask in it and allow this sheet mask to soak into your skin for 15 minutes. 

Bonus: Moisturize your neck/chest/hands by rubbing with the still-damp mask.

Luckily, soft cotton or fibre cloths complete with eye, nose and lip holes can be found online for $10 or you can make your own by using paper towels.

5. For Glowing Skin

Beauty Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera - Major Mag

Take an aloe vera leaf, now with the leaf laying flat on a cutting board, carefully slice away the skin of the aloe vera leaf and cut it into small pieces. Now, put some rice flour in a bowl and coat a piece of aloe vera with the flour. Gently scrub it into your skin for 2-3 minutes using gentle circular motions to get rid of any dead skin cells. Follow up with a moisturizer.

6. For Dry Skin

Aloe vera gel has hydrating properties and is ideal to provide the dry skin with the much needed moisturisation. Honey, on the other hand, acts as a natural humectant that helps increase the water content and reduce dryness in the skin.

Beauty Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera - Major Mag

Take 2 tbsp of aloe vera gel (either store bought or straight from the plant) and 3 tbsp of honey in a bowl. Mix well and rub this mixture on your dry, scaly skin to reveal silky, smooth skin.

7. For Pimples

To treat pimples, Mix aloe vera gel and toothpaste in equal parts. Apply this mixture on the pimples with the help of a cotton swab. This remedy will dry out your pimples and will make them disappear in a day or two.

Beauty Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera for skin and hair - Major Mag

NOTE: Aloe vera won’t do much for cystic acne but it’s definitely effective as a spot treatment.

8. For Removing Makeup

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel – 2 tbsp
  • Coconut oil – 1 tsp
  • Glycerin – 1 tsp
  • Honey – 1 tsp

Method: Blend the mixture in a blending jar and then take it out in a bowl. Soak a towel / cotton ball in it and remove your makeup naturally.

It will help remove eye liner and mascara as effectively as foundation and blushes.

9. Toner and Mist

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel – 1 tbsp
  • Rose water – 1 tbsp
  • Filtered water – 4 tbsp

Method: Mix well and store in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use. To increase its shelf life, you can squeeze in it a vitamin E capsule, which acts as a natural preservative.

aloe vera - toner and mist

NOTE: Aloe vera won’t do much for cystic acne but it’s definitely effective as a spot treatment.

10. For Setting Makeup

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel – 2½ tbsp
  • Witch hazel – 3 tbsp
  • Filtered water – 6 tbsp
  • Essential oil – 2-3 drops (optional)

Method: Mix all the ingredients well and store in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use. This makeup fixer will make your makeup last long in the most hydrating way possible. Just make sure you choose a spray bottle that disperses the spray well enough.

Beauty Benefits Of Using Aloe Vera for skin and hair - Major Mag

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