DIY SKINCARE—27 Benefits of Aloe Vera

27 Benefits of Aloe Vera | by SkinbyMandy.com

SKIN 101:
27 Benefits of Aloe Vera

Hi, Beautiful! Did you know that Native Americans called aloe vera "The Wand of Heaven" and Cleopatra used it as part of her beauty routine? It is seriously the Wonder Plant—the benefits of aloe vera go from our inside to our outside.

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Being about all things skin, I am sharing 27 topical benefits of aloe vera so you can get started spoiling your skin:

  1. Aloe vera is a natural antiseptic. Got a cut, scrape or blemish? Dab it on and let it get to work fighting bacteria.
  2. Aloe vera relieves burns from both heat sources or the sun. [TIP: The BEST way to avoid getting sunburned altogether it to do sunless tanning instead!]
  3. Aloe vera speeds up the healing of bruises. Start putting it on the moment you think you're going to get one and reapply often.
  4. Aloe vera is a natural hand sanitizer. Keep a little bottle of aloe vera gel mixed with a little alcohol in your purse.
  5. Aloe vera soothes insect bites.
  6. Aloe vera can be used as a natural face wash. Keep a bottle in the shower!
  7. Aloe vera is an awesome moisturizing shaving cream. And, it's convenient, since you already have one in the shower!
  8. Aloe vera helps herpes outbreaks. I hope you're not cursed with this nasty little virus, but if you are, this is a great way to speed up healing naturally.
  9. Aloe vera fights athlete's foot. Treat your feet before you to to bed and sleep without socks.
  10. Aloe vera heals blisters.
  11. Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer. And, since it's also a natural antiseptic with acne fighting power, you're killing to birds with one stone!
  12. Aloe vera treats acne breakouts, so add it to your skin care regimen or use as a spot treatment.
  13. Aloe vera helps bad breath. You'll want the drinkable variety for this, which you can find in health food stores. You can add it to juice or drink it straight.
  14. Alow vera soothes psoriasis.
  15. Aloe vera minimizes scars and stretch marks. Burned, scraped or cut yourself lately? Aloe it. Had a baby and have the stretch marks to prove it? Aloe them!
  16. Aloe vera helps rosacea
  17. Aloe vera can help keep your eyebrows in place. All you need is a small drop and an eyebrow brush.
  18. Aloe vera has the power to zap warts.
  19. Aloe vera combats the signs of aging.
  20. Aloe vera treats eczema.
  21. Aloe vera lightens pigmentation. The key is consistent and long-term use.
  22. Aloe vera soothes and heals cracked feet. Soak your feet, use a pumice stone on the rough parts, and rub on some aloe vera gel to soften them up.
  23. Aloe vera stimulates hair growth. Something to remember and watch for if you're using it on areas of your body that won't look so great with more hair!
  24. Aloe vera reduces dandruff. And, it's much healthier for you than the nasty chemicals in some anti-dandruff shampoo!
  25. Aloe vera conditions hair.
  26. Aloe vera makes a great makeup remover.
  27. Aloe vera prevents gum disease.

DIY Aloe Vera Scrub

Here's a really simple aloe vera scrub you can make yourself:
2 Tbs aloe vera
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Grow Your Own Aloe Vera

It's really easy to grow your own aloe vera. Just get yourself some succulent planting mix and a pot with a drainage hole. After repotting your new aloe plant, place it where it gets a good amount of indirect sunlight. Water it deeply, but don't drown it—it needs to fully drain after watering. Let the soil dry at least 1-2 inches deep between waterings. The little offshoots that will [hopefully] shoot off the main plant can be removed and planted in a new pot to add to your houseplant collection, garden or give as a gift!

Sources:
health.howstuffworks.com
prevention.com
mindbodygreen.com

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