Have you ever gotten home from your trip to the spa, a day complete with a whole body massage, and felt like a whole new you? Forget the smell of lavender that was in the mud room, the cucumber facial or even the pedicure–that wonderful massage is most responsible for your feeling of rejuvenation! But did they use aloe oil on your skin? As good as the expensive, high-quality massage oil that you splurged on for that massage at the spa is, I can show you one better. Aloe oil (that’s right, it’s not just good at giving you silky smooth hair!) can amp up your serene spa experience right at home for less than half the cost and with more health benefits! Learn how to make aloe oil for skin today!
Aloe and honey: what an ingenious combination! How could we not have thought of this until now? With honey’s antibacterial abilities and aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness, swelling and itch, it only makes sense to harness the power of both in one kick-ass, acne-fighting face mask.
Aloe gel packs quite a punch. Name a skin condition–sunburns, eczema, insect bites, acne–and its probably on the long list of skin problems that aloe can help heal. Because aloe gel works wonders when it comes to alleviating itchiness, reducing swelling and redness, and promoting new cell growth, aloe gel has become an active ingredient in many medicinal lotions and creams. But let me give you a sneak peak at what else is in store-bought aloe products:
Vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil–all of those sound familiar, and you probably use at least one of them on a regular basis in the kitchen. But aloe vera oil? Now that’s something new! Not many people have heard of aloe vera oil, but such a thing exists! What will they come up next, am I right? But pretty much anything that is a plant or nut can be made into an oil these days. The process sure is easy enough: to make aloe vera oil, you basically soak aloe vera until it is softened then combine it with a base oil (i.e., one of those familiar oils we just listed; you know, soybean, almond, or even apricot oil). Voila! The result is an aloe vera extract! So contrary to popular thinking, aloe vera is not taken right from the plant and put in the bottle: it is first made into an oil, then added to the products you know and love.
Acne is a skin problem that results from clogged hair follicles; when they are blocked by oil or dead skin cells, pimples form. While the bumps that appear on your face are inconvenient, the side-effects of these breakouts may be worse: