11 Surprising Ways to Use Aloe Vera
Named by ancient Egyptians as the “plant of mortality”, aloe vera contains a clear gel in its leaves that can be used in a variety of ways for beauty and health. You may have already known that aloe vera gel can be used to soothe sunburn, but we have found 11 more ways to reap the benefits of this unassuming plant.
Whether you want to grow your own aloe vera at home and freshly squeeze its gel from its leaves or would rather purchase the pure aloe gel from your Singapore health food shop, it isn’t difficult nor expensive to get hold of this potent plant. You can try some of our ideas without spending a fortune like you’d have to do with other essential oils do.
1. Shaving Cream
For those who already know swear by aloe vera gel as a shaving cream. Its anti-septic properties are great for treating nicks and cuts and its moisturizing effect for skin rehydration after shaving. Try mixing the gel with some hand soap and a few drops of vitamin E oil for a moisturizing lather. You can keep this beauty concoction in the fridge for up to six months. Another plus using aloe cream is that it contains no chemical ingredients like most shaving creams do.
2. Make-Up Remover
Many make-up removers are packed with parabens and other harsh chemicals, which can dry out the skin and irritate the eyes. They’re also not good for people with sensitive skin or who wear contact lenses. Dampening a cotton pad with potent aloe vera gel is a great and natural way to remove make-up—and it doesn’t sting!
3. Eyebrow Gel
If you want to keep those eyebrows tamed throughout the day, you don’t have to spend extra for a small tube of commercial brow gel, which often gives than hard and unnatural look to your arches. Dip a clean mascara want in a dollop of aloe gel and run the wand to your brows to keep them tidy. It will tame your brows without the sticky feeling.
4. Heel Repair
Have cracked heels? You can make your own treatment at home using aloe gel. Just mix four tablespoons of gel with half a cup of oatmeal and half a cup of unscented body lotion. Slather the mixture all over your feet and leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing off. This will exfoliate and moisturize your feet and get rid of cracking skin due to dryness.
5. Face Wash
You can make an organic face wash with pure aloe gel. Just mix a tablespoon of aloe vera with a teaspoon of almond milk and a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil. This is idea for sensitive skin and for treating breakouts. Plus, the anti-aging property of virgin coconut oil is great for fighting early signs of skin aging.
6. Hand Sanitizer
Many hand sanitizers available in the market contain antibacterial triclosan, which encourage the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria but can also dry out the skin. Mix half a cup of aloe gel with a quarter of alcohol and a few drops of your choice of essential oil in a spray bottle. With the aloe vera’s natural moisturizing property and the alcohol’s antiseptic property, you can now keep your hands clean without drying them out.
7. Dandruff Solution
Aloe gel is antibacterial, making it an ideal scalp treatment. If you have itchy, flaky, and sore scalp due to commercial shampoos or hair colour, massage some aloe gel into the scalp and wrap your head in warm towel for half an hour before rinsing it off. This provides instant relief and moisturized scalp that’s free from dandruff.
8. Fresh Breath Treatment
If worried about bad breath, try infusing your drink with ¼ cup of aloe gel. The plant extract contains B-sitosterol, an anti-inflammatory compound that can cure acid indigestion—which usually causes bad breath. You can even add the gel to your smoothie—though be careful as it can produce laxative effect when consumed in large amounts.
9. Acne Treatment
You can soothe redness and help spots heal by using aloe vera gel as spot treatment after washing your face. The natural healing effects of aloe vera will soothe the inflammation underneath while still taking care of the skin’s moisture. Besides topical treatment with aloe gel, make sure to eat plenty of fruits and veggies, as well as fishes rich in omega 3 like tuna and salmon, to avoid acne and skin breakouts.
10. Home-Made Scrub
Make your own face and body scrub at home without the nasty chemicals for a more healthy way of revealing brighter skin. Mix half a cup of aloe gel with brown sugar or baking soda to create a gritty texture like those of commercial body scrubs. Aloe vera softens and supplies oxygen to the skin, making it an ideal base for any skincare treatment.
11. Refreshing Eye Gel
Had a long day at the office doing computer works? Your eyes must be really tired and puffy. Slather a blob of aloe gel to your under eye area and gently massage the gel in until it is completely absorbed. This provides instant soothing and cooling effect, and also helps preserve the skin’s youthful glow as aloe is moisturizing and anti-aging.
Aloe vera products are widely used in Singapore. The plant contains an abundance of essential nutrients that make it incredibly healthy and useful. With its versatility and numerous benefits, Aloe vera Singapore has become one of the people’s most trusted herbal remedy.