Aloe vera gel is one of the best beauty ingredients to have in your beauty cabinet. The best part about it is that you can plant it at home and use fresh aloe vera gel every day. Even though it is available in stores, fresh is always better as it is natural. If you don’t have an aloe plant at home already, here are enough reasons that will convince you to get one for your beauty’s sake. We list the top beauty benefits of using aloe vera gel. It is soothing to the skin and makes for an amazing beauty ingredient. Here’s how to use aloe vera gel.

How to extract aloe vera gel from the plant:

Before you use the gel, you need to know how to extract it from the plant. Here’s how it is done:

Break one leaf from the aloe plant.

Now, place the leaf on a platform and using a knife, cut it open.

Now extract the gel in a bowl.

Store it in the fridge if you do not want to use all of it in one go.

But make sure you do not store it for too long as fresh is always better.

Beauty benefits of aloe vera gel:

Now that you know how to get aloe gel, here’s how to use it well to reap all its beauty benefits.

Heals sunburnt skin

One of the best benefits of aloe vera gel is that  it helps heal skin that has been sunburnt. Since the skin becomes sensitive and changes color too, it is important to apply a soothing ingredient on it. Aloe vera gel has cooling properties that help heal the skin faster.

In order to use aloe vera gel on sunburnt skin, store it in the fridge and let it get cool for a few hours. Now, apply the gel on the skin and let it stay there. The skin will absorb the gel and the one that is left at the top will protect and act as anti-inflammatory agent. (ALSO SEE Top 8 expert recommended remedies to protect your skin this summer)

Lightens the skin

Some parts of our body are darker than the rest such as the elbows, knees, underarms, inner thighs, etc. Aloe vera gel has properties that can lighten the skin tone. It will prevent dryness in these areas and also help in restoring the natural color. However, it takes time to see results so be patient. Apply the gel every day on these areas and leave it on overnight. If these areas are exposed, make sure you apply sunscreen on them before stepping out.

Gets rid of dark spots

Dark spots and blemishes can ruin your appearance and if you want to fade them away, aloe vera gel can help you do that. All you need to do is use it every night and wash off your face in the morning. It is best to do so in the night as that is when your skin rejuvenates and it will absorb the gel in it. Apply it on the blemish or spots and then wash face with a facial cleanser the next morning. (ALSO SEE How to get rid of prickly heat rash)

Promotes hair health

Aloe vera gel is great for your hair’s health. It promotes hair growth, keeps scalp clean and nourishes the hair as well. Applying aloe vera gel does not have any side-effects for your hair so make sure you use it once a week. Mix it with tea tree oil or sweet almond oil and then massage it on your scalp. Wash your hair after an hour.

Helps remove makeup

If you do not want to use creams and lotions to remove makeup, you can use aloe vera gel to do so as it acts a natural cleanser. You can apply it directly or apply it on a cotton pad and then use it on your face. Mix a little coconut or olive oil as it will be easier to apply and remove the makeup. Aloe vera gel will also not harm the skin and soothe it in the process. (ALSO SEE Natural makeup cleansers to make at home)

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