Aloe vera gel is one of the most common ingredient in skincare and haircare products. It is one of the greatest natural healing plants which can be used on both our skin and hair for it’s moisturizing and soothing properties. We had earlier shared with you beauty benefits of aloe vera gel, here we will show you how to make the gel at home. If you have an aloe vera plant you can extract the gel, store it and use it whenever you want. To make aloe vera gel you will need aloe vera plant and also powdered vitamin C. Here is how you can make and store aloe vera gel at home.Also Read - After 2 Hours, Sunscreens With Zinc Oxide Ingredient Can Become Toxic: Study

The first step is to wash your hands so that you do not contaminate the gel. Also all your tools like the knife or spoon and the jar in which you are planning to store the gel needs to be clean. (ALSO READ This DIY green tea face mask will give you clear skin overnight!). Also Read - Astringents VS Skin Toners: Which is Best For You? Shahnaz Husain Reveals

STEP 1: Slice off the outer leaf of aloe plant as they contain plenty of  gel as they are more mature. Use a sharp knife to make a cut near the base. Only cut one or two as they will be sufficient for the gel. Place the portion that has been cut in an upright position in a bowl to drain the resin. We need to completely drain off the resin as it contains latex which might irritate the skin. Once the dark yellow resin drains out remove it from the bowl. Also Read - Face Yoga: Make Your Face Look Sharper By Trying These Facial Exercises Using Spoons | Watch Video

How to make aloe vera gel at home: Step-by-step guide to make your own aloe gel from fresh aloe leaves (3)

STEP 2: You can use a vegetable peeler to peel the leaves carefully to remove the green portion of the leaves. Carefully peel off the green portion from one side so that you get a canoe-shaped aloe vera leaf portion half filled with gel. But if you have large leaves, you can cut them into smaller pieces first and then peel away the skin.

STEP 3: Use a knife or a spoon to scoop out the clear and soft aloe vera gel. Transfer the scooped gel into a clean jar. Empty all the gel into the jar. Scoop the gel out with a spoon or knife. The clear, soft gel can be easily scooped with a spoon. Scoop it all out into a clean bowl until there’s nothing left in the leaf half.(ALSO READ Top 6 beauty benefits of neem: Use homemade neem packs for your skin and hair problems).

How to make aloe vera gel at home: Step-by-step guide to make your own aloe gel from fresh aloe leaves (1)

STEP 4: You will have to add a natural preservative so that you can store the gel for a longer period of time. Add 500 mg of powdered vitamin C for for every 1/4 cup of gel you have. Now empty the vitamin C and aloe ver gel mix into a blender and blend well. Empty the gel into a clean jar, close the lid and refrigerate it. This aloe vera gel will last for several months since you have used the preservative. You can use the gel directly on your hair and skin or add it to your face mask to get the most of it.

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