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How to use Aloe Vera for Face: Benefits and Recipes! 

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If you’re like me, figuring out how to get clear skin is almost like finding the Fountain of Youth. I’ve gone through multiple skin care regimens to get that clear dewy skin! And I have to say-none of the products I’ve used have gotten my skin as clear (without breaking the bank) as Aloe Vera has. Let’s discover how to use aloe vera for face, along with some benefits and recipes!

Aloe Vera Benefits

Aloe Vera has been used for centuries for its multi-use applications, and is worth its weight in gold. I have been using aloe vera for around a month now and my skin is worlds better! So what are some benefits to using aloe vera? Let’s see.

1. Hydration for skin

Aloe vera hydrates the skin. A study found that using aloe vera extracts on the skin increased water concentration of the outer layer of skin.

2. Skin Healing and Skin Rejuvenation

Aloe vera heals the skin, reducing dark spots and acne scars (yes!). A study found that a protein in aloe vera called Aloesin actually accelerates skin wound healing.

3. Collagen! Collagen!

With Aloe vera being involved in skin healing, it is involved in collagen synthesis great for keeping skin youthful and supple (i.e. save some money on those collagen serums and supplements!).

4. Antibacterial = no more acne

Most acne is caused by bacterial infection in the skin. Further causing inflammation and those big, ugly pus-filled acne bumps. Aloe vera is antibacterial which can reduce acne.

5. No more redness

Aloe vera can reduce inflammation caused by acne. Aloe vera has a cooling reaction on the skin that makes redness disappear. Cucumber is also great at reducing redness and inflammation. Learn more about cucumbers for skin here.

Recipes

Now that you know why you should use aloe vera for face, let’s discover some easy recipes to use on the skin!

Aloe and Rose water

This combination will pack a punch in your acne woes. Rose water is great at reducing redness, and rejuvenating skin. Here’s an easy recipe you can use.

-1/4 cup of dried rose petals (you can use store-bought roses and dry them outside)

-1/5 cup distilled water

-1/4 cup aloe vera gel

-1/4 cup distilled water

  1. Bring rose petals in 1/5 cup of water to a boil, then simmer 5-10 minutes in a medium sauce-pan.
  2. Allow to cool then add 1/4 cup water
  3. Add 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel

Aloe Vera Toner

This is a cost-effective, natural, and toxin-free facial product that will do wonders for you without breaking the bank! 

-1 large aloe leaf, take all gel out 

-20 drops of frankincense (skin healing and rejuvenation) 

-½ Teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil (mild sunscreen, moisturizer)  

  1. Blend aloe vera gel chunks in a blender until smooth. 
  2. Add 20 drops of frankincense oil 
  3. Add ½ tsp of extra virgin coconut oil 
  4. Place in sealed jar and refrigerate 

After washing my face and spritzing with rose water, I add a dime to quarter sized amount to my face and neck then moisturize with a rose oil serum.

Conclusion

These are cost-effective, natural, and toxin-free facial products that will do wonders for you without breaking the bank! I didn’t notice a difference in my skin until about a month of use. But give aloe vera for face a try-you might never go back to your old skin-care products. For more easy clear skin recipes check out my post here

Blessings,

M/M

6 Natural Skincare Products for Acne Found in Your Kitchen!

With drug store skin care brands leaving skin feeling dry, oily, and dull? Perhaps a more simpler method, with simpler products can allow the skin to heal, and restore itself. So let’s first examine how acne occurs in order to understand how the six natural skincare products for acne you can find in your kitchen could work for you!

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How Does Acne Occur?

The cause of acne is not fully understood. But there are many believed causes including sugar, caffeine, chocolate, too much oil (sebum) produced by skin, stress, hormonal imbalance, etc.

An article on Dr. Bronner.com explained the causes of acne. They explain that acne is known to primarily result from the blockage and inflammation of pores (also known as hair follicles).

This blockage and inflammation can be caused by keratin plugs, sebum and bacterial overgrowth—and often all three of these are present in a breakout. Now that we know how acne is caused, let’s finally discuss some natural skincare products for acne you can find in your kitchen!

Honey

The first of the six natural skincare products for acne is honey. As I spoke of in my post on natural ways to boost your immune system, honey is a very strong antimicrobial. It can prevent acne by killing the bacteria on your skin that can clog your pores.

Good way to reduce acne? Add a tsp of honey to your hands along with your facial cleanser before you wash your face. Or wash your face with honey! Many people have tried this and found success. I used to use honey when I clean my face and it glowed. Adding honey to your skin care routine will leave your skin feeling dewy and soft.

Manuka honey is touted as the best, check out some affordable honey below.

YS Organic Bee Farms Honey $10.49 Amazon.

Manukora MGO 50+ Multifloral Manuka Honey Non-GMO, $14.99 Amazon

Coconut Oil

The next natural skincare products for acne is coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for your skin. It is an amazing moisturizer, anti-inflammatory which is great for reducing redness and acne, anti-fungal, and even acts as a mild sunscreen (SPF 4-5). Coconut oil also acts as a wound-healer which is great for reducing acne scarring.

Nutiva Organic cold-pressed coconut oil, $6.98 Amazon.

Organic coconut oil, cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil, $7.15 Amazon

Castile Soap

The following natural skincare products for acne is castile soap. Castile soap is a vegetable oil-based cleanser. It is antimicrobial, and it tends to be a little harsh. But it gets the job done in cleaning your skin and preventing acne. Dr. Bronner’s has great castile soap.

The unscented baby soap is best for sensitive skin. The lavender, and tea tree soaps are good acne-prone skin. Peppermint scent is good for oily skin. But use with caution and dilute starting out (1 cup water and ½ cup soap, you can add more or less). Check them out below!

Dr. Bronner’s Unscented castile soap $8.99, Amazon

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender oil castile soap $7.99, Amazon

Dr. Bronner’s tea tree castile soap, $8.19 Amazon

Avocado Oil

This next natural skincare products for acne is avocado oil. Avocado oil is a relatively affordable oil great for dry and damaged skin. This oil increases collagen and decreases inflammation which can cause acne and redness.

Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado oil, $13.49 Amazon.

La Tourangelle, Avocado oil, All-Natural, $9.98 Amazon.

Turmeric

This next natural skincare products for acne is turmeric. Turmeric has many benefits including skin benefits. This amazing spice regulates sebum production, reduces dark spots on skin, natural exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells.

Aloe Vera

The final natural skincare product for acne is aloe vera. Aloe vera is a miracle plant with many benefits for the skin including some UV protection, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-tumor (preventing skin cancer), moisturizing, anti-aging, antiseptic (anti-acne chemical salicylic acid).

I personally like to extract aloe vera by buying the huge leaves from the grocery store. However, this process is very long and tedious. So, check out some aloe vera products below!

100% Organic Aloe vera, $9.99 Amazon.

Conclusion

In a previous post, I spoke about the many harmful chemicals in our beauty products. It’s important to consider that using more natural products could be better for our skin health and health overall!

But when using any new product, do a skin test by applying a small amount to your chin or hand and observe the reaction. Be patient with any products you use, it may take many weeks before you notice any difference in your skin.

Blessings

M/M