With modernization taking over almost all parts of modern human life, going back to nature is the only safe way to ensure that your skin and body are well-cared for. Rush hours, meetings, an irregular diet, and the lack of exercise routines wreak havoc in the lives of working adults, but teenagers are also not spared from skin concerns from exposure to pollution and stress. This is where aloe vera face masks come in.
For ages, Ayurveda, which is an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent, has held many miraculous recipes for all sorts of skin concerns and one of the core ingredients is undoubtedly aloe vera.
Aloe vera for skincare
Skin concerns can range from slight pigmentation and tanning to serious cases of acne and blemish scars that often mess with a person’s confidence levels. While makeup can be a solution, it is only a temporary one, and people who prefer a more natural and make-up-free look find it hard. But skin concerns are not the only reason to apply an aloe face mask. You may already have flawless skin, but maintaining this requires some proper TLC, and aloe vera gel also helps fight skin fatigue and protect your skin from pollution damage.
Aloe vera can be grown in your house and caring for the plant is easy. This succulent perennial plant tends to spread out fast so you can have quite a few pots of plants that you can also gift to your friends. Getting the aloe gel might be a sticky (pun intended!) business, but it’s fun and also great for your hands and nails. You simply need to cut a leaf 2 inches above the base of the leaf at an angle. Place the leaf on a clean surface and from the thicker cut part, insert the knife toward the top section of the leaf and slowly peel the upper section. Once the gel part is exposed, simply scoop it into a blender, add some water, blend it, place it in a bottle, and refrigerate it to use as needed.
If you have spent most of your day outside, cooling is something that your body and your face need the most. While you running a hot water with scented bath salts to relax, make this cooling aloe face mask to help your skin cool down and freshen up. You will need a couple of drops of rosewater as the toner, about 3 crushed mint leaves, about 2 tablespoons of raw honey, and 1 teaspoon of aloe gel. Simply mix all of these to form a thick paste and apply it for 20 minutes. The mint makes your face feel cool, while the honey helps remove the day’s build-up of grease from your skin.
Cleansing is a routine that should be done at least thrice a week to exfoliate and give your face a firmer look. For this, you will need about 2 drops of lavender oil, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons of aloe gel. Mix all these ingredients to form a smooth paste and apply it to your face and neck for 15 minutes. The baking powder along with lemon acts as a great exfoliator to clean your pores, while the lavender offers soothing effects along with aloe vera.
If your skin feels dry and itchy, you need to hydrate your skin. While drinking loads of water effectively works from within, applying a hydrating aloe face mask will make you look ready to conquer the world within minutes. All you need is 2 teaspoons of aloe gel, 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, and 1 teaspoon of rose water. Mix all these and apply them to your face for 10 minutes. The rose water is a natural toner and sandalwood helps lighten the skin. Aloe makes your face look dewy and well-hydrated.
Activated charcoal is making headlines for its great detoxifying properties. Many brands are adding this as a core ingredient to counter skin problems. You can make your paste using 1 capsule of activated charcoal along with 2 teaspoons of aloe gel. Make a paste and apply it to your face. Wash off after 10 minutes with cold water.
Excess oil removal mask
Oily skin is great to help counter age lines and wrinkles, but an oily T-zone not only shines, it also makes you feel sticky. Multani mitti is known to be one of the best oil removal agents. All you need to do is mix 1 tablespoon of Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) along with 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel to get a thick paste. Apply and wash off after 20 minutes to see an instant glow and oil-free face.