Aloe vera is one of the most popular natural skin care ingredients in use today.
And with good reason.
It’s soothing, moisturizing, and can protect the skin from aging.
It’s long been prized for its health and beauty powers, with documented records of its use stretching back thousands of years.
The ancient Greeks and Romans valued it for its healing powers.
And the legendary Egyptian queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti, famous for their beauty, are said to have used Aloe vera in their daily routines to keep their skin looking young and beautiful.
If you’re looking to take advantage of its age defying and skin healing properties, then the regular use of a homemade Aloe vera face mask will allow you reap its rewards.
In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the benefits of Aloe vera when it’s applied to your face.
And how you can start making DIY Aloe vera face masks for acne and glowing skin today.
- 1 Aloe Vera Face Mask Benefits
- 2 DIY Face Mask Recipes
- 2.1 Aloe Vera & Manuka Honey
- 2.2 Aloe Vera & Basil Essential Oil
- 2.3 Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil
- 2.4 Aloe Vera, Turmeric, & Honey
- 2.5 Aloe Vera, Avocado, & Oatmeal
- 2.6 Aloe Vera & Yogurt
- 2.7 Aloe Vera & Papaya
- 2.8 Aloe Vera & Tomato
- 2.9 Aloe Vera & Cinnamon
- 2.10 Aloe Vera & French Green Clay
- 2.11 Aloe Vera, Almond Oil, & Banana
- 2.12 Aloe Vera, Rose Water, & Cucumber
- 2.13 Aloe Vera, Strawberry, Honey, & Coconut Oil
- 3 Finding A Gel
- 4 Side Effects & Precautions
- 5 Final Thoughts
Aloe Vera Face Mask Benefits
Aloe vera is packed full of bioactive compounds that can interact with your skin. These include vitamins, enzymes, phenolic compounds, fatty acids, salicylic acid, and saponins.
And these are thought to give it its interesting properties when it’s used in face masks.
Let’s take a look at its key benefits:
DIY Face Mask Recipes
Aloe vera gel is easy to use in face masks and can be combined with almost any other natural skin care ingredient.
These combinations can enhance specific benefits, depending on what you are looking to get out of it.
Here are some homemade avocado face mask recipes for you to try:
Aloe Vera & Manuka Honey
Manuka honey has antibacterial properties that can kill the acne bacteria. It also helps to moisturize the skin, and it removes fine lines thanks to gentle exfoliation.
Directions For Use:
- 1Get a bottle of Aloe vera gel and a jar of organic, raw, UMF 15+ manuka honey.
- 2Put 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of the gel into a bowl.
- 3Mix the ingredients together.
- 4Apply the honey and Aloe mixture to your face with your fingers.
- 5Leave the face mask on your skin for 20 minutes.
- 6Clean your face using water.
- 7This can be used daily.
Aloe Vera & Basil Essential Oil
As mentioned above, scientific studies have shown an enhanced ability for Aloe vera and basil oil to treat acne when used together.
In this recipe the gel acts as a carrier for the essential oil, making a 2% concentration of basil oil, the same as in the study linked to.
2% is a common recommended concentration for people to start with when using essential oils as most people should find it easy to tolerate.
Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for the skin, and it also has antibacterial properties that can kill the acne causing bacteria P. acnes.
In this recipe, we’ll also add some lavender essential oil for its stress relieving scent, antioxidant content, and ability to kill the acne bacteria.
But you can add any essential oil of your preference instead.
Aloe Vera, Turmeric, & Honey
Turmeric contains curcumin which has antibacterial activity against P. acnes. It also has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe Vera, Avocado, & Oatmeal
Avocado helps to moisturize and improve the appearance of your skin.
And oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne. It can soothe irritated, itchy, and sensitive skin, and is helpful for people with oily skin. It also helps to protect the skin against UV radiation.
Aloe Vera & Yogurt
Yogurt contains probiotic bacteria that not only help to protect and moisturize the skin, but could also help your skin to prevent the growth of the acne bacteria.
Aloe Vera & Papaya
Papaya helps to remove old skin cells from the surface due to the action of its enzymes papain and chymopapain, leaving your skin looking fresh and smooth.
Aloe Vera & Tomato
Tomato contains antioxidants such as lycopene that can protect the skin from photoaging.
Aloe Vera & Cinnamon
Cinnamon has powerful antibacterial and anti-aging properties. This face mask is good for people who are struggling with acne.
Aloe Vera & French Green Clay
Green clay helps to absorb bacteria, oil, and impurities from your skin pores. And can help to exfoliate away blackheads and dead cells from the skin’s surface.
Aloe Vera, Almond Oil, & Banana
Banana contains antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that are good for the skin.
Almond oil is a fantastic moisturizer that’s easily absorbed and leaves skin feeling supple and smooth.
Aloe Vera, Rose Water, & Cucumber
Rose water has a relaxing scent that can help to relieve stress and anxiety, and antibacterial powers that can kill the acne bacteria.
Cucumber can help to soothe inflamed and irritated skin.
Aloe Vera, Strawberry, Honey, & Coconut Oil
Strawberries help to exfoliate the skin, clearing away dead cells and blackheads, and leaving skin soft, smooth, and fresh. They also contain skin protective antioxidants.
Finding A Gel
When selecting a gel to buy you will usually find that you can’t get a 100% certified organic product. This is because it requires a small amount of preservative to be added in order for it to keep.
However, ideally it’s best to make sure that the Aloe vera was grown organically.
An alternative is to grow and harvest the plant yourself so that you can use it fresh.
When buying a bottled gel, try to buy one that has as much Aloe vera in it as possible. Gel can be bought that is 99.75% Aloe, with just 0.25% natural stabilizers and preservatives.
Side Effects & Precautions
Aloe vera face masks are very popular with natural beauty enthusiasts, and it’s not hard to see why.
Most people find it to be a soothing ingredient for the skin, which moisturizes, protects, and helps to reduce skin conditions like acne.
It can be easily combined with other beneficial ingredients and can help to increase their positive effects.
Whether you just want to relax and pamper yourself, or are trying to improve a specific problem, Aloe vera makes a great base for a face mask that can do the job.
Have you tried any Aloe vera face masks? Please share your experiences with us in the comments section below.