Until a few years back, a lot of us weren’t even aware of that aloe-vera that grew in our balconies. We didn’t know about its magical benefits for both skin and hair but thanks to the experts and the internet to make everyone aware of this plant. While the gel can be freshly extracted (which is also the best), you can also find 99% pure aloe-vera gel everywhere around.
While you freshly extract, you’ll notice translucent gel in the leaves that are made of 96 per cent water, amino acids, vitamin A, B, C, and E. The best part about this gel is that it can be used by both men and women, different skin and hair types, and in any season. In summers, this gel will hydrate your skin while in winters, it will prevent your skin from drying. Firstly, let’s look at some of the benefits that the gel has to offer for our skin:
- Nourishes dry skin
If you are always concerned about your skin getting dry as the winter season approaches, you definitely don’t have to if you have this miraculous gel. Aloe-vera gel is naturally enriched with hydrating properties along with essential vitamins (A, B, C, and E) that will make sure to moisturize your skin. It sinks into your skin and moisturizes it from deep within. It’s even good to use if you want to apply it after you are done shaving.
#DIY: Mix 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel and 1tbsp of coconut oil. Use it on the dry patches. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Soothes sunburn
This gel is known to have cooling properties and is one of the best ways to treat sunburnt skin. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals that speed up the healing process of your sunburn. The gel acts like an additional layer on the skin and calms the skin. Apply on the affected area twice a day for quick results.
#DIY: Mix 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel and 1 tsp of honey. Honey has soothing properties and as soon as you apply the paste, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water to see quick results.
- Treats cracked feet
If your regular pedicures aren’t helping, we suggest you resort to aloe-vera for quick healing. Take a good amount of gel, massage on your feet until fully absorbed, and put on your socks. This will help the gel get absorbed into your skin. Do this on an everyday basis and you’ll soon see the results. You could even use the gel on your elbows and knees to relieve them from dryness.
#DIY: Soak your feet in warm water for a few minutes. Then, make a paste of 2 tbsp aloe-vera and 2 tbsp honey. Apply the paste on your cracked feet and massage well. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and then wash it off.
Benefits for hair:
- Conditions hair and scalp
Aloe-vera gel is a perfect hair conditioner. The presence of Vitamin E makes sure to nourish and moisturize both hair and scalp. Use a small amount and massage evenly on your scalp and through the length of your hair, let it sit for 30 mins, and wash it off with lukewarm water for soft, shiny hair.
#DIY: Mix 2 tsp aloe vera gel, 3 tsp of coconut oil, 1 tsp of honey, and massage well on your scalp and the length of your hair. Let it sit for half an hour and wash it off with mild shampoo to deep condition the hair.
- Promotes hair growth
All of the vitamins (A, C, E) work together to promote healthy hair growth and to boost shine. Massage it once a week onto your scalp and it will strengthen your hair follicles. It also repairs damaged cells and makes hair voluminous.
#DIY: Mix 3 tbsp of aloe vera gel and 1 tbsp of castor oil. Let the mask sit on your hair for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo.
- Cures dandruff and dryness
Dry scalp can lead to dandruff and since aloe-vera gel consists of cooling properties, it helps in relieving the scalp from dryness and reduces dandruff.
#DIY: Mix 2tbsp of lemon juice into the gel, apply the mixture onto the scalp, massage it, let it sit for 30-40 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water, and you’ll see reduced dandruff and dryness.