“Doctor, can I use aloe vera on face daily? Does it helps in skin whitening?”

Yes, you can use aloe vera on your face twice daily in morning and night. It has following benefits:

  • skin whitening
  • reduce pimples
  • moisturise oily skin without clogging pores
  • reduces wrinkles
  • soothes irritated skin
  • calms sunburn

 

Make sure that you either extract pure aloe vera at home or buy aloe vera gel that is free from harmful chemicals.

 

In this article, I have answered following questions:

  • How to use aloe vera for face daily?
  • 6 ways to use aloe vera for face
  • How to use Aloe Vera for hair?
  • How to use Aloe Vera for body?
  • How to make aloe vera at home?
  • Will drinking aloe vera help my skin?
  • What are the side effects of using Aloe vera?

 

How to use aloe vera for face daily?

You can massage aloe vera gel on your face in the morning and night. Aloe vera is the best moisturiser for oily skin type. It’s water content hydrates your skin without clogging your pores. For dry skin type, mix 30 drops of Argan oil in 100 ml aloe vera to make hydrating cream.

You can also combine Aloe Vera with other natural ingredients to address your key skin and hair concern as shown in this video:

6 ways to use Aloe Vera for face

Skin whitening

Aloe vera helps in reducing dark patches by aggregation of skin pigment called melanin according to this study. Aloesin, a compound isolated from the Aloe vera, has been proven to competitively inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme involved in the formation of skin pigment, according to this study.

You can use either:

Oily skin

Aloe vera can be used as an excellent moisturiser for oily skin. It reduces acne and yet not clog your pores.

You can apply aloe vera for oily skin in the following 3 ways:

 

Pimples

Aloe vera gel heals red pimples by reducing inflammation and fighting against bacteria.

 

Combine aloe vera with tea tree oil to make this homemade anti-acne moisturiser.

 

Ageing skin:

Anti-ageing benefits of aloe vera can be explained by the following mechanisms:

  • Aloe vera showed improvement in viscoelastic and hydration properties of the skin in this study.
  • Another study quoted that aloe vera stimulates formation of collagen and elastin fibres. This makes skin firmer and less wrinkled.
  • Aloe vera protects and repairs the damage caused by the sun, dust, pollution, harsh chemicals, etc.

You can further enhance the anti-ageing benefits of aloe vera by adding the essential oils. For full recipe watch this video:

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Sensitive skin

 

Aloe vera has a steroid-like calming action on the red and irritated skin.

 

However, there are few reports of sensitivity reaction with aloe vera as well. Remove the yellow liquid that oozes out during extraction of aloe vera at home. This will minimise the chances of reaction.

 

Try this soothing cream for sensitive skin .

 

It has 3 most potent anti-inflammatory ingredients- aloe vera, rose water, and calendula.

Sunburn:

 

Aloe Vera reduces pain, redness an promotes healing of the sunburnt skin.

 

You can either use:

How to use Aloe Vera for hair?

Aloe vera nourishes hair roots and reduces hair fall. It reduces dandruff, if you combine with with tea tree oil or lemon.Simply massage Aloe Vera scalp around 1 hour before washing your hair, or

 

Make your own aloe vera hair growth mask.

 

You put this mask overnight on hair roots for maximum benefit. It grows hair in 3 months.

 

How to use Aloe Vera for body?

Cuts and boils:

Aloe vera aids healing and prevent infection when applied to minor cuts and boils because of anti-bacterial and antiseptic action. You can use this aloe vera neem basil gel as a natural antiseptic.

Skin cancer: 

Anti-tumour activity of aloe vera is attributed to skin repairing and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera.

Minor burns: 

 Studies shows that aloe vera causes skin epithelisation and accelerated healing. It is faster than commonly used antiseptic cream silver sulphadiazine.

Lichen planus: 

Lichen planus is a common skin disorder characterised by an itchy purple coloured rash. It has shown regression with an application of aloe vera.

Psoriasis: 

Both application and intake of aloe vera reduce psoriasis lesions because of anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory action. One study concluded that aloe vera cream may be more effective than 0.1% steroid cream in reducing the clinical symptoms of psoriasis.

Scabies: 

Aloe vera gel might be as effective as benzyl benzoate in the treatment of scabies.

How to make aloe vera at home?

Aloe vera gel extracted at home should be stored in an airtight container. Keep it refrigerator immediately to avoid oxidation. The method of extracting aloe vera is as follows:

  • Aloe vera gel gets spoiled on exposure to air and sunlight. Therefore, the whole process of extraction should be performed quickly.
  • Cut one or two mature leaves from Aloe vera plant and clean it thoroughly.
  • Split the aloe leaf into two halves with the knife. Scoop out the clear, translucent, inner gel from the split leaf.
  • Wash the yellow residue(rich in anthraquinones) that oozes out of the transparent aloe vera gel. this will reduce chances of skin reaction.
  • Store this freshly extracted aloe vera gel in an air-tight glass container in the refrigerator.

The advantage of homemade aloe vera is that it is 100% pure, and the disadvantage is that you have to store it in the refrigerator.

Will drinking aloe vera help my skin as well?

Yes, of course. In fact, one study has shown improvement in the wrinkles with the intake of aloe vera daily for three months.  You should start with two tablespoons of Aloe vera gel mixed with lemonade or any juice and increase to 4 tablespoons maximum.  It is not advisable to consume undiluted aloe vera.

 

What are the side effects of using Aloe vera?

The Cosmetic ingredient review expert panel labels aloe vera preparations as safe. However, several case reports of the development of hypersensitivity reactions and contact dermatitis in response to aloe vera preparations have been published.

Oral intake of aloe vera might cause diarrhoea especially at higher doses and may lower blood glucose levels. Rare cases of kidney damage with the chronic intake of aloe vera have been reported. The above-mentioned side effects are more common if the yellow liquid (rich in anthraquinone) is not removed during extraction.

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