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Health & Lifestyle

How To Use Aloe Vera To Keep Your Skin Young And Flawless



Talk about any skin problem and a common home remedy suggested by almost everyone is aloe vera. The magical leaves of the aloe plant, which resembles a cactus, contains a gel-like substance that holds huge value in the world of beauty. It is credited for its incredible healing properties besides working wonders to keep your skin looking young, protected for harmful UV rays and bringing instant relief from any irritation. Made up of 96 percent water, the gel is loaded with essential amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins (A, B, C and E).

Wondering how to make use of aloe vera in your regular beauty regime? While there are numerous aloe vera beauty products available in the stores, the best thing to do is to get your hands on an aloe vera plant and keep it at home. When you need to use it, break off a little part of the leaf, let the sap drip out and then squeeze the gel out to use on your skin.

Here are some easy home remedies for your skin with aloe vera as the main ingredient:

1. Aloe vera gel + lentil paste

Soak half a cup of urad dal overnight and grind it into a smooth paste along with a pinch of turmeric powder. Mix in two tablespoon of aloe vera gel and apply it on your face Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. It will help clean and nourish your skin.

2. Aloe vera + honey

Both these ingredients are known to act as natural sunscreens to protect the skin from UV rays. Mix two tablespoon aloe vera gel with equal quantities on honey and apply it generously on your skin and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash. It will help bring about a cooling effect while making your skin smooth.

3. Aloe vera + cucumber

Looking for a summer skin cleanser to protect your skin for losing its glow? Here’s your answer. Add one tablespoon aloe vera gel, quarter cup cucumber paste, quarter cup yoghurt and two to three drops rose water. Apply generously and let it stay for 20 minutes before washing with cold water.

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