Ok so let me just start off by saying if you haven't jumped on the Aloe Vera train by now, jump on... ASAP! But don't fret, it's never too late (I just jumped on the train myself). When I talk about aloe vera I'm talking about the actual plant, not any skincare product from the store. Yes, the plant. You can purchase the plant at your local Walmart, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc or you can even grow one right in your home! Let's start small though.
The benefits for aloe vera are endless, but to name my favorites: great moisturizer, alleviates eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis, fades dark spots and acne scars, reduces inflammation, and it just feels great applying it to your skin. It's my new happy place, especially after I cleanse with our Honey Nut Oat Soap.
How to Use the Aloe Vera Leaf I Just Convinced You To Buy:
1. Cut all the sides off the leaf. The aloe vera in the leaf should be exposed on each side and the top and bottom.
2. Slice the top half of the leaf off.
3. Now the aloe vera in the leaf should be fully exposed! From here you can decide what's best for you. I typically go ahead and slice the aloe vera form the middle and throw it in my Nutri Bullet. If you don't have a blender of some sort, then I suggest taking a spoon and scraping the aloe vera from the leaf. I've done both ways and the spoon scraping is actually easier, but your final product just turns out chunkier.
4. Apply to face or affected areas twice a day. You can leave it on as long as you would like. I apply mid-day and rinse off after a couple of hours and then I apply again right before bed and rinse it off in the morning! This has helped my acne scars and just my skins overall glow.
There's so much more you can do with it and this is just the bare minimum, but it works wonders! REFRIGERATE YOUR GEL! It will mold and go bad if not. Even with refrigeration, it's only good for about a week. This is why I can't add it to any of the products I make, but I won't be selfish and not share the goodies!