Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY: Aloe Mask

One my friends grow an Aloe plant in our dorm and well.... it wasn't doing too well... The plant started to droop down because it wasn't getting enough sunlight so we decided to make a mask out of the plant since all of our skin needed some nourishment.  Sorry Eep the plant. We needed your moisture.

What is Aloe?

For those of you who don't know, Aloe is a cactus plant that grows in dry climates. It has been used medicinally for centuries. Aloe Vera leaves create a clear gel when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied to heal wounds and soothe skin. Aloe is good for sunburns, anti-aging properties and fighting acne. Within the Aloe vera gel, there are two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins that provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce skin inflammation. Gibberellins also acts as a growth hormone causing the skin to heal quickly with minimal scarring.

What you'll need for this mask:

  1. Aloe Plant
  2. Scissors
  3. Water
The mask itself is really simple. I think I'll start growing Aloe in my room too just so I can do this mask more often!

Step 1:

Cut off a strip of Aloe from the plant. LOL my friend just plucked the leaf off the plant.

Step 2:

Trim off the edges of the Aloe leaf. Make sure to trim off both sides of the leaf. That way, the leaf will be easier to open.


Step 3:

Open up the leaf. It's easy to do if you have longer nails, just use your nails to physically separate the leaf apart.

Step 4:

Once you open the leaf up, you will feel the slimy aloe vera. Just apply the slimy side of the leaf onto you skin directly and start to rub into your skin. Focus on the dry areas of your skin.

Step 5:

After about 5-10 minutes, rinse the mask off your skin and apply your toner and lotion. You will feel that your skin has definitely gotten smoother and more hydrated. 

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