Chances are, you’ve used Aloe vera to help relieve the discomfort of a cut or sunburn – but this desert plant has everyday uses that will surprise you. Long celebrated in the skincare community – you’ll find many Actifirm products incorporate this natural soother – it’s a botanical remedy with amazing versatility:
Aloe vera makes a great shaving cream. Its gel texture makes it a natural for achieving a smooth shave.
It may help clear up breakouts. Aloe gel contains salicylic acid, which helps dissolve whiteheads and blackheads, exfoliates the skin, and opens up clogged pores. In addition, it has antiseptic properties that may impact acne-causing bacteria.
Aloe takes off stubborn makeup. Yesterday’s mascara is no match for Aloe gel – use it to gently remove stubborn cosmetics from your skin.
Icy Aloe vera gel makes a comforting cold compress. You’ve probably snapped off an Aloe leaf to dab on a cut or burn, but this tip takes the home remedy to the next level. Freeze an Aloe leaf or cube of Aloe gel for heightened relief.
It’s a natural as an eyebrow gel. Use a clean mascara wand to apply Aloe gel to your eyebrows, for flexible hold that also leaves eyebrow hair soft and feathery.
Hydrate tresses by using Aloe as a leave-in conditioner. Aloe not only moisturizes parched hair, but is also an anti-inflammatory treatment for the skin of the scalp.
As with anything you put on your skin, be sure to test Aloe on a small patch before applying broadly. The Aloe vera plant is an easy-to-grow plant that thrives with little maintenance. While commercial Aloe gels are widely available, having a potted plant makes it easy to go directly to the source to reap the rewards of this natural wonder.