The Magic Of Aloe Vera & A Great Aloe-Honey Facial Mask Recipe
Posted Jun 25 2010 9:28pm
When it comes to skin care, simple, simple, simple is alway the best. So when I was about to hop into the bath last night and saw a bottle of aloe vera gel and a tub of manuka honey lying around my bathroom, I figured combining the two would make a magical combination, and it did!
This has to be one of the simplest yet most powerful facial treatment masks I can think of. Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory so does an amazing job at soothing any redness and irritation in the skin. It also contains (and this is kind of kooky) a natural salicylic acid so applying it topically to the skin means you’re getting a bit of deep pore exfoliation. I wish all of those people out there using aspirin internally or topically (crushed up and mixed with something binding) to reduce the redness and inflammation and deep pore exfoliate their skin knew about the magic of aloe vera. Really, aloe vera is a much more pleasant and beautiful raw material to use on the skin and internally than synthetic aspirin.
And since we’re talking about aloe vera, I might just mention that I bought a large bottle of aloe vera drink the other day which I’m a little excited about. I’ve started adding it into my green juice every day (well, at least when I remember).
This bottle is not the best option though, I bought it because it was cheap (I’m such a tightarse sometimes!). The problem with this one is it contains Potassium Sorbate (202) and Citric Acid (330). I usually steer clear of any product that contains an ingredient that requires a number so I’m not sure I’ll be purchasing this brand again. Both can cause skin irritations or allergic reactions in sensitive people. I seem to be okay with both but my sister has an insane allergy to Citric Acid, it gives her bad eczema. So I’ve seen it in action.
Ideally you want to use FRESH aloe vera in this mask recipe. That means picking a leaf off the plant and scraping out the healing gel. But last night it was dark and cold and I didn’t particularly want to treck out into my back yard to harvest aloe vera. So the gel was the next best thing! But if you are planning on using the fresh stuff here’s a tip – take the leaves from the bottom of the plant because they’re the most mature and the most potent.
In my opinion, you don’t need all of that extra fancy stuff. A simple mask like this one will do the job better than most of the super expensive brands of “deluxe” skin care products out there.
Aloe Vera gel (fresh is better but bottled is good too)
Combine equal quantities and enough of both ingredients until you have good coverage over your entire face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes (or even longer if you can!) then rinse off with warm water. You do not need to cleanse before using this mask or even moisturize after unless your skin needs it. My skin is quite dry so I still moisturize.