There’s more to aloe vera than just a cooling remedy to heal sunburns. Here are 6 other benefits you can (literally) squeeze from your tube of aloe vera gel!
What is aloe vera?
Chances are you’ve heard of aloe vera, a cactus-like plant which stores water in its leaves. This creates a gooey substance which is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. This translucent goo forms the basis of aloe vera gel, and has long been used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as eczema and scaly skin. As it is made primarily of water, it is moisturising and cooling, and an excellent option to treat sunburns and other burns.
If you’ve got a tube of aloe vera at home that’s sitting around at home, don’t waste it! Here are 6 alternative uses for that bottle of aloe vera gel.
1. Use it as a makeup base
Mix your foundation with the aloe vera gel in a 2:1 ratio and use on face. This will create a more dewy, refreshed look while also not drying out your skin!
2. Use it as an aftershave cream
Apply aloe vera gel to areas after shaving to reduce razor burn and cool the skin. This will prevent irritation and reduces damage to the skin.
3. Use it to reduce swollen eyes
Swollen eyes? Put the aloe vera gel in the fridge, put some on cotton pads and leave on eyes for 15-minutes. The cooling effect of the aloe vera gel will reduce swelling.
4. Use it as a body moisturiser
Aloe vera gel is very moisturising and is great to use as a body moisturiser. As it is predominantly water, there will be no greasy residue and it will be absorbed immediately.
5. Use it as a hair treatment
Protect your hair against heat damage by use aloe vera gel. It will also provide mineral-rich moisture to your hair and will make it easier to style.
6. Use it as a mask
Aloe vera gel is great as a wash-off face mask. Leave it on skin for 15-minutes and wash off after. Be amazed by vibrant, plump skin!
Aloe vera gel has many benefits for the skin. If you don’t have this multi-purpose product at home, head over to Vaniday and get yourself a tub! Choose from 3W Clinic 98% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel 300ml or Nature Republic Aloe Vera 300ml, both of which are popular options back in South Korea. (P.S. Did we mention they are under $10 a tub?)
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