Three Aloe Vera Face Mask Recipes To Whip Up At Home Hero

Skin Care Aloe vera rescue remedy for sunburn

Originally from South Africa, and only growing in hot and dry climates, aloe vera is an oily plant that resembles a cactus. It has been used for thousands of years for its dermatological properties; even Cleopatra used it; and is a shining star in today's beauty products. The reason? Its precious gel, extracted from the leaves, is rich in vitamins A, B, C and E; minerals including calcium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc; enzymes; and amino acids.

Aloe vera gel contains 85% mineral- and vitamin-rich water and has exceptional hydrating power, strengthened by its poly- and monosaccharide content (sugars that are capable of retaining water). Try making a homemade mask with one tablespoon of aloe vera gel, one teaspoon of yoghurt and one teaspoon of honey. Apply in a thick layer and leave for 10-15 minutes. Soft skin is yours!

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, aloe vera is a powerful healing remedy and is used in products like deodorant, for example, to regenerate the skin. It can help skin recover from minor burns, irritations and grazes and is a brilliant sunburn rescue remedy. Simply let the product dry to form a thin transparent protective film.

Aloe vera is also an ally of oily skin, as it is non-comodegenic (it won't clog pores) and astringent, making it effective at combating acne.

Aloe vera gel promotes the production of fibroblasts; the cells that participate in cellular renewal. Which means it can protect against the signs of ageing and helps the skin to have a smoother and more youthful appearance for longer. If it's good enough for Cleopatra...