Skin Care

3 Aloe Vera Face Mask Recipes to Whip Up at Home

Aloe vera's vitamin and mineral-rich gel deeply nourishes and hydrates skin. It does so in two ways: firstly, it's able to penetrate the epidermis to nourish the dermis and hypodermis. Secondly, it captures water droplets in the air, harnesses them to our skin, and prevents them from evaporating.

In other words, aloe vera works wonders on dry skin!

Moisturise your dry skin by treating it to a hydrating aloe vera and yoghurt face mask. You'll need: aloe vera gel and one tablespoon of natural yoghurt. Mix the aloe vera gel with the yoghurt until you get a smooth liquid. Apply it to your face and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.

Aloe vera contains exfoliating enzymes that remove dead skin cells to allow our skin to breathe and give our circulation a boost. It works like a treat on oily skin and prevents clogged pores caused by excess sebum.

This homemade aloe vera and honey mask also has a turbo-charged antibacterial properties. You'll need: aloe vera gel and one tablespoon of honey. Mix the aloe vera gel and honey until you get a creamy paste. Apply it to your face, leave for 20 minutes, and rinse off with cold water.

Aloe vera boosts collagen and hyaluronic acid production, meaning it helps prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. Its antioxidant content zaps free radicals that are partly responsible for premature skin ageing.

This anti-ageing mask contains aloe vera and cucumber (packed with vitamins A, C, and E) for a firm, smooth complexion. You'll need: 100g of aloe vera pulp and 100g of cucumber. Mix the ingredients with a bit of water to get a smooth paste. Apply it to your face and leave to work overnight. Rinse off in the morning and follow by applying your usual day cream.

Used regularly, these concoctions are bound to have a healthy, healing effect on your face and return your complexion and glow.

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