Good day everybody! My skin has gotten a bit worse over the past few years - and I think it might have something to do with me, increasing the number of foundations, powders and blushes I apply to my face.
After realizing my skin got worse and worse my response was to clean my face more thoroughly. This didn't work, though - it made my face only worse! I tried looking into natural daycreams and natural alternatives, and this helped quite a bit but I needed more.
After recently burning off some skin after having to get my ring removed because my finger had swollen thanks to a mosquito bite, my aunt told me I needed to rub aloe vera onto it. It really helped, and it started getting me interested in the effects of aloe vera. I found out aloe vera could be rubbed onto your face in order to moisturize it and I tried it out - and the results were amazing. My face is now less red, blemishes disappeared and it is more smooth in general.
It is not like I have perfect skin now, but it is so much better than all the other things I used. It is all natural, too, so it can't be bad for the skin and your general health.
Aloe vera plants are fairly cheap - cheaper than your average day cream and you can run out of your day cream, but the plant will keep on growing. It's so easy, so cheap and so good! If you're looking for a natural day cream which'll give your skin a boost, keep on reading.
The first thing you need to do is get an aloe vera plant - like I said, they are not really expensive and they're also not that hard to find. This is what they look like. You have different versions, mine isn't really big but they can grow out to be fairly large plants. I think they are nice for decoration, too - they are not ugly plants and they look like certain kinds of cactuses, too. Add a nice pot and you'll have a decorative day cream - ever heard of that?!
Grab a knife and cut off a complete leaf (don't worry, you'll be able to save it, I'll tell you how later on in this article. Once you've cut it off, wash the leaf thoroughly so there won't be any sand or other dirt on it anymore.
Cut off a small part - about 2 centimetres.
Remove the sides of the part you've just cut off. You don't have to remove much - just enough so the needle-part of the plant will be gone.
Remove the flat side of the little part of the plant - the part my index finger is touching. You don't need to remove much, only just enough for the dark green part to be gone. Watch out, it can be quite sticky but this doesn't matter!
You can now hold the part of the plant on the rounded side and rub the sticky part onto your face. I personally do not like the smell and if you don't like it too - you'll get used to it, really. I always thought the smell of the plant was nice because the aloe vera 'scented' products always smell nice, too, but it's not the same. You're rubbing the 100% product onto your face now, instead of the 0.02% version.
You can keep the other part of the leaf in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Make sure it's not longer as the part can get mouldy, and it's even better when you use it fresh because it's an all-natural products.
Using aloe vera has really helped my face (and also the wound on my finger). It is good for other uses, too - you can use it if you're sunburnt, on scars and as a body lotion. You can also throw the sticky part into your blender with your favorite smoothie - it's healthy to be eaten as well!
Aloe vera is a cheap alternative for day cream and many other things and it's fairly easy to use - it's perfect for me.
Have you ever tried it, or are you interested in trying out the aloe vera plant?