The summertime is all about the sun. Whether you're heading to the beach, going to the zoo, or simply spending time outside at home with your family, skin care is important. After a day in the sun, you need to rehydrate your skin and you may need to soothe it if you got sunburned. Rather than shelling out a small fortune on after-sun skin care products from a boutique, try making your own!

What Are the Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin?

Aloe vera has been used for skin care and medicinal purposes for thousands of years - its use dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. The leaves of the aloe vera plant contain a wide variety of beneficial nutrients as well as enzymes and fiber that make it highly versatile for use in skin care and natural remedies for many different ailments.

Aloe vera contains vitamins A, B, C, D, and E as well as copper, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It is very beneficial for moisturizing the skin, soothing and hydrating after sun exposure. It offers natural antioxidant properties and it speeds healing for cuts, scrapes, and burns. It can be used as a spot treatment for acne, and it offers anti-aging benefits as well.

Simple Ideas for Aloe Vera Skin Care

Aloe vera gel is the part of the plant that you want to use for skin care and you can purchase it online or at your local health food store. Combined with a few other simple ingredients, you can use it to make homemade skin care products that are perfect for summer - here are some ideas:
  • Use a little aloe vera gel on a cotton pad to gently remove makeup without drying out or irritating your skin. It is safe to use on a daily basis.
  • Combine 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a small bowl then blend well. Apply the mask to clean skin and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing - this is perfect for sensitive skin.
  • Make an overnight firming mask by combining aloe vera juice with half a cucumber and one egg white in a blender until smooth. Apply to clean skin and let it sit overnight before rinsing it off in the morning.
  • To soothe inflammation and irritation from acne, apply a small amount of pure aloe vera gel directly to the blemish and let it absorb into the skin.
  • Make an exfoliating scrub for skin by adding enough aloe vera gel to a handful of brown sugar to create a thick scrub. Gently rub the scrub into your skin in a circular motion and rinse well.
  • After sun exposure, apply aloe vera to clean skin to moisturize and hydrate - it will also help soothe any inflammation, itching, or pain from sunburn.
Aloe vera is a versatile plant that can provide many benefits for your skin. Simply stop by your local health food store or shop online for a 100% pure aloe vera gel (organic, if you can find it) and then give some of the recipes provided above a try!

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