Aloe Vera as an Anti Aging Skin Care

A youthful skin that defies age, isn't that on the wish list of most around us? Ageing is a gradual process which can be slowed down further, but never stopped. Two people of the same age may look different in terms of their age. This difference is an output of a combination of factors - genetic makeup, heredity traits and  lifestyle. The most noticeable first signs of skin aging are fine lines and wrinkles which deepen with the passing of time. There is a range of ways to treat them and reduce their appearance. Some methods are invasive, others are non-invasive. Some offer immediate benefits and others longer-term results.

The anti-aging face cream you use on the reg doesn't have to be a synthetic chemical science project. In fact, the most effective and truly anti-aging remedies happen to be nature's most simple and pure ingredients. The ingredients in this anti-aging cream individually have profound affects on the skin, but together, they complement one another in terms of texture, scent, and complexion benefits.

Aloe Vera is most commonly associated with sunburn relief and is well known for its curative properties for the skin. This plant is native to Africa and is most easily characterized by the thick fleshy leaves that have been used since ancient times to treat scrapes, burns and injuries of all types.

How Aloe Vera is Good for Wrinkles

Aloe vera gel has many potential benefits for your skin, including treating the effects of aging on your skin. Aloe can also help in treating burns, skin ulcers and wounds. Aloe can soothe your skin and prevent damage from sunburns as well. These benefits, along with treating dry skin, may lead to the prevention of or a reduction in wrinkles.

Aloe vera gel contains polysaccharides like acemannon and other chemical constituents that appear to stimulate skin regeneration and healing. Aloe vera gel may act to prevent or reverse skin damage from sunlight exposure.The gel or cream are absorbed through the skin and the nutrients are applied immediately where they are needed the most. The most prominent results are skin regeneration and healing properties.

How to Make Aloe Vera Gel

You can make your own aloe vera gel. All you need is a healthy aloe vera plant (Aloe barbadensis).

1. Wash your hands. It's important to start with clean hands and use clean tools to make sure the gel doesn't get contaminated.

2. Slice off an outer leaf of an aloe plant. The outer leaves are more likely to be mature. They'll contain plenty of fresh, healthy gel.

lSince aloe vera gel is perishable, it's best not to make a huge batch at once.

lCutting off just a leaf or two, especially if they're large, should be sufficient to make 1/2 to 1 cup of gel.

lIf your plant is young, be especially careful not to cut off too much at once. Cutting off all of the outer leaves could damage the plant.

l3. Drain the resin for 10 minutes

lPlace the leaves upright in a cup to let the dark yellow resin drain out.

lThe resin contains latex, which can be slightly irritating to skin. It's best to drain it out so it won't get into your gel.

4. Peel the leaves

lUse a vegetable peeler to carefully peel away the green portion of the leaves.

lBe sure to cut through the inner white layer to get to the gel underneath.

5. Scoop the gel out with a spoon

lThe clear, soft gel is easily to scoop with a spoon.

lScoop it all out into a clean bowl until there's nothing left in the leaf half.

6. Consider mixing the gel with a natural preservative like vitamin C

lIf you have a lot of gel and you want to keep it for a month or two, mix in 500 mg powdered Vitamin C or few drops of vitamin E oil for every 1/4 cup of gel you have.

lPlace the ingredients together in a blender and blend well.

7. Place the gel in a sterilized, clean glass jar

lIf you used the preservative, the gel will keep for several months in the refrigerator.

lWithout it, it will keep for a week or two.

8. Use the gel

lApply it to sunburns or other minor, surface burns.

lAloe can also be used as a skin moisturizer or an ingredient in homemade body products.

lIt should only be used on surface skin irritation.

lTry blending 1/2 cup aloe with 1/4 cup melted  coconut oil to make a healing, moisturizing massage lotion.

-By Acolades
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