Making aloe vera gel is super easy, very inexpensive and far better for skin than the many gels available. Aloe vera gel is a great healer that can soothe sunburns or irritated skin.
Aloe vera gel or lotion is considered the best to cool and calm the skin post waxing. I love making my own aloe vera gel, I apply it after each waxing session to all of my clients. Aloe vera will help you stay away from the redness, irritation, itching, bumps & allergy after waxing any body part.
Remember you can incorporate aloe vera to your daily skin care routine. You can use it to make your own face mask, lip balm, shampoo and even shaving cream! It will always leave your skin soft and hydrated. And as a bonus, aloe is known to fight wrinkles. I personally love applying aloe vera gel on my face as a face mask. I leave it on for 25 min and then wash off with warm water.
When ready to harvest the gel from an aloe leaf, choose an outer leaf that is healthy and grows toward the bottom of the plant. To remove the leaf, cut it at an angle close to the plant’s base. Plants that are too immature to harvest will not have leaves growing close to the ground.
- Once you cut the leaf from the plant, place it upright in a container in a slightly tilted position. Let the leaf stay in that position for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, allowing the sap to drain from the leaf.
- Place the aloe leaf on a flat surface such as a cutting board. Carefully cut off the tip of the leaf and the pointed rough edges on both sides using a very sharp knife. Make certain to cut both sides of the leaf all the way from top to bottom.
- Separate the front and back of the leaf by slicing it lengthwise from the inside.
- Scoop out both the slimy mucilage gel and the clear inner gel which appears more as a solid gel. For most leaves, a spoon works for scooping out the gel. If the leaf is very large, a butter knife may work best. When removing the gel, it is important to press down lightly but firmly, being careful not to remove any remaining sap.
Store the aloe gel in the refrigerator in a plastic container that is safe for food storage or a glass container. The best container choice is a dark green or brown glass jar, which helps to keep out light. I like to add a drop of vitamin E and a small amount of citric acid powder to prevent discoloration and make the aloe vera gel last longer. In place of citric acid powder, simply crush a vitamin C tablet into powder or use a drop of grapefruit seed extract. For dry skin add a few drops of olive oil to the aloe gel.
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