ALOE WINTER: SEVEN SURPRISING USES FOR ALOE VERA
The benefits of Aloe Vera in Summer go together like "Frankly my dear..." and Clark Gable. But did you know, there are uses for Aloe Vera in Winter? Aloe Vera isn't just for summer and with spring just around the corner. We want to bust seasonal prejudice when it comes to the amazing Aloe Vera plant.
Why wouldn’t you want to use a pure, organic and natural ingredient all year round. Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which is not only nourishing but also anti-ageing. It’s perfect for dry and dehydrated skin which naturally happens in winter. Aloe Vera can moisturise the skin without making it greasy, which makes it the perfect compliment to those with oily skin. For dehydrated skin it puts the water back in.
Here are some uses of Aloe Vera you may not have thought of and why Aloe Vera is your skin's best friend.
Aloe Vera to Prevent Dandruff
Dry scaly scalps can be so embarrassing and frustrating. Winter weather makes your scalp, and hair brittle and dry. So how does Aloe Vera treat dandruff? Here’s how:
Aloe Vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repair dead skin cells on the scalp. Keratin, the primary protein of hair, consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulphur. Aloe Vera has a similar chemical make-up to keratin and rejuvenates the hair with its nutrients, giving it more elasticity preventing breakage. Aloe Vera adds shine and moisture to your hair while promoting hair growth. It prevents itching on the scalp and keeps your hair healthy. Want to make your own anti-dandruff shampoo?
Aloe Vera Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner Recipe:
Step One: Mix equal
Aloe Vera Gel and your shampoo together.
Step Two: Massage into your scalp and leave for 2-3 mins.
Step Three: Rinse.
Step Four: Mix equal parts of Aloe Vera Gel and conditioner
Step Five: Apply to your hair leave for 2-3 mins.
Step Six: Rinse
You will notice a difference in your scalp after 3-4 applications.
Aloe Vera to Prevent Hair loss
Experiencing hair loss? Hair loss can happen for a variety of reasons, seasonal changes, ageing and hormonal. Aloe Vera gel is an excellent hair rejuvenator and tonic. With a little TLC and DIY your hair will love this little treatment.
Aloe Vera Hair Loss Treatment Recipe
Step One: Mix ½ cup of Aloe Vera with 1 egg and 2-3 tsp olive oil.
Step Two: Massage all of the mixture into the scalp and hair.
Step Three: Cover with a hot towel for 10 minutes.
Step Four: After 40 minutes shampoo and condition your hair.
If done twice a week, you may notice that your hair fall has reduced and your hair has started to look healthier and conditioned.
Aloe Vera for Shaving
For women there are times in winter where you can skip the shaving (thank you opaque tights). But every now and then a winter maintenance shave is required. What we love about Aloe Vera for shaving is that it’s antibacterial, which is great for nicks, it’s slippery, allowing for a nice close shave, and it moisturises too.
For men winter can mark ingrown hairs, dry, rough, scaly skin. Many shaving gels have harsh chemicals that can leave skin irritated. If you have sensitive skin, then this Aloe Vera shaving gel will work a treat. Here is our quick recipe:
Aloe Vera shaving gel recipe:
Step One: Mix in 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera gel, 1/4 cup of Sensitive Skin Cleanser, 1/4 of water, and one tsp of vitamin E oil into a jar or empty soap dispenser.
Step Two: Apply a thin layer and shave.
Step Three: Cover with a hot towel for 10 minutes.
Or if you are running out of time and need a quick shave on the go and don’t have time for a shower. Aloe Vera is great as a water free shaving cream perfect for winter holiday breaks. Simply slather generously on to your skin and shave. Any excess gel rub into your legs.
Aloe Vera to exfoliate dry winter skin
When skin gets dry it can leave a layer of dead skin cells on the surface which makes skin look dull and lifeless. Excess dead skin can be removed simply by exfoliating once a week. Yes you can buy exfoliators but why not mix your own natural, chemical free DIY Aloe Vera scrub.
Aloe Vera Scrub recipe:
Step One: Mix half a cup of Aloe Vera gel, a cup of coarse sugar or coffee grinds and two tablespoons of lemon juice.
Step Two: Stir the ingredients together and use it to scrub both face and body.
Step Three: Rinse your skin
We recommend exfoliating 2-3 times a week. The sugar/coffee will help exfoliate and scrub off dead skin, the Aloe Vera will deep clean the skin and the lemon will help fade out scars blemishes.
Aloe Vera as a makeup remover
Winter skin needs as much care as Summer skin. Many makeup removers contain harsh chemicals that are very drying to your skin. I like this tip for camping and need a quick face clean. While it won't remove heavy mascaras it will give your face a gentle cleanse.
Aloe Vera Makeup Remover
Step One: Squeeze a drop of pure Aloe Vera Gel onto a cotton ball and wipe your skin clean.
Such a great, simple, natural and effective make up remover. You can use this tip for summer too!
Aloe Vera as a hand sanitizer
Sick of your hand sanitizer drying out your hands? Well here is a little DIY Hand sanitizer that will nourish and protect your hands.
Aloe Vera Hand Sanitizer recipe
Step One: Mix 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel, 1/4 cup alcohol, and 20 drops of your favourite essential oil and
pour into a spritz bottle.
Step Two: To use, spritz once and rub between hands.
The alcohol fights germs while the aloe soothes your skin.
Aloe Vera for Winter Sunburn
Last but not least if you are hitting the snowfields this Winter then your bag needs Aloe Vera. Not just for your snowburn but hey you can sanitize, remove makeup, sort your dandruff out, exfoliate and shave. Why wouldn’t you throw an Aloe Vera gel into your suitcase - it really is your perfect all year round Aloe Vera skincare wonder gel. And when you are looking to purchase Aloe Vera don't pick one that is diluted with chemicals and fillers. Make sure your purchase a pure and organic version to maximise the health benefits.