It’s really easy to make your own homemade facial toner with aloe vera gel. This is derived from a desert plant reknowned for its potential health benefits.
Aloe vera has a soothing quality. So gel made from the thick, juicy leaves of the aloe vera plant is often recommending for acne and other types of eruptions.
You can combine pure aloe vera gel with a couple of other ingredients for an all-natural skin soothing toner, made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances or other nasty chemicals.
Aloe Vera Gel Skin Treatment
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Aloe vera gel can be soothing, in and of itself. But it may work even better if you combine it with other plant-based ingredients, such as lavender essential oil. Out of all the different types of essential oils, this one has earned a reputation as a skin healer. (It’s my own go to remedy if I accidentally stay out in the sun too long.)
Aloe Vera Gel for Skin Tone
A few years ago, I relieved myself of all chemical cosmetics. Now, I use only plant-based ingredients on my face. It’s made a huge difference. My skin tone has improved so much that I no longer need to wear foundation to cover the blotchiness. (I can’t help but wonder if the chemicals I was putting on my face were causing this problem.)
I’ve also realized that it’s so easy to make your own face creams, toners, body butter and moisturizers, with just a few simple ingredients.
One benefit to going natural is that you avoid exposing yourself to potentially toxic chemicals. Everything you put on your skin winds up in your body. Also, parabens are added to many beauty products. There’s growing concern these chemicals can promote breast cancer. (So I figure better safe than sorry.)
Aloe Vera Gel for Skin Benefits
Also, plant-based substances contain antioxidants. A number of botanical extracts have been shown to potentially stimulate collagen production. Collagen is the protein that’s responsible for plump, youthful-looking skin.
Currently, there’s interest in aloe vera’s potential to heal the skin. One study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology found that application of aloe vera gel seemed to help the skin to produce more collagen.
Homemade Facial Toner With Aloe Vera
Anyway, making your own cosmetics and moisturizers is simple and fun. Sometimes you have leftovers, which you can give away. Everyone I know really appreciates something that’s homemade, healthy and natural.
1 tbs of aloe vera gel (It’s available here)
1 tbs alcohol free witch hazel (It’s available here)
3 drops of lavender essential oil (It’s available here)
1 drop of palmarosa essential oil (It’s available here)
Mix these ingredients together and store them in a clean glass jar with a cover. It’s important that you keep it away from light and heat, which will cause the essential oils to break down. This recipe has an astrigent quality. So, unless you have very oily skin, you may want to follow the moisturizer with a toner.
I love using both lavender and palmarosa essential oil on my face. Palmarosa, especially, seems to give my face a natural glow.
Some of the above ingredients needed for your DIY aloe vera skin gel you may already have on hand. If you can’t find aloe vera gel locally, it’s available online.
Aloe Vera Gel for Skin Conditions
If you have dry skin, feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil to the mix. It’s very improtant to use alcohol free witch hazel instead of the regular witch hazel you find at the drugstore. As a teenager, I used regular witch hazel in a misguided attempt to clear my oily, acne-prone skin. It only ended up with more irritation.
It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned about alcohol free witch hazel, and why it’s recommended.
Aloe Vera Gel for Skin Irritation
Aloe vera gel is one of the natural remedies you may want to consider for minor skin irritation. Please understand though, that I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give medical advice or promise that any natural remedy will solve your health problems. All I can do is share my own story of how I use plant-based products on my own skin with good results.
For me, natural botanicals work so much better on my face than chemicals. I just wish I’d realized this years ago. The only catch is that I need to rotate my plant-based ingredients so they work better. I rarely use any one recipe more than a week or two, before taking a break. Once I do that, I can return to it again.