Both aloe vera gel and lemon juice are full of vitamin-rich ingredients. So, they make a fantastic face pack. Aloe vera face masks are great for keeping skin clear and healthy, not to mention reducing any skin redness, inflammation, or pain. You can also use aloe vera to hydrate and heal the skin.
Aloe vera plants are rich in vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins function as antioxidants and helps in protecting the skin from damage from outside stressors such as the sun, and inside stressors such as poor diet and other negative lifestyle habits. Aloe vera is also a powerful moisturizer. It has been also used for centuries in various cultural practices for the treatment of skin wounds and burns. It is just a miracle substance with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, skin-protective, and wound healing effects. Here is a mask you can make at home and use once a month.
How to make the face pack
Cut two aloe vera leaves from the base of the plant. Slice the edges lengthwise from each side of the leaf in long sections. Then chop the leaf into two- to three-inch sections. Once you’ve exposed the aloe vera gel, use a knife to extract the gel from the leaf sections. It’s okay if you’ve got some pulp along with the gel.
Place the gel into a blender along with the honey and the juice from half a lemon. Blend for 30–60 seconds. You can apply the mixture directly onto your face and neck for 10–15 minutes. Alternatively, you can dip a thin cloth into the mixture, soak it well, and lay it over your face and neck. Use this mask at night. As with any time you are using an exfoliant, either store-bought or homemade, make sure you use an appropriate SPF for sun protection afterward. This is because your skin will be more susceptible to sunburn and sun damage following an exfoliating treatment. Contact with citric acids, such as lemon juice, may make the skin more sensitive to burns upon exposure to sunlight and may cause rashes and dark hyper-pigmentation. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above and sun-protective clothing are ways to protect your skin from not only sunburns but cosmetically displeasing sun spots.
However, if you feel any type of mild stinging, you might just need to dilute the lemon juice with water a little. If you develop a rash or persistent irritation or burning, rinse off your face with water and contact your dermatologist. Once you are done, wash off with warm water and follow with a moisturizer.