Whether as after-sun care, for dry skin, for allergies or impurities: the ingredients of aloe vera make your gel a real beauty miracle! We’ll tell you how easy it is to do pure skin care yourself.
The gel from the fleshy leaves of the aloe vera plant (real aloe) has been used for centuries for all kinds of skin ailments. The healing effect of the ingredients can be observed in all kinds of skin ailments, such as sunburns and even insect bites. So it’s no wonder it’s a very popular ingredient. We’ll tell you how you can easily and naturally obtain the gel yourself at home.
This is why aloe vera is good for the skin
The leaves of aloe vera contain valuable minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes that have a positive effect on our skin and our organism. Furthermore, the thick leaves are able to store nutrients.
The outer bark of the leaf surrounds the juice and gel inside. The latter has anti-inflammatory properties that promote injury and wound healing in our skin.
Make aloe vera gel yourself: this is how it works
The basic requirement for the production of the gel is of course an aloe vera plant. In order to preserve the valuable ingredients, the plant must be at least three years old. But don’t worry! You don’t have to wait three years for your homemade aloe vera gel. The plants can be bought at an older stage.
A sharp knife spoon
Lockable jar for storage
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First you should disinfect the utensils that come into contact with the gel. This works either with cleaning agents or, alternatively, simply with boiling water.
Now remove the aloe vera leaf with a sharp knife as far down from the plant as possible.
Now the sheet must be placed vertically, with the cut face down, in the glass. This is how the yellowish juice (aloin) runs off, which has a strong laxative effect and should therefore not be consumed. Wait 90 minutes for the aloin to drain completely.
To be on the safe side, shorten the leaf again by two to three centimeters to ensure that all residues of the juice have been removed.
Now the sheet is scratched lengthways and torn open. Gently scrape out the gel with a spoon.
The gel can now be stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for about two weeks.
Great side effect: the moisturizing gel is particularly refreshing from the refrigerator!
Shelf life: freeze aloe vera gel
If you want to make larger quantities, you can also freeze them. To do this, puree the gel in a blender and fill it into ice cube trays. So it can be thawed again later in good portions.