Use of Aloe for Skin
You ask, what is the use of aloe for the skin? In the aggregate of substances that determine the characteristics of its biochemical properties, and their synergism. In the jelly-like juice of the agave, 98.5% of water is contained, in which more than 150 nutrients are dissolved. And the beneficial substances of the juice of this amazing plant can penetrate deep into the skin due to the presence of lignins - polymers of plant cell membranes.
The properties of some chemical components are still unknown, however, according to the data of the European Pharmacopoeia, ten basic ones are perfectly established: amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals and trace elements (potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium), vitamins ( C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and provitamin A), lignins, mono- and polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins and phytosterols.
Amino acids - the main "building material" of proteins, including collagen and elastin. Aloe juice has several essential amino acids (isoleucine, tryptophan, leucine, lysine, methionine, valine, threonine, phenylalanine) that help in the regeneration of the epidermis, and also stimulate the endogenous synthesis of collagen and elastin in the basal layers of the dermis.
Phenolic compounds of the juice of the leaves of the century - anthraquinones - activate cellular immunity, so the juice of the century can be treated with purulent wounds and skin rashes prone to suppuration.
Stimulate the metabolic process at the cell level enzymes (amylases, catalases, alkaline phosphatases and bradykinase), as well as antioxidant vitamins. They reduce the intensity of oxidative processes in the skin cells, slowing their aging.
Polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates) of aloe - in the first place, acemannan - have antibacterial and antifungal properties, improve cellular metabolism, help to get rid of acne (acne) and help moisturize the skin and regenerate damaged epithelial cells. In addition, acemannan protects the skin from the harmful effects of the UV spectrum of solar radiation.
Aloe contains salicylic acid, antibacterial qualities of which are well known to everyone. Anti-inflammatory antiseptics are phytosterols in the plant (campesterol, lupeol and β-sitosterol).
Saponins of the century - soap-free, nitrogen-free glycosides - refer to surface-active substances of plant origin. Thanks to their presence of a mask with aloe juice, they cleanse the skin well, improving the supply of oxygen to the cells.
Recipes for face masks from aloe
How to make a mask of aloe? First it is necessary to prepare the leaves appropriately: cut the lowest ones, wash, dry, wrap in food film and put in the bottom of the refrigerator (not in the freezer!) For 10 days. This is done so that the juice in the leaves becomes more active - due to biological stimulation of chemicals.
After this time, the necessary product is obtained and, squeezing juice from a piece of leaf, you can at home perform beauty treatments using the following recipes for face masks from aloe. It should be borne in mind that the prepared mixtures for masks are not subject to storage, and each time it is necessary to make a fresh composition.
Mask with aloe from wrinkles
It is suitable for dry and normal skin of the face: half a teaspoon of castor oil or wheat germ oil, a half of raw egg yolk and a teaspoon of oatmeal (oatmeal) are taken per teaspoon of sap. Carefully mixed mass is applied to clean skin on massage lines in 2-3 layers. Withstand as usual - 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water, followed by rinsing your face with cold water or cooled green tea. The mask does twice a week, in the warm season - once.
Rejuvenating mask with aloe
The second option is a rejuvenating mask with aloe, yolk and sour cream. The proportions are the same as in the previous recipe. Such a compound is used if the skin is normal or closer to dry.
But with oily skin is better to use whipped raw egg whites (two tablespoons), juice of a century (one teaspoon) and grated fresh cucumber (one tablespoon).
The third option: a mask with aloe from wrinkles on the basis of agar-agar, sodium alginate, pectin or ordinary food gelatin. It is easier and cheaper to use gelatin: pour a teaspoon of powdered gelatin with 50 ml of cold water and allow to swell, and then warm it in a water bath until it dissolves completely. With a gelatinous mass, mix a tablespoon of sourberry juice, a teaspoon of oatmeal and 3-4 drops of essential grape seed oil or geranium. When the gruel will cool to 37-38 ° C, apply it to the face (except the eye area) for half an hour. The frozen layer is easily removed by moistened with warm water a cotton swab or a cosmetic disk. Such masks are done once a week for 1-1.5 months.
Mask with honey and aloe
Mask with honey and aloe (in proportions of 2: 1, for example, a dessert spoon of honey and a teaspoon of the century) is considered universal, that is, it simultaneously nourishes and moisturizes the skin and is suitable for all skin types. The only warning: you just need to know that the products of beekeeping do not cause you allergies. Such a mask can be enriched with a few drops of lemon juice (if there are pigment spots) or half a teaspoon of olive oil, if the skin is prone to peeling.
Mask of aloe from acne
To reduce acne eruptions on the face is useful mask of aloe from acne, which is recommended to do 2-3 times a week. Grind in a coffee grinder a teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers and store the resulting powder with a small amount of boiling water. When the mass cools down and is slightly warm, you need to add to it a teaspoon of sour juice or as much pulverized blender leaf. To enhance the effect, you can add three drops of essential oil of lavender or tea tree. The mask imposes on the whole face, and directly on the pimples - twice. Keep it until the mask has dried (about 30 minutes).
With oily skin and a tendency to pimples, it is good to apply pure juice of the century, applying it to the areas with rashes within 25-30 days. In addition, such procedures due to the narrowing of the pores also help with excessive sweating of the face.
Masks with aloe juice with couperose
If the face has seats with dilated capillaries (couperose), then masks with aloe juice will help necessarily. It is enough to squeeze out the juice and apply it to problem areas. But you need to do this every day - in the morning or in the evening. You can not squeeze the juice, but simply cut a piece of paper and cut the areas of the couperose and the entire face with a cut. Cosmetologists advise a little to drive a curative juice in a skin, easily pokolachivaja pads of fingers, and then to use the usual nutritious cream.
Mask around the eyes with aloe
Smooth out fine wrinkles at the outer corners of the eyes will help masks with aloe for the eyes.
The first option: take a teaspoon of aloe juice and avocado pulp (ground to a smoothie) and 10 drops of olive oil. The mask is applied for 10-15 minutes and is removed with warm green tea or sage infusion.
The second option: take a teaspoon of juice of the century and potato starch, as well as 5 drops of one of the essential oils - almond, apricot kernels, dog rose, rose, jojoba, neroli.
Many reviews of masks from aloe vera make sure that the eyeliner cleans, softens and tones the skin on the face. Sensations after such simple procedures are very pleasant, and own reflection in the mirror raises the mood.