Aloe vera gel and lemon juice are full of vitamin-rich ingredients for the skin, 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.
If you have aloe plant waiting to be used, now’s your chance to learn how to harvest it and turn it into a skin-soothing treat. You can use up any extra to make your own aloe water to hydrate and heal on the inside.
Aloe vera is derived from the aloe vera plant is rich in vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins function as antioxidants and help protect the skin from damage from outside stressors. Aloe vera is also a powerful moisturizer, protecting the protective skin barrier and used for centuries in various cultural practices in the treatment of skin wounds and burns.
Lemons—and the citric acid in lemon juice—can also be good for our skin. Rich in vitamin C, it helps to ward off free radicals that contribute to aging skin. Lemon juice is a natural exfoliant that can be used as a gentle peel for those top few layers of dead skin and unclog pores. Used regularly, it can also help fade pigmentation and acne scars. It’s also great for toning and moisturizing the skin. This facial pack is recommended for all skin types.
How to Make a Fresh Aloe Vera Face Pack
- 2 aloe vera leaves
- Juice from ½ a lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Thin cloth (optional)
Cut two aloe vera leaves from the base of the plant. Slice the edges (pointy teeth) from each side of the leaf in long sections. Then chop the leaf into 2-3 inch sections. This will make slicing the leaf to get to the gel much easier than slicing an entire leaf whole.
Once you’ve exposed the aloe vera gel, use a knife to extract the gel from the leaf. It’s okay if you’ve got some pulp along with the gel. Place the gel (and any attached pulp) into a blender and add the juice from half a lemon and the honey into the blender. Blend for 30-60 seconds.
How watery your mixture is will be dependent on the size of your lemon and the consistency of your aloe vera gel. You can apply the mixture directly onto your face and neck (avoid the eye area since that is more sensitive) for 10-15 minutes. You can also soak a thin cloth into the mixture and lay it over your face and neck. (This latter option can be done for upwards of 20 minutes since it’s not directly on your skin.)
- Use cotton eye pads underneath the cloth if you are worried about irritating the skin there
- If you feel any type of stinging, don’t be alarmed; you might just need to dilute the lemon juice with water a little. If you develop a rash or persistent irritation and/or burning, contact your dermatologist.
- Once you are finished, wash off with warm water and follow with a moisturizer
- This mask can be done once a month as a brightening and firming pack
- As with any time you are using an exfoliant, either store bought or homemade, you will want to be sure you use an appropriate SPF afterwards. This is because your skin will be more susceptible to sunburns and sun damage directly following an exfoliating treatment. Contact with citric acids, such as lemon juice, may make the skin more sensitive to burns when exposed to sunlight and dark hyperpigmentation. So cover up! You won’t want to undo all that work of revealing fresh, glowing skin by sitting in the sun unprotected. Sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or above and sun protective clothing are ways to protect your skin from not only sunburns, but cosmetically displeasing sun spots.