Aloe + Lemon Face Pack
This simple hydrating and toning aloe vera face pack will moisturize and brighten skin.
Yield: 1 –2 applications
Thin cloth (optional)
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 aloe vera leaves (fresh is better, but if you don’t have an aloe plant, I recommend using this gel)
Cut two aloe vera leaves from the base of the plant. Slice the edges (pointy teeth) lengthwise from each side of the leaf in long sections. Then chop the leaf into two- to three-inch sections. This will make getting 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 sections. It’s okay if you’ve got some pulp along with the gel. Place the gel (and any attached pulp) into a blender along with the honey and the juice from half a lemon. Blend for 30–60 seconds.
How watery your mixture is will depend 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. Alternatively, you can dip a thin cloth into the mixture, soak it well, and lay it over your face and neck.
This also makes a great spot treatment! Apply it to acne, dark spots, scars, or rashes, and let sink in for about 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and pat skin dry.
If you only need to cover a small spot, like a pimple, then apply using a cotton swab and leave on overnight.
Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 24 hours.