Skin type: any
I’ve always been a sucker for beauty masks, but lately my bank account has been pleading with me to stop trying expensive products I can only find in Sephora and attempt to make some of the homemade masks I’ve been seeing around the Internet. I’ve seen many masks that have some combination of aloe and lemon juice so I figured I should start with it as it seems simple and the ingredients aren’t that hard to find.
Aloe is well known for its healing properties, an excellent reason for buying yourself a plant and using the ingredients directly from the source.
This mask is incredibly simple to make, has only two ingredients, and can be used as often as you want. I would suggest using it once a week in the beginning and upping it to three times a week over the course of a few weeks. If you have acne, feel free to use this mask every day. As with all other masks you make or buy from the store, give yourself a few days after your initial mask to make sure your skin doesn’t have any odd reactions to the ingredients.
For this mask, I used four tablespoons of aloe and the juice of half a lemon. Store bought aloe gel won’t be as fresh as an aloe plant, so if you want to do this treatment often I would suggest buying a plant. They need to be placed in sunny, consistently warm locations away from drafts and watered every couple of weeks. Make sure to let the soil dry completely before watering the plant again. If you do use an aloe plant for the mask, use the liquid from two of the leaves. Slice the leaves from the plant, then cut the leaves open to access the gel.
I combined the aloe and the lemon juice in a blender and mixed them for about one minute, then applied the mixture to my face and left it on for fifteen minutes. This isn’t one of the masks that hardens and stays on your face while you can be up and about doing activities: I had to sit on the couch with my face tilted upwards because I was nervous about the gloop dripping all over my face. I did applied it liberally, however, so maybe it will be easier next time when I don’t have as much mixture on my face. When I rinsed it off, my face felt amazing. I don’t have a huge problem with acne or oily skin so I can’t speak for that, but I can say without a doubt that my face felt cooler (temperature-wise) and far cleaner than when I use any other store-bought product. An added bonus was how amazing it smelled and how smooth my face felt! I will definitely be using this multiple times a week and imagine that it is going to feel amazing when the heat of the summer comes rolling in.
Aloe is well known for its healing properties, an excellent reason for buying yourself a plant and using the ingredients directly from the source. It is an excellent moisturizer and rejuvenates the skin by hydrating it. It has anti-microbial properties (making it ideal for treating acne), is a great anti-oxidant, is known to retain your skin’s firmness (hello anti-aging cream!), and is known to reduce pain and inflammation both internally and externally. I bought myself a plant a few months and love it! The gel that I buy from the store just cannot compare with the fresh gel I squeeze from the leaves. When I have more gel than I need, I simply put it in a sealed jar and leave it in the refrigerator until I need it.
Lemons are equally as amazing as aloe plants. Their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make them perfect for healing acne, blemishes, and other weird spots on your skin. They are also a natural exfoliant since the citric acid acts as a natural “skin peel” that removes the top layer of your skin. The acidity of lemons may be a bit harsh for some people, so when you begin adding lemons to your beauty regiment be sure to dilute them with water to make them gentler on your skin. If that goes well, slowly dilute it less and less until you eventually are only using lemon. This may never happen for some people, so feel free to dilute forever if that’s all your skin can take! You will still reap the same benefits as everybody else.