One of Cleopatra's favorite beautifying herbs to use to help keep her skin youthful and glowing from head to toe was aloe. However, to get the beautifying benefits from aloe as she did you must use the fresh gel directly from an aloe plant because commercial skin care products do not contain the same potent beautifying nutrients in them as pure aloe does coming straight from the aloe plant.
I also use pure aloe daily to help keep my skin beautiful and youthful as well and have a few different unique beautifying ways that I use aloe daily in my beauty routine, which I will share with all of you.
Homemade Aloe Serum
My all time favorite way to use aloe is to make an anti-aging serum that helps keep the skin glowing, firm, well toned and glowing. Aloe contains vital nutrients in it that helps beautify the skin deep down beneath the pores such as beta-carotene, vitamins C an E, B complex vitamins, minerals and amino acids. These nutrients are essential for promoting collagen production and keeping the skin elastic like in texture. When the skin's collagen is plumped up and healthy the skin has a firmer well toned appearance instead of a wrinkly sagging one.
To make the homemade aloe serum I cut off an aloe leaf straight from an organic aloe plant that contains no pesticides. Then I squeeze a tablespoon of the pure aloe gel from the leaf into a small glass bowl or jar. After, I take about a half teaspoon of olive oil and combined it into the aloe gel in the jar because olive oil contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants that help reduce and prevent the appearance of fine lines while keeping the skin when hydrated. Then, I take about a half teaspoon of rose oil, which is essential for rejuvenating skin cells and keeping them healthy and youthful naturally and combined it into the mixture of aloe and olive oil as well to make a homemade aloe serum.
Once the homemade aloe serum is made, it has a clear silky rich texture to it and clean aloe smell. I store the serum in a small glass jar and place it in my cosmetic bag to use daily.
The way I use the homemade aloe serum is by simply taking a small fingertip full of it and massaging it into freshly clean skin for about two minutes until it is fully absorbed into my skin. After, my skin is silky smooth and soft with a nice warm glow and a lovely hydrated plumped up appearance.
Now I use this serum daily after washing my face because I feel it absorbs better into my skin this way, but you can use it whenever you desire to do so.
Cooling Aloe Clay Mask for Impurities
Another way I enjoy using pure aloe is for healing and drawing out impurities from the skin by making a healing clay mask. Aloe contain antiseptic and antibacterial properties along with antioxidants that help rejuvenate and heal blemishes naturally while cleansing deep beneath the pores drawing out blackheads, dirt, heavy oils and old makeup.
To make the aloe clay mask you will need to combined two tablespoons of pure aloe from an aloe plant, three tablespoons of English clay powder, a half tablespoons of cucumber juice and two drops each of peppermint oil and menthol oil together in a small bowl with a spoon until you get a rich thick bluish mint smelling mixture.
Once the mask is made, it is best to use it immediately before it becomes dried out and hard due to the air.
To apply the mask, simply take a small handful of it and layer a thick even layer onto the skin. Then allow the mask to stay on for 20 minutes, or until it becomes dry, tight and cracked. When you first apply the mask, it should feel cooling tingly to the skin due to the peppermint and menthol in it, which will also help aid in the healing of the skin due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties they contain. The mask should also feel soothing and relaxing due to the cucumber juice in it that will help hydrate and nourish the skin naturally. Now, as the mask dries, it will become tight and cracked due to the clay and aloe in the mask pulling the impurities out of the skin naturally.
After the 20 minutes has past it is best to take a wet cloth and wipe down you face until the aloe clay mask is off. Then it is best to splash the face with cool water to help shrink up the pores so no more bacteria, dirt, and oils can enter the skin and cause more blemishes and blackheads.
Once the mask is completely off you should notice your skin feeling soft and having a clearer brighter complexion with dried out blemishes that should begin to heal and clear up within a couple of days.
To help keep skin free from impurities I find it is best to use this homemade aloe mask once a week. However, in the summertime when my skin tends to be a bit oilier and dirty from gardening I do tend to use it twice a week to help keep my skin free from impurities naturally.
Acne Aloe Overnight Treatment
Now, when my skin is breaking out with little acne patches I like to make my acne aloe overnight treatment by squeezing a tablespoon of fresh aloe out of an aloe leaf and combining it with 5 drops of tea tree oil. The aloe helps provide my skin with vital nutrients and healing properties that help treat and clear up the acne by drawing out the puss beneath the skin and reducing the inflammation. The tea tree oil in the treatment helps kill the harmful bacteria on the skin that causes acne while preventing further blemishes from forming within the area the current acne has formed.
Once the treatment is made I take a cotton swab, dip it into the aloe and tea tree oil mixture, dab it onto freshly clean skin before bedtime, and allow it to dry. In the morning when I wake up, the acne has shrunk in size with less redness and has begun to heal up beautifully.
You can have youthful beautiful clear soft skin as Cleopatra did back in Egyptian times as long as you use pure aloe from aloe plants instead of commercial brand aloe products from stores. Remember, pure aloe from plants is what contains the key nutrients in it to help beautifying and keep the skin youthful naturally.