To the ancient Egyptians, the aloe plant held the secret to eternal youth and beauty. There is also evidence they used it to treat burns, heal scars, and even aid in the embalming process. Cleopatra was said to have used aloe vera face masks on a regular basis. While the ancient Chinese were said to also use it to achieve a smooth, pleasing complexion. So aloe vera face masks as part of a beauty routine is nothing new, and the benefits are just as real and as easy to enjoy today as they were thousands of years ago.
Below, we’ll go over our 7 favorite DIY aloe vera face masks
1) The aloe vera and cucumber mask
This mask is especially good for treating pigmentation marks, blemishes left by pimples as well as scratches. All you’ll need to make it is some aloe vera gel, some cucumber slices and a few drops or rose water (optional).
- Mash several slices of cucumber.
- Combine in a bowl with 2 tbsp of aloe vera gel and the rose water.
- Mix thoroughly until you have as smooth a paste as possible.
- Apply to your face and leave on for 30 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
2) The honey and aloe face mask
This aloe face mask is great for treating oily and acne-prone skin. It restores a natural luster and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling in its wake. All you’ll need is an aloe leaf and some honey.
- Boil the aloe leaf in water and then mash it into a paste.
- Add a tbsp of honey and mix thoroughly.
- Apply to your face when cool and leave for 20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with cold water.