Aloe vera soothes skin by relieving pain and inflammation, while promoting skin repair and new skin production, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Its skin-healing properties make it a natural choice to use as an ingredient in a facial mask. If you grow aloe, there's no need to make an appointment at the spa for an aloe vera facial mask -- you can make one in the comfort of your own home.
Peel the cucumber with a vegetable peeler and chop it into chunks. Place the chunks into a blender and puree them for 30 seconds.
Measure out 6 tablespoons of the cucumber puree and put it in a glass bowl.
Take a large aloe vera leaf from an aloe plant and squeeze out 4 tablespoons of the gel into the bowl, adding it to the cucumber.
Add 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt; mix well with a fork.
- Secure your hair away from your face, and then wash your face with a gentle soap and rinse with warm water. Apply the aloe vera mask mixture to your face, avoiding your eyelids and the immediate under-eye area.
- Allow the mask to stay on for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, rinse well with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.
- If you find that you have a lot of the facial mask mix left over, cut the recipe in half in the future. Do not save leftover mixture for future use.
- If you experience redness or irritation when using the aloe vera face mask, wash off immediately and discontinue use.
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