Saturday, May 13, 2006

Aloe Vera Skin Care

By Kevin Pederson

1. Silky Aloe Vera Skin Care Body Lotion

1 cup Aloe Vera gel 1-teaspoon lanolin 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil 1/3-cup coconut oil 1/2 to 3/4 ounce beeswax 3/4 cup almond oil 1 ½ teaspoons essential oil.

Use a blender (or food processor) to mix the Aloe Vera gel, lanolin, & vitamin E oil. Microwave coconut oil & beeswax in a glasscontainer on high 30 seconds, and stir. Repeat heating in 10-second blocksuntil fully melted. Stir in almond oil, reheating if necessary. Run blender or processor at low to medium speed, and then pour in melted oils in thin stream. As the oil is blended in, the cream will turn white and blender's motor will start to grind. As soon as melted oils are added and you've achieved mayonnaise-like consistency, stop the blender; add essential oila nd pulse-blend. Do not over blend. Transfer cream to glass jars while still warm - the lotion will thicken quickly. This lotion really absorbs well and leaves no residue on skin. This recipe makes two cups.

2. Oats & Aloe Vera Exfoliant for your skin

1 tablespoon finely ground oats 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds1-teaspoon honey 1-tablespoon Aloe Vera gel Combine ingredients in a bowland stir until well mixed. Apply to face and neck skin after cleansing and before toner is applied, using gentle circular motions. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat excess moisture from face. Follow with facial mask.

3. Aloe Vera Face Mask for Healing and Soothing(Great for sensitive and dry skin, especially after sun bathing)

Ingredients: -3 TBS pure and certified organic aloe Vera juice -1 drop Helycrisum essential oil -1 drop Rose essential oil Combine all ingredients and apply mixture evenly on face and neck. Leave it on for at least 7 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry, and apply the following "healingand soothing" aromatic blend, prepared in advance in a 10-ml bottle filledwith vegetable oil: -1 drop Neroli essential oil -3 drops Lavender essential oil

4. Aloe Vera Skin Toner

Soak a cotton pad with pure aloe Vera gel and use it to freshen your skin and remove excess oil. Use daily, following with moisturizer. This isespecially good for normal and oily skin and is a great overall toner.Dilute the gel 50/50 with spring water if you have sensitive skin. You canalso use the juice of a leaf from your aloe plant. Cut off the amount you are going to use, and put the remainder of the leaf in a plastic bag in therefrigerator. The leaf will keep for about 3 days.

5. Floral Aloe Vera Gel

1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel (available in most natural food stores) 1 tbsp. dried lavender flowers or 3 tbsp. fresh. 1 tbsp. dried calendula flowers or 3tbsp. fresh.

1. Mix together the aloe Vera gel with the lavender and Calendula flowers in an ovenproof glass container, then heat the container gently by sitting it in a hot water bath on the stovetop.

2. Let the mixturecool completely, and then pour it through a clean, fine strainer (to removeall of the solids) into a clean container.

6. Exfoliating Foot Mask

1/2-cup oatmeal 1/2-cup cornmeal 1/2-cup coarse salt 1/2 cup unscented body lotion 4 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel in a large bowl, combine all ingredients.Slide feet into mixture and rub, beginning at toes, working up to heel andankle. Do one foot at a time, rinsing in a separate bowl of warm water.

7. Exfoliating Aloe Vera Face Mask

4 Tbsp. Pumpkin puree 1 Tbsp. Honey 4 tsp. Cornmeal 2 tsp. Aloe Vera gel 2tsp. Pineapple, diced 1 tsp. Green tea 1/2 tsp. Sunflower oil 6 drops frankincense essential oil (optional) 4 drops cinnamon extract (optional)Directions Steep green tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. In blender or food processor puree pineapple and place in medium-sized mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, honey and aloe. Mix well. Stir in sunflower oil, green tea andcornmeal. Discard the remaining green tea. Add frankincense and cinnamon.Stir. Apply small amount of pumpkin mask to cheeks, forehead, chin and neck.Massage in circular motions gently buffing skin. Repeat. Apply more productas needed. Leave a thin layer of pumpkin mask on face and neck for 15-20minutes. Rinse with tepid or cool water and pat dry with soft towel. Follow with appropriate moisturizer. Store remaining mask covered in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Benefits: Pumpkin enzymes dissolve dead skin cells whilethe cornmeal sweeps them clean. Honey has antimicrobial properties as wellas moisturizes and softens. The result is a beautiful glowing complexion.Use this mask as often as you like.

Kevin Pederson has been managing a number of natural home remedies websites,such as , which have a lot ofinformation on home based natural cures for some of the most common illnesses.

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