Aloe Vera Benefits for Skin

Hi there!

It’s been a little bit since I posted about how to make aloe vera juice, and I really want to elaborate about the health benefits of aloe.  

Aloe is a superfood when you consume it; aiding in digestion, immune system, and even weight loss.  In addition to this, it’s amazing for your skin.  Yes, yes, yes – we’ve all bought the crap in the bottle when we are sunburnt to a crisp.  HOWEVER, sunburn is only one of the many ways aloe can be used.  Aloe vera has been used for more than 5,000 years – to the Egyptian times.  Aloe vera has been used to treat burns (not just sunburn!), cuts, eczema, psoriasis, and even acne. Yes, ACNE.  

I’ve always struggled a bit with acne.  I’ve never had very problematic acne, however I’ve never had a very clear face, and though I had to admit it, I get the few random pimples on my back, and chest, and worst of all.. arm pits!  A little over a month ago I started breaking out really bad in my underarms, due to a few different reasons.  With all of the lifting I’ve done over the past 6 months, my body has changed.  A lot of my shirts no longer fit; they’re so tight on my arms that the seam is right in my arm pit — causing an acne-like rash.  My sports bras were not helping this matter either, in fact they were just making it worse.  I became so self conscious of it that I wouldn’t wear a tank top to the gym like I typically would.  In addition to feeling like a hideous creature from this rash, it hurt.. and it hurt bad.

For weeks I had tried everything; various dermalogica (which is what I typically use on my face since I have extremely sensitive skin) products, scrubs, astringent, masks, toothpaste, the list could go on and on.  I tried different variations of all of these products and nothing worked, I wasn’t getting ANY relief. So after no prevail, I decided to use the aloe on my skin as well.  I put it on my face, neck, chest, and underarms twice a day.  

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When I say that after one day I could already tell a difference, I’m not kidding.  I couldn’t believe it.  After a week of using aloe vera the rash in my underarms was gone, and my face was very clear.  My face was not only clear, but very soft as well.  Last week I was told that I have such a good complexion.. I was in shock, I’ve NEVER been told that before.  

After using aloe vera on my skin I feel so much better about myself.  I’ve never been one to wear very much makeup, however I nearly always put at least a little foundation on the “problem spots,” even though the makeup is one of the things that makes me breakout in the first place. Now, I rarely use any foundation (except for maybe for the big, dark spots under my eyes) because my face is that clear!   

We spend so much money on all of these “beauty” products that are full of all kinds of garbage that aren’t good for your body.  We spend all of this money on beauty products that sometimes, and when I say sometimes I mean most of the time, don’t even work.  So then we spend more money buying other products to cover up blemishes, etc.. Where is the logic in this?! Simple answer, there is none.

Food for thought: When you put lotion on, your skin soaks it.  Have you ever thought of where it’s going? It’s absorbed into your skin, and goes into your body; to your blood, organs, etc.  Now, have you ever really taken the time to look at the ingredients in your lotion? I encourage you to take a look at it, and google the ingredients that you aren’t familiar with.  Are they ingredients you would want to eat? No? You wouldn’t want to consume these ingredients? Then why are you putting them on your skin, to be absorbed into your body.. just as if you ate it. Gross, right?

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How to make aloe vera water, or juice!

About a week ago my boyfriend and I were watching a few documentaries on health, nutrition and wellness.  Holy Moly – they’re so eye opening!  Anyway, lots of foods and herbs were being named and one thing that stuck out to me was aloe vera.  Aloe vera? What?? How do you eat aloe vera? I thought it was only used in lotions and for sunburn?

Aloe vera is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and full of healing properties. 

Well, then we ended up at this very strange and weird “World Supermarket.”  When I say they had nearly everything, I mean it: from guava, avocados bigger than your fist, to dried shrimp and fresh beef tongue.  I’m trailing off again.. ANYWAY, they had aloe vera! Huge aloe vera leaves for only $.99.  Needless to say, we took that bad boy home with us.

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While in the store we also kept seeing “Aloe Vera Juice” and “Aloe Vera Water” – It was extremely tempting to get some, however after reviewing the nutrition labels and seeing that they loaded it up with a ton of garbage and sugar, I decided I could try to make our own. Anddd, It was unbelievably simple to do!

To cut the aloe vera – you want to remove the green rind, so slice longways.  You also want to be sure to not use the ‘yellow’ gel (closest to the rind), as it can cause stomach cramps and diarrhea (not so cute!).

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You’ll slice until you have just a slab of clear aloe vera.  Just a tip, keep a towel handy as you’re doing this because aloe vera is extremely slimy!

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If you’re like me and you bought a big leaf, then you’re going to have a lot of extra.  I stored the remainder of mine in a mason jar, in the fridge.  However, if you used a smaller leaf, perhaps from aloe vera you’ve grown yourself, you probably will only have about 2 tbsp, which is exactly the amount you need for this “juice”

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To make the juice/water:

2 tbsp aloe vera

8 ounce (1 cup) of juice or water.

Mix in blender, and drink immediately, or store in air tight container in the fridge.

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I personally don’t drink juice, so I did water, then squeezed one slice of lime into it.   It didn’t have much of a taste, so the lime really made it.

You can consume this juice/water, whatever you want to call it up to twice daily.