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Benefits of aloe gel for face
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that belongs to the genus Aloe, which consists of around 400 species. While most species of this genus are natives to Africa, these plants can now be found in most of the arid regions across the globe. Among the different species that belong to the genus Aloe, aloe vera is the most popular one, and the name itself means true aloe. The history of aloe vera uses can be traced back to the time of ancient Egyptians. They considered aloe vera as the 'plant of immortality' and so, its leaves were buried with the deceased Pharaohs. It was also used for healing bruises and wounds, and as a laxative. Today, aloe vera is one of the important ingredients in various herbal medicines and cosmetics. This herb is used in various forms like gel, juice, and supplements. It is widely used as an effective remedy for various medical conditions and is very much in demand for hair and skin care.

Studies show that aloe vera contains compounds like, polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones, and lectins, which are believed to be responsible for its health benefits. Use of aloe vera gel is said to be effective for improving the texture and complexion of the skin. This is evident from the fact that numerous beauty products have aloe vera as an ingredient.
Aloe Vera for Skin
~ Aloe vera gel is good for relieving the effects of sunburn on the skin.
~ It is a good moisturizer thus beneficial for dry and cracked skin.
~ It is useful for removing dead skin cells, and this facilitates effective absorption of the healthy ingredients in this herb.
~ Aloe vera is very rich in vitamin C and vitamin E, which can nourish the skin and prevent aging.
~ Aloe vera gel lightens dark spots on the face, and thereby reduce pigmentation.
~ Regular use of aloe vera may reduce acne and scars.
So, aloe vera gel can make the skin smooth and glowing and also prevent/reduce wrinkles and dark spots. If you have any history of allergies, then apply a small amount of aloe gel on your arm and leave it for some time. If you don't develop allergic reactions, you may apply it on the face. Start with very small amounts, which can be increased gradually. However, allergic reactions to aloe vera are very rare, unless the gel is not pure or includes other allergic ingredients.
How to Use
This gel is available in the market under different brand names. You may either buy any of them or else, opt for pure aloe gel, which can be extracted from fresh aloe vera leaves. All you have to do is to remove the green rind of the leaves and use the pulp inside it. You may cut open the leaves and apply the gel directly, or remove the rind and then use the gel (make sure that the yellow sap from the rind is completely removed, as it can cause contact dermatitis in some people). Apply the gel on the face and wash it off after thirty minutes. Some people keep the gel overnight. You may also go for commercially available aloe gels and other aloe vera products like scrubs, creams, lotions and soaps. Face masks can also be prepared with aloe vera gel.
Aloe vera with oats and honey
You can make a face mask by mixing equal amounts (one tablespoon) of aloe gel, ground oats, honey and ground almonds. Apply it on the face and neck, and rinse off with lukewarm water after twenty to thirty minutes.
Aloe vera with yogurt
Aloe vera along with yogurt is said to work wonders for the skin. You may also add some cucumber juice to this mixture. Mix two tablespoons of fresh aloe vera gel with a tablespoon of yogurt and four tablespoons of pure cucumber juice. Apply on the face, and rinse after twenty minutes.
Aloe vera with oatmeal
You may use oatmeal, cucumber and aloe gel to prepare face mask. Take a small cucumber (peeled) and puree it in a blender. Mix two tablespoons each of oatmeal and cucumber juice. Combine well, before blending the egg white into the mixture. Your face mask is ready to apply.
The pure, natural one is always considered the best aloe vera gel for face, but if you find some commercial version more useful, you may opt for the latter.

Disclaimer: This article is only about topical application of aloe vera. Intake of aloe vera in any form, must be started only after seeking the opinion of your doctor and as per the instructions of a qualified herbal practitioner.