Aloe vera help for your skin

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Aashna Malani ■ htc­ity@ hin­dus­tan­times. com (In­puts from Shah­naz Husain, beauty ex­pert)

One of the most ver­sa­tile plants to use, aloe vera con­tains zinc, which has a heal­ing ef­fect on wounds and burns. It also helps in the heal­ing of scar tis­sue. The plant has unique mois­ture re­ten­tive abil­i­ties. Aloe vera also soft­ens dead skin cells and helps their re­moval, leav­ing the skin smoother and brighter. It is very ef­fec­tive for heal­ing and has sooth­ing ef­fect on sun­burns. Aloe vera has an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties as well, and boosts the skin’s cell re­newal process. This helps de­lay the man­i­fes­ta­tion of age­ing signs on the skin.

DIY ways to use it

SKIN

1. Aloe vera gel or juice may be ap­plied on the face daily and then washed off with plain wa­ter af­ter 20 min­utes. It helps soften and mois­turise the skin. In fact, if used regularly, it helps re­store the skin’s youth­ful prop­er­ties.

2. Aloe vera can also be added to face masks. Take one ta­ble­spoon oats or mul­tani mitti, one tea­spoon each or­ange peel pow­der and curd

and one ta­ble­spoon aloe vera gel. Mix to­gether and ap­ply on the skin, wash­ing it off af­ter 30 min­utes. This pack will leave your skin soft and glow­ing. HAIR

1. Aloe vera can also be used on the hair to keep it healthy, smooth and soft. The gel may be ap­plied on the hair and washed off with plain wa­ter af­ter 20 min­utes. It smoothens rough hair.

2. You can add aloe vera juice to hair packs. For a cleans­ing pack, take gram flour (be­san), curd and one ta­ble­spoon aloe vera gel. Mix into a paste and ap­ply on the hair.

3. For ex­tremely dry, rough and brit­tle hair, mix well to­gether: one egg, one ta­ble­spoon cas­tor oil, the juice of a le­mon and one ta­ble­spoon aloe vera gel or juice. Ap­ply on the hair and wear a plas­tic shower cap. Wash the hair with a mild sham­poo af­ter half an hour. This pack will help add sheen to your hair, make it frizz-free and smooth. It will also im­prove the con­di­tion of hair dam­aged due to use of ex­ces­sive styling prod­ucts and chem­i­cals.

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