Does raw aloe vera cause dryness? Tips to add moisture to it
Aloe vera is the go-to remedy for may be any and every kind of problem be it sunburn, face dullness, rough hair, cut marks, acne, aging, dandruff or any kind of infection. It is one easily found medicine for all problems and the best part is that it can be used in any way like you can apply it as a mask, drink it as a cocktail by mixing with other healthy ingredients or can be eaten as a salad. Aloe Vera is also known as Ancient Super Food.
Because it contains all the required vitamins, minerals, Anthraquinones or fatty acids. Besides, skin care it can be used for health benefits as well because of its unbelievable healing properties such as it aids in digestion, lower down the cholesterol level, treat diabetes problem, works as a pain killer, strengthen the immune system, cancer fighter, provides relief in arthritis pain and much more.
It may sound strange compared to everything we know about aloe Vera but on the basis of observation or experience of many people, it is proved that pure aloe Vera gel is not a complete moisturizer. Applying aloe Vera gel directly on the face makes skin dry and tight that is not good especially for people with dry skin. But it is not something so strange or unbelievable as it sounds because there is simple science behind it that can describe why pure aloe gel feels so dry:
- The first and major thing because of which our skin feels dry after direct application of pure aloe vera gel is due to its mild astringent (water attracting) property. This property of aloe vera causes contraction of body tissues that makes the skin feel tight and dry at times when you directly apply pure gel on the face. In general, it doesn’t make skin dry if you are applying it for once in a day but in case if you have any allergy issues or applying it many times in a day then it can make your skin flaky and tight.
- As we know aloe vera is made by a combination of 98.5% water and remaining 200 + nutrients that help in skin to get soothe, clear, nourished and moisturized but these nutrients are not sufficient in itself. So to perform the second function or we can say to provide the required moisture to skin it is necessary to mix aloe juice or gel with some moisturizing products that can help the skin to retain its moisture.
In order to gain the lost moisture of skin we simply need two ingredients that are as follows:
- Emollients: Emollients are the commonly used ingredients in lotions, moisturizers to keep skin moisturized, soft and smooth. Emollients basically seal the moisture in the skin by creating a protective layer on the surface that stops moisture from getting away from the skin. There are few common emollients that you can found easily in your home and can use it with aloe vera gel:
Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Olive oil, Mineral oil, Paraffin, Beeswax, Petrolatum, Almond oil, Sesame oil, Jojoba oil etc.
- Humectants: Humectant is basically known as an ingredient that attracts moisture from the air into skin. It is also referred as an ingredient that binds water by penetrating deep inside the skin. But on the flip side of it what just explained humectant can dehydrate your skin by sucking out water deep inside from skin.
Dehydration or hydration of skin depends on which type of humectant are available in your skin care product as there are two types of humectants are available which work differently:
The first kind is Synthetic Humectant which pulls water from deeper levels of skin without retaining it. As a result, your skin will look hydrated for some time after which as the water evaporates you are left with dry and dull skin. Using those skin products for a long time which have Synthetic humectants can cause skin aging in a very short time.
Many skin care manufacturers use synthetic humectant as one of the ingredients in their products as it costs less than the original products. Those products will add moisture to your skin for a while but in long run, they provide no real nutrients to the skin and over time can cause damage as well. Few of the examples of Synthetic Humectant are PEG, Silicones, Urea, and Propylene glycol.
The second kind is Natural Humectant which not only helps in keeping the skin hydrated but also provide required nutrients to the deeper layers of skin. However to see the effects you need to use these products on regular basis. Natural humectant offers effective long lasting results that can nourish and hydrate your skin. Moreover, it resists the problem of aging in long time run. Here are the few examples of Natural humectant: Honey, Glycerin, and Hyaluronic acid.
Now as we know what ingredients are required to add moisture in the skin, however, explore these few easy tips as well to add moisture in pure aloe vera gel and into your skin as well.
Rose Petal Moisturizer
Rose petals are perfect skin toner for every kind of skin. It’s oil, water or just the petals have a calming effect that can provide you healthy and glowing skin. Most of the girls use rose water at the night before going to bed to get glowing skin.
So now along with rose water you just need to aloe vera. You can make an amazing moisturizer for the night by following these few simple steps:
- Take rose petals in a bowl full of water and allow them to boil for few minutes.
- Then allow the rose water to cool down
- After getting at normal temperature mix pure aloe vera juice in it and place it in the refrigerator.
- Now use this mixture every night or anytime you want to moisturize the skin.
- It will help you to have clear, fresh and glowing skin and also prevent from the breakout of acne.
Olive oil Moisturizer
Olive oil is one essential oil which contains all nutrients that can make your skin healthy from deep inside. Therefore to nourish your skin with powerful ingredients of olive oil and healing effects of Aloe Vera juice you can make wonderful a moisturizer at home by just following few steps:
- First of all, take a quarter filled cup of milk mixed with extra virgin olive oil then add few drops of lime in it.
- After mixing it well add pure aloe vera gel of adequate amount.
- Applying this moisturizer regularly on your skin can revive your baby soft skin by Sloughing off dead skin cells and grime.
Coconut based Moisturizer
Coconut oil is also known for its healing properties that work wonderfully on any kind of skin problem such as eczema, acne, burn marks, skin blemishes etc. It’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties makes it best to use.
Therefore if you are searching for any moisturizer which can combat any kind of skin problem along with giving you glowing, baby soft and clear skin then this is the best choice.
To make a moisturizer out of coconut and aloe vera gel follow these few steps:
- First of all, take a bowl quarter filled with coconut oil then allow it to boil till it comes in a liquid state.
- Then extract aloe vera juice removing an all the particles out of fresh aloe vera gel.
- After getting aloe juice mix it well with coconut oil.
- Now it is ready to use.
Sheer butter and aloe vera gel moisturizer:
If you want to make even more nourishing, smooth and moisturizing moisturizer then add sheer butter in it which is full of nutrients that are good for skin.
To make a moisturizer out of sheer butter follow these tips:
- Initially, take a little amount of sheer butter in a pan and allow it to melt so that it can be mixed with aloe vera gel.
- After mixing fresh aloe vera gel in it stir it well until the mixture becomes inseparable.
- Sheer butter is odorless so if you want to add fragrance to it then you can add any essential oil to your mixture which contains soothing fragrance.