3 aloe vera face mask recipes to whip up at home

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3 homemade aloe vera face mask recipes

Composed of more than 95% water, aloe vera is one powerful, skin-friendly plant! Soothing, hydrating, purifying, anti-ageing and protective, this fleshy cactus is perfect for homemade concoctions.

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Hydrating aloe vera face mask recipe

Aloe vera's vitamin and mineral-rich gel deeply nourishes and hydrates skin. It does so in two ways: firstly, it's able to penetrate the epidermis to nourish the dermis and hypodermis. Secondly, it captures water droplets in the air, harnesses them to our skin and prevents them from evaporating. In other words, aloe vera works wonders on dry skin! Moisturise your dry skin by treating it to a hydrating aloe vera and yoghurt face mask.
You'll need:
- aloe vera gel
- one tablespoon of natural yoghurt
Mix the aloe vera gel with the yoghurt until you get a smooth liquid. Apply it to your face and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.

Purifying aloe vera face mask recipe

Aloe vera contains exfoliating enzymes. These remove dead skin cells to allow our skin to breathe and give our circulation a boost. It works a treat on oily skin and prevents clogged pores caused by excess sebum. This homemade aloe vera and honey mask also has a turbo-charged antibacterial properties.
You'll need:
- aloe vera gel
- one tablespoon of honey
Mix the aloe vera gel and honey until you get a creamy paste. Apply it to your face, leave for 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

Anti-ageing aloe vera face mask recipe

Aloe vera boosts collagen and hyaluronic acid production, meaning it helps to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. Its antioxidant content zaps free radicals that are partly responsible for premature skin ageing. This anti-ageing mask contains aloe vera and cucumber (packed with vitamins A, C and E) for a firm, smooth complexion.
You'll need:
- 100g of aloe vera pulp
- 100g of cucumber
Mix the 2 ingredients with a bit of water to get a smooth paste. Apply it to your face and leave to work overnight. Rinse it off in the morning and follow by applying your usual day cream.