Even with the constant slathering of sunscreen, most people are bound to get a sunburn at least once every season. Nothing is worse than red or peeling skin! Not only does it look cringe-worthy but it tends to feel even worse.
In these situations, it's common knowledge to reach for the aloe vera. This thick, short-stemmed plant stores water in it's own leaves--so it makes a great skin soother and moisturizer while also healing with it's antibiotic properties. But there's something even better: aloe vera ice cubes. The soothing and cooling effect of the frozen aloe vera instantly provides comfort for even the worst of sunburns.
All you need is aloe vera gel, an ice tray, and a freezer. If you prefer it even fresher, you can peel and squeeze it straight from the plant. It may seem simple but that's the point. You'll be surprised how good the frozen gel feels on your skin! Since aloe is known as "nature's beauty secret" these cubes can be used for more than just burns.
Here are some other ways to incorporate aloe vera cubes into your beauty and wellness routine:
- As A Makeup Remover:
Many makeup removers contain ingredients that can be harsh on sensitive skin and causes dryness. If you tend to be on the sensitive side, switch to aloe vera. Believe it or not--this plant doubles as a effective, yet gentle makeup remover. Grab a cube out of the freezer and rub under eyes and face. The chill of the aloe vera also helps tighten pores and brighten.
- For Healing Bug Bites:
Another summer bummer! If you find yourself itching, an aloe vera ice cube temporarily numbs the area and helps control swelling and redness. Wrap in a paper towel and leave on for up to ten minutes.
- To Clear Acne:
Dealing with an occasional pimple? Aloe vera won't do much for cystic acne but it's definitely effective as a spot treatment. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and redness which make spots look less noticeable instantly.
- To Treat Other Types Of Burns:
I cook a lot so it's inevitable that I'll burn myself every once in awhile. I always make sure to keep a batch of Aloe vera cubes in the freezer for kitchen emergencies. It instantly helps soothe, cool, and reduce swelling.
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