Sunday, January 27, 2008

Winter cosmetic: aloe

Winter cosmetic: aloeYou can find aloe as one of the components in many cosmetic products. Actually aloe is used in cosmetic and medical fields about 3500 years! South Africa is considered Motherland of aloe. Now it is widespread all over the world. The reason of such popularity is the rich composition of the plant. It has natural antiseptics (salicylic acid, phenol, sulfur and lupeol) and organic acids (cholesterol, camphor and B-sitosterin) and biostimulants.

In cosmetic aloe is used in creams and lotions in concentration 2-15%. Component aloe nourishes, moistens and recovers skin, protects skin from bacterial aggression. Aloe is especially effective in the facial skin care. Today I offer some recipes of facial masks with aloe.

Take 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe juice and mix with white of egg. Put the mask on the face for 15 minutes. This mask is especially recommended for inflamed skin with acne.

Mix 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe juice with 1 tablespoon of camomile decoction and 1 tablespoon of honey. The mask is put on the face and neck for 10-15 minutes. Also you can use calendula or mint instead of camomile.

Here is “Mask of Youth”. Mix aloe juice and cream in equal proportions. Wet gauze napkins in the mixture and put on the face. This mask freshens up the skin and makes skin’s color better.