How to Make an Aloe Vera Face Mask

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Overview
  • Working Time: 3 - 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 - 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 face mask
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $0 to $15

A homemade aloe vera mask is the perfect way to rejuvenate your skin with ingredients found in your kitchen or garden. A 2016 study found that, when used topically, aloe vera stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production, improving skin moisture and elasticity.

Aloe vera has a long history as a skin treatment. In fact, queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra reportedly used aloe vera in their daily beauty regimes. Luckily for us, adopting this royal beauty treatment is simple, affordable, and all-natural. Here's how to make your own aloe vera face mask.

What You'll Need

Equipment/Tools

  • 1 Sharp knife
  • 1 Measuring spoons
  • 1 Mixing spoon
  • 1 Small bowl
  • 1 Towel

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp aloe vera
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp organic honey

Instructions

  1. Cut Your Aloe Vera

    overhead view of large knife cutting aloe vera leaf from houseplant

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    If you are sourcing your aloe from your own aloe vera plant, cut an older-looking leaf off as close to the base of the plant as possible. Then, cut a 3-inch portion off to use for your mask. You can place the rest in a container and store it in the freezer for later use.

    Choosing Aloe Vera

    Fresh aloe vera is ideal and has many different uses besides helping your skin glow. It can be used as a mouthwash and a treatment for heartburn, bug bites, and warts—to name just a few common uses of aloe vera. The plant itself has also been known to have air-purifying qualities.


    If you are buying a pre-cut aloe leaf, choose a thick, smooth leaf with little to no marks on it. Ones with no blemishes are the healthiest.


    If you are buying processed aloe vera from the store, inspect the label before purchasing. You want pure aloe vera (it should be listed as the first ingredient).

  2. Collect the Aloe

    hands scrape aloe vera gel out of fresh aloe leaf with spoon

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    Use a sharp knife to open the piece lengthwise and scrape with the knife or spoon.

    Squeeze and scrape the aloe vera liquid out of the leaf piece into a bowl. If you are using store-bought aloe vera, measure out 2 teaspoons and add them to a bowl.

  3. Add Other Ingredients and Mix

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    Squeeze a fresh lemon and add one teaspoon of lemon juice to your aloe.

    Measure one teaspoon of organic honey and add it to your mixture.

    Use a spoon to mix the ingredients together.

  4. Apply Your Face Mask

    close shot of hands dipping fingers into aloe vera-lemon-honey mask in glass bowl

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    On a clean, dry face, apply the mask mixture with your fingers.

    Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes. Place a towel around your shoulders in case any of the mixture starts to drip from your face.

  5. Wash It Off

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    Wash the mask off with warm water and pat your face dry with the towel.

Variations

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Aloe vera can be applied to the skin alone for sunburn and inflammation relief or it can be combined with different ingredients for other topical benefits:

  • Aloe vera and rose water (for marks and burns).
  • Aloe vera, turmeric, honey, and rose water (for glowing skin).
  • Aloe vera and mashed banana (to hydrate and moisturize irritated skin).
  • Aloe vera and an egg (to firm and nourish skin).
  • Aloe vera, shea butter, and olive oil (to moisturize skin and prevent breakouts).
  • Aloe vera and brown sugar (for an exfoliation treatment).
View Article Sources
  1. Tanaka, M., et al. "Effects of Aloe Sterol Supplementation on Skin Elasticity, Hydration, and Collagen Score: A 12-Week Double-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial." Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, vol. 29, 2016, pp. 309-317., doi:10.1159/000454718

  2. Surjushe, Amar, et al. "Aloe Vera: A Short Review." Indian Journal of Dermatology, vol. 53, no. 4, 2008, pp. 163-166., doi:10.4103/0019-5154.44785