Clean Beauty Tips & Techniques How to Make an Aloe Vera Face Mask By Maria Marabito Updated May 26, 2021 Elizabeth Fernandez / Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Clean Beauty Products Tips & Techniques 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 can do wonders for your skin. For starters, aloin, an anti-inflammatory agent found in aloe vera, can help your skin heal and regenerate. And according to a study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, aloe vera used topically stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production, improving the amount of moisture and collagen in the skin, as well as its elasticity. Composed of a mixture of vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, and amino acids, aloe vera has also been used for acne, psoriasis, and herpes simplex virus. Centuries ago, the Greeks used aloe vera as a medicinal panacea. In fact, queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra apparently used aloe vera in their daily beauty regimes. Adopting this royal beauty treatment is very simple, affordable, and all-natural. 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 Cut Your Aloe Vera 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). Collect the Aloe cmspic / Getty Images 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. Add Other Ingredients and Mix 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. Apply Your Face Mask 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. Wash It Off Wash the mask off with warm water and pat your face dry with the towel. Variations iStock / Getty Images 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). How to Avoid a Skin Reaction Some people are actually allergic to aloe vera. If you have never used this ingredient before, it is better to do a skin test prior to applying it to your face. Apply a little aloe liquid on a small area of your body, such as the small of your wrist or the inside of your elbow. Leave it be for up to 20 minutes. If you don't have any itching, redness, or burning during the 20 minutes, you should be able to use the homemade aloe vera face mask without side effects.