how to make aloe vera gel step by step
There are more than 250 species of aloe, fifteen of which are known for their medicinal properties . Aloe barbadensis (it is Aloe vera) is the most used in food industry and in cosmetics. Classified according to their medicinal properties, we will simply distinguish the aloes having medicinal properties (A. barbadensis, A. ferox, A. succouring, A. Africana, A. Saponaria….), From those without! Identify your plant well before using it!
The properties of aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is used in the treatment of burns
Soothing and restorative, it relieves irritated or itchy skin.
It is known to reduce dark spots and delay their appearance on the hands and face.
Aloe vera gel acts against skin aging, it is used for its tightening effects, pure on the face or in an anti-ageing serum.
Purifying, it has activity sanitizing. It can thus be used to prepare a disinfectant hand gel or deodorants in roll-on
How to use your aloe vera
To use aloe vera is to cut a leaf, peel a piece of leaf, removing its green husk, and apply the aloe pulp directly to the skin. The leaf can then be stored for a week in the refrigerator.
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We start by washing our hands or disinfecting them with an antibacterial gel in order to be sure not to contaminate the gel. The utensils used to make aloe vera gel and its container are also disinfected with 70 ° alcohol.
Cut two or three leaves at the base of the plant, those that are close to the ground. Favour well-curved leaves which will be rich in pulp and spread the leaves with a dried-out appearance.
Place the leaves vertically on a plate for 10 minutes to remove the resin, an orange liquid slightly irritating to the skin. Better to remove it.
After 10 minutes, the inside of the sheet will be very translucent, signifying that the residue has gone well.
Remove or peel the aloe leaf from the skin with a knife or peeler.
Take the pulp and transfer it to a previously disinfected bowl.
Mix the pulp to make the preparation homogeneous. At first, it foams, this is normal, then it becomes liquid, slightly gelled and transparent.
At this stage, we have three possibilities, depending on the ingredients we have:
- Transfer the gel to a vial or a sterilized jar. The preparation will keep for 15 days in the refrigerator.
Add a cosgard preservative (0.6% of the preparation, i.e. 20 drops per 100 ml of aloe vera gel obtained) and mix well (or mix again). Transfer the gel to a vial or a sterilized jar. The gel will keep for about 2 months at room temperature or a few months in the refrigerator.
Add a little xanthan gum to further gel the preparation. We start with a knifepoint and continue until we get a thicker gel (beware, the gelling intensifies during the next 24 hours so have a light hand on the gum!).
Mix well between each addition. Then add the cosgard preservative (0.6% of the preparation, i.e. 20 drops per 100 ml of aloe vera gel obtained). Mix again. Transfer the gel to a vial or a sterilized jar. The gel will keep for about 2 months at room temperature or a few months in the refrigerator.
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