For thousands of years people have used aloe vera, the juice from the aloe plant, for medicinal as well as beautifying purposes. Cleopatra was said to have slathered the wonder elixir on her body as a natural sunscreen. She purportedly drank it as well! Native Americans called aloe the “Wand of Heaven,” which has been praised for its various health-enhancing uses. Aloe vera is perfect for creating a natural and inexpensive cream to sooth dry skin.

Things You'll Need

Squeeze about 6 oz. of 100 percent pure aloe vera gel into a small bowl.

Add 1 tsp. sweet almond oil or mineral oil to the aloe vera gel.

Add a drop or two of scented oil if you want a scented cream. This is optional–the cream will not be offensive without an added scent.

Mix the aloe vera and oil well. The combination of ingredients should turn a creamy white color (or another color depending on scent you used).

Cleanse your face and pat dry.

Gently dab a bit of cream on your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and neck. Gently massage it into your skin in an upwards motion.

Store your extra cream in a small jar with a lid for freshness.

Remove an aloe leaf from the plant using a sharp knife.

Trim off the thorny edges and then slice the leaf across its width.

Use a small spoon to transfer the aloe vera gel from the leaf to your mixing bowl.

Go back to Step 2 above.

Tips

  • Pure aloe vera can be purchased at any health food store. Invest in some small jars with lids where you can keep your homemade cream.