By Rachel Oliva

Aloe vera, or the juice from the aloe plant, has long been touted for its many health-enhancing, medicinal and beautifying effects. This magical elixir is even perfect for creating a natural and inexpensive cream to soothe dry skin right in the comfort of your own home.

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Use this homemade, all-natural aloe vera cream to soothe dry, irritated skin.

Aloe Vera Gel

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

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

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Add a drop or two of essential oil for a scented cream. Lavender, frankincense and tea tree oils are great complements for aloe vera.

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

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Cleanse your face and pat dry.

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

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

Aloe Leaf

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

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

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

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Go back to Step 2 above.