How to Use Aloe Vera for Face Overnight

Aloe vera has a lot of benefits, and it is well-known for its skincare and haircare properties. It is used in many DIY face masks and hair masks. Aloe vera gel is extracted from the aloe plant. We can use aloe vera for face, hair, and health-related issues.

Aloe vera gel is a very effective ingredient that fights all skin issues. It heals irritated skin, fades acne scars, treats burns, fights acne, and is used as a spot treatment for pimples 1and other skin problems.

All skin types are unique, so make sure you do a patch test to see if aloe vera suits your skin type or not. Apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel on the backside of your palm, wait a few minutes, and see if you are feeling itchy or if the area is getting red.

If nothing of that sort happens then, you can use aloe vera for the face and even for hair.

Apply aloe vera gel on the skin regularly and witness the results yourself. Your skin health will drastically improve, and dark spots and fine lines will reduce.

A facial mask made of aloe vera is very useful for attaining smooth skin. Aloe vera face mask works as a natural treatment that suits all skin types.

1. How to Use Aloe Vera for Face Overnight?

Aloe vera gel can be used as an amazing overnight remedy. It can make your skin clear and glowy.

1.1. Use Aloe Vera as a Night Cream

Wash your face before going to bed and then apply a thick layer of aloe vera gel before sleeping at night and wash it off in the morning.

At night our skin cells repair, so it is very important to make sure you are using a very good night cream, and aloe gel can be used as a night cream.

A view of aloe vera leaf and gel extracted from it in a spoon.
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2. Know the Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera mainly consists of water, and it has enzymes, sugars, saponins, amino acids, lignin, salicylic acids, and vitamins.

It is rich in vitamin A (beta carotene ), vitamin C, and E. Aloe vera also has vitamin B12, choline, and folic acid.

Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that possesses antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. It has anti-inflammatory qualities as well.

The scientific name of the aloe vera plant is Aloe barbadensis2. Aloe vera gel is used in many DIYs, and home remedies for skin, hair, and health in general.

Aloe vera for the face is very beneficial. It improves the skin texture, gives a glow to your face, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

 It has awesome first-aid qualities, and it heals burns, rashes, and bug bites. It cures second-degree burns, scarring, insect bites, eczema, acne, ulcers, inflammation, and cold sores.

The gel is transparent, clear, and safe to use topically. Aloe vera plant contains 99% water, so it is considered a natural moisturizer.

Thus, you will get soft, moisturized, and glowing skin by regularly using aloe vera.

A view of aloe vera dripping its gel in a jar.
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It effectively reduces skin dryness, fades acne scars, removes dark spots and dark circles, and increases skin glow.

It contains certain compounds which are believed to repair connective tissue. Aloe vera is well known for its versatility in beauty care.

It is used in the manufacturing of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, soaps, and creams. Aloe vera can also be ingested after removing the covering of the plant.

The base ingredients in the packaged aloe gel are vitamin E, permitted color, along aloe vera extracts.

3. Aloe Vera Usage for Different Purposes

3.1. Aloe Vera for Hair

Aloe vera gel can work wonders for your hair. It is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, promoting hair growth and stronger strands.

It is very good for getting rid of dandruff and an itchy scalp.

Apply aloe vera gel on your hair, massage for a few minutes, let it sit in your hair for 15- 20 minutes, and then wash off the gel.

Aloe vera hair mask will moisturize your scalp, and it will also make your hair look lustrous.

It is also very good for oily hair as it removes the extra oil from your hair without stripping out the natural oils from your scalp.

3.2. Aloe Vera for Face

Aloe gel is an inexpensive skincare product. It helps in making your skin look so clear and beautiful.

You don’t have to invest a lot in expensive skincare products, as just by using aloe vera for your face, you can notice a huge difference in your skin texture.

Aloe gel can be used as a makeup primer. A makeup primer is a product you use before applying the makeup. It is like a makeup base to prep your skin for the makeup.

Virgin coconut oil, and olive oil, along with a little bit of aloe gel, can also be used as a makeup remover.

A tray with essential oils and a bowl of aloe vera.
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3.3. Aloe Vera on Your Body Parts

Applying aloe gel on the areas of your body with dark patches is considered an effective treatment.

Overnight application of aloe gel or aloe vera cream. On elbows, knees, and underarms helps in making them even-toned.

Having patience with the remedies is a part of the healing process.

Home remedies give positive results not immediately but definitely. You have to be consistent with the home remedies if you want to see visible results.

4. Medicinal Properties of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera also has polysaccharides3 and glycoproteins.4 The glycoproteins present in aloe vera speed up the healing process and stop pain and inflammation.

Polysaccharides stimulate skin cell growth and repair. It is beneficial for all skin conditions.

Inculcating aloe vera in your skincare routine will make your skin clearer, and it will reduce the chances of breakouts.

It also removes dead skin cells, excess oil, and acne-causing bacteria.

It helps fight bacteria, reduces redness and acne breakout areas, and promotes the growth of new skin cells.

People with sensitive skin can also use aloe vera but make sure you do a patch test before using aloe vera for the face.

Aloe vera is a natural cleanser. Using aloe vera for the face will give you healthy skin.

5. Make Aloe Vera Gel

In ancient times a lot of natural ingredients were used in skincare and hair care. People used natural ingredients like honey, milk, almonds, and aloe vera for the face.

Packaged skin aloe vera gel is also available in the market, or you can extract aloe vera gel all by yourself at home. You can use the gel for all skin types: dry skin, oily skin, infected skin, or combination skin.

For making aloe vera gel at home, you need a few aloe leaves.

Cut them from between, extract the clear gel, store it in an air-tight container, and refrigerate. You can use this aloe vera topical gel and get a lot of skin benefits.

Note- If you notice any allergic reactions after using aloe vera, you should avoid all aloe vera products.

6. Consumption of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an amazing plant to have around along with skin and hair benefits. It also has multiple health benefits.

A view of aloe vera leaves and a few cut-in pieces in a bowl.
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6.1. Used as Laxative

It is good for your gut health and helps with issues like constipation.

It balances intestinal health and makes digestion easy. Aloe vera juice is well known for its awesome health benefits.

Aloe vera peel or cover is, however, considered harmful because of its strong laxative properties. Thus it is very important to use aloe vera safely.

6.2. Used for Oral Health

Uses of aloe vera for the face are indeed well known, but this super beneficial plant also works wonders for our oral health.

Aloe vera toothpaste and mouthwash are very popular. Aloe gel oral products help in reducing plaque deposits and getting rid of bad breath.5

It helps in reducing cavities and mouth ulcers as well. Aloe vera juice is very good for maintaining proper gum health.

It helps with bleeding gums, and it improves overall oral health. Gargle your mouth with aloe vera juice and keep gum diseases like pyria at bay.

7. Aloe Vera for Face – Ancient Beauty Remedies

In ancient times a lot of natural ingredients were used by women to maintain their beauty. From bathing in milk to using essential oils for preparing fragrant perfumes.

Aloe vera was used as a very popular skincare ingredient in ancient Egypt.

It is believed that even Cleopatra, who is known for her gorgeous beauty, also used aloe vera for her face and hair.

A woman costumed as Queen Cleopatra.
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Early Chinese beauty treatments had aloe vera gel as an active ingredient. Even the ancient Romans, Japanese, and Indians used this royal plant for various purposes.

The indigenous folks used to worship aloe vera as they considered it among the sacred plants.

8. Aloe Vera for Face and Hair – Uses

8.1. Aloe Cubes

Fill the ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and refrigerate. Rub the aloe ice cubes on the face to get rid of puffiness and redness from the face.

8.2. Under Eye Cream

Take 3-4 tablespoons of aloe gel and one vitamin E capsule, mix both ingredients well, store the mixture in an air-tight container, and use it as an under-eye cream to get rid of dark circles and eye bags.

8.3. De-Tan Pack

Use gram flour, lemon juice, and aloe vera for the face. Apply this homemade pack 2-3 times a week. 

8.4. Lash Serum

Aloe vera gel, along with a few drops of castor oil, can be used as a homemade lash serum for naturally growing beautiful eyelashes. You can also use this serum on eyebrows if you have very thin eyebrows.

A close-up of an eye with thick lashes and eyebrows.
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8.5. Pre Shampoo Treatment

Apply aloe vera gel on hair a couple of hours before shampooing. This will make your hair more lustrous and reduce hair fall.

8.6. Natural Toner

To make your DIY natural toner using aloe vera, you need two ingredients: aloe vera juice and green tea. You can mix both the ingredients and then apply them to your face using a cotton pad.

8.7. Anti Dandruff Treatment

We can use aloe vera to reduce dandruff and clear our scalp by making a DIY hair mask. The mask consists of three natural ingredients – aloe vera gel, curd, and honey. Mix all the ingredients, apply the hair mask on your scalp, let the mask stay in your hair for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse the mask.

8.8. Hair Styling Gel

Sometimes styling our hair becomes tough., But aloe vera gel can solve this problem too. Apply aloe gel to your hair, and you will notice how smoothly your hair is getting styled without any mess.

8.9. Anti Frizz Spray

For making an anti-frizz spray using aloe vera, you need aloe vera juice and some water. Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle and spray the solution on your hair to eliminate frizz.

8.10. Soothing gel

You can use aloe vera for the face after threading or shaving. This will reduce redness and irritation. 

A top view of an aloe vera plant at home by the side of a window.
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9. History of Aloe Vera

There are around 300 species of aloe worldwide. About four species of aloe are known to be nutritionally beneficial.

Aloe vera, Aloe arborescens, Aloe ferox, and Aloe perryi are among the four extremely beneficial aloe species. Although aloe vera looks like a cactus, it is a succulent.

It belongs to the lily family. It is related to the onion, garlic, and asparagus.

Name vera means “truth.” Aloe vera plant originated in Africa, and due to its amazing benefits, it gained a lot of popularity. Aloe vera can not be grown in cold climatic conditions.

Aloe vera started becoming a vital part of the modern health and skincare industry. A lot of skincare, and cosmetic companies started using aloe vera in the manufacturing of their beauty products.

Aloe vera was so popular in history that it is even said that Aristotle advised Alexander the Great to conquer the island of Socotra to possess its aloe fields and use aloe vera to treat wounded soldiers.

Aloe vera has been used in beauty treatments since Egyptian times. The Aloe plant was found in abundance in Egypt.

Using aloe vera for the face and hair was very popular during those times. The aloe production expanded in other regions of the world via the traders.

It is said that a Spanish priest first brought aloe vera to Mexico, Texas, where it is today grown extensively.

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