Hello again!In this new video I'll show youhow to make an Aloe Vera body Gel thatyou can make at home in under five minutes,and that will come really handyin summer when sunburns are more frequentbut you can use it all year round fora healthy skin.
Aloe vera is great for your skinfor so many reasons.
Before we start, hereare some of its properties and next Iwill tell you why are they important.
It has antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E.
It has anti-inflammatory propertiesIt has minerals like Zinc and Magnesiumwhich help take apart oldcollagen in order to build new oneIt has compounds that act as painkillers and alsofight viruses and bacteriaAnd it has skin healing properties.
As you can see,Aloe is one of the most complete plants out there.
How can we benefit from its properties?It has a moisturizing and anti-aging effect,so we can use it as we would usea moisturizing cream for our body.
It has healing properties which isuseful not only for wounds, but also for acneallergies and some other skin conditions.
It has a protective effect against sun damage to the skin,so we can use it before applying suncream,if we go out in the sunand also as an after-sun,It is a great natural after-shave thatavoids irritation and some people evenuse it directly as a shaving cream,and you can even use it for your hair.
I really recommend buying a plant of aloe.
These are mine and they just won't stop growingI do not water them nor feed them,this shows how easy it is to grow one.
If you get a bigger one, it's going to grow fasterthan you can use it.
All you really needis one plant.
All the ones you see herecome from this one.
Check out my video on growing aloe for a few easy tips tohelp you get started.
Cut one or two leaves here at the basebut not too close to the stem.
Preferably use a clean sharp knife, and now we are ready to start.
First of all, we'll start by rinsing the leavesunder the tap to remove any dirt or dust.
We first cut out these two spines on the side with a knifeso we can get the gel out comfortably.
You can either cut them on the board like this,or cut them like if you were peeling a fruit.
If the tip of the leaf is a bit dryyou can also cut it.
Then split the aloe in half, but be carefulbecause it makes the knife very slippery.
Then, cut out the gelatin like if you were filleting a fish.
You can cut the leave in smaller piecesuntil you get the hang of it.
There is less sap now because it's winter butyou might see a green or yellow liquidpouring from the cut and also rightunder the skin of the leaf.
That, is the sap of the plantand it contains a bit of latex.
If you are allergic to latex,there is a chance that you are alsoallergic to the aloe vera sap, so you'llwant to avoid this liquid by first of alldraining the sap for 10 minutes byplacing the leaves at a 45-degreeangle and then by cutting a big deeperand rinsing the gel a couple times.
It should end up being a clear gel.
These darker lines are what contain the sap.
So make sure none remain in the gel.
if you aren't allergic you shouldn't worrytoo much about it.
The sap gives a bittertaste to aloe vera drinks but it won't haveany negative effects on your skinOnce I've cut the leaf, I hate to waste itin fact, these pieces were from damaged leavesthat had to be cut anyway, and i'll use every lastbit of it by scooping and scraping thegelatin off with a spoon.
Once we have extracted all the gel,blend it with any kind of blender.
Make sure you blend it for a few minutes.
It's hard to tell if you have a smooth blendbecause the whole gel just turns into foam.
Let it sit for a few hourssome people don't care too much aboutthe foam, but if you want to get completelyrid of it, stick it in the oven for30 minutes to one hour at minimum temperature.
Don't go over 85 degrees Celsiusor 185 Fahrenheit.
I recommend 50C or 125F.
Don't worry becausethe active compounds in the plant areable to resist that heat.
So I've been waiting for about an hour nowIt's been in the oven and there's still foambut just swirl it and it will disappear.
Right now we may be very liquid, it certainlydoesn't have that gel-look you can findin the stores.
I'll explain how to dothat in a minute but for now let's keepit simple, let's skip to the last stepwhich is adding Vitami Eand you already have your homemade Aloe Gel.
This final step is important becauseit stabilizes the gel, which means thatit extends its shelf-life.
So instead ofonly lasting one week you can store it upto eight months.
But don't panic, if you don'thave Vitamin E, you can always use an ice trayand freeze the gel so you can useone cube at a time whenever you need it.
The ice will also help relievingthe pain in sunburns.
Vitamin E isn'tonly for stabilizing the gel.
AlthoughAloe already has a little bit of the Vitaminadding more will potentiate its great effects.
Vitamin E is another antioxidantIt also renews the Vitamin C in our skinreturning it to its active stateand recycling the process of collagenproduction, so it's perfect to use withvitamin c serum if you want here youhave the video.
It also serves as a moderate sun protection.
You can either buy a bottleof vitamin E oil or if you have the capsulesyou can pop them with a needle into thealoe gel and mix thoroughly, but it'smessy and expensive.
You'll have to addbetween 4000 and 5000 international units or IUsfor each half liter, or every two cups of aloe gel.
You're probably wonderingwhat is an international unit?It's just a measurement used for VitaminsIt isn't very conventional, so i'll show youhow to calculate how much vitamin E doyou need in each case.
If you get abottle which I recommend in the label you'll read:"There are these many international units"of vitamin E".
In my case, it's 70000 IUs.
But it can vary from brand to brand.
There is a total of 75 milliliters in thebottle so if I divide thenumber of IUs by the total mLof the bottle I get that there is 933IUsfor every mL.
That means I'll addabout 5mL of vitamin E oil or 1 teaspoon.
If instead you have the capsulesin the label you'll read: "There are these manyinternational units of vitamin E per capsule"This one is easier to calculatejust divide 5000 by the IUs per capsuleand you'll get the number of capsulesthat you need to pop.
So for example, if the capsules are 500 IUs each,you'll need about 10.
In the link to mywebsite in the description you'll find thecalculations and how to do you step by step.
Right now I have about 500mLof the aloe gel, so I'll use5 mL of vitamin E oil or 1 teaspoon.
Pour your mix in an empty soap dispenserbottle and it's ready to use!Now let's take a step back.
If what youwant is to make your aloe gel look likethe one in the stores, don't add theVitamin E just yet.
The gel-likeprofessional consistency is achievedwith various chemical products, but we'lluse something way easier and more fun:gelatin.
If you want the vegan version,just replace the gelatin with agar-agar powderwhich is seaweed and use the same quantities as gelatin.
It might seem weird at firstto use gelatin on your skin, but manybeauty products use it, and guess whatgelatin is basically broken down collagenthe building block of our skin.
In this part it's important that the aloe geldoesn't have any foamread the instructions on the label butinstead of using the indicated water usea little bit more than half since we'regoing to mix it with the aloe vera gelwhich is already ninety-five percent water.
Remember to use pure gelatin powder.
The flavored kind has sugar and colorantsthat we want to avoid.
In my case it indicates10 grams for every 500 mL of waterso I'll boil 300 milliliters or one cup andone-fourth of waterAdd the 10 grams of gelatin and once all the powder has dissolvedwait for it to cool down to about 50 C or 120FMix all the gelatin with 250 mL or 1 cupof aloe in the container you want tokeep it in, I will keep it in a soap dispenser.
And here is the interesting part:adding the vitamin E.
Now that we are making a professional looking aloe vera gelthere is a more advanced techniqueto stabilize the aloe that the beautycompanies use, that will extend its shelf-lifeeven longer.
It barely requires anyadditional stepsit consists in heating up the geladding the vitamin E and then quickly cooling it down.
And now we have added the hot gelatinto the aloe, the whole mix is already warm.
So we're going to use that heat andquickly add the vitamin E and then placeit in the fridge.
Keep in mind that theconcentration of vitamin E has to be5,000 IU's for every 500 mL of Aloe.
So if you use 250 mL of Aloe gel,you'll have to use 2500 IUs or half a teaspoonIf you want you can also try theseadvanced technique for stabilizing your mix,without adding the gelatin.
Just by heating up the aloe gelwith a hot water bath or in the oven to around50ºC and following thesame steps and this way you can also getrid of the foam.
As you can see,this mix is denser and has that gel consistency.
What I did here is stir the mixinside the bottle this way it isn't ahuge glob of jelly and it will fall tothe bottom as we use it.
So let's quickly go over the steps.
The easy recipe would be blending the aloeand mixing it with the vitamin E.
The other one, which involves a couple more steps,would be blending the aloe,mixing the gelatin,and adding the Vitamin E.
I hope you liked it and that you enjoy all thebenefits of aloe vera.
Remember, alwayscheck your skin sensitivity before usingany product by applying a small quantityto the back of your wrist and waiting for a few hours.
in this case especially if you areallergic to latex.
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If you have any questions I will answerall of them in the comments sectionThank you for watching and see you in the next video!.