How to Use Aloe Juice As an Astringent

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3-11-2020, 17:00
Aloe is an effective astringent that can be used on the skin of your face and neck. Astringents are products that tighten pores and remove oil from the skin and aloe works especially well because it also keeps your skin moisturized. Combine fresh aloe and additives, like lemon juice and chamomile oil, to make a wonderful astringent mixture. Applying this mixture to your face and neck will naturally freshen and preserve your skin.

Creating an Astringent

  1. Blend harvested aloe for 1 to 2 minutes to create an astringent gel. Put the aloe into a blender or food processor to get a smooth product to use on your skin. When blended, it will create a thick aloe juice perfect for astringent purposes.
    • Use as much aloe as you like. However, 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) is more than enough to cover your face and neck.
    • Once blended, pour it into a sealed container and store it inside your refrigerator for up to a week.
  2. Add lemon juice to the aloe to make a refreshing astringent mask. Place 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of aloe gel into a blender or food processor along with 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice is another astringent, which will improve the astringent qualities of your aloe juice. Moreover, the lemon juice will prevent your aloe gel from oxidizing.
    • If you want to create a larger batch of aloe juice, simply use more aloe gel and more lemon juice, maintaining a ratio of 2 parts aloe gel to 1 part lemon juice.
    • It should stay fresh for about a week in an air-tight container in the fridge. Discard it at the first sign of browning or oxidation.
  3. Combine chamomile oil with aloe for a pleasantly scented astringent. There are many things that you can put in your mixture to add more astringency and chamomile is a great choice. Put 10 drops of chamomile oil and 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of aloe in a blender or food processor. Combine the ingredients until the mixture is smooth, which usually takes just 2 to 3 pulses of a blender or food processor.
    • Chamomile oil is another astringent. It also has a nice smell and contributes vitamins and antioxidants that prevent damage to the skin.
    • This mixture should stay good for at least a week if stored in an air-tight container in the fridge.
  4. Mix witch hazel and aloe together for an excellent pore-clearing astringent. Combine and blend together 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of aloe and 6 tablespoons (90 milliliters) of witch hazel extract in a food processor or blender. Put the mixture in an airtight bottle and store it in your fridge, where it will last for 2 weeks.
    • Witch hazel is widely available at pharmacies and natural grocery stores. Look for a product that doesn't contain any alcohol though, as many witch hazel products are highly diluted with alcohol and that dries out the skin.

Applying an Aloe Astringent to Your Face

  1. Wash your face to clean out your pores before tightening them. Use warm water and a gentle cleanser to relax your skin. This will clean out your pores before the astringent closes them up. Avoid exfoliating cleansers or harsh cleansers that may dry out the skin.
    • Astringents constrict the skin to close pores, but they also have a tendency to dry the skin out simultaneously. A harsh, drying cleanser may dry your skin out too much.
  2. Apply the aloe mixture of your choice with a cotton ball. Dip a cotton ball into the aloe mixture you've made and allow the juice to soak into the cotton, thoroughly wetting it. Wipe the aloe-drenched cotton over your face and neck.
    • Concentrate on the areas that get oiliest or those that are most prone to break-outs, since these spots will benefit most from the astringent properties of the aloe.
  3. Leave the aloe juice on your face for several hours, if possible. In order to have time to work correctly as an astringent, the aloe juice should remain on your face for several hours. Do not wash it off until it has tightened up your skin.
    • The aloe astringent will be a bit sticky and slimy at first. However, after a few minutes it will begin to dry out, which will make your skin feel tight.
    • For great results, wear the the aloe juice on your face overnight.
  4. Rinse the mixture off of your skin. Bend over your sink and rinse the aloe off with warm water. Use a mild cleanser to get it off of your skin if it has dried and won't come off easily.
    • Use a soft washcloth or a gentle face scrubber to help you get all of the aloe off, if necessary.
  5. Apply a mild moisturizer to your face. Cover the entire area that you used the aloe on but be sure to concentrate on the areas that get the driest. Select a light moisturizing lotion rather than a heavy cream. Applying a moisturizer after you apply the aloe juice can help prevent your skin from becoming stiff and flaky.
    • Avoid using oily moisturizers right after using an astringent. The astringent will have removed all of the oil out of your pores and you don't want to add it right back in with your moisturizer.
  6. Use your aloe astringent no more than once a day. Even though aloe is moisturizing, using it on your skin does remove oil from the skin. Because of this, use it to clean your skin daily but don't use it more than that or you may end up with dry patches of skin.
    • You don't need to use your aloe astringent every day. For example, if you only have occasional oily skin, just use it when you need to clear up the problem.

Harvesting Fresh Aloe

  1. Harvest aloe from a plant for the best results. In order to be the most effective, choose a plant that is about 3 to 4 years old and fully mature with leaves that are at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. This will give you leaves that have a lot of aloe inside of them to harvest.
    • You can also use aloe juice that comes in a bottle from the store. However, those products often contain additives and are not as effective as fresh aloe.
  2. Harvest a leaf off of the plant. Get out a small, sharp knife. Cut one of the bottom leaves off of the plant. To do this, run the knife across the leaf as close to the trunk of the plant as possible without cutting into it.
    • The plant may seep a bit right after you harvest the leaf but it will seal off the wound quickly.
  3. Trim off the thorny edges with your knife. Place the aloe leaf flat on a cutting board. Run the knife along the two edges of the leaf that have spines on them. Remove these spiny pieces and throw them away.
    • The goal is to run the knife between the skin and the pulp of the aloe. Remove as little of the pulp as possible while getting rid of the spike-covered skin.
    • While the thorns may not get stuck in your skin if you touch them, they can hurt. Trimming them off makes it easier to work with the leaf.
  4. Cut the aloe leaf open into two halves. Cut the leaf right down the middle. Breaking open the leaf makes it easier to peel away the rind to get to the pulp of the leaf, which is what you will use in your astringent.
    • To peel by hand, pinch the top layer of the rind between your index finger and thumb. Lift the rind up and back, passing over the length of the aloe leaf, separating the rind from the rest of the leaf.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop out the pulp. Run the edge of the spoon between the pulp and the skin. The pulp in the center should be solid enough to grab hold of with your fingers. Gather up a piece that is at least 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) worth.
    • You can also use a knife to cut away the skin if you like.



  • Some individuals may be allergic to aloe. If you have any allergies to garlic, onion, or tulips, you should be especially cautious about applying aloe to your skin. If you notice a rash or experience itching or discomfort after applying the aloe juice, immediately wash it off and discontinue use.

Things You'll Need

  • Aloe plant
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Blender or food processor
  • Lemon juice, if necessary
  • Chamomile oil, if necessary
  • Witch hazel extract, if necessary
  • Cotton balls
  • Wash cloth or face scrubber, if necessary
  • Water
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