12 Aloe Vera Face Packs For Different Skin Types

Soothe your senses and skin with the nourishing, moisturizing goodness of aloe vera.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. CP Thajudheen, MD
By Kushneet Kukreja

Aloe vera is often regarded as a solution for almost all skin care woes. This evergreen succulent plant offers several benefits to your skin. Using aloe vera face packs is equivalent to getting a facial at a salon. Since it is easily available in most households, it can be the go-to home remedy for all your skin troubles. This goopy gel is a wonderful substance loaded with many beneficial properties that help your skin heal, rejuvenate, and restore.

Since ancient times, Aloe vera has been used in herbal concoctions, cosmetics, and medicines. In a scroll found in Egypt, it was mentioned that the aloe vera gel was used to treat many skin issues and health conditions by combining it with other ingredients. The gel inside the long appendages makes the aloe vera plant an excellent solution to skin issues.

Though the main component of the aloe vera gel is water, it is also loaded with a bulk of vitamins, active compounds, and minerals. Due to its several benefits, the gel is used in many cosmetic and skin care products like creams and lotions. Moisturizers and sunscreens with aloe vera as the main ingredients are quite popular among skin care enthusiasts. Wondering how to use aloe vera on your skin? Well, we can help you. This article discusses how to prepare aloe vera face packs and their benefits for your skin. Keep reading!

Benefits Of Aloe Vera Face Pack

Scientists have discovered over 150 nutritional ingredients in Aloe vera. There seems to be no single magic ingredient. They all work together in a synergistic way to create healing and health giving benefits. The ten main areas of chemical constituents of Aloe vera include: amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, lignins, monosaccharide, polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins, and sterols.

  • Aloe vera gel rejuvenates the skin, hydrates it, and keeps your skin looking fresh all the time. It is an excellent moisturizer for skin (1).
  • It has antimicrobial properties, making it ideal to treat acne and pimples (2).
  • It is a great naturally occurring antioxidant that reverses the oxidative damage experienced by the skin. This will reduce dullness and give your skin a natural glow(3).
  • It is known to retain your skin’s firmness – making it a good anti-aging cream.
  • Aloe vera is known to reduce pain and inflammation – both internally and externally. It is medicinally also used to treat sun burns, insect bites, eczema, cuts and wounds.
  • It removes dead skin cells and facilitates the rebuilding of fresh and new cells (4).
  • It is a de-pigmentation agent, which means that it can effectively lighten dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, and other skin blemishes (5).

Below are some of the best aloe vera face mask recipes that can be easily made at home. If you are making the aloe vera gel at home and want to use it regularly, then store the extracted gel in an air tight container in the fridge. This way, the gel will be in a good condition and can be used later.

How To Extract Aloe Vera Gel At Home?

  • Choose the leaves of the plant carefully, the leaves in the middle of the plant contains most of the gel as they are juicier, softer, and widest there.
  • Cut the leaves at an angle from the base of the plant.
  • Now, make the leaves stand upright for 15 minutes to allow the sap to drain out. The sap is a yellow colored fluid which will ooze out the moment you cut the leaf. Allow it to drain out completely.
  • Wash the leaves to remove the remaining sap from the leaves.
  • Lay the leaves flat on the cutting board and carefully cut the sides of the leaves which have the thorns. Cut from both the sides.
  • Once that is done, you need to peel off the green layer of the leaf and dice the transparent gel into cubes.
  • Alternatively, you can also slice the leaves into two halves from top to bottom and scrape off the transparent gel with the help of a spoon.
  • Store this gel in an air-tight container in a cool place.

Now that you know the many benefits of this plant and how exactly you can extract some fresh gel, let us look at the different ways in which it can be combined with other ingredients and used by various skin types.

Aloe Vera Face Packs For Different Skin Types

  1. Aloe Vera And Rose Water
  2. Multani Mitti And Aloe Vera
  3. Aloe Vera And Turmeric
  4. Banana And Aloe Vera
  5. Curd And Aloe Vera
  6. Aloe Vera And Cucumber
  7. Aloe Vera, Masoor Dal (Red Lentil), And Tomato
  8. Aloe Vera, Honey, And Lemon
  9. Neem And Aloe Vera
  10. Aloe Vera And Papaya
  11. Sandalwood And Aloe Vera
  12. Besan And Aloe Vera

How To Make Aloe Vera Face Pack At Home

1. Aloe Vera And Rose Water

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Just make a paste of the aloe vera extract and rose water.
  2. Apply it on the face. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off using cold water.

Alternatively, you can massage the face pack for 2-3 mins onto the face before rinsing it off to cleanse your pores.

How Often You Should Do This

You can repeat this up to three times a week.

Why This Works

Age spots, pimple marks, pigmentation marks, burns or injury marks can be treated using this aloe vera face pack. Rose water is an astringent that soothes and tones the skin. It enhances the cell regeneration process and also improves capillary circulation (6).

Suitable For

Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, and oily skin.

2. Multani Mitti And Aloe Vera

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon multani mitti (Fuller’s earth)
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • Rose water OR cold milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Combine the multani mitti powder and aloe gel.
  2. Add cold milk if you are not sensitive to dairy. If you are, use rose water instead to adjust the consistency of the paste.
  3. Apply this on the face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with normal water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Being a cosmetic clay, multani mitti thoroughly cleanses your pores by absorbing all the impurities and excess oil (7).

Suitable For

Normal skin, combination skin, and oily skin.

3. Aloe Vera And Turmeric

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You Will Need

  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Few drops of rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a paste by mixing all the ingredients.
  2. Apply the paste evenly on the face and neck, and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  3. Wash if off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

For the ladies (and gents) who want glowing and radiant skin, this aloe vera face pack is for you! Turmeric brightens up the complexion and evens out the skin tone. It also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that treat any existing skin issue (8, 9).

Suitable For

All skin types.

[ Read: Homemade Face Packs For Dry Skin ]

4. Banana And Aloe Vera Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera
  • 3-4 ripe banana pieces

What You Have To Do

  1. Thoroughly mash the banana pieces and mix the aloe vera gel with them.
  2. Apply this on the face and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week, or up to twice a week if required.

Why This Works

This face pack acts as a deep nourishment treatment for the skin. The rich fat content of bananas hydrates and moisturizes the skin, giving relief from dry patches and flakiness. You will also see an improvement in your skin’s elasticity after using this face pack (10).

Suitable For

Dry skin and normal skin.

5. Curd And Aloe Vera Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon curd (plain yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon honey OR lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Blend everything. Use honey for dry skin and normal skin, and lemon juice for oily skin and combination skin.
  2. Apply the face pack. Keep it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

You can apply this up to thrice a week.

Why This Works

Curd (or yogurt) is an excellent skin cleanser that can be used by all skin types. It contains mild acids that exfoliate the skin and remove all the dirt and impurities. Yogurt contains healthy fats that nourish the skin (11).

Suitable For

Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, and oily skin.

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6. Aloe Vera And Cucumber Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera
  • 1 teaspoon cucumber juice
  • 2-3 drops rose oil (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a smooth paste of aloe vera gel and cucumber juice. Add a few drops of rose or any other essential oil.
  2. Apply on the face and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

This face pack is excellent for tanned skin and sunburns. Cucumber is very soothing for irritated and sunburned skin. The high water content from it can also hydrate your skin. It will get rid of oil, dirt, and impurities from your skin, leaving you feeling clean, refreshed, and rejuvenated (12).

Suitable For

All skin types, even sensitive.

7. Aloe Vera, Masoor Dal (Red Lentil), And Tomato Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons red lentils
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 small tomato
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak the lentils for an hour.
  2. Blend along with the aloe vera gel and tomato.
  3. Apply this face pack and let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wet your fingertips and massage the face pack using circular motions.
  5. Rinse it off completely with tepid water.
  6. Pat your skin dry and apply a suitable moisturizer.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this face pack twice a week.

Why This Works

Red lentils, when ground, work as a wonderful exfoliating agent. While the pack is on, aloe vera works its magic, and when you gently scrub the face pack off, the lentils remove the dead cells and unclog pores. You can get rid of blackheads and whiteheads with this face pack (13).

Suitable For

Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, and oily skin.

[ Read: Lemon Use For Face ]

8. Aloe Vera, Honey, And Lemon Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera
  • 1 teaspoon lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply a paste of aloe vera gel, lemon juice, and honey on the face.
  2. Leave it on for 10 mins, then and wash it off.

Alternatively, you can also make a mixture of the same and apply the mix with the help of a cotton ball on the affected areas to treat them.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every day.

Why This Works

Skin tanning is a common problem in India. It is also very difficult to get rid of the tan easily. Try this simple and effective pack for tan removal. The lemon juice’s acids lighten the skin tone and the honey soothes the skin irritated by the sun (14).

Suitable For

Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, and oily skin.

[ Read: Homemade Night Creams To Get Beautiful Skin ]

9. Neem And Aloe Vera Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Handful of neem leaves
  • 2-3 holy basil (tulsi) leaves (optional)
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Wash and grind the neem leaves with some water to get a thick paste.
  2. Add aloe vera gel and honey to this. You can add some water to adjust the consistency of the face pack.
  3. Apply this on the entire face or only on the affected areas.
  4. Leave it on to dry for 10-12 minutes and then wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once or twice a week depending on the severity of your acne.

Why This Works

The antimicrobial properties of neem are often employed for acne treatment (15). A bacterial infection in the clogged skin pores is responsible for pimple formation. When these bacteria are killed, the pimples are healed in no time.

Suitable For

Oily skin, acne prone skin, and combination skin.

10. Aloe Vera And Papaya Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 2-3 pieces ripe papaya
  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mash the papaya pieces and add aloe vera and rose water to this. Mix everything.
  2. Apply on the face and keep this face pack on for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with normal or cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

The enzymes in the papaya will work as a natural chemical exfoliant. The dull and dead top layer of the skin will be removed to reveal fresh, glowing, and bright complexion. Papaya also helps to unclog pores and smoothen skin (16, 17).

Suitable For

Normal skin, combination skin, oily skin, and mature skin.

11. Sandalwood And Aloe Vera Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
  • Rose water OR cold milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a paste by mixing sandalwood powder with aloe vera gel and some rose water (use cold milk if you are not sensitive to dairy).
  2. Apply this paste on the face.
  3. Let the face pack dry for about 15 minutes and then wash it off with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Fair and clear skin can be yours in no time if you use this face pack regularly. Sandalwood powder has been used since ancient times to soothe the skin and improve the skin tone (18).

Suitable For

Normal skin, combination skin, oily skin, and acne-prone skin.

[ Read: Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Hair ]

12. Besan And Aloe Vera Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • 1-2 tablespoons besan (gram flour)
  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the two ingredients to get a paste.
  2. Apply this on the face.
  3. Rinse it off after 15 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Besan is a type of flour that exfoliates the skin and also tightens your pores (19). Use this face pack regularly to maintain the health of your skin in the long run.

Suitable For

Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, and oily skin.

Aloe vera is a succulent plant used widely in skin care. The gel from the plant can be applied in a number of ways into home remedies to help treat various skin issues as it is loaded with water, vitamins, minerals, and important active compounds. In addition, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant properties, which can help with issues like acne, blemishes, dryness and dullness, sunburn, wounds, and insect bites. After extracting the gel from an aloe vera leaf, you can combine it with different ingredients like rose water, banana, turmeric, fuller’s earth, curd, lemon, and cucumber to prepare aloe vera face packs at home. The ingredients you mix with aloe depend on what you need the mask to do for your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sleep with aloe vera on my face?

Yes, overnight application of aloe vera gel to the face is completely safe. Apply a thin coating of pure aloe vera gel all over your face, avoiding your eyes. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning with a mild cleanser.

Is aloe vera face pack good for dark circles?

Yes, aloe vera may help to reduce dark circles naturally. Apply aloe vera gel underneath your eyes and keep it on overnight if you find it relaxing and suits your skin type.

Does aloe vera gel expire?

Aloe vera gel does expire, although it varies depending on the form and storage. Raw aloe vera spoils quickly. However, it can be kept refrigerated for up to a week. Store-bought aloe vera contains preservatives and can be stored at room temperature for 2 years and refrigerated for 5 years.

So, which aloe vera face pack are you planning to try? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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