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Nourish Summer Skin with Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is a beautiful and beneficial plant to have in your home. The pure aloe gel inside the leaves contains over 75 nutrients, minerals, and enzymes plus it can relieve a bit of the itching from insect bites and soothe sunburns.  Your skin could use a good dose of this natural moisturizer in the middle of summer.

You can buy aloe gel from your local grocery store but you can easily harvest your own at home if you have an aloe plant. All you need is a sharp kitchen knife and a spoon. Cut your aloe leaf close to the base of your plant with your sharp kitchen knife and allow the dark resin of the leaf to drip out. This is usually a dark yellowish color. Then, carefully cut the aloe leaf lengthwise down its side. You can then open up the leaf and scoop out the clear gel.

 Try this simple, two-ingredient recipe to moisturize parched summer skin.

1 T aloe gel

1 T coconut oil

Blend equal parts aloe gel and coconut oil until smooth and even consistency. Ta-Dah! Done! Keep any unused lotion in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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