I rubbed frozen aloe vera on my face every morning

TikTok will have you putting some wild stuff on your body. From conditioning your hair with onion water to using lubricant as a makeup primer, the possibilities seem endless…and often very unattractive. But when I saw beauty influencer Jaclyn Hill share that she rubs frozen aloe vera on her face at home every day, I thought to myself, “that’s one DIY hack I’d like.” Really be willing to try.” Aloe is a tried-and-true skincare ingredient, so I knew this wouldn’t hurt. And according to Ivy Lee, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Pasadena, California, it actually could be beneficial

“It’s probably incredibly hydrating and, especially when you have it fresh, incredibly relaxing,” says Dr. Lee. “That’s why we’ve used aloe for millions of years for post-sunburn relief. So I can see the cool aspect and aloe vera as a hydrating and soothing addition to your morning routine.”

So I decided to give it a try. For a week, I committed to rubbing frozen aloe vera on my face every morning to start my day. That’s how it was.

How to make frozen aloe vera

To make frozen aloe vera, I followed the steps that Hill demonstrates in this video.

@jacattack Easy guys! #fyp #aloevera #beauty #skincare #skincareroutine #MadewithKAContest ♬ original sound – Jaclynhill

1. Secure an aloe leaf

This trick works best with fresh aloe, which means you need a leaf. I picked up a large leaf at my local grocery store, but you can also use cuttings from an aloe vera plant.

2. Cut the sheet

To get to the goo on the inside of the leaf, start by trimming off all the sharp edges. Then once the sides are removed, you can see the aloe gel inside. To remove it, place the sheet on the table and apply a little pressure to the top. Keep your knife parallel to the table and slice the blade in half lengthwise (or, in grade school terms, “hot dog style”). This will leave you with two sides, each with a hard green layer and a soft, sticky inside.

3. Scrape off the gel

Using a large metal spoon, scrape every last bit of gel off the sheet into a pile.

4. Put the gel in a blender

Then, scoop up the goo and place it in the blender. For me, this was the worst step – it felt like the biggest pile of mucus in the world. But I tried to think of it as nature’s skin-hydrating mucus, which made this part of the process a little less terrible.

5. Add water and mix

Add a splash of cold water to the aloe and then mix until blended. It should be super foamy.

6. Let it sit for 20 minutes.

For the foam to settle, remove the lid from the blender and let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes.

8. Pour it into your mold

For this step, Hill used plastic popsicle molds ($15). This is hands down the best option because it gives you a handle to hold on to while wiping frozen aloe vera over your face. If you’re like me and don’t want to commit to getting the molds, you can freeze your aloe in a regular ice cube tray. Just know that your fingers will be very cold when you apply the gel.

What It Was Like To Rub Frozen Aloe Vera Cubes On My Face Every Morning

Hill rubs frozen aloe vera on her face at night, and at first, that’s what I wanted to do, too. It seemed like a relaxing step to take before bed, but I couldn’t commit. My morning skincare routine is where I put most of my energy, and promoting myself to rub cold aloe on my face when I was sleepy just wasn’t happening. However, once I switched to an app, it clicked – I finally understood why Hill and so many others on TikTok love this trick. He feels so, so, so well, and it’s the perfect way to wake up my skin.

Hill’s method involves rubbing the aloe on the face until the lollipop is completely melted, and dabbing with a towel when the aloe drips too much. I tried this and my skin was not on it. Applying so many layers of aloe made my skin a bit itchy. The feeling was gone, but he still didn’t enjoy it. The next time, I kept it light, rubbing the ice cube on my face for a minute or so, enjoying the cool feeling all over my face. Even with less aloe, I had a lot left on my face. I didn’t want to dab it off, so I reached for my Reusable Silicone Mask ($19) from Experiment Beauty to use aloe as a mask.

I stuck with this method for the rest of the week, wearing my DIY sheet mask for 10-20 minutes while I made my latte, combed my hair, and entertained myself. Once the mask was off and rinsed off, I sat at my vanity and was able to pat the aloe into my skin. With my skin still damp, I continued with the rest of my skin care routine.

The verdict: Although preparing frozen aloe vera and rubbing it on my face felt extremely extra, I grew to love it. He helped cheer me up and made my skin look dewy and radiant. If you also have dry skin, are looking to soothe an irritated complexion, or just want to play around with a new beauty trick, try this out ASAP.

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