Indian television and film (Bollywood) actress Prachi Desai’s no. 1 natural beauty secret is her aloe vera face mask. The best part? It only involves one ingredient! Buy an aloe vera plant or stem from your local grocery store or health food market. Cut the long stems into three-inch pieces and store in the fridge wrapped in foil. Each time you want to apply your mask, simply open up a stem piece and scoop out the healing aloe vera gel inside. Massage onto clean skin and leave it on as long as you like!
Aloe vera has antibacterial and wound-healing properties, making it great for soothing acne-prone or sunburnt skin. Aloe vera gel is sold in many forms, often packaged into beauty products, but to get its full beauty benefits, try it fresh. Aloe vera is very cooling and relaxing on the skin, easing the discomfort of tight, dry skin or skin that is peeling.
Fun fact: Bollywood beauties Amrita Arora and Ayesha Takia also use aloe vera on their skin for a healthy visage!