My new and favorite natural beauty secret uses an Aloe Vera leaf face mask...I've been wearing these lately and the diferences are amazing. It retains moisure and leaves my skin looking tight, hydrated and glowing. What better to use for combatting sun damage than a plant that has evolved over millions of years to withstand the strongest rays :)
Simply break a leaf in half at the tip and apply the liquidous gel to clean skin. It will harden in minutes and create a clear mask with a healthy shine. This works wonderfully on the face or body, especially after a long day in the sun. I also use it under my eyes during the day. It tightens the skin an gives a mild "botox" appearance... completely chemical free and preservative free. The gel can also be added to smoothies as well for additional benefits. The Aloe Leaf is a wrinkle defying wonder of nature!!!
You can buy a full plant or one leaf at a time. Use piece by piece of a leaf. After being left exposed to the air for several hours the gel will solidify and you will need to break off another piece for your next use. If you purchase a whole, live plant, it will regenerate on it's own in time.
Try looking for an Aloe plant or leaf at Whole Foods, farmer's markets or even an Asian specialties grocery store.