The shovels dug relentlessly in the sand while the sun heated even the air that blew over the necropolis. In a race against time, to prevent the tomb looters at night from making raid, the archaeological excavation proceeded fast to bring to light the hidden treasures and wonders of a bygone era that belonged to the pharaohs and pyramids. We are in Thebes, Egypt, in the necropolis of El Assasif, we do not know exactly the year but, according to the historical reconstruction, it should be around 1860. We can imagine the joy when, finally, a different noise indicated to the archaeological expedition that the shovel had touched something solid, which was not sand but, finally, an ancient tomb. And we can imagine the amazement of the archaeologists when, once they entered the tomb, they found a perfectly preserved mummy, which had withstood the centuries. Around the mummy there were his grave goods, food, objects, jewels and furnishings of a person that, during his life, could have been a high dignitary of the court or a noble, but we like to think of a physician or someone who was interested in care and healing, because in his journey to the afterlife he wanted with him his handbook of medicine, a 20-meter-long papyrus found between the mummy's legs and that reported quick remedies and tips to treat various diseases. The papyrus took the name of Ebers papyrus, from the name of the Egyptologist who later bought it, and still today it is one of the most interesting testimonies of the medical knowledge of the Egyptians but, above all, it is also the oldest document that refers to the aloe, the plant of immortality, as the Egyptians called it. Aloe was mixed with other ingredients, as evidenced by the papyrus itself, such as mint, honey, juniper berries or myrrh, to solve stomach problems but also burns and skin irritations. It is said that aloe was one of the essential ingredients of the cosmetics of the great queens of Egypt, Nefertiti and Cleopatra. So, today we too will see how to prepare a powerful cosmetic at home, a face mask capable of renewing the skin, with aloe to guarantee a pamper worthy of a queen.
Aloe, properties for your beauty
Aloe is an extraordinary plant, when applied externally it helps the skin to retain moisture, makes it toned, soothes erythema and itching and, in case of acne, it is also useful in fighting inflammation, it accelerates wound healing and counteracts enlarged pores (Hekmatpou et al, Iran J Med Sci, 2019). Not only that, aloe stimulates the fibroblasts that produce collagen and elastin with the result of a more elastic skin with fewer wrinkles (Surjushe et al, Indian J Dermatol, 2008).
Aloe face mask, a cosmetic worthy of a queen
Here is a face mask prepared with simple but powerful ingredients, capable of renewing the skin, leaving it soft and radiant, nourished and even purified. You need 2 tablespoons of aloe gel, you can buy it in herbalist's and specialized shops but, if you are lucky enough to have an aloe plant at home, you can extract the fresh gel directly from its leaves, half a teaspoon of fresh brewer's yeast, which is antimicrobial, improves skin hydration and its appearance by counteracting small lines of expression (Gaspar et al, Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008), and a little water. Then, you also need 1 tablespoon of clay. You can use any type of clay you have at home, white, red or green, as all clays, when used to prepare masks, in the long run improve the elasticity of the skin and reduce wrinkles, as well as absorb bacteria (Velasco et al, Revista de Ciencias Farmaceuticas Basica e Aplicada., 2016). Dissolve the yeast in a little water. In a small bowl blend the aloe gel, add the yeast. Pour the clay and mix. Apply on cleansed face and leave on for ten minutes. Then rinse, spray some rose water, which relaxes and illuminates the face, and apply a few drops of a serum oil or a pinch of your face cream.