My face is covered in aloe vera gel as I write this post.
Because of my love for natural products (both foods and cosmetics), I get to try various remedies and diets.
And today I am going to tell you about one of them - aloe vera.
Read on for its magical skin properties.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is common to hot and dry climates, like the of the Arabian Peninsula, where it originates from.
Today, we can find about 400 different species that are cultivated and harvested all over the world.
The leaves of the plant vary from smooth and fleshy to harder leafs with white-tipped spines.
Because of it's strong survival instincts too, aloe vera can be grown basically everywhere- garden, pot, terrace.
It was used back in the 16th century BC in ancient Egypt, where it was referred to as the “plant of immortality”.
It is excellent for skin and hair treatments and even internal healing. Aloe vera is often added to cleanses as it helps regulate sugar and fat metabolism.
The leaves of the aloe vera plant contain a huge variety of different nutrients: Vitamins (A, B, B12, C, D and E), copper, potassium, zinc and magnesium.
What Does Aloe Vera Do For Your Skin
Now that we have a good understanding of what aloe vera is, we can talk about some of the ways this beneficial plant can look after your skin.
As it is rich in vitamins C and E and beta carotene (a pre-cursor to vitamin A), aloe vera may be able to help promote the production of collagen to help keep skin healthy.
Low collagen levels result in sagging skin and wrinkles.
Furthermore, you can take it in a supplement form or add it fresh to your smoothie.
According to a 2009 research, consuming aloe vera increases the production of collagen and improves the elasticity of the skin.
Because the plan is native to dry climate, its leaves store huge amounts of water. This prevents it from drying.
Thanks to this ability, the gel is used hydrate or moisturize your skin.
Hydration is so important because if you neglect this process your skin will start to dry and flake.
This can lead to irritation and often develops into a rash.
By applying an aloe vera gel or cream, you are able to help you skin stay hydrated and clean at all times.
Do you know this scenario: You spend the whole day at the beach, play games, have a few mojitos (Mmmm) and take a nap (still at the beach)...
All good, right? You come home, take a shower and try to put clothes on - mission unsuccessful. You are sooo sunburn - you have to skip dinner out and miss the fun (and more mojitoooos).
This could be different - if on the way home you stop by a pharmacy and get yourself a soothing aloe vera - based after-sun lotion..
(P.S. I know this story is true, because it's me who missed the party.)
Known for its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties, aloe vera gel is the perfect for treating sunburned skin.
It provides a protective layer to the skin which helps retain moisture. Aloe is also rich in antioxidants and minerals which can help speed healing.
According to this study, the gel might be useful for topical treatment of inflamed skin such as from UV rays.
Those of us with acne may want to try aloe vera’s gentle cleansing and antimicrobial properties.
Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties protect, the plant is able to protect the skin from bacteria and other pathogens which lead to infection pimples.
Furthermore, you can benefit from aloe vera's astringent qualities. This means that the gel can help reduce your pore size and keep them clean from excess oils, dirt, and bacteria..
Add some lemon juice to the gel and it help lighten age spots and acne blemishes.
The healing properties of aloe vera are not limited to soothing sunburn.
The plant can be used to help reduce immediate pain or discomfort.
You can apply the gel on the skin to reduce burning sensation as well as to promote and speed the healing process.
According to this review of the efficiency of the plant used for burn wound healing, aloe vera can reduce the healing time of first or second degree burns by almost nine days.
This is explained by the ability of the plant to penetrate the epidermis (the outer layer of the kin) four times faster than water.
You use aloe vera in your skin care? - Share your wisdom in the comments below.
I hope this post was helpful and I am truly thankful that from all the info available out there, you chose to read my blog.
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