Aloe Vera in Skin Care

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I love aloe vera mask. They are cool and calming for a rosacea face. More and more the benefits from this plant are being used in products, especially skin care.

The plant itself goes back many centuries. Many cultures used it as a medicinal plant.

Cleopatra used it daily as part of her skin care. The Egyptians considered it a sacred plant and the juice holding the secrets to beauty, health and immortality.

Aloe vera is a perennial succulent (stores water) originating from the Arabian Peninsula. It has more than 360 species found in other parts of the world. It is a tropical or subtropical native.

House Plant

These days it is a popular house plant. It is convenient to grow on your window sill. Because it stores water like a cactus it doesn’t need to be watered often.

The plant has spiny leaves and looks like a cactus. The gel is harvested from the inner leaves. It is transparent, watery and a bit sticky. You can snip off a leave at any time. Apply the gel from the inner leaf directly to a minor cut, burn or wound.

It freezes well. The gel heals minor cuts and sun burns quickly. It is used in produces for its moisturizing qualities.

The herb contains salicylic acids and amino acids. Many antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E all beneficial to the skin. The gel is absorbed into the epidermis.

Today it is found in soap, shampoo, moisturizers and cosmetics. The ingredient is included in creams, gels and ointments for topical use in treating many skin conditions.

Aloe vera has been used to treat psoriasis, eczema and my personal experience it does wonders for the rosacea face.

Benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antioxidants
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Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory qualities that help with the pain and swelling associated with many skin conditions. This makes it helpful as a balm with healing cold sores.

This is why it is also comforting for sunburns and other minor burns. It helps to quickly heal due to its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal qualities.

Having anti-inflammatory qualities helps to calm the redness associated with rosacea. It just feels so cool against the inflamed skin. This would also help with inflammatory acne.

An aloe vera mask is also good for hydrating the skin. The facial skin becomes plump and moist. The elasticity has been improved.

Eczema
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) man's face by nooraphoto curtesy Shutterstock

It helps with hydrating eczema skin and calming psoriasis.

It is a natural and light exfoliate that can be used on sensitive skin.

Having antifungal qualities it is used in shampoos to treat dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis). The vitamins and minerals contained help with moisturizing the dry and itchy scalp.

For the hair, aloe vera can also clean away excess sebum (oil) and the vitamins A, C and E are great for hair growth. As it helps with cooling down sunburn it can also repair sun damaged hair.

Aloe vera has antioxidants that also heal the damage from free radicals. These can cause fine lines and wrinkles. This is a good reason why it is used in so many moisturizers and cosmetics.

Applying a thin layer around your eyes (avoid getting directly in) can help with redness, puffiness and dark circles.

It has also been effective with improving the appearance of new and existing scars, even stretch marks.

You don’t want to use on severe burns or wounds. Please contact a medical professional. And it doesn’t work well with hydrocortisone.

It is safe for most when applied to skin. Pay attention to any irritation. There is always a possibility to be allergic. It can also contradict with other medications.

Product Lines with Aloe Vera

Clinique has a line called Activated

Garnier SkinActive New hydrating 3 in 1 moisturizer and refresher

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This website is for informational purposes and not for diagnosis.

If you have a health condition or concern, please consult your doctor.

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https://alternativa-za-vas.com/en/index.php/clanak/article/a-brief-history-of-aloe-vera? Accessed 05/30/2020

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/all-about-aloe-vera-including-the-health-benefits-associated-with-the-plant/ar-BB14jIpN    accessed 05/30/2020

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