Getting sunburned as a child is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of aloe vera. I can still remember its smell and the feeling of the aloe gel on my skin. The memories are fresh in my mind: My mom would snip off a leaf from the aloe plant in our yard, cut the leaf open, and spread its gooey gel on my sunburn.
You do not need to have an aloe vera plant growing in your yard to enjoy its many benefits.
In fact, you can find aloe vera gel in the beauty section of many popular US grocery and drug stores. Continue reading to learn about the many benefits of aloe vera gel for your skin, hair, and much more.
A little about the plant…
People have used the sticky gel from aloe vera plants for thousands of years. Aloe vera has served as a medicinal treatment for a variety of health conditions including skin and digestive disorders.
The plant thrives in dry and unstable climates. The leaves of the aloe vera plant store water to survive their surrounding climate. The gel from the water-dense aloe vera leaves have many effective uses for the skin.
Packed with healing substances
According to Kim Chang, an aesthetician with the Baylor Aesthetics Studio, states that aloe vera “contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. Moreover, it can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.” Essentially, this plant packs a punch as far as beneficial vitamins are concerned.
As some of you may already know, antioxidants are important for our health. The antioxidants in aloe vera belong to a family of substances known as polyphenols. According to an article from Medical news today, “polyphenols, along with several other compounds in aloe vera, help inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans.”
A natural way to fight acne
Aloe vera prevents the growth of disease-causing organisms and protects against bacteria. Also, aloe help with the production of new skin cells while reducing inflammation and redness. Additionally, it can work as a powerful astringent that can reduce the size of your pores and flush out excess dirt, sebum, and microbes.
There are many skin care products that contain aloe vera gel. You can also mix the gel with other natural ingredients like tea tree oil or lemon juice to reap the plant’s acne-fighting benefits.
But, it should be noted that, aloe vera gel works best on surface level acne. Those with cystic or other forms of acne should consult a dermatologist about other remedies before trying aloe vera.
Fight the signs of aging
On a budget? Unsure what anti-aging products work well with your skin? Aloe vera gel is a natural ingredient that helps reduce age lines and skin blemishes. The gel contains beta-carotene as well as vitamin C and E. Therefore, the vitamins and nutrients in aloe vera gel all help reduce the effects of aging on the skin.
An article from Herbal Dynamics Beauty states that: “Aloe vera has been shown to increase collagen production in the skin, which helps with wrinkle reduction and a more youthful looking, radiant skin.” The ingredient helps hydrate the skin, allowing you to achieve that youthful glow. Additionally, the extra collagen produced by using aloe vera gel on the skin can help provide elasticity and replace dead skin cells.
Lighten dark spots on your skin
Aloe vera gel can help even out your skin’s pigment by amplifying skin call reproduction. The ingredient is a proven means of fighting redness and skin inflammation. The gel is also a natural remedy for stretch marks and acne scars.
If you mix aloe vera gel with some lemon juice, it can be used to treat sun and age spots.
A simple alternative to your regular moisturizer
Aloe vera gel can give your skin the hydration it needs to stay healthy. It is a great solution if you haven’t yet found a moisturizer that works well with your skin. The gel unclogs the pores, softens the skin, and does like leave a greasy film after application.
If you choose to use aloe vera to moisturize your face, you must exercise caution. The enzymes in the plant work as an exfoliator on the skin. And, like any exfoliator, if used too much, it can make the skin dry or way too oily.
A home remedy for keeping Covid at bay
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer has become a frequently used item. While hand sanitizer is generally inexpensive, it can become annoying and wasteful to continually purchase bottle after bottle of sanitizing gel. Luckily, you can use aloe vera gel to make your own hand sanitizer.
It is incredibly easy to make hand sanitizer using aloe vera gel. All you need is: aloe vera gel, isopropyl alcohol, and the essential oil of your choice. Simply mix three parts aloe vera gel to one part alcohol and add just a dash of essential oil.
In conclusion, aside from improving your skin health, aloe vera can be used to treat conditions that occur in other parts of the body. For the mouth, the plant’s gel can be used to reduce dental plaque and treat canker sores. For those with diabetes or digestive issues, aloe can help lower ones blood sugar and stimulates digestion. Lastly, aloe can be used on ones scalp and hair to eliminate dandruff and encourage hair growth.
Aloe vera gel is generally inexpensive and easy to find in most grocery stores and pharmacies.
You may also have an aloe plant right in your backyard!
So, what are you waiting for? Snap a leaf off of your aloe plant or purchase some aloe vera gel today! Your skin and body will thank you.