Aloe Vera is more than just a sticky byproduct from the Aloe plant. It is healing, nourishing and an essential component to most good skin care serums and moisturizers. Most of us have used Aloe after a long day in the sun when the application of sunscreen has dwindled and all you are left with are a lot of good memories as well as a lobster-red sunburn.
According to Indian Journal of Dermatology, Aloe Vera is comprised of 75 potentially active constituents including: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, salicylic acids and amino acids which can all have positive effects on the skin. With the rise of clean skin care it is more important than ever to be aware of what you are putting on your skin and thus directly into your body.
The most common well-known use for Aloe Vera plant is as a treatment for sunburn care. One of the anti-inflammatory properties in aloe, aloin, is known for being an aid in skin healing and restoration (NIH). Lather and spread pure aloe on the affected area for a cooling sensation and relief from the hot and painful side effects of a sunburn. It is important to note that not all aloe-based products, like most skin care, are created equally, so be sure to read the label for ingredient facts before purchase. The most effective aloe products for sun care are going to be ones that contain minimal ingredients (or just one).
Skincare & Anti Aging Benefits
Most people are looking for a skin care product that promises to keep their skin looking hydrated, youthful, and very few products actually deliver on that promise. Those that do, tend to be expensive or gimmicks that rarely deliver on that tall order. So instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars on skincare serums and creams, why not try a natural, cheaper alternative first? Aloe is not only good for healing sunburns, but also for overall skin hydration and helps combat aging. The plant contains mucopolysaccharides and stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid and when applied to the skin topically boosts water production to help keep skin moisturized, hydrated, firm and supple (mindbodygreen). As we age, our skin tends to wrinkle, sag and lose elasticity as well. The aloe vera plant has been a staple in healing and skincare treatments for thousands of years and still continues to be in use today. Aloe is a natural, plant-based healing gel that promotes skin elasticity, helps moisturize the skin and is anti-inflammatory. Next time you are browsing the skincare aisle check and see what sort of products are using clean and effective ingredients, like aloe.