Because of its antioxidant, healing and moisturizing properties Aloe Vera is must have for your skin beauty routine. Because it’s so inexpensive (or free if you grow your own) as well as all natural, making it a no brainer that everyone can put to use on a daily basis. Large stalks of Aloe can be purchased at most local grocery stores and stored in the refrigerator for several weeks or you can simply grab a few rooted pieces from a friend and grow your own.
What’s In Aloe Vera that makes it so great?
It contains substances called glycoproteins— which have analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities as well as polysaccharides, which have emollient, or soothing, effects. It is a humectant which boost its moisturizing and healing qualities. It also contains a natural pain reliever known as Bradykinase. The magnesium lactate in aloe reduces itching and promotes skin repair while the antibacterial qualities reduce risks of infection. The Giberellin found in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. All making it perfect for everyday beauty use as well as to treat minor skin issues.
When not to use it?
A small percentage of the population is allergic to aloe vera so if you have allergies to garlic, onions and members of the lily family you will not want to use Aloe. Doing a patch test on a small area first is recommended before using it on larger areas. Experts also recommend against using for more severe burns or wounds.
How to extract the gel from the plant?
You want to cut off just the amount you need at one time as the gel will oxidize when exposed to air. You can cut the small piece in half and either scoop the gel from the outer shell with a spoon or knife or simply apply it directly to your skin from the two halves. Take caution not to use a knife you had just diced garlic with. You’re going to have to just trust me on this one, it’s not good in so many ways.
Ways to Use the Aloe Vera gel?
- use as a daily moisturizer; Aloe moisturizes without being greasy. Use it daily to maintain optimum moisture in your skin.
- Use to prevent aging: In addition to maintaining moisture the Giberellin found in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. The antioxidants in Aloe also help to improve skin firmness.
- use as an aftershave or treat cuts. Its natural healing properties will help any nicks or cuts to heal quickly. Aloe contains two hormones Auxin and Gibberellins. These hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation
- Use to treat acne: Again the anti-inflammatory and healing properties of aloe make it a perfect natural go to for acne flare ups.
- treat sunburn: The nutritional, moisturizing and antioxidant properties speed healing and moisturize damaged, burned skin quickly.