This well tolerant succulent plant is a familiar name in the beauty world. It is exclusively used as a moisturizing agent in major skincare products. Do you what pant are we talking about? Well, you guessed it right. We are indeed talking about the Aloe vera plant. Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant which is popularly known for its healing and therapeutic properties. The benefits of this plant are not just limited to your skin, but it is also equally beneficial for your hair. Since time immemorial, aloe vera has been extensively used for treating various ailments as it has a positive effect on your whole body. This plant has been in the beauty books for centuries even before we discovered its incredible properties for treating various beauty and health conditions. The most remarkable property of aloe vera is that it can be used in any form- cream, gel or juice due to which it is extensively used in cosmetics and healthcare supplements.
Interesting Facts About Aloe Vera
For all the good reasons, this plant is rightfully known as The Plant of Immortality by ancient Egyptians.
Aloe Vera is derived from the Arabic word Alloeh which means bitter because of the bitter liquid found in leaves of the plant, Vera which means true in Latin which was added later to this particular species so as to distinguish it from other Aloe plants.
Aloe Vera is oleophobic in nature (i.e oil repelling). Due to this property, Aloe Vera effectively separates oil from water.
What Exactly Is Aloe Vera Gel?
Triangular leaf of Aloe Vera is composed of 3 layers, of which the innermost layer containing a clear gel-like substance is composed of almost 99% water and is a storehouse of almost 75 essential nutrients which includes 18 amino acids, 20 minerals and 12 vitamins. This gel-like substance found in the innermost layer is removed either by hand or machine and cold-pressed to retain its nourishing and healing properties. Aloe Vera gel which is extremely bitter is a proven skin healer. This extract of Aloe Vera is used worldwide for treating various skin and body ailments.
Aloe Vera possesses anti-viral, anti-fungal and cell-regenerative properties due to which it is effective in healing various skin and hair conditions. This gooey translucent gel works seamlessly on your skin as it is packed with antioxidants which helps to fight the free radicals. It protects your skin from sun damage and its anti-inflammatory property helps to soothe irritated, dry skin, making the skin soft.
Benefits Of Aloe Vera Gel For Skin
Now that you are well aware of the fact that this translucent extract derived from Aloe vera plant is packed with beauty benefits, time to make it a part of your skin care regime. It works wonders on your skin, irrespective of your skin type. Aloe Vera is rich in powerful antioxidants, Vitamin A, C and E, beta-carotene which are beneficial for your skin and help to effectively treat dry skin, acne and sunburn. With regular use, you can see your skin would become super soft, flawless, radiant and more vibrant. Let’s look closely at some of the benefits of Aloe vera.
1. Soothes Sunburn
Aloe vera exhibits anti-inflammatory property which helps to soothe and calm the area of sunburn. The polysaccharides present in Aloe vera help to repair damaged skin cells and also in the regeneration of new cells, thus effectively treating the sunburn.
2. Moisturises Your Skin
Aloe Vera helps to keep your skin well moisturized because of its high water content without making your skin look oily. It helps to retain moisture in your skin by forming a protective layer over your skin, thereby making your skin look soft and smooth.
3. Fights Acne
Aloe Vera exhibits antibacterial and antiseptic properties which help to fight various skin infections such as acne and pimples. It also contains salicylic acid which acts a mild exfoliator, unclogging the blocked pores and helps reduce blackheads, pimples and acne. It also helps to soothe the inflamed skin or the acne-prone skin because of its anti-inflammatory property.
4. Soothes The Irritated Skin
Dry and dehydrated skin gives rise to several skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis. The skin becomes extremely dry, itchy and irritated. Aloe vera with its strong anti-inflammatory property is effective in soothing the itchy skin. It also helps to keep your skin hydrated. Aloe vera gel contains active compounds such as acemannan which help to suppress the inflammation caused due to dry and irritated skin.
5. Reduces Wrinkles And Fine Lines
Aloe vera gel is rich in Vitamin C and E, and the antioxidants which help fight free radicals responsible for causing wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe Vera also boosts the production of collagen in the skin cells, thereby increasing the elasticity of skin cells. Additionally, the zinc present in aloe vera helps to tighten the pores by acting as powerful astringent, thus prevent your skin from sagging.
6. Fades Out Blemishes And Dark Spots
Aloe vera is known to be the powerhouse of antioxidants which are effective against free radicals that cause hyperpigmentation and dark spots on your skin. These free radicals are formed due to exposure to sun’s UV light, pollution and other environmental factors. The active ingredients present in aloe vera gel hamper the functioning of the tyrosinase enzyme (which is responsible for hyperpigmentation and skin discolouration). And ultimately, Vitamin C and E present in aloe vera help to fade away dark spots and blemishes.
7. Treats Cold Sore
The antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of Aloe Vera gel help to inhibit various skin infections caused by fungi, bacteria and virus. It also helps in the healing process by creating antibodies which effectively fight the cold sore.
8. Gently Exfoliates Your Skin
Salicylic acid present in aloe vera gel acts as an exfoliator which helps to unclog the pores and removes the dead skin cells making your skin look more radiant and flawless.
9. Removes Dark Circles
Aloe Vera gel helps to keep the area around the eye well moisturized, Vitamin C and E present in aloe vera reduce the dark circles around your eyes. Its cooling effect reduces the puffiness, removing the fatigue look from your face.
10. Treats Minor Cuts And Insect Bites
The antiseptic and antibiotic properties of Aloe Vera gel make it highly valuable in treating minor cuts, burns and insect bites. Its anti-inflammatory property helps to soothe the skin and reduces the itching.
After knowing the amazing benefits of Aloe vera gel for your skin, you will definitely want to give it a try. Let’s see how to incorporate Aloe vera gel in your daily skincare regime.
How to Use Aloe Vera Gel On Your Face
Let’s take a look at how effectively you can use Aloe vera gel to hydrate and replenish your skin.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel Directly On Your Face
Take a freshly cut Aloe vera leaf, remove the upper layer, remove the thorns and scoop out the gel from the leaf. Blend this gel into a smooth paste and apply it directly onto your face before going to bed. Leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning.
Use Aloe Vera Gel As a Face Mask
Extract the Aloe vera gel from the freshly cut leaf and blend it to make a smooth paste. To this add 8-10 drops of Tea Tree Oil and apply this mixture before going to bed. This mixture is beneficial for treating oily and acne-prone skin. Do this twice a week for better result.
Use Aloe Vera Gel As Facial Serum
Aloe vera gel can also be used as night facial serum which helps to rejuvenate and hydrate your skin. Take 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon of rose water, 2-3 drops of Jojoba Oil and 2 drops of Vitamin E oil. Mix well and apply onto your face and neck. Leave it overnight and discover the glowing, smooth and soft skin the next day. This facial serum is beneficial for dry skin as it hydrates and nourishes the skin.
Aloe Vera Gel Mask For Normal/Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin, then use this brightening face mask which nourishes and moisturizes your skin gently. Mash 1 banana into the bowl and to this add 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel and add few drops of Rosewater. Mix well and apply on your face. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes and wash off to discover bright and radiant-looking skin.
Above mentioned were a few DIY recipes which you can easily try out at home.
Aloe Vera in Skincare Products
Aloe Vera gel is well known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This is why it is extensively used in many skincare products such as face wash, soaps, moisturizing body lotions, sunscreens, shampoos and facial creams. You can also enjoy the beauty benefits of Aloe Vera by using skincare products with Aloe Vera gel infused in them. Apply an Aloe Vera gel infused moisturizer and pair it with a sunscreen SPF to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun rays.
After knowing about the enormous beauty benefits of Aloe Vera plant, I am quite sure that you would incorporate it in your skin care routine. When you have a million-dollar beauty ingredient very handy right in your aisle then there is no need for you to spend a hefty amount on synthetic cosmetic products which will do no good but only harm your skin.
Written By - Akhila Menon
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