Using Aloe Vera for skin is not a surprising discovery.
When you spot a bottle of aloe vera gel, chances are you have flashes of scorched skin after too much time in the sun.
But aloe’s benefits for skin span much wider than that, so it may be time to broaden its role in your beauty regimen.
Here are some benefits of aloe Vera for skin
Since aloe vera contains humectants (substances that attract water from the air), it’s thought to be especially beneficial for dry skin types. Aloe specifically contains mucopolysaccharides, which bind moisture into the skin, It also has cohesive effects by sticking together flaking epidermal skin cells, resulting in softer skin and improved skin texture.
Fading Dark Spots and Stretch Marks
Aloe Vera helps fade out dark spots and stretch mark due to aloesin and aloin found inside it. In a research aloesin was applied four times per day for 15 days and was found to be effective in treating UV-induced and post-acne hyperpigmentation. Another study found aloin destroyed melanin cells in pigmented cells.
Soothing Sunburns and Skin Injuries
Aloe vera soothes sunburns and skin injuries by increasing collagen synthesis and cross-linking. This helps reduce any resulting scar tissue and speeds up wound healing,. Aloe also contains compounds called aloin and anthraquinones, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that can help alleviate pain and promote healing.
But take heed: Aloe vera should only be applied to mild-to-moderate first- and second-degree burns more severe burns need to be treated in a medical facility.
Aloe vera contains naturally occurring salicylic acid, which is currently one of the best ways to prevent acne, since it sheds dead cells from the outer layer of the skin and decreases redness of the skin.
It also has anti-inflammatory capabilities, which suppresses P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne.
Soothing Skin Conditions
Flare-ups of psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that causes red, itchy and scaly patches—may be better managed with aloe vera mix, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties also Ditto eczema, a skin condition that causes your skin to become red and itchy and more prone to fungal and bacterial infections can also be managed by it.
Slowing Signs of Aging
Because aloe vera contains vitamins C and E, it stands to reason it may help prevent the formation of free radicals, which are the molecules that cause cell damage.
Meanwhile, the salicylic acid it contains acts as a gentle exfoliant and once those pesky dead skin cells are out of the way, your other skin-care products might better penetrate the surface and do their thing more effectively as a result.
Aloe vera should always be found in our garden or kitchen shelves because of ifs useful benefits.