Aloe vera is one of the oldest plants known to provide many amazing benefits for skin, health, weight loss, and more. Due to its numerous benefits, it has established its dominance in the world of beauty and skincare. The green-cactus-looking plant that sits out in your garden isn’t just a plant with its roots in folklore, it’s the crux of a million-dollar industry that extends from beauty creams to healthy juices and diet supplements. Over time, aloe vera has seamlessly integrated itself into everything we use. But, what makes this miracle plant so distinguishable?
Benefits For The Skin
Great Moisturizer For Dry Skin Aloe vera is easily absorbed by the skin and tends to hold water, which helps to lock in moisture. It is also generally non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t add oil or clog the pores of those with already oily skin. You can apply gel straight from the plant or use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera.
Helps Soothe Irritation, Redness, And Inflammation. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants present, reduce inflammation and skin agitation. This makes it an effective treatment for many dermatological issues, including eczema and psoriasis. Simply rub the gel into the affected areas.
Helps Reduce Acne. One of the active ingredients in aloe vera gel is salicylic acid, which is an exfoliant and antibacterial agent commonly used to treat acne. The soothing properties can help calm inflammation associated with painful pimples. To keep breakouts at bay, apply a thin layer of gel to acne-prone areas every evening.
Helps Prevent Fine Lines And Wrinkles. Applying a thin layer of aloe vera gel can also help minimize wrinkles since it has collagen-boosting capabilities that help the body turnover damaged skin cells and produce new skin.
Skincare Remedies To Try
Aloe vera for dry skin – Take some aloe vera, a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of a mil,k, and a few drops of rose water. Blend this mix till you get a paste. Apply it and leave it in for about 20 minutes or so.
Aloe vera scrub – Grab half a cup of fresh aloe vera gel, a cup of sugar, r, and two tablespoons of lemon juice. The sugar will help exfoliate and scrub off dead skin, the aloe vera will deep clean the skin and the lemon will help fade out scars and tan. Stir the three ingredients together and use them to scrub both, the face and body.
Aloe vera for acne – Take some aloe vera gel and blend walnuts, with flour-like like consistency and honey. Aloe vera’s healing properties coupled with the anti-oxidants from honey will leave you with smooth and clear skin.
Aloe vera for sensitive skin – Grab some aloe vera gel, cucumber juice, yogurt, and rose oil and blend them into a paste. Apply and leave for around 20 minutes, then rinse it off.
Apart from the numerous benefits for the skin, Aloe Vera also has numerous benefits for the scalp and hair.
Benefits For The Scalp And Hair
Helps To Deep Clean Hair Aloe vera cleanses the hair shaft efficiently, stripping off extra sebum- (oil) and residue from other hair products. But aloe vera doesn’t hurt your hair strands while it cleans. Unlike other chemicals in hair products, aloe vera is gentle and preserves the integrity of your hair. Using aloe vera is a great way to get hair that looks healthier, shinier, and softer.
Research also purports that this hair mask can be enough to clean strands. Using the gel of the aloe vera plant as a shampoo can help remove excess oil and keep hair follicles healthier
Helps To Eliminate Dandruff. The hydrating power of aloe vera, coupled with its soothing nature and antibacterial properties, can help calm irritation, reduce scalp itchiness, protect any open wounds from worsening, and eliminate dandruff.
To use aloe vera gel for this purpose, simply make a quick hair mask. Apply the gel to your scalp, massaging the product in with your fingertips, let sit for 30 minutes, then shampoo as normal.
Strengthens And Repairs Hair Strands. Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, and E. All three of these vitamins contribute to cell turnover, promoting healthy cell growth and shiny hair. Vitamin B12 and folic acid are also contained in aloe vera gel. Both of these components can keep your hair from falling out. However, there are no studies that confirm conclusively that aloe vera has any benefit in preventing hair loss.
There’s usually little cause for concern when using aloe vera gel, but some people are allergic to it. Before using aloe vera topically, do a patch test. Rub a small bit of aloe vera on the inside of your wrist and wait up to 2 hours to see if your skin reacts poorly. This will let you know if you have an aloe sensitivity.