Aloe Vera is a natural, succulent plant species that grows in tropical climates around the world. It has been documented that Aloe Vera plants have been used for cosmetic and medicinal benefits for thousands of years, with Aloe nicknamed the “plant of eternity” by the Egyptians.
We have collated a complete list of benefits customers commonly report when using pure Aloe Vera or Aloe-based products.
The aloe plant is very water dense, consisting of between 98-99% water. This makes aloe vera-based beauty products perfect for hydrating and moisturising the skin. This includes aloe shampoos that hydrate the scalp, creams and moisturisers to hydrate the skin and aloe vera juice to hydrate your body. Be careful to ensure that products are organic and not full of preservatives and sugars that may counteract the natural goodness of aloe.
Aloe vera contains complex carbohydrates that are thought to contain anti-inflammatory properties that have a soothing effect on the gut.
Relief from mild sunburn
Mild sunburn can dry out the natural moisture of your skin and make it feel uncomfortably warm. In turn, this can cause your top layer of skin to become dry and irritated and begin to peel. Aloe vera is very high in water content and this makes it an excellent natural skin moisturiser. Many users also report feeling a cooling effect on the skin - which makes aloe vera a very popular ailment for mild sunburn.
Soothing sensitive skin
Aloe is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals and has anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties and so can be an excellent ingredient to look out for in a product if you have sensitive skin. Always read the ingredients label and make sure that your aloe products are certified organic and preferably free from fragrance, colourant, alcohol and preservatives.
Many scientific studies have found that the use of aloe vera gel on wounds can have a significant impact on the rate of healing. This has made it popular with users looking to improve the rate of healing on small cuts, abrasions, skin irritations and very mild burns.
Improves blood sugar control
Preliminary research has found that the intake of aloe vera juice can help to improve blood glucose levels and decrease blood lipids (fats) in patients that have abnormally high levels in their blood.
If you suffer from heartburn (a symptom of acid reflux), then you may want to consider aloe vera juice to help relieve you from the discomfort caused. A 2015 study reported that aloe vera juice effectively reduced the symptoms of acid reflux, concluding that aloe vera may do this by reducing acid production and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Boost intake of vitamins / nutritious boost
Aloe vera contains 75 active constituents. This includes vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E - all of which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid and choline. This means that whether you are applying aloe vera-based products to your skin or ingesting aloe juices, it can be a great way to boost your vitamin intake.
Boost intake of minerals
Aloe vera contains a whole range of minerals, including; calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. These can be absorbed through the skin by applying creams containing aloe or ingested by drinking aloe vera juice.
Antioxidant and antibacterial properties
A selection of the aforementioned minerals are antioxidants and aloe vera also contains 12 anthraquinones - two of which (aloin and emodin) act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
Reduces dental plaque
Chlorhexidine is a disinfectant and antiseptic found in some mouthwash (often those recommended by dentists to treat gum disease) and when put head-to-head against Aloe vera mouth rinse in a study of 300 participants, aloe was found to be equally effective in reducing plaque as Chlorhexidine.
Moisturises skin and may prevent wrinkles
With its high water and vitamin content, aloe vera is a natural skin moisturiser. A study published in the Annals of Dermatology in 2009 tested the properties of pure aloe vera to see whether it could reduce the signs of skin aging, finding that just 1200 mg/d (1/4 teaspoon) of pure Aloe Vera gel applied to the skin each day for 90 days significantly reduced the signs of skin aging.
Boosts immune system
Aloe vera naturally contains Vitamin B6 - a vitamin that creates antibodies that our immune system uses to protect us. Vitamin B6 can be absorbed through the skin using aloe vera creams or ingested by drinking aloe vera juice.
Encourage hair growth
Many users of aloe-based hair products report that using these products helps to reduce hair loss and/or encourages hair growth. Aloe vera contains polysaccharides and glycoproteins, which are thought to stimulate skin growth. This makes aloe-based shampoos a great choice for those looking to moisturise their scalp, reduce dandruff and encourage hair growth.
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