Aloe Vera Skin Care

If you looked at an aloe vera plant without knowing what it was, it would look like just an ordinary cactus-like plant. Aloe vera, though, is far from ordinary and is renowned for its herbal uses in skincare. More and more skincare products have recognized, and are including it in their skincare products. Aloe vera has many benefits, mainly because of its anti-inflammatory properties, its ability to moisturize the skin, as well as stimulate healthy cell growth, and repair damaged skin tissues. All aloe vera by-products are made from the pulp found inside the leaves of its plant. Aloe vera gel is usually made by mixing aloe vera juice with a thickener such as Irish moss while the oil is made by removing oil-soluble portions of the aloe vera plant and combining it with light vegetable oils such as safflower oil. All variants of Aloe vera can be used in skin care.

So what makes aloe vera so special? The fact that it has many essential mineral, nutrients and vitamins, makes it so valuable. It also contains proteins, enzymes, amino acids and polysaccharides. To make things a little more specific, this plant has 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 20 minerals, 200 phytonutrients, enzymes, and of course water. The aloe vera plant’s uses have spread beyond cosmetic boundaries and are also being used in natural medication to fight diseases and illness.
Here are some of this magical plant’s uses and benefits:

  • Skin: Aloe vera has inflammatory and moisturizing properties that can help treat, heal and soothe the skin. It can be used to cure rashes, allergies, diaper rashes, eczema, acne, sunburn and other skin inflammation problems. Creams with aloe vera content in it, is great for dry skin as a moisturizer. Since it hardly has any negative elements, it is even safe to use on a baby’s bottom!
  • Health Conditions: The great thing about aloe vera is, it can work internally as well as it works for the external layer of the body. It is known to be one of the only natural vegetation sources of the B12 vitamin. Its mineral and vitamin properties can help treat mouth and stomach ulcers, bowel stress, lungs problems, genital infections, and nasal sinus infections. Aloe vera is also good for regulating the immune system. It works as a stimulator for weakened immune systems for both post-disease tiredness or existing conditions. Apart from stimulating, it can also work as a calming agent to the immune system when required, like in the case of hay fever. Aloe vera also has anti-viral and antibacterial components that assist in fighting colitis, IBS and ulcers of the digestive tract. It has only recently been approved by the FDA for its use in the treatment of HIV to stimulate the production of white blood cells to fight viruses and tumors.
  • Body Cleansers: Aloe juice is great for cleansing the body. It works well to clean the kidneys, spleen, stomach, bladder and liver. It is also one of the best colon cleansers. Aloe juice is known to provide relief for those suffering from arthritis, constipation, hemorrhoids, vaginitis, leg cramps, constipation, kidney and bladder issues, and insomnia.
Another form of aloe vera is with essential oils in the use of aromatherapy and other medicinal uses. It is quite challenging to extract oil from this plant and hence, other oils such as grape seed and almond oil is used as a carrier. You can add one or two drops of aloe oil to a wound and cover it with a bandage, the glycoprotein component decreases inflammation, reduces pain while healing the surface area. You can also dab a small amount of the oil onto your skin or your hair to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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