Benefits of Aloe Vera

by Beauty by Kleo

Beauty by Kleo - September 01 2020

The Wonder Plant | Benefits of Aloe Vera 

Aloe vera leaves cut up and put into a jar glass

Aloe Vera offers such wonderful nourishing and
healing benefits in skin care products.

There are approximately 400 species of Aloe. They vary in colour from grey to bright green and are sometimes striped or mottled. In addition, the leaves are often long and pointed and have spinney sides. Aloe flowers are tubular in appearance, and vary in colour from yellow, orange or red. The flowers are usually densely clustered, simple or branched leafless stems. The most famous of Aloes is the Aloe Vera. It is revered for it medicinal herbal properties. The most popular herbal property in Aloe Vera is its use in skin care. Aloe Vera has both antiseptic and antibiotic properties which makes it highly effective in treating skin irritations such as cuts, burns, eczema, and sunburns and will also relieve the itch from poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac. Additionally, Aloe Vera is widely used in the cosmetic industry as moisturizing ingredient, improve elasticity in the skin, and reduce the sign of aging, just to name a few.

What is in Aloe Vera?

Ingredients 
Although the plant is 96% water, the remaining 4% contains active ingredients such as amino acids (provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids & 7 of the 8 essential ones), minerals (Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc), Vitamins (A, C, E, B, B12, Folic Acid) and enzymes. The Vitamins A, C, E contains antioxidants, which are why they are so widely used in skin care.

Benefits
Aloe vera has so many beneficial uses including reducing the pain in your wounds while speeding up the healing time. Other herbal benefits include minimising scarring of wounds, soothing sunburns, insect bites, poison ivy, this wonder plant also has antioxidants to promote new cell growth in the skin, all while improving elasticity and fighting anti-ageing with it's moisturising properties.

Ways to care for your Aloe Vera plant

Aloe Vera is an easy plant to care for.  They require plenty of sunshine, light watering and they will live forever. All around they are a hardy plant and easy to care for. In many households, they are often grown on windowsills so that the wondrous properties of the plant are always available.

Growing your own Aloe Vera is recommended.
Store bought gels, although effective, will never compare to the effectiveness of a freshly cut leaf. This is due in fact to the time that has elapsed from harvest to the final product and display. If you decide on purchasing your Aloe Vera gel, read the label to ensure that it is 100% pure.

Photo by Jacqueline Kelly from Pexels

Want an easy homemade skin care recipe that provides substantial benefits to your skin? Try this below.

Repair and Protect Facial Cleanser

Mix well in food processor.
Apply to face in gentle circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water.
As with any new skin care product, a patch test is recommended.

  • 1 large Aloe Vera leaf, peeled
  • 1 peeled slice of papaya
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon plain yogurt

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