The Aloe plant is a typical example of why you should never judge something based on the external appearance alone.
Part of the cactus family, the characteristic pointy and fleshy leaves of the Aloe Vera plant can make it seem quite intimidating, but the sticky, slimy gel inside is anything but! This gel is so highly concentrated in vitamins, nutrients and minerals that it’s no wonder the ancient Egyptians referred to this plant as “the plant of immortality.”
Aloe Vera can be consumed to obtain all of these incredible nutrients for optimal health, as well as applied topically, where it provides the skin with some truly remarkable benefits.
With over 200 active compounds including antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins A, C and E and minerals including calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium and copper, Aloe Vera is excellent for an array of skin conditions and is an ingredient everyone should keep in their home.
Read on to find out a few ways Aloe Vera can benefit your skin:
ACTS AS A NATURAL MOISTURISER TO HYDRATE THE SKIN
Aloe Vera helps to hydrate the skin without leaving a greasy feel, making it ideal for people with oily complexions. Because it absorbs so quickly it can be used as a daytime moisturiser either alone, or under makeup, where it acts as an excellent primer to prevent makeup from flaking or peeling, and helping it to last longer throughout the day.
SOOTHES SKIN DUE TO ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
It’s no secret that Aloe is most well-known for its ability to instantly soothe sore, red and inflamed skin. Aloe works so well for sunburn, or other painful skin conditions, because it instantly provides the skin with a protective, moisturising layer while the antioxidants and nutrients get to work to repair and heal the skin quickly. These anti-inflammatory properties make Aloe an ideal natural ingredient to treat and prevent acne breakouts, leaving your skin clearer and healthier.
KEEPS THE SKIN YOUTHFUL
Antioxidants including vitamins C and E help to repair and promote the formation of collagen, an important structural protein necessary to keep the skin taut, plump and firm. These antioxidants also help to fight off free radicals that may contribute to the signs of ageing.