Aloe Vera, also known as Barbados or Curaçao, has been used in traditional and folk medicines for thousands of years to treat and cure a variety of diseases. The modest houseplant is a miracle plant, often hiding in plain sight. Having been around and used as a medicinal herb, it nourishes the body from the inside. It is rich in nutrients, aids in improving digestion and even boosts immunity. Aloe Vera can be used topically. Its gel can be used to enhance one’s skin, especially the face and the hair.
These are some of the lovely benefits for the skin!
Helps soothe sunburn:
Aloe Vera gel has cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, it is one of the most natural remedies for sunburn or burnt skin. Applying this gel helps with a protective layer for the skin, and it also helps to retain moisture. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals that boost the healing process. So now you can maintain your summer skin health using aloe vera.
Since aloe vera contains humectants -substances that attract water from the air or from deeper in the skin. It’s thought to be especially beneficial for dry skin types. “Aloe vera specifically contains mucopolysaccharides, which bind moisture into the skin,” says Green.” It also has cohesive effects by binding together flaking epidermal skin cells, resulting in softer skin and improved skin integrity.
It makes a restorative scalp mask:
Though there is little research specifically on aloe vera as a scalp mask. All of the plant’s beneficial properties for skin lend themselves to the scalp which is also skin.
Applying it as a scalp mask can help soothe irritation, exfoliate, replenish hydration, and even strengthen and smooth hair follicles. It can also be used to keep hair smooth and shiny and also for the scalp to help eliminate dead skin cells.
Aloe vera gel has vitamin C and E, beta-carotene in abundance. Therefore, it has anti-aging properties. It also contains antimicrobial properties and is anti-inflammatory. It also helps to eradicate skin blemishes and diminish age lines. Additionally, it helps to increase the production of collagen in the body and skin elasticity.
Reduces infection and acne:
Those who suffer from acne will find respite in aloe vera. It helps in gentle cleansing, and its antimicrobial properties treat pimples without causing any damages to the skin. It is an antiseptic that allows protection against bacteria. Aloe Vera contains polysaccharides and gibberellins. These help in the growth of new cells and at the same time reduce inflammation and redness. It also works as an astringent that reduces the size of pores, flushing out the excess sebum, microbes, and dirt.
Lightens blemishes on the face:
As we already know, aloe vera contains powers to boost skin cell reproduction, reduce redness, and fight skin inflammation, it is a natural treatment for stretch marks and acne marks. To treat freckles and lighten age spots, add some lemon juice to the gel mixture. It is one of the perfect home remedies for glowing skin.
Soothes psoriasis and eczema:
Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis signal general inflammation and a compromised skin barrier both of which can be helped by aloe vera.
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Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialization, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.