Before developing your love and passion for skincare products, you might have already heard the wonders that aloe vera can do. Nowadays, it’s difficult to imagine a summer without aloe in a world of after-sun care where we can see bottles of the stuff being spread worldwide.
Aloe barbadensis or known as aloe vera is a succulent plant that provides various benefits and is suited for all skin types, particularly for sensitive, irritated, broken, dry, and damaged skin. It can also be used as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-itch qualities for the skin.
According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, there are sixty-three Aloe species occur in Kenya, of which around 50% are endemic. Mainly, there are more than 400 aloe species have been described in Africa. The most remarkable representatives are Aloe vera and Aloe ferox, which are of great cosmetic and medicinal value.
Normally, aloe is considered as a cure for burns, wound healing, psoriasis, sunburn, frostbite, inflammation, osteoarthritis, and cold sores. Currently, it also used as an antiseptic and as a moisturizer, according to CosmeticsBusiness.com.
Rich in Nutrition and Vitamins
It’s composed of polysaccharides that offer hydrating, anti-inflammatory benefits and acts as a protective barrier on the skin. Another great thing about aloe is that it has phytosterols which help to soothe itchiness and irritation while nourishing your skin to prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss). Also, it comes with bioactive compounds in the plant that is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, and E as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Soothes Sunburned or Irritated Skin
Aloe has cooling properties that can soothe skin that’s been exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Commonly, aloe can be utilized to reduce skin irritation and inflammation including acne and eczema. Any type of burn generates damage to the skin’s moisture barrier and since aloe gives hydration, it can assist to repair the barrier faster.
Use as a Serum
Aloe comes from the plant that’s rich in water content that’s why you can easily apply it as a skin serum. You may want to use it onto your face after cleansing and then followed by your moisturizer. Your moisturizer has oil and occlusives that will make sure the aloe goes underneath your skin and absorb into the skin.
Treatment for an Old Zit
Do you have blemishes that you have dried out with spot treatments leaving you with a scab? You can put fresh aloe on the dry area to help moisten the cells. We suggest that after applying the aloe using a spoon, take the back of the spoon and hold it on the area for three minutes. Let it dry and then you can apply a concealer. What this does is you are moistening the dry cells and mold them flatter so it will be less visible.
Ideal DIY Skincare
If you don’t want to continuously spend money buying aloe skincare products such as masks and cream, you can get yourself an aloe plant at home. Plus, it’s more natural. Slice the aloe leaf and apply the clear gel directly to the face as a mask. You can even make your own scrub by extracting the gel then mix it with olive oil and brown sugar. This can be used as an exfoliator to get rid of dead and dry skin.
Also, if you need some source of cooling relief, you can fill the aloe gel into cube trays and freeze. Then you can just easily grab one and rub onto the inflamed area. And did you know that there are people who use aloe vera gel for shaving their legs? The gel of aloe is very consistent that it will perfectly hug the skin so a razor can go over the skin effortlessly without causing irritation. It’s more hydrating and conditioning to the skin than those conventional bar soap and shaving foam.