Aloe Vera – a boon for beauty and health: I am sure that once you start looking for home remedies for skin problems, Aloe Vera must be an ingredient in all of them. It grows in the tropical climates around the world and has been regarded as a boon for the skin. Used in skin lotions, shampoos, moisturizers, face washes, toners, conditioner, cosmetics – Aloe Vera sure is loaded with benefits for skin which makes its presence ubiquitous not only in the natural remedies but also in the beauty and cosmetic industry.
Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamin A, C, B 12 and E. It contains folic acid and fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant- thick and fleshy and has anti-inflammatory properties. Because of these reasons Aloe Vera is used for healing sunburns and First-degree burns. It replenishes the lost moisture in the top most layer of skin called epidermis. It also helps to restore pH balance of the skin.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera, being rich in water and mineral content is considered excellent for hydration. Applying Aloe Vera gel to skin before bed time hydrates skin significantly. It moisturizes skin deeply. Because of deep hydrating effects, it is also a great anti-ageing remedy. Moisturized skin develops wrinkles quite late as compared to dry skin.
Aloe Vera is very soothing for the skin. It is used to heal minor cuts, burns, rashes and even treat acnes. The hormones auxin and gibberellin fight acne. It cures dry skin, reduces the itchiness of scalp and psoriasis, removes flakiness of skin and makes it soft and supple, so much so that your skin will thank you!
It helps in building cells on skin because of the hormone Auxin. It thus removes scars, pigmentation and blemishes from the skin to make it clear and glowing. Massaging Aloe Vera gel on your skin can help you to let go of your stretch marks formed by sudden occurrence like weight loss or gain etc.
Extraction of Aloe Vera Gel
There are various ways in which Aloe Vera can be applied to the skin. Extraction is the main trouble. Though many brands cater to this need by selling pure Aloe Vera gel as a product, pure can only be extracted from the leaves directly.
Most important step is to wash the Aloe Vera leaf after cutting the thick leaf from the plant. Then begin to slice off the thick green skin from the leaf carefully, as during the process of extraction, a great amount of gel can flow out of the leaf and get wasted. You will eventually be left with the gel in the shape of leaf but without any peel. This can be blended in a grinder to make a consistent gel and stored.
Uses of Aloe Vera Gel
This gel can be mixed with coconut oil and used as a body moisturizer for dry skin. The same gel can be used as a moisturizer for oily skin. It is probably the best moisturizer for oily skin that controls excess sebum flow, yet deeply hydrates the skin. It is superbly non-greasy.
The Aloe Vera gel thus extracted works as a great after shave lotion for men. It cures small wounds and cuts and also soothes the skin.
Drinking Aloe Vera juice in the morning can make your skin glow and provide shine to your hair. The numerous vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients present in the same are extremely beneficial for nourishing the skin from within.
Besides the common ailments mentioned above, it’s important to know that Aloe Vera also is used in the treatment of rare conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Persistent problems like that of dandruff can also be cured with the use of Aloe Vera gel. The benefits of this cruciferous plant are innumerable. As we have highlighted only the external uses, check our article on how to eat Aloe Vera for well-being. Well, it’s a super food to consume for a healthy life.