Growing up in the Bahamas, we’re surrounded by natural plants provide the best in skin care. I’ve always loved having these in my backyard. The Aloe Vera plant offers many beauty properties inclusive of amino acids, water content and vitamins; it pampers and heals skin easily. Receiving an aloe leaf as a gift, I used parts of the gel as a simple but soothing face mask.
Here are 5 benefits of using Aloe Vera gel:
1. It treats sunburn and acts as a moisturiser.
Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker. Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it`s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion. For women who use mineral-based make-up, aloe Vera acts as a moisturizer and is great for the face prior to the application to prevents skin drying. For men: Aloe Vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.
2. It treats acne and fights aging.
Aloe Vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe Vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
3. It lessens the visibility of stretch marks.
The skin is like one big piece of elastic that’ll expand and contract as needed to accommodate growth. But if the skin stretches too far, too fast (due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss) the elasticity of the skin can be damaged. That’s what leaves those unsightly stretch marks. These marks appear due to minor tears in the layers of the skin caused by sudden and excessive stretching. Aloe Vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds.
4. It's nutrient rich for good health.
This solid material contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, amino acids and salicylic acid.
5. It aids in digestion.
The internal benefits of aloe Vera are supposed to be just as amazing. The plant is said to improve the digestion and to relieve ulcers. The juice is also prescribed for arthritis and rheumatism.
Here is how I use it:
Peel Aloe Vera leaf by removing prickly sides and top skin.
Using a very sharp knife you can thinly slice the aloe from the leaf or scoop it with a spoon and place in a small bowl. Blending can also assist for a smoother texture. The gel can also be use directly from the leaf.
Place a small amount of gel on your face (previously washed) and let sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water for a soft and refreshing feel.
This is one of the easiest and most rewarding masks that I’ve tried and highly recommend it.
What’s your favorite use for Aloe Vera? Have you used this mask before?