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What is Aloe Vera?

June 14, 2021

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 Aloe Vera or Aloe Barbadensis is a succulent plant from hot and dry regions of the world. Aloe Vera Gel is taken from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant and has been used as a natural ingredient for skin care for thousands of years. It is believed to have originated in the Middle East or Egypt. The name comes from two root words: "aloeh" is an Arabic word meaning bitter, and "vera" is Latin for "truth.

It is estimated that there are about 420 different species. The most commonly used form for skin conditions is a plant called aloe barbadensis.

What are the benefits of Aloe Vera on the skin?

Soothing Burned Skin

Applied topically Aloe Vera has outstanding benefits for the skin. The high water content (95.5%) means its very hydrating, cooling and soothing. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe and cool sun burned skin. As someone who burns easily in the sun, I can tell you that Aloe Vera has helped me more than once!

Applying Aloe creates a protective layer for the skin and retains moisture. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals that stimulate the healing process. During summer, aloe vera will be your best friend for sure!

Aloe Vera and Acne

For those who suffer from acne, they will find relief in Aloe Vera. It is an antiseptic that helps protect against bacteria. It’s antimicrobial properties treat pimples without causing damage to the skin. The healing, moisturising, anti-inflammatory and skin regenerating effect of Aloe Vera helps to heal and soothe without leaving the skin feeling tight and dry.

I recommend applying it to a cleansed face in the morning and evening before applying your face cream or serum

You may like to try our Echinacia & Tea Tree – a natural antiseptic gel, packed full of bacteria-fighting organic ingredients including Aloe Vera.

Treats irritation and healing

Aloe vera stimulates the immune system and promotes healing in case of infection, it can therefore be used to prevent and treat various skin infections, including  eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera’s wound-healing properties can help patches of broken skin to heal more quickly. Moisturising and emollient, the gel softens and soothes irritated skin.

To instantly cool and soothe your skin why not give it a spritz with our Rose & Chamomile Toning Mist which contains a high percentage of Aloe Vera.

Helps to moisturise the skin

One of the greatest qualities of Aloe Vera is its moisture binding properties, which helps protect the skin from moisture loss. The great thing about Aloe Vera is that you can use it on many different skin types. It can be used on dry skin, but also on oily skin, sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, etc.

The gel of the plant is able to penetrate the epidermis deeply without leaving a greasy trace. But most of all, it moisturises and carries nutrients down through all the layers that make up the skin. The vitamins it contains promote blood circulation, nourish the cells and tighten the tissues while smoothing the skin. In addition to moisturising the skin, Aloe Vera provides purifying, nourishing and repairing benefits.

To help moisturise your delicate eye area, Aloe vera has been added as an ingredient to our Aloe & Eyebright Eye Gel – due to it’s humectant properties; it keeps the skin supple and smooth, while providing soothing, anti-inflammatory effects that help decrease those puffy under-eye bags

And then for maximum hydration, I recommend using our Almond & Rosehip Face Cream which also contains Aloe Vera.

I hope this article has taught you more about this wonderful plant, feel free to give your feedback on Aloe Vera!

Author: Mathilde Lanfranchi 

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