Amazing Benefits and Uses Of Aloe Vera For Skin

Amazing Benefits and Uses Of Aloe Vera For Skin
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Recently I planted yet another aloe vera in my garden. It’s a humble-looking plant, and its wide cultivation around the world might puzzle you if you judge it by appearances only. What makes aloe vera so fascinating, is the goodness it carries inside its fleshy leaves.

Imagine a wealth of nutrients, active enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, all packed into a single plant that doubles as an ornament. From now on, when I need its medicinal juices, I can just get them from my garden.

Aloe vera is particularly well-known for the healing and nurturing effects it has on the skin – our most exposed organ. Maintaining healthy skin is one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

I’ve already mentioned all the health benefits of aloe vera for your hair and in this article we will have a look at what aloe vera can do for your skin:

Treating minor burns and sunburns

Aloe vera helps to heal and soothe first-degree burns, where only the outer layer of the skin is damaged. It does that by healing the skin’s epithelium, generously replacing the moisture that was lost (it’s a succulent plant after all), and providing the skin with anti-oxidants, which speed up recovery.

If I get a bit naughty and over-indulge in the sun, leaving my skin reddish and sore, I apply pure aloe vera topically onto the damaged area.

Opening the leaf is fairly easy. You remove the thorns and open the leaf, which you then rub over the skin, letting the juicy meat soothe and renew the painful tissue. Ahhh…   Find more information about Effective Homemade Minor Burn Treatments and How to Make Healing Aloe Vera and Carrot Cream for Wounds and Minor Burns.

The anti-ageing effect

Aloe vera’s moisturizing potential leaves the skin well-hydrated.

The plant’s antioxidants include vitamins E and C and beta carotene, which fight free radicals in the body, and ward off the aging process.

Your skin will be grateful if you regularly apply aloe vera gel. The smell of natural aloe vera is off-putting for some, but personally I enjoy it, as I associate it with the goodness I can feel it brings. See here a fantastic recipe for aloe vera and coconut oil body lotion and non-greasy homemade moisturizing lotion with aloe vera.

Soothing irritated skin and rashes

Due to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects, various skin problems can be treated by using aloe vera.

Acne, eczema, psoriasis, boils, and insect bites will all benefit from this wonderful juicy gel. The application cools the affected area, and lessens the pain or itchiness. Then the healing compounds start working.

What makes aloe vera so efficient with acne, is the presence of the hormones auxin and gibberellin, which reduce the inflammation and promote new cell growth.  It’s best to apply pure gel, after washing your pores with clean water. Bye-bye pimples.

For psoriasis, you can try either soothing the skin with gel or lotion, or using aloe vera shampoo. Or, you can consume the goodness in the form of tablets or a juice. In this way you target the condition systemically, and also increase your immunity.

The juice in the leaves of the aloe vera plant can ease dandruff, itching and scaly skin in people. Aloe vera has antiseptic properties as well as moisturizing tendency that helps in preventing the skin from drying up. Apply aloe vera gel directly onto the affected area, let the gel remain for about an hour, and then wash your scalp under cold running water.

Don’t shampoo your hair after using aloe vera. You may apply this gel 2-3 times a week.

Stretch mark and scar reduction

As a result of sudden weight changes, we all have some stretch marks. They are the minor tears that occur when the skin’s elasticity couldn’t cope with rapid change.

Aloe vera gel can help heal these tears and lessen the marks and scars on our bodies (unless of course you cherish them as a marker of a certain age or event). You can buy pure, organic aloe vera gel at your local health store, and massage the gel on the affected area and let set and soak.

Don’t wash the gel off, your skin will absorb it completely. Repeat 2-3 times a day or as often as needed. You can also find here more natural ways to improve stretch marks as well as more ways to reduce scars naturally.

Are you ready to make this unassuming plant your best friend in the garden? And don’t forget to ask for an aloe vera message next time you go for a pampering session.

Aloe vera is a common medicinal herb and is useful for other ailments, not just for the skin. If you want to learn more about aloe vera as well as other herbs, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs:

Herbal Remedies Guide

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48 Responses to Amazing Benefits and Uses Of Aloe Vera For Skin

  1. sana daizy says:

    vry useful post….tanx frndz

  2. i use aloe vera juice with almond oil and a few drops of just swiss neroli, lavender, and geranium oil. my face is so soft and has noblemishes at all.

  3. princess says:

    Thanks for your care

  4. Krish Pathy says:

    Very useful.

  5. Ruth says:

    My kid have eczema on the eyes. How can I use the Aloe there?

  6. smart mohammed jubril says:

    I use aloe vera mixed with honey and dietary drugs that contains 21 vegetable including multi mineral,multi vitamins and multi anti oxidant without medical prescription.i hope it wont damage my system

  7. Simor says:

    Does Aleovera helps loosing weight

  8. niranjan says:

    very useful information…….but I was using aloe vera for sorbereah dermatitis which affected my hair scalp and face skin very badly but it didnt worked so effectively and I had to seek allopathic treatment.

  9. Beverly says:

    Good article.I’ve drunk aloe vera for 10 years.My husband drinks one with glucosamine and chondroitin in for his joints and my daughter uses basic gel to help her manage her ulcerative colitis.We drink and I sell Forever Living’s aloe products which include supplements and skincare products.If anyone would like any information about their range please don’t hesitate to contact me through the above link and I will try to help if I can.

  10. Arshia Sultana Ahmed says:

    Does aloe Vera help to treat rocacea? My face is always red? What to do?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Arshia, there are quite a lot of references that aloe vera helps to reduce rosacea. While results may vary between different people, I suggest that you give it a try. Have a look also at the rosacea support community forum (http://rosacea-support.org/community/) as you may get more information there from people with similar condition.

  11. saju says:

    Where do you get Aloe vera
    drinks in Saudi Arabia?

  12. asim says:

    how to apply aloe vera gel , for the treatment of stretch marks and scars reduction,

    • Jenny says:

      Massage the gel on the affected area and let set and soak. Don’t wash the gel off, your skin will absorb it completely. Repeat 2-3 times a day. You can also mix the aloe vera with vitamin E oil and rub the mixture on the skin.

  13. virgilia says:

    Ur site is too helpful for homemade remedies unlike cream to buy in d market so expensive but theres no effect at all , thanx for ur help tips★★★

  14. jiccy says:

    Nice info.thank u

  15. Lilia T. Flores says:

    Does the natural juice of aloe vera help to control falling hair? I myself try to do it but it won’t work..what is the best way to use aloe vera for falling hair

  16. Bostonccl says:

    I was given a drink that was mixed up in a blender, when I was in Jamaica. It was pretty crazy, contained Guinness and some brown sugar because aloe taken by mouth is so bitter. It eliminated joint pain, which I had had since I was 10 & had rheumatic fever. E-liminated! It was recommended that I NOT drink this every day but every 3 days & after I got used to it only every other day. Unbelievable. (I am guessing that, if you do not use alcohol, you could just delete it from the mixture.)

    Main thing: it did not harm me at all.

  17. Esther says:

    Hello Jenny, I have a problem with sweating. I mean excessive sweating from my head a face,sweat drops like water. What can I do, I feel so depressed with the condition.

  18. sonal says:

    How to use aloe vera for pimple treatment

    • Jenny says:

      Buy pure aloe vera gel and rub it on the acne affected part of the skin. Repeat the process twice a day for at least one week to get rid of the acne.

  19. Roxana says:

    I have dark spots on my face can I use avera. Please let me know howto use it.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Roxana, simply rub a little bit of aloe vera gel onto the dark spots and leave to soak in. As aloe vera is very gentle, there is no need to rinse it off, but you may want to rinse it off if it starts to feel sticky. You can apply it just before going to bed. It might take you a while until you see results as dark spots can be quite persistent. You can also find more suggestions for hyper-pigmentation here.

  20. Sarah Morrison says:

    When my grandchildren were babies we used Aloe Vera for sore gums & nappy rash. Brilliant all-rounder.

  21. vara says:

    Hi
    I need some aleo vers plant
    Is that possible to grow in paris?

  22. as shish says:

    is alo vera helpful to reduce dark circles of eye

  23. Nancee says:

    My husband has a rash on his shin that is getting worse as the years go by, Doctors have all given mixed responses as to what it is, most tend toward eczema. He has tried numerous products to treat with no lasting relief. At a recent doctors visit it was suggested he treat it using aloe w/vitamin e. We have not been able to find such combination in a lotion/gel to rub on the area. So I’m looking at buying aloe vera gel and vitamin e and mixing them myself. The problem is knowing what the ratios should be. Any ideas? Thanks!

  24. brazilia says:

    Please.i usually have face irritations,which makes my face sore and rough.tried several face care soaps and creams containing aloevera but it is persistent.what can i do

    • Jenny says:

      Often the amount of aloe vera in these commercial products is very low, and you can check it if you read the product label. If you want to try aloe vera, buy pure aloe vera gel and read the product label to make sure it’s alcohol free and has the least amount of ingredients in it and the highest percentage of aloe vera. You can also make at home this coconut oil and aloe vera gel lotion. Another option is to try this turmeric face mask or witch hazel. If you see no improvement, it will be a good idea to consult with a doctor/dermatologist to find the underlying root of the problem.

      • Qudrah says:

        Hi Jenny,
        Thanks for all these beneficial info. However, i bought a big jar of Aloe vera recently and I found out that it contain carageena which I found not to be suitable for consumption. Have any say on this please, and can it be used topically instead?
        Thanks

        • Jenny Hills says:

          You probably refer to Carrageenans that are food additive extracted from a red seaweed and are widely used in the food industry for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. It is recommended to avoid regular consumption of foods containing carrageenan as some research has linked some forms of carrageenan to cancer and inflammation processes in the body. In this article, the use of aloe vera gel is externally only by applying it to the skin. I’m not sure if you refer to aloe vera juice or gel, but in any case I personally would not apply it even on the skin. You need to try and find aloe vera gel that contains the maximum amount of aloe vera (usually it’s 97-98%) and the least amounts of additives. Since aloe vera is very perishable, commercial products usually include some preservatives, but you need to read the product label carefully to see what’s in there.

  25. irfan ahmed says:

    How to use for psoriasis .should apply on body or drink as juice?

  26. Laila says:

    Can just buy the gel (99% original gel) from the healt store or should I buy the plant ?

    • Jenny says:

      You can use either the plant, or if more convenient you can buy aloe vera gel from health store. When you buy the gel from the store, always read the product label to make sure you buy the highest percentage of aloe vera gel and the least amount of additives. Fresh aloe vera has a short shelf life so if buying commercial aloe vera gel, they use preservatives to extend shelf life.

  27. Foli says:

    My baby suddenly develop dark skin around her inner thigh.after using emmolient.and liquid parrafin.pls what can I use to get her former completion

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’ve seen other moms complain about it in the web, but couldn’t find an authority source as to what causes it. It might be that after a skin rash or eczema or inflammation the skin can be darker, and it usually gets lighter with passage of time. You can try to apply pure aloe vera gel on the area and see if you see any improvement. Another option is to apply virgin (unrefined) coconut oil on the area, or combine the 2 in this DIY gel. If you you don’t see any improvement, or things become worse and baby has other symptoms, visit your doctor to be on the safe side of things.

  28. Syed says:

    I am applying aloe Vera gel directly from the plant on my face from last 15 – 20 days i fell that my skin is turning dark but it has reduced my pimples does aloe Vera gel turn skin dark please advice if i have to stop using it or continue using it as it reducing my pimples and i am not getting any new pimple as well i am tensed about my skin color thank u

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I have never heard that aloe vera darkens the skin. I personally use aloe vera on a daily basis and have never had any problem. I don’t believe the aloe vera causes what you describe, but if you have any concerns, you can try my other natural suggestions to get rid of pimples – see here.

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