Amazing Benefits and Uses Of Aloe Vera For Skin
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 sunburns 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: