Aloe vera is a very short-stemmed or stemless succulent plant and a species of aloe. It looks like a cactus with fleshy thorny leaves and mostly grows in dry and warm climates. It is a popular houseplant and often called the natural healer or the miracle plant. When fully grown the aloe plant has a mature leaf of 7 to 10 cm.
The lower leaf of the aloe plant can be sliced open. The obtained gel is used for medicinal purposes and always applied on the affected skin area.
In its raw state, Aloe Vera can taste bitter and unpleasant. It can be taken orally by being made into a brew thus helping in treating many other conditions. These conditions include; diabetes, constipation, arthritis, ulcers, coughs and headaches.
1. It can be used to treat sunburn
Aloe Vera can be helpful in treating and manage sunburn. It has a powerful healing activity that takes place at the epithelial level of the skin. When used for this purpose, it acts as a protective layer that helps the skin to replenish its moisture and look radiant. In addition, the gel has antioxidant properties that help the skin top heal faster.
2. Acts As A Moisturizer
Aloe is manufactured in such a way that it gives the skin a grease feel thus it is perfect for any person with an oily skin. It can be used by women who use make-ups that are mineral based. As a moisturizer, aloe vera can be applied on the face, and on the skin to help prevent skin from dying. In fact, men can use the product as an after shaving product because of its healing properties. It can treat any small cuts caused by shaving.
3. Can Be Used To Treat Acne
Since aloe vera contain Auxin and Gibberellins hormones, it is commonly used to treat acne since the two hormones have anti-inflammatory and healing properties thus can effectively reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin is also a growth stimulating hormone meaning that it can effectively be used to stimulate growth of new cells. When applied on the skin, the hormone allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally.
As a skin product, aloe is soothing and can effectively be used to reduce skin inflammations, itching as well as blistering. This is important since it helps the skin to heal faster and can also be used to heal other chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
4. Can Be Used To Fight Aging
As people begin to age, they begin to worry about how they appear. Aging may make the skin lose its elasticity and develop fine lines. This condition can be worrying especially to women. Luckily, they can use aloe products that are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E as well as beta carotene all of which are essential in helping to improve the natural look of the skin and keep it hydrated.
5. Makes Stretch Marks Invisible
The skin behaves like an elastic material that expands and contract so that it can accommodate growth. Unfortunately, when the skin is stretched too far especially during times of pregnancy, or rapid weight loss, it can damage the elasticity of the skin. Once happens, one is left with stretch marks that are not good to look at. The marks result from minor tears in the skin layer caused by the excessive stretching. Luckily, one can use Aloe vera gel to help hide the stretch marks.
6. It is rich in nutrients
Aloe gel contains 75 different nutrients that include minerals, vitamins sugars, and enzymes. In addition, it contains anthraquiones, lignin, sterols, saponins, salicylic acid, amino acids and phenolic compounds. All these elements are required to help the body remain healthy.
7. Other Uses
- Aloe Vera is best useful in cleaning bowel. It gently works within the intestinal tract since it is natural and assists in breaking down food remains. A cleaned out bowel reduces discomfort, bloating and stress.
- It can also be used in the treatment of minor vaginal irritations.
- Because of its slippery nature it is used as a shaving cream. It is also antibacterial and moisturizes leading your chin smooth and protected.
- It can be used for removing makeups since many makeup removers can dry your skin because of the harsh chemicals they are made of.
- In summary, it is important to note that for many centuries, the aloe gel has been used in treating burns, skin irritations and minor wounds.
The gel is best used when it is fresh from the plant and can be used to treat patients with various skin diseases. Besides, it helps in restoring the skin by hydrating and moisturizing it. It stimulates the fibroblasts cells of the skin and increases their production. The cells are responsible for the elasticity of the skin and can help to keeping the skin smoother and looking younger.