The “plant of immortality.”
There has been limited scientific research in regard to Aloe Vera, some research has shown signs of after-sun treatments, though it remains to be one of the leading therapies for sunburns. What we know for sure is what Aloe Vera contains and is scientifically proven. Scientists have discovered over 150 nutritional ingredients in Aloe Vera. There seems to be no single magic ingredient. They all work together in a synergistic way to create healing and health-giving benefits. The 10 main areas of chemical constituents of Aloe Vera include: amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, lignins, monosaccharides, polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins, and sterols. Aloe Vera—an anti-oxidant rich plant—contains vitamins such as A, C, and E plus the minerals, zinc, and selenium.
It also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12 along with choline, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese (builds healthy tissues), and chromium.
With that said, in layman terms, all these ingredients suggest that they may indeed be successful in the following applications.
There are claims that the benefits of the gel from Aloe Vera may have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin types, including flaky or dry skin. Along with cosmetic ailments such as hair and scalp conditions, blemishes, dark pigment areas, preventing the signs of premature aging, refreshes and cools the skin resulting in a healthy glowing appearance, and protecting and soothing the skin against the abuse of the elements.
Here are five benefits of using Aloe Vera gel in all-natural skincare:
1. After-sun care.
Aloe Vera helps with soothing the skin, through its powerful active elements 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 moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin is soothed quicker.
2. It acts as a moisturizer.
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 application to prevent skin drying. For men, Aloe Vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as it’s soothing properties can desensitize razor burned skin caused by shaving.
Aloe Vera gel contains two hormones, Auxin and Gibberellins. Gibberellin in Aloe Vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin cells to form quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.
4. Helps slow down the signs of aging.
As we age the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in the skin begin to show. Aloe Vera leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, and both vitamin C and E that can help improve natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
5. It lessens the visibility of stretch marks.
The skin is like one big piece of elastic that will expand and contract as needed to accommodate growth. But if the skin stretches too far, too fast (due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain, or weight 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 skin caused by sudden and excessive stretching. Aloe Vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds.