Aloe vera is quickly gaining popularity for its many benefits, but this amazing plant has been used for centuries! Aloe vera has been known to help a variety of skin concerns and is used in a variety of nourishing skincare products.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a shrub, sometimes called the wonder plant because of its nourishing gel inside the leaves. This clear gel has been used around the world for many years – as far back as the 16th century BC in Egypt. Aloe vera has a wealth of 75 different amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, salicylic acids, and other nourishing ingredients with medicinal, and skincare properties. Aloe vera is available in a variety of products from aloe vera juice to pure aloe vera gel for the skin.
How Does Aloe Vera Help Skin?
Aloe vera gel has a variety of components with skin brightening and moisturizing abilities. Nutrients called aloin and aloes can help to visibly brighten dark spots and areas of hyperpigmentation. Anthraquinone, another component in aloe vera, works to remove surface dead skin cells to reveal healthy looking skin. Skin resurfacing can help improve the signs of aging and minimize the appearance of red spots or blemishes that dull the skin.
Benefits of Aloe Vera for the Skin
With seven essential amino acids, a high quantity of antioxidants, and a wealth of vitamins like A, B, C, and E, aloe vera gel can target a wide variety of skin concerns.
1. Moisturizes Skin
Aloe vera is 96% water so it can give your skin intense hydration without making it feel oily or greasy. Aloe vera also has an antioxidant component called lignin that assists with environmental stress concerns. The gel-like substance helps lock in moisture for smoother looking skin and a glowing complexion.
2. Irritated Skin
If you have a sunburn, applying aloe vera can help with discomfort and uncomfortable itchiness. Aloe vera gel has polysaccharides and antifungal properties that can minimize visible skin redness and other negative side effects of too much sun exposure.. The plant component aloin also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help slow down peeling after sunburn. Aloe Vera has been known to help individuals with fungal and bacterial skin concerns.
3. Helps Reduce the Appearance of Aging
Aloe vera gel promotes healthy skin and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Another sign of aging is thinning skin. Aloe vera gel helps skin to appear stronger and more hydrated. This hydrating effect visibly improves skin elasticity, which decreases due to lost collagen as we age.
4. Minimizes Dark Circles and Puffiness
Vitamin E has been known to be a highly effective skin brightener and moisturizer. Vitamin E and antioxidants in aloe vera help to visibly brighten dark circles to refresh a more energized appearance. Aloe vera also has a cooling effect that can depuff the appearance of under eye bags and smooth the skin.
5. Removes Surface Dead Skin Cells
Aloe vera is a gentle exfoliator that is often a good choice for dry or sensitive skin types. It contains salicylic acid and hydrating ingredients that simultaneously exfoliate and hydrate the skin. Increased cell turnover exfoliates dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, improving the appearance of blemishes and dark spots. You can also mix a small amount of aloe vera gel into your facial scrub to help cleanse the pores and keep the skin looking healthy.
How to Use Aloe Vera at Night
1. Cleanse Face
Facial cleansing should always be the first step in your nightly skincare routine. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, and impurities that can clog the pores if left to sit overnight. Cleansing the face will also prepare it to receive the full benefits of aloe vera and other serums or skincare products.
Exfoliation should only be done 2-3 times per week. Exfoliating further prepares your skin to receive the full benefits of aloe vera gel since it removes surface dead skin cells and helps unclog pores.
Toner helps remove makeup and dirt left over after facial cleansing. Our Refresh Aloe Cucumber Mist hydrates the skin and has a cooling effect for skin refreshment. This mist can be applied daily to the skin and hair.
4. Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe vera can be applied as a moisturizer in the final step of your skincare routine. You can also apply moisturizer over top of Aloe if added hydration is needed. Aloe vera gel has a lightweight formula that is perfect for individuals with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Recommended Aloe Vera Products
- Refresh Aloe Cucumber Mist
- Gel Plus Enzyme Protein Gel
- Aloe Vera Calming Gel
- Noni Skin Elixir
- Eye Alive Serum
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can aloe vera be applied on the face daily?
Yes. Aloe vera is a gentle, lightweight product that can be incorporated into your daily skincare routine.