The Aloe Vera plant has been used frequently in history for its medicinal properties. Legend has it that the Aloe Vera was Cleopatra’s beauty secret, it is mentioned in the Bible in over a dozen passages, and we now have scientific research to support its benefits. The Aloe Vera plant is easy to grow even in cold climates and many people grow it as a house plant. Aloe Vera extracts can be drunk as a juice, applied as a topical lotion or taken in dried extract capsules. When you are purchasing gel or juice, look at the concentration of the product to ensure it’s not diluted and you are buying pure Aloe Vera.
What’s in Aloe Vera gel:
• 20 minerals
• 12 vitamins
• 18 amino acids
• 200 active plant compounds (phytonutrients)
1. Makeup Remover
Nature provides the answer to safely removing your eye makeup and it’s gentle for the delicate skin around your eyes. Aloe is a perfect alternative to oil-based removers, plus you know exactly what ingredients are being applied to your skin. Refrigerated Aloe Vera Gel soaked in cotton balls can also provide a great compress for tired, puffy eyes.
2. Skin & Sunburn Soother
Acne, eczema, and skin irritations respond well to the natural antiseptics in Aloe. Apply gel 2-3 times a day to the area until it is healed. Aloe also contains cooling properties similar to menthol which makes it a great way to soothe sunburns. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. When the skin is hydrated, then it will recover faster from the sunburn.
3. Natural Shaving Gel and Aftershave
Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory thanks to its enzymes and its’ high water content; it is very hydrating. Aloe Vera provides a smooth surface on your skin giving you a very close shave. It also can be used as an aftershave to prevent razor burn.
4. Wrinkle Repair
Skin loves Vitamins C and E which are present in Aloe, helping to improve skin’s firmness and keep it hydrated. Combining virgin coconut oil can make a creamier way to supplement nutrients, essential fats and moisture. Aloe Vera gel penetrates skin almost four times faster than water, and its super emollient qualities help it moisturize the under layers of skin.