What Is Aloe Vera?
Aloe barbadensis (or Aloe barbadensis miller), better known as “Aloe vera,” has been on record for its health benefits for thousands of years. The plant, an evergreen succulent in the Liliaceae family, is a versatile, natural powerhouse. Most people know it as a go-to for treating sunburn. However, Aloe vera has also gained popularity as an elixir in juice form and as a staple in skincare products because of its therapeutic, healing properties.
What Are Its Skin Benefits?
Aloe barbadensis offers anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and hydrating benefits for the skin.
Active components that make Aloe vera a skin-boosting windfall include:
- Vitamins A, C, B12, E, and folic acid – antioxidants
- Minerals (calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, and zinc) – antioxidants
- Enzymes (including bradykinase) – anti-inflammatory
- Sugars (monosaccharides and polysaccharides) – hydrating properties
- Fatty acids – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic
- Essential amino acids – anti-inflammatory, antibacterial
- Salicylic acid – antiseptic, antibacterial
- Plant compounds (including aloesin and aloin) – anti-inflammatory
5 Skin Health Advantages of Topical Aloe Vera
So, how can Aloe vera help skin? Let’s count the ways!
1. Soothes Sunburn and Other Burns
You already know that aloe vera is famous for soothing skin that got a tad too much sun exposure. Also, there’s research-based evidence that it may help heal first- and second-degree burns.
2. Helps Wounds Heal
Studies have indicated that aloe vera helps to enhance the healing of cuts, scratches, scrapes, sores, surgical wounds, pressure sores, diabetic foot ulcers, frostbite, burns, and more. Its antibacterial properties help to prevent infection and reduce recovery time. It also helps prevent scarring.
Aloe vera helps to hydrate and soften dry skin and lock in moisture. Because it’s easily absorbed, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. It may also decrease the appearance of wrinkles and erythema (superficial reddening due to injured or inflamed capillaries).
4. Fades Dark Spots
Studies on the plant compounds aloesin and aloin found in Aloe vera have shown they may help to fade hyperpigmentation. They’re also reported to help protect skin against damage from UV and gamma radiation.
5. Reduces Itching and Burning of Various Skin Conditions
People suffering from eczema, psoriasis, or acne may find relief with aloe vera. Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties in concert with its potential immune-boosting effects may be beneficial for decreasing the discomfort from some skin issues.
Make Aloe Vera Part of Your Self-Care Routine
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