The Health and Beauty Benefits of Aloe Vera
Because we live in a technological age, we can be guilty of believing that what we produce in a laboratory is superior to anything created by Mother Nature. Such a belief is unfounded, of course. In truth, synthetics are simplistic designs, often created to achieve one outcome only, and sometimes without thought or care for what harm they might cause elsewhere. In contrast, nature’s creations are perfect multi-taskers, providing myriad benefits without unpleasant side effects.
Aloe Vera is one such marvel. Described as ‘the plant of immortality’ by the ancient Egyptians, its incredible healing powers are being increasingly recognised by the medical community today. In every sense, it’s a health and beauty powerhouse, and we’re proud to feature it in many of our skincare products. Here’s just a few of the benefits it offers our skin:
- It fights aging.
Research exists to demonstrate that aloe vera can reverse skin aging and help fight wrinkles by increasing collagen production. It does this by switching off the gene that causes collagen dysfunction and because it contains a host of antioxidants – including beta carotene, vitamin C and E – which work to keep the skin hydrated and improve its natural firmness.
- It’s great for acne and other chronic skin conditions.
Thanks to two specific hormones – auxin and gibberellins – aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory properties that not only fight skin inflammation but also stimulate the growth of new cells. Working in concert with the plant’s wonderful moisturizing qualities, these hormones can help skin affected by acne to heal quickly and naturally and without any scarring.
It’s worth comparing this to many synthetic acne solutions, which focus on drying out the skin. This is not only a problem in itself, it can trigger the type of skin inflammation that leads to psoriasis and other chronic skin problems like eczema. By way of contrast, aloe vera can be used to effectively heal these problems.
- It helps treat sunburn and stretch marks.
The layer of cells that cover our body is known as the epithelial level of the skin. It is this part of our skin that is often damaged by sunburn. Aloe vera can help protect and repair this layer thanks to its moisturizing, antioxidant and nutritional properties.
In much the same way, aloe vera can also help to repair stretch marks, which are caused when the elasticity of the skin is compromised as a result of it being stretched too far and too fast. In particular, the plant can heal minor tears in the skin caused by stretching and thus reverse the appearance of unsightly marks.
And there you have it! Aloe vera is an extraordinary plant, full of multi-tasking properties which can help regenerate our skin, leaving us looking younger and our skin nourished and healthy.