Aloe Vera, a succulent plant that stores water in its leaves, which are thick and fleshy. The leaves produce two substances – the gel, which is more or less water with several other nutrients mixed in, and the sap, which is also known as aloe latex.
Aloe vera, called as the ‘plant of immortality’ by ancient Egyptians, also known as ‘Ghritkumari’ in Hindi, ‘Kalabanda’ in Telugu, ‘Katralai’ in Tamil, ‘Kumari’ in Malayalam, ‘Lolisara’ in Kannada, ‘Koraphada’ in Marathi, and ‘Ghrtakumari’ in Bengali is beneficial not just for your skin, but for your hair and general health as well.
Some of the more widely known skin benefits of Aloe Vera are listed below:
Aloe vera increases the water content in your skin, and leaves it hydrated without making it greasy
The aloe gel can be very effective in reducing acne and clearing blemishes and scars with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, due its content of gibberellins and auxins. This helps reduce acne and contain polysaccharides that stimulate the growth of new cells, thus speeding up the healing process for acne and prevent scarring.
As your skin ages, it tends to get drier and loses its elasticity. This makes it more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe moisturizes the skin, and it also helps remove dead cells. In fact, research has proven that aloe vera improves the elasticity of skin and makes it smoother and more supple
Aloe vera and gel come loaded with several nutrients like glycerin, sodium palmate, sodium carbonate, sodium palm kemelate, sorbitol, etc. These are good for the skin and nourish your skin from within, giving you skin replete with health.
Too much under the sun irritates your skin, giving it a severe red colour and in extreme cases can lead to sunburns as well. Aloe vera, owing to its anti-inflammatory properties, reduces the redness brought on by exposure to UV rays and soothes the skin. It acts on the epithelial skin layer and provides a protective layer to the skin for retaining moisture. Since aloe Vera contains a lot of antioxidants and nutritional properties, the skin is able to prevent the moisture from escaping, which in turn heals the sunburn.
Since Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties, it is effective against wounds and insect bites apart from being used as a topical treatment for small cuts and bruises as well. It can also be used as a natural alternative to aftershave lotion to soothe irritated skin.
As we age, our skin expands and contracts just like elastic. When the skin stretches very far, like during pregnancy or due to rapid weight gain, the elasticity of the skin gets damaged, which results in undesirable stretch marks. These marks are nothing but small tears on the skin layers, which can be healed with the regular application of Aloe Vera.
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