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Aloe Vera Beauty Benefits
Aloe vera has been recognized for its healing ability for 6,000 years, the Egyptians referred to Aloe as “the plant of immortality”. Aloe vera is best known today as a treatment for healing sunburns, but it has many additional benefits for our skin, digestive problems and overall health.
I consider aloe vera gel a necessary addition to your beauty regime for Its moisturizing ability and anti-aging benefits. Aloe vera is antioxidant rich because it contains vitamins A, C and E, which combat free radicals. Free radicals damage our healthy skin cells and cause a breakdown of collagen which results in wrinkles and loose saggy skin.
As an antioxidant, aloe can reduce the breakdown of collagen and even boost the production of collagen to maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin. It has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by improving elasticity of the skin and promoting the production of collagen. Additionally, it is highly nourishing and moisturizing and can even reduce acne and psoriasis.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits
Aloe also has many effective healing properties which include helping to heal wounds, hair loss, hemorrhoids and improve digestion. Improving digestion includes its potential to improve symptoms of IBS and it is known as a remedy for stomach ulcers. Aloe also helps heartburn as it is known to reduce gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and vomiting. Additionally, one study showed that consuming a couple tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily lowered blood sugar of people with type 2 diabetes over a two week period.
Aloe vera plants are a great addition to your home too! Your plants will purify the air in your home, and you’ll also have plants to use for beauty purposes whenever you wish. You can easily utilize the gel inside the plant by breaking off pieces, cutting it open at the prickly sides, taking out the gel and smearing it on your face. It dries quickly and you can choose whether you want to leave it on for an hour or overnight. Only use it at most a couple times a week however because if it is overused it can actually dry out the skin. To reap the health benefits, the gel can easily be added to smoothies or just eaten raw. If you prefer to preserve your plant, you can find juice or gel in grocery stores or from Lily of the Desert or Nature’s Way.
How to Use the Gel in Aloe Vera
- Remove thick leaves from the outer sections of the plant – check that the leaves do not have mold or damage.
- Cut them as close to the stem as possible (most nutrients are found at the base of the leaves).
- Wash the leaves free from dirt.
- Tear open the bottom of the leaf.
- Test whether the yellow sap is present where you opened the leaf, if it is, let it drain out.
- Using a utensil or your fingers separate the gel from the leaf.
Get it: Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel or Nature’s Way Aloe Vera Gel.