Aloe Vera: Benefits and Uses

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aloe vera benefits for skin

The juicy, clear gel extracted from the succulent known as aloe vera is a natural remedy for almost all skin conditions out there. The amazing thing about it is that there are almost no cases of people having an allergic reaction to aloe vera.

What does Aloe Vera contain?

 Aloe Vera contains various minerals that are important for your skin, the main ones being vitamin E, vitamin C, auxins, and gibberellins.

What are the benefits of aloe vera?

 The benefits of aloe vera range from healthcare, hair care and even skincare! Today, we talk about its advantages as a skincare ingredient!

Say bye-bye to acne!

 Aloe vera is popular for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is great at reducing inflammation and cooling the skin. It also contains antioxidants, that help in refreshing and curing the skin of acne-causing bacteria.

The acne warpath

 Aloe vera is said to have anti-bacterial properties along with auxins and gibberellins. It also promotes the growth of skin cells, which means it helps the skin revitalise and get rid of anything that acne leaves behind, like scars, dark spots, and redness caused by inflammation.

 

The sun and its famous burn

 Aloe Vera has great healing properties that help with most types of wounds and burns. The presence of gibberellins act as a growth hormone and revitalise the skin. They, therefore, help in the process of providing moisture to the skin and accelerating the healing process.

 Also read: Sun burn skin: How to treat Sun Damaged Skin

Age is just a number?

Pigmentation such as age spots can become difficult to treat as time passes you by. This is because as you get older, your skin takes longer to heal itself. This makes it challenging to get rid of dark spots, age spots, and pigmentation. Vitamin E and C are elements that play a role in removing pigmentation that occurs in all forms. Aloe vera contains vitamin C that helps in the productivity of collagen. This is a protein that helps in keeping the skin firm and healthy. Naturally, it also aids in slowing the process of skin ageing.

Quenching your skin’s thirst.

 Aloe vera is a member of the aloe cacti family. Its succulent leaves act as its water storage unit! When you break a part of it, you will find a gel-like substance inside, mostly made up of water. This helps in hydrating your skin and replenishing its lost water content as well as natural skin oils. Proper moisturisation can give you soft and supple skin that is healthy and functions at its best!  

Oily skin troubles, no more!

For those of you with oily skin issues and concerns, aloe vera is known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties that are great to keep your skin clear and safe from bacteria that breeds in oil-prone patches. It is also effective with higher-level skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema due to these properties.

No side effects.

The important aspect of aloe vera is that it has no side effects. It can be incorporated in a variety of skin regimens and products while at the same time be used straight from its natural source, which is most effective. Aloe vera can be used for other benefits like enhancing your complexion, and giving you healthy, smooth and glowing skin as well.

The silver lining

You can find aloe vera in a large number of skincare products as its benefits are hard to ignore. Many people grow aloe vera plants at home. This gives them the ability to extract their own gel and ensure that it is preservative and chemical-free. So, we recommend that you get on the aloe vera bandwagon too!

Disclaimer

The natural remedies mentioned in the blog are the widely popular ones. It is in no way a substitute for medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Avoid using these if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies. 

Before trying any natural remedy, always test a small quantity on your skin to check for any adverse reactions or allergies to any particular ingredient. In case of emergency or any reaction, immediately connect with a doctor who can offer the proper treatment.

FAQ’s

1. What are the risks of using aloe vera?

 Aloe vera usually does not have side effects when used on the skin. However, in rare cases, it is possible to be allergic to it. Apart from this, it may have side effects when consumed orally.

2. What should I keep in mind when buying an aloe vera gel?

 When buying an aloe vera gel, make sure that the ingredients label states that it is made of pure aloe vera extract. You should also keep in mind that the gel should be clear and not have artificial green colouring or any added fragrance.

3. Can I apply aloe vera to my skin daily?

 Yes, you can!  It is an excellent addition to your daily skincare regime.

4. How do I know if aloe vera has gone bad?

 If the freshly extracted gel is left at room temperature for more than 24 hours, it usually goes bad. It can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. If your extract has changed colour, has an odd smell or fungus, then it has gone bad, and you should throw it away immediately.

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Dr Jisha Gomez

Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.

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