Aloe vera belongs on your face…and your head.
Most people know that the gel-like substance is a powerful choice for minimizing sunburns, but many overlook its uses in the day-to-day. They are many.
Aloe vera is a good source of a variety of minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins C and E. It’s also a good source of a complex carbohydrate called acemannan, which helps the cells take in the nutrients that need to get healthy.
Here are some reasons why aloe vera belongs in your beauty arsenal.
It can stop breakouts.
Just like aloe vera can quickly cool down a sunburn, it also goes to work quickly on zits. The reduction in inflammation both calms the pain of deep blemishes, as well as reduces redness really quickly. If you ever get those breakouts that just won’t quit, slathering on the aloe vera should be high up on the list of how to handle them.
All those antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are also great for preventing aging. The healthier the skin is, and the more easily it can regenerate, the better it will look. Aloe treats the epithelial level of the skin cells, which is why it can address surface-level inflammation like sunburns and ance.
It’s great for mixing up homemade beauty products.
No matter what sort of skin type or issue you’re addressing, aloe vera can be a great carrier or base for any homemade mask or treatment. Mixing it with some sugar becomes a healthy face scrub. Mixing it with honey can turn it into a moisturizing mask.
There’s no better way to avoid unnecessary ingredients in beauty and skincare products than to use ones that are straight from the source. It’s possible to buy aloe vera gel in very pure forms, and it’s also possible to grow your own plants at home and use that for your skin.
It’s also great for the hair.
On the scalp, aloe vera gets to work with the help of proteolytic enzymes. It can reduce dandruff and itchiness, as well as condition the hair and promote growth. Most people suggest applying a raw form on the hair and using it as a mask. Apply the gel to your scalp and hair and let it sit for ten minutes or so before rinsing and continuing with your wash routine.
What to look for…
When you buy aloe vera, look out for one that’s actually made from gel and not a reconstituted powder. The Aloe Vera Gel from SEVEN Minerals, for example, is just that. When aloe vera gel is made from powder, there’s often mixing and stabilizing agents like Xanthan or Carbomer. Those ingredients can create the sticky feeling that it often has.
However, when the gel is made from pure gel, it might only be mixed with something like Seaweed Extract to thicken it, which does not create that icky sticky feeling. When you’re using it on the face or hair, that’s going to be the way to go.
As with any new product, always do a patch test for slathering the stuff all over your face.