If you are prone to burning you’re likely to be well acquainted with aloe vera. The plant is renowned for its skin soothing and cooling benefits, which makes it a holiday skincare essential. The clear liquid is also celebrated for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
The ancient Egyptians called it the ‘plant of immortality’. While we’re not promising its benefits stretch that far, we would argue that aloe vera is often overlooked when it comes to skincare.
What is aloe vera?
Aloe vera is part of the cactus plant and is found in warm, dry climates, including Africa and India. While the fresh green colour is eye catching, it’s the clear gel found in the leaves that holds all the power.
What are the skincare benefits?
Studies have shown that aloe vera has impressive healing benefits – cue Jason’s Aloe Vera 84% Soothing Cream – as well as skin moisturising abilities. What gives aloe vera an edge over other moisturising agents is that it doesn’t leave a greasy film, so it’s perfect for those who have oilier skin – Laboratoire du Haut-Segala’s lightweight, but nourishing Day Cream is testimony to that.
Unsurprisingly it’s healing powers can be of use to those who suffer with regular breakouts. Aloe vera contains a hormone called gibberelllins, which helps to boost skin cell turnover and turbocharge your skin’s healing process.
Aloe vera also contains a powerful cocktail of antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, which help to protect your complexion from environmental aggressors.
What else can you use aloe vera for?
Well, it also has many health benefits if you take aloe vera supplements. Not only is it thought to lower cholesterol, but the ingredient also soothes stomach irritation. Health Aid’s Aloe Vera 5000mg supplements could help those who regularly suffer with sluggish digestive system, constipation and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). If you prefer liquid supplements, it’s worth exploring Aloe Vera Juice High Potency by Forever Young. The juice is sometimes prescribed for those who battle with arthritis and joint pain.