Who knew that the ooey-gooey gel inside of an aloe plant leaf could be so magical when it comes to the health and appearance of your skin and hair?
Aloe vera’s genetic makeup makes it the perfect addition to your beauty regimen. Its makeup includes:
- 99% water
- 20 Minerals
- 18 amino acids
- 8 essential fatty acids
- 12 vitamins
- 200+ active plant compounds
Not sure what that means or how it helps your hair and skin? If you’re a newbie when it comes to aloe vera, here are our 5 favorite easy ways to use it and why:
1. Damaged Skin
Obviously, aloe vera is known for its healing properties, most famously for sunburns. In fact, aloe heals burns, as well as other skin injuries, at least one-third faster than alternative treatments. It has been shown to reduce healing time from 30-45 days to just 15-16 days in 2nd and 3rd-degree burns.
Aloe contains anti-inflammatory agents and reduces pain. Its powerful healing happens at the deepest level. It then acts as a protective barrier against free radicals and damage. This means aloe heals from the bottom up.
All in all, aloe can repair wounds and reduce visible damage, encourage new cell and tissue growth, and increase the flexibility of your skin.
Suggested Use: Use aloe vera gel topically on the damaged area. If necessary, cover the area with a bandage, preferably overnight, to give it time to soak in and heal.
Dandruff is a common issue many people struggle with. The itchy and flakiness can be a day ruiner and may even be a major insecurity for some.
Aloe has the ability to significantly reduce itchiness, scaliness, and the size of the area that is giving you problems. This is mainly in part due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as the enzymes. When applied to the scalp, aloe can reduce irritation, inflammation, and prevent cell damage.
Suggested Use: Using the gel from an aloe vera leaf, gently apply the gel to your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Once time is up, shampoo the gel off your scalp. Repeat this process about 2 to 3 times a week until you see improvement.
3. Problematic Skin
If you have problematic skin, aloe may be the treatment you need. Whether you suffer from acne, eczema, rosacea, or other sensitive skin issues, aloe has the properties needed to help calm the skin and manage it.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, so it is important to keep it hydrated and well-nourished with nutrient-rich ingredients. Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties soothe the skin, can keep pores unclogged, as well as keep the skin hydrated.
Suggested Use: For problematic skin, suggested use may vary. You can use it as a spot treatment for acne or apply it generously to the skin to soothe inflammation or redness. Just remember, either patch test or do plenty of research before attempting to treat sensitive skin.
4. Hair Health & Growth
Could your hair use a little TLC or do you wish your hair would grow just a bit longer? Aloe can boost your hair’s health and length. Here’s how:
You might know the primary protein in hair is keratin, which helps moisturize, strengthen, and repair damage to hair. But did you know that aloe has a similar make-up to that of keratin? It rejuvenates the hair using its own nutrients, which helps prevent hair breakage.
Aloe promotes healthy hair growth thanks to amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins A, C, E, and B-12, as well as a special enzyme called proteolytic enzymes. The enzymes break down dead skin cells, unclogging the hair follicles, cleanses the scalp, and then the hair can grow faster. The other good nutrients nourish the hair and keep it well-hydrated.
Suggested Use: You can use the same method as treating dandruff or you can use organic aloe vera alone as a shampoo or conditioner. If the aloe doesn’t seem to get your hair clean, mix it with your shampoo to create a lather.
5. Dry Skin
Dry skin got you down? Aloe has you covered.
Aloe vera offers all-day hydration, but what makes it superior to many other options out there is that it doesn’t leave any greasy or heavy residue.
However, you don’t need to have just dry skin to benefit from the amazing, plentiful benefits of aloe. Those with oily, combination, or normal skin can benefit from using aloe vera as a moisturizer.
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