Why Aloe Vera Is Good For Your Skin
When it comes to your skincare routine there are some ingredients that are completely overhyped like walnut shells and others are simply overlooked, like Aloe Vera.
With distinctive bright green serrated leaves, Aloe Vera gel has been used for centuries in many different cultures for its healing and hydration properties yet in our opinion doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.
Over 2,000 years ago Greek scientists hailed the plant as a ‘universal panacea’ and Egyptians called it ‘the plant of immortality’. The name Aloe derives from the Arabic name “Alloeh” meaning ‘shining bitter substance’ while Vera in Latin means ‘true’. And it seems they were on the money, if you’ve accidentally ingested Aloe Vera, it’s true to its namesake.
What Is Aloe Vera?
This nutrient packed ingredient is known for its soothing properties and because it’s so easily absorbed, it’s ideal for all skin types especially oily skin. It contains over 75 active components including vitamins (A, C, D & E), enzymes, minerals like zinc, potassium and magnesium as well as amino acids, all of which can have a regenerative and hydrating effect on the skin.
Originating in the Arabian Peninsula, the plant contains three layers, the innermost gel layer contains 99% water and an abundance of nutrients (it’s this gel layer that is used in skin care products), a middle latex layer of yellow sap and an outer rind layer.
Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin
Soothes: Aloe Vera gel contains phytosterols which help soothe itchiness and irritation whilst giving protection to prevent trans epidermal water loss (TEWL). It also contains acemannan, a natural compound that helps bind moisture to the skin and treat the dryness that often comes with irritated skin.
Moisturises: It has a moisturising effect on the skin and a wealth of beneficial nutrients for dry skin. Nourishing Vitamin E and skin brightening Vitamin C as well as antioxidants, can strengthen and protect the skin barrier resulting in softer, smoother and healthier looking skin.
Cools and hydrates: Any type of sun or wind burn damages the skin’s moisture barrier, when Aloe Vera is applied it creates a barrier and cools and hydrates the skin. Even though it's mainly composed of water it also contains anti-inflammatory benefits from polysaccharides.
Scarring and breakouts: Studies have shown Aloe Vera gel can help increase growth factors for fibroblasts, the cells that make collagen, which helps to improve wounds and scars through the enhanced production and increase in collagen fibers.
“Aloe Vera has a number of beneficial properties, as well as being an antioxidant, it helps cells produce more collagen. As well as this, it has a cooling effect especially on sunburn,”
Prof. Derek Richard
Aloe Vera Gel in Skincare
When it comes to your skin routine look for skin care products with a high percentage of Aloe Vera in them to get the optimal benefit of the plant. Avoid combining Aloe Vera with chemical exfoliants which can worsen any stinging or irritation. If you have a burn, avoid using Aloe Vera gel in conjunction with an ointment or petroleum as it can trap the heat inside. Our Hydro Gel Cleanser and pH Balance witch hazel toner are loaded with Aloe Vera giving them their distinct thick gel consistency.