It Delivers Hydration Seamlessly
Aloe vera is mostly water, so it’s little wonder it does such a good job of hydrating the skin. It even contains sugars (known as mucopolysaccharides) which are proven to retain moisture, deep down into the dermis. There’s also evidence to suggest aloe can stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen – both of which are necessary to maintain firmness and hydration as we age.
Inflamed Skin Will Benefit
Well-loved for its cooling properties, it’s no secret that aloe vera is ideal for soothing sunburn, but it’s also great for helping other conditions, too. These include eczema and psoriasis – or any inflammation that compromises the skin’s barrier. Aloe vera works like an antiseptic, soothing fungi, bacteria and any redness that can be caused by these conditions. Experts also believe that its key components – aloin and phytosterols – are the secret to its skin-healing qualities, as both are proven to soothe itchiness and irritation.
It’s Rich in Vitamins
Full of bioactive compounds, the aloe plant is rich in vitamins A, B, C D and E, as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium and zinc. All are known for their barrier (skin strengthening) benefits. It also contains seven of the eight essential amino acids, which maintain both hydration and resilience for visible suppleness in the skin.
Aloe Soothes Irritated Scalps
Alongside vitamins and nutrients, aloe is full of enzymes which are considered a key ingredient for repairing cells on the skin and scalp. It’s why so many products catering to textured hair include this ingredient. In addition, it’s full of antimicrobial properties, which clean the scalp and strengthen and smooth the hair follicles. You may find hair is shinier post-use as a result.
Data Suggests It Can Help Heal Spots
Dermatologists cite data which suggests aloe’s antimicrobial properties can help acne-prone skin, too. While it shouldn’t replace your traditional regime, it can be used alongside other products to supercharge other ingredients. It’s also a natural source of salicylic acid, which is known to prevent both black and whiteheads.
*DISCLAIMER: While aloe vera gel is generally safe to use, it can cause irritation. Don’t hesitate to seek advice from your healthcare provider if you suffer from any rash or redness post-use.
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