Aloe vera has been used in health and skincare remedies since the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality”. It is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family, which grows in dry climates such as Africa, India and some of the Caribbean Islands.
Aloe vera contains the hormones Auxin and Gibberellins, which both contain anti-inflammatory properties. Gibberellins also acts as a growth hormone, which stimulates cell regeneration and promotes fast healing.
If you have ever applied Aloe right from the leaves onto your skin, then you know how cooling and soothing it feels. It works great to relieve dry itchy skin, especially after a sunburn. It serves to restore your skin’s natural moisture and also acts as a protective barrier against further damage.
As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe vera leaves contain antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, which all help to improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep it hydrated.
Aloe vera is an excellent option for acne treatment too, as it contains anti-microbial properties. Not only will aloe vera help to prevent acne, but the anti-inflammatory properties will help to reduce skin inflammation caused by acne.
At SiSi Started It, we use aloe vera juice in all our lotions, cleansers, moisturizers, toners and hydrating mist. We feel it is simply a must have ingredient, instead of just distilled water, as it contains a plethora of beneficial properties.
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Watch for our next blog where we will share more awesome tips and DIY recipes using Aloe Vera.