Aloe Vera is one of those sometimes overlooked ingredients that should really be the shining star! It has been used literally almost forever for its many incredible qualities. It is even mentioned in the Bible in John 19. Now that’s ancient!
Typical uses range from herbal medicinal uses (like healing scars and burns, and soothing sunburns) to general skin care. The source is the aloe plant leaves which are filled with a gel. Aloe largely consists of water but the key components include minerals, polysaccarides, and amino acids. Plus it has vitamins E, C & B.
It’s great to keep an aloe plant around the house for emergencies. They are very hardy (read – people like me who seem to kill all houseplants somehow, can even keep an Aloe plant thriving). And if you get a burn – you have the source right there for immediate relief. I say this from experience. A couple of years ago I burned my wrist when a sugar-sauce splattered on it. It was a bad burn (OK I’ll admit it – I felt woozy and nauseous) but the first thing I did was rip open a hunk of aloe leaf and put it on my burn. It was amazing – cooling and soothing. (Then I called my sister the doctor for more advice!)
But I digress. The reason I’m posting about aloe is that I think it’s a good reminder to understand why this ingredient is found in so many skin care products. It is an incredible skin hydrator, healer and softener with anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to keep the skin soft and supple by bringing oxygen to the cells which help
to strengthen the skin tissue. It is excellent for all skin types – and is so mild that even those with the most sensitive skin will benefit from its properties.
So the next time you see Aloe Vera on a label, don’t be quick to dismiss it. It’s there for a great reason. It is a hard-working superstar!