As time goes by, more and more beauty products use Aloe Vera as an ingredient.
I have been using Aloe Vera for a long time, and I remember from my childhood having Aloe Vera plants all over in the windowsills. As in; having them in ALL the windowsills.
We did not use it often, but sometimes a small “accident” would happen, and we would use this cheap and easy-to-use plant.
We would use it if we got a burn, both sunburns or a cooking burn would suffice, or we would whip it out (sorry-not-sorry) when we got a bug bite.
In the essence, Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory, soothing, and anti-itch. It is usually used for burns, would healing or frostbite. It can also be used as an antiseptic or a moisturizer.
Because it is a plant, it is a cheap way to have a painkiller at hand, and it can be used by both kids and adults.
NOW: why is Aloe Vera used in beauty products?
The May Clinic has described cases where Aloe Vera assisted in healing of a variety of conditions;
- Burns and Wounds- helps with healing both burns and wounds
- Herpes simplex virus – it helps in healing lesions
- Oral lichen planus – inflammatory condition that affects the inside of the mouth.
- Psoriasis- may reduce scaling, redness, inflammation and itching.
If you want to read the whole article, you can read it here:
These reasons already make great sense for use in beauty, because of its cooling and healing abilities.
I have been in love with Aloe Vera for a while (the obsession probably started while admiring these magnificent plants in the windowsill), and I especially love it in products like After Sun, where you naturally are going to need the cooling and healing effects to soothe your skin.
You can use Aloe Vera yourself!
There is a lot of ways you can use Aloe Vera yourself. I usually just have the plant lounging around for when I need a little pick-me-up. Then I just break an arm of the miracle plant (don’t worry, they grow out again surprisingly fast), and squeeze/ smear the insides of it out where I need it.
You could also choose to:
- Do as me, and apply it directly on burnt skin
- Dab Aloe Vera Gel on places you need to heal quickly
- Use Pure Aloe Vera Gel instead of other chemical-filled creams if you have sensitive skin
- Moisturize your skin by swiping the gel on your skin- it improves hydration and does not leave pores clogged or skin feeling greasy
- Mix the gel with a hair oil, massage it into your scalp and rinse a few hours later to make a anti-dandruff potion.
- Massage the gel directly into your scalp and rinse after an hour. This increases blood circulation and will boost hair growth. It is recommended not shampooing for a day after this- to let it work it’s magic in peace.
- Use Aloe Vera Gel regularly on stretch marks to boost the skin’s collagen production, and therefore increases the skin’s elasticity helping “heal” them
- Massage the gel onto your scalp or temples to ease a headache. Just like tiger balm or other anti-inflammatory products can.
There are lot of useful ways to use Aloe Vera, and I hope some of these will become useful to you too!
My absolute favorite right now is the Wes Sub Aloe After Sun that I reviewed in the “Beauty Around The World-Goodiebox Review”
What is your favorite Aloe Vera product??
I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time 😊