Does the term ‘aloe barbadensis’ sounds familiar to you? It is actually, and it’s also known as aloe vera. Aloe vera has been known for a long time as one of the best ingredients to soothe, repair, and calm the skin. The green, spear-shaped leaves contained potent ingredients (in the form of gel-like substances) that your skin truly loves. Read on and get to know how a simple plant can do wonders for your skin.
As aloe vera is potently soothing and extremely hydrating, you can use the gel as a skin moisturizer and for post-tanning treatment. All you need is to apply it liberally onto the affected area and leave it to dry for a couple of minutes as the gel provides a protective barrier while begins its magic to repair and replenish wounded skin.
And of course, you can definitely use aloe vera as a daily moisturizer; mix it with a little bit of essential oil for an extra punch for intense moisturizing. And not to worry, the gel if fast absorbing!
You can also create an aloe vera facial mask to reap its benefits. My own personal favorite: mix thoroughly equal amounts of aloe vera with honey for a double dose of soothing and treating problem skin on the spot. Plus, aloe vera is super anti-aging (thanks to it is a high amount of vitamins C and E, as well as other antioxidants) so you can use it as your youthful secret.
Thanks again to its ultra-hydrating potency; the men can benefit aloe vera as an alternative for shaving cream. As the gel contained nearly 95% of water, aloe vera provides a nice texture to apply for a smooth and pleasant shave. Aloe vera is also anti-inflammatory, making it handy if you accidentally cut yourself with the shave.
Who would have known, aloe vera can also treat bad breath! Aloe vera has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory compound (called beta-Sitosterol) to treat acid ingestion that causes halitosis. For a better result, gargle a bit of aloe vera mixed with baking soda for a thorough cleaning and killing the germs, for good.
If you’ve run out of makeup remover, squirt some aloe vera gel onto a cotton pad, press to the makeup, and rub it off gently. The gel is super gentle; you can liberally use it to remove makeup on the eye area.
Having stretch marks? Not to worry as aloe vera can definitely help you out as it’s also works to heal wounds.
Aloe vera is truly should be on your skin-saving secrets. As it contains 75 different nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, sugars, anthraquinones, enzymes, or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, plant sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid, would you argue with it?