Posted on April 23, 2013 with No Comments
The Aloe Vera plant contains succulent leaves. The gel from the leaves of the plant has numerous benefits for the skin. The plant has anti-microbial properties, due to the chemical agent saponin occurring naturally in it.
The leaves can be broken and the gel applied or the leaves of the plant can be used in skin care products. Whether used alone or in a combination with other ingredients, Aloe Vera can provide soothing nourishment for irritated skin and promote healing.
Burns And Scrapes
The gel from Aloe Vera leaves has many benefits for soothing skin. One of its most common uses is for sunburn. The gel, when lightly rubbed onto sunburned skin, provides cooling relief from the pain and irritation. It can also help other types of mild burns, such as from touching a hot pan.
Minor cuts and scrapes can benefit from the application of the plant’s gel, which helps to eliminate the possibility of infection and soothe the irritation surrounding the affected area. The leaf of the plant can be broken in two, and the gel can be rubbed directly onto the problem spot.
Aloe Vera can also help in the treatment of acne. One way it works is because it is an astringent that helps reduce the amount of oil on the skin, yet it is mild enough that it won’t cause irritation. The reduction in excess oil can help to prevent oil and skin cells from clogging pores, which can cause blemishes. It can also help to balance the ph level of the skin, which ensures that the proper amount of acid needed to kill bacteria remains. Bacteria contribute to the formation of pimples by invading clogged pores, causing a response by the immune system that creates a pus filled pimple. By reducing the amount of bacteria on the skin, pimples are less likely to form.
Aloe Vera gel also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks while the pimples are healing. The gel can be used in its raw form for acne relief.
Another benefit of Aloe Vera is its ability to moisturize. Dry skin becomes itchy and irritated, requiring moisture to soothe it. Aloe Vera is easily absorbed to provide soothing relief from itching and to moisturize the skin, preventing it from drying out. Common disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, can be treated with the gel, as the relief from itching is immediate and the skin is moisturized.
Many commercial facial masks, as well as those that can be made at home, contain Aloe Vera. Combined with other ingredients for deep cleansing, the Aloe Vera helps to restore the pH balance of the skin to fight bacteria and infection. It also works to soothe skin that is irritated from many common disorders. Because it is a mild ingredient, when combined with other natural ingredients and used as a facial mask, you get the benefit of soothing relief from acne, eczema, and other discomforts without added chemicals that can cause irritation.