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Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin Care

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.Aloe Vera

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.

Acne

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.

Moisture

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.

Facial Masks

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.

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Category: Acne, Skin Care, Sunburn

Remedies for a Bad Sunburn

Posted on May 25, 2009 with No Comments

I just got back from 3 days at the beach, and as usual and am looking for remedies for a bad sunburn on my nose.

Finding relief for the burning and peeling go back to when I was a kid growing up in Orlando. My Dad, who was a Remedies for a Bad Sunburndentist, always had an Aloe plant in the backyard and sent us scrambling to peel open the leaves and wipe the gooey insides on our face.

It felt soothing and seemed to make everything OK until it started to dry – making our skin tight and dried-out. Aloe and lidocaine have since become popular ingredients helping soothe and cool sunburns all over the planet in OTC products. And, while the healing effects have become widely known, we have found there are options to heal and treat you can consider, especially of the burn is severe (which mine is borderline!)

I have written several times about emu oil. It is a very popular remedy in Australia and somewhat in New Zealand. It is one of the few oils used in skin care products that is considered a “carrier” oil – meaning it is capable and has properties to penetrate to the subcutaneous layer of the skin. While this may not seem too important, many creams and lotions do not have a carrier oil – primarily because of expense (it’s not cheap). The benefits, as they say, out way the costs. The ability to penetrate deep greatly improves it’s – and other ingredients its formulated with – efficacy or effectiveness. Especially when considering sun burn remedies, getting to the lower layers of tissue is paramount.

With that said, emu oil, does several other things. First it is widely used to treat burns in general. It is a natural anti-bacterial, helping wounds to remain sterilized and fighting off infection, a primary concern to fight infection. It is a natural moisturizer, antiseptic and promotes healthy skin cell and collagen renewal. This helps prevent scars and improves elasticity and pliability of tissue.

If combined with vitamin e and menthol, as with my favorite remedy for bad sunburn, Dermal Em, you you get the soothing and cooling relief with the benefit of the healing power and regenerative qualities needed to avoid tightening, itchy or excessive peeling.

While there is plenty of discussion as to the difference between “bad” and “severe”, the fundamental premise of treatment is the same:

  • Drink plenty of fluid to avoid dehydration and to maintain body fluids
  • Provide no open wounds, keep the affected area moisturized, clean and sterilized, if possible
  • To relieve pain, itchy and soreness, products based with with emu oil, lidocaine or menthol (peppermint, spearmint) can help with the “heat”.

The best remedies for a bad sunburn I have found combine emu oil, vitamin e and menthol. The skin gets some relief with a light cooling sensation to burned tissue (I like the smell also), and the vitamin e and emu oil do a great job helping heal the burn.