You’ve heard that aloe vera is good for skin, but do you know why it’s one of the most sought-after ingredients in the beauty and personal care industries?
Here are 9 reasons why aloe vera should be part of your daily skincare regimen:
It’s suitable for all skin types
Whether you’ve got oily or dry skin, aloe vera is awesome at hydrating and moisturizing your skin without clogging your pores. It’s even suitable for sensitive skin types since it is a gentle exfoliator that also heals and soothes irritated skin.
It’s got anti-aging benefits
Though it doesn’t reverse the signs of aging, aloe vera is effective in preventing fine lines from getting worse because it improves skin elasticity that stops wrinkles from getting deeper.
It helps in treating pimples
With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, you no longer have to deal with big red pimples, and you can always minimize breakouts.
Although it is awesome in treating superficial acne, it’s not as effective in treating cystic acne. So if you do have more serious acne issues, seek advice from a dermatologist.
It’s a natural skin brightener
Some say that aloe vera does change the color of skin tone, but in actuality, it brightens your complexion. This may be disappointing for some, but who is going to complain about a brighter glow in their face? As the aloe exfoliates your skin, it sheds dead skin cells to reveal a new, rejuvenated complexion.
It’s safe to use every day!
According to dermatologists, you can use aloe vera on your face up to twice a day! It’s packed with amazing amino acids, enzymes, mineral and vitamins that makes it one of most powerful skin healing plants in the world. Aloe vera repairs so many different kinds of skin conditions that it would be a waste not to use it every day.
Just be mindful to not go overboard with aloe vera, if you’re using it straight from the plant. Because it acts like an exfoliator, overuse can result in skin too oily or too dry, depending on your skin type. Products infused with the plant extract, such as the Aloe Vera Cocoon Facial Scrub Soap by Roeng and Aloe Vera Facial Cleansing Foam, are great for daily application, for both day and evening routines.
It’s also great for hair growth
Aloe vera is known to sooth and condition your hair and scalp, though it does much more than that. In fact, the gel contains glycoproteins and polysaccharides that can stimulate new hair and skin growth, so if you’re looking for a natural way to stimulate hair growth, aloe vera can help.
It reduces dandruff
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera is also effective in treating dandruff, as it lessens the itchiness that results in a flaky scalp, and the proteolytic enzymes repair the dead skin cells on the scalp. The gel also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that help to prevent dandruff.
It soothes sunburn
You probably already know that aloe vera is a key ingredient in after sun care products. Not only is helpful in reducing redness and inflammation, but it also helps to heal the skin, while providing moisture to help the skin repair itself.
It also treats a ton of other skin concerns
The benefits doesn’t stop there! In fact, aloe vera has been connected with the treatment of a number of skin ailments.
Here’s what aloe vera does for the following conditions:
- Eczema and psoriasis – study shows that aloe vera may be more effective than 0.1% steroid creams for psoriasis, hydrates skin and prevents further infection for those with eczema, also effective as a treatment for eczema
- Lice and scabies – smothers and kills lice and mites, acidity level also helps to remove eggs
- Linus planus – a skin condition that causes purplish, itchy, flat bumps; studies show aloe vera is a safe and effective treatment for it
- Minor burns – used as an antiseptic to speed up the healing process
- Minor boils and cuts – helps with healing and prevents infection
That’s it, folks! If you’d like to try any of the aloe vera skincare items for yourself, feel free to check out our Facial Wash and Soap section, or see the end of the post for more details on the individual products.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.