Skin is the largest organ of our body, it is also most exposed one to external environment, be it sun, rain, snow, pollution, harmful chemicals, rays etc. Not only this, we use various chemical based and artificial lotions, creams, gels, soaps, etc. on skin which can also cause harm. Many of these contain antibiotics and steroids to treat skin conditions which when used for long duration cause great harm. Thus on one hand our skin is prone to attacks from environment and to aggravate the situation we use chemical based harmful products. So what is best skin care treatment then? Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera is an excellent natural option for skin care. It has been considered as excellent for treating skin disorders and keeping it healthy and glowing. No wonder many creams today boast of having aloe vera extract in them. Aloe Vera's use for skin care goes back to Greeks, even Cleopatra is said to have used it! Aloe Vera is ultimate ingredient in treating your skin disorders. Aloe vera gel is helpful in insect bites, sunburns, small cuts, eczemas, psoriasis, etc.
Aloe Vera for Skin Care
Out of numerous possibilities of using aloe vera for skin care, some important benefits and popular tips of using aloe vera for skin care are provided below:
Aloe vera for dry skin : Our skin when devoid of nourishment gets dry. It loses moisture and texture and irritation follows. Aloe vera is great in such situation. It improves the ability of the skin to hydrate itself. This also reduces scars, age lines and marks. Aloe Vera penetrates to the water retaining layer of the skin and nourishes it. Thus dryness and skin cracks disappear naturally without use of any synthetic material.
Aloe vera for wounds : Aloe vera gel can be applied to wounds and cuts. It not only relieves the pain but also ensures that skin regeneration happens, thus leaving little or no scars. This is very helpful especially for cuts on face / neck.
Aloe Vera Improves skin elasticity: Elasticity of skin is an indication of its health. Due to lack of moisture elasticity of skin decreases leading to early ageing signs and other skin disorders. Aloe vera gel is one of the best moisturiser available. It makes skin flexible by allowing skin cell to breathe properly (supply of oxygen is restored). This improves skin's elasticity.
Removes dead cells: Aloe vera helps in removal of dead skin cells and regeneration of skin. Because of these new skin cells your skin becomes flexible and healthier.
Aloe Vera helps in fighting acne : Acne is a very common skin problem. Aloe vera is very helpful in controlling acne. Aloe vera helps in controlling pimples and inflammation. It not only helps in controlling it, it also helps in lightening and ultimately removing acne spots – this is one of the biggest advantage of aloe vera.
Aloe Vera when used with proper nutrition and diet (drinking water, eating vegetable, fruits, etc.) provides amazing results in acne. While using Aloe Vera, ensure that you control constipation which also results in acne. Applying aloe vera gel on skin restores its pH which is needed for a health skin. Aloe vera also controls oil producing glands of skin.
Aloe Vera's anti-ageing properties: Aloe Vera is a great anti-ageing agent. Our skin can be kept glowing and wrinkle free if it gets all essential nutrients and hydration. Aloe Vera gel provides much needed Vitamin E and C to skin which regenerates the skin from cell level.
Remove dark spots and skin glow: Aloe Vera is an excellent herbal remedy for dark spots. Application of Aloe Vera gel regularly helps in maintaining glow of the skin.
Aloe vera for burns, abrasions and other skin conditions: Topical aloe vera is considered to be great as a first care for burns, abrasions, etc. Aloe vera has as many as 18 amino acids which help in healing of the skin. It provides soothing to the affected area and works at the cell level to regenerate the skin. For cuts and burns, apply aloe vera gel at the affected area twice or thrice a day.
Aloe Vera is great for sunburns too. In case of sunburn use aloe vera juice (1-2 cups) along with lukewarm water and soak the skin region. There will be immediate relief and redness of skin will gradually fade.
Benefits in skin lesions: Aloe vera is rich in Vitamin E, vitamin C and zinc. All these help in healing skin lesions. Aloe vera juice and aloe vera juice when taken helps in healing skin lesions naturally.
Aloe vera reduces intensity of skin pigmentation: Use of aloe vera juice and aloe vera gel helps in reducing skin pigmentation. This is the reason why so many anti-pigmentation and sun screen products claim to have aloe vera in them.
Benefits in psoriasis: Aloe vera has been found to be useful in psoriasis. Based on the tests, aloe vera is known to promote healing, reduce healing and pain. While more need to be researched to establish its benefits soundly, based on preliminary tests the results are positive.
Warts and shingles: Aloe vera is known to be helpful in shrinking warts. Regular application of aloe vera as a dressing on the wart for 3-4 days is known to improve the situation. Aloe vera is also used to reduce the pain of shingles. It reduces itching and helps in healing.
Insect bites, frostbites, etc. : Aloe vera relives pain and hasten healing of insect bites, etc. Application of aloe vera gel on the affected area for a few days provides good results.
Precautions while using Aloe Vera
Most of the side effects of aloe vera are because of presence of aloin and latex (found just below its skin). Consuming it can cause irritation in intestine, while aloin is a banned product in many countries because of its side effects. But the good news is aloe vera when used externally has almost no side effects and almost all side effects are when consumed internally (as juice / powder, etc.).
Using Aloe vera for skin
Aloe vera can be used in various ways for skin care, it can be applied as gel or taken as juice. For special situations and problems it can be combined with essential oils and other herbs to make face mask, foot mask, skin creams, skin toners etc.
Aloe vera is amazing for skin care. It is easy to use and has almost no side effects. If you have skin issues it is recommended that you prefer natural aloe vera above other artificial and synthetic solutions. If you have an aloe vera plant (aloe vera grows across the world) you can make aloe vera skin remedies yourself! try this miracle plant for glowing, smooth and flawless skin today!