Aloe vera is a natural growing plant jam-packed with secrets and excellent qualities. Throughout the years, aloe vera has begun appearing in our skin products, hair products and even our drinks. But what makes this plant so great, and how can it help you? In this week’s blog, we will answer just those questions. Read on to learn more about all the benefits of using this ingredient in your daily life.
What is aloe vera?
Aloe vera is a naturally growing plant. Although there is no solid evidence to suggest where exactly it originated from, it is believed that it may have formed in Arabian Peninsula. It is also commonly found in Greece and North Africa and makes an appearance as a potted plant in our own homes. There are hundreds of different species of aloe vera plants, but only a limited number are known for their health benefits. But what are the benefits of aloe vera? Let us find out.
Let’s look at the advantages of aloe vera. It can be used in many different forms, which will be discussed later. But for now, what can we use aloe vera for?
Skin- Our skin is susceptible to many things, sunburn and other damage. Luckily, although we hope you are careful to begin with, aloe vera can help to heal and rectify damage to the skin. Sunburn, accidental burn, along with cuts and scarring, can all be reduced with aloe vera. Our ZO skin peels help in reducing the after-effects of these issues. This is because aloe contains anthraquinones which is an anti-inflammatory. Healing is promoted, and therefore you will find your skin soothed. This also works for itching bug bites, and although it will not cure acne, you may find your skin feeling a lot more comfortable and less inflamed.
Hair- Like with other skin areas, aloe vera can assist in reducing inflammation, itchiness and dryness on the scalp. Many shampoos and conditioners contain aloe as an ingredient for this very reason. Proteolytic enzymes work to repair skin cells on the scalp that are damaged or dying. For people who have bleached their hair or suffer from dandruff, the soothing feeling of aloe could be a lifesaver. Because this plant is filled with all the vitamins and minerals you can think of; aloe can promote hair growth as well as maintain healthy hair.
Health- It is believed that aloe vera can help with a range of digestion problems, boost your immunity and assist with hormonal imbalances. Because the juice of the aloe vera plant contains so many vitamins and minerals, many people intake a form of aloe daily to maintain health and prevent problems. The only vitamin that does not seem to be present in aloe vera is vitamin D.
How do I use aloe vera?
Aloe can be found in many different products and taken in multiple ways. Here we have listed the intake methods so you can choose what is best for you:
Aloe vera drink- Comes in a juice form, found at your local supermarkets and general health stores. Often drank daily to help with immunity.
Capsules- Like the drink form, ingesting aloe in capsule form is a quick and straightforward way to maintain immunity and reap the benefits. Found at your local health stores.
Hair products- Shampoo, conditioner and oils, Used to address scalp concerns and well known for providing glossy and smooth hair.
Skin products- Skin products may seem to have an endless supply of products containing aloe vera. It is well used in:
At the Dorchester Clinic, healing and reviving your skin is a priority. That is why we use ZO Skin Health treatments and products to provide you with soothed skin. Aloe vera is used in many products to address your concerns and minimise skin issues such as sun damage. Book your consultation today and start off your new year feeling comfortable in your own skin.