Aloe Vera …. say “aloe” to my little friend
… aloe vera is not just a natural remedy for scars, burns (sunburn) and wounds.
In the last 4 years, I’ve been moving away from over the counter products. I’m opting instead for more natural solutions to improve my skin and keep wrinkles at bay. My research led me to the incredible properties of Aloe Vera and how nature’s little healer can help keep your skin looking great and even repair sun damage. Aloe contains a lot of nutrients including minerals, amino acids, and vitamins E, C and A which are powerhouses for maintaining youthful skin. Used internally and/or externally, aloe vera can help rebuild collagen and improve elasticity.
Historical use of aloe vera
The use of aloe vera can be traced back 6,000 years to ancient Egypt. It was known as the “plant of immortality” and was presented to deceased pharaohs as a burial gift.
— Source Healthline.com
You can buy aloe from health stores or independents such as Forever products (www.foreverliving.com). Try to purchase as pure a formula as possible. I opted to go straight to the source and purchased myself an Aloe plant. After all, there is nothing purer than getting the gel directly from the plant itself. I’m not great with plants but aloe is one of the easiest plants to take care of. They require very little attention. Make sure to purchase a plant that has not been sprayed or treated with any pesticides.
Aloe has become a staple in my skin care regime. I use it as a moisturizer and find it also helps with puffiness around my eyes in the morning which is a plus. That said, I tend to apply it more so in the evening before bed. I just cut a small piece from my plant and trim the edges which can be sharp and scratch. I slice the piece in half to expose the fleshy inside of the leaf then spread it on my face, neck and around my eyes. It can be left on or you can rinse it off after a select period of time — it’s your choice. It does have a tightening effect so people with dry skin may find it a bit irritating. You can apply a moisturiser overtop in this case. I sometimes use rose water as a spritz to alleviate any tightness.
Aloe is one on my beauty staples.
As with anything, patch test it to make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions before using it.