Using aloe vera in skincare is no surprise as it’s a well-known plant that has been a successful, effective skincare ingredient for a long time. The aloe plant offers great benefits for the skin and its properties have been recognised for thousands of years in traditional medicine; its use has been recorded as early as 2,200 BC and is associated with important historical characters such as the beautiful Cleopatra who applied aloe vera to her skin on a daily basis.
Aloe is a healing plant with so much to offer. It can be used for cuts, insect bites and damaged skin tissues because aloe produces fibroblast cells that manufacture collagen.
The plant is very skin-friendly and has a low risk of causing allergies, sensitivity or skin reactions. It’s very common in after-sun products, and in facial, hair and body care.
Uses of Aloe Vera in Skincare
Among Aloe vera’s active components, it has vitamins A, C & E, minerals, enzymes, polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, flavones, and salicylic acid, which together are responsible for its properties. These properties make it antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and antioxidant. It’s excellent for all skin types especially dry, damaged, broken, sensitive and mature skin.
Aloe Vera has exceptionally strong and powerful skin preserving and healing qualities, aloe vera heals cuts, wounds, sores, scars and burns, alleviates itching and inflammation, soothes chapped, broken and sensitive skin, reduces water loss, moisturizes and with good antioxidant qualities, it combats the early signs of aging to smooth wrinkles and fine lines.
Aloe vera gel has great moisturizing properties. On the other hand, its structure forms a protective film for the skin, which helps give it its healing properties. It also aids protection of the epidermis and the skin’s ability to restore itself.
If you are lucky enough to have an Aloe Vera plant, then you can simply break off a leaf, cut it open and apply the clear gel to your skin. But if you don’t have a plant, I have something that you may fall in love with…
My Soothing Aloe Peppermint Body Lotion
After you have been out in the sun a little too long, don’t you want to put something on your skin that is natural and made from Mother Nature?Slathering on toxic chemicals is not allowing your skin to heal, but rather making it work more to eliminate those toxins. Our skin absorbs what we put onto it, so be careful of the green ‘Aloe Vera Gel’ you can get off the store shelves. They are generally full of many toxic chemicals, parabens, fragrances and colourants that are not healthy for our bodies. Try to keep your tender skin as moisturized with natural ingredients as you can after too much sun.
Along with Aloe Vera, here are few of the other amazing ingredients I use and how they can soothe your dry, parched skin:
- Coconut oil: amazing moisture for damaged skin, anti-inflammatory, reduces redness and rehydrates skin.
- Avocado oil: is nourishing, rich in vitamins especially E and D, minerals and antioxidants. Full of anti-wrinkle, skin regeneration, and softening qualities. Prevents water loss, so it provides healthy hydration that your skin will love.
- Sunflower oil is a light oil with softening and nourishing qualities, rich in vitamins A, D, E, & omega 3 & 6 making it suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Its high levels of linoleic acid give this oil a strong skin-protective property and help to decrease the skin’s water loss. It is wholesome as well as conditioning for your skin and it helps to deal with dry, weathered, aged and compromised skin.
- Witch hazel extract: astringent to tighten and heal skin, anti-inflammatory.
- Peppermint essential oil is a natural painkiller. It helps to soothe burnt areas by providing a cooling sensation. Also, because peppermint oil is so good at alleviating headaches, it can also help with an after-sun headache some people suffer from.
- Lavender essential oil reduces inflammation, calms sunburns, and reduces redness. Because it has antimicrobial properties, it supports the skin in its natural process of healing and restoring balance, allowing your body to recover faster. Lavender has a reputation for relaxing the emotions and soothing the heart. Just imagine it bringing those qualities to a sunburned patch of skin!
To use: Apply as often as needed over any dry areas of your skin for cooling relief.
My Soothing Aloe Peppermint Body Lotion is $7.00 or $8.00, depending on the size. You can purchase it at Body Solace Studio or when I am at the various Farmers Markets during the summer.
If you’re looking to change up your skincare products and understand what ingredients that you are using on your skin, you may want to try Rain Natural Skincare products.
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