Aloe Vera is one of the oldest medicinal plants on record. It’s also one of the most studied herbs. Aloe vera’s therapeutic properties are owed to its high content of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and polysaccharides. This healing plant is part of the succulent family and was discovered thousands of years ago. Aloe Vera contains more than 75 biologically active compounds that offer a wide array of health benefits. Let’s go over the top 5 benefits of aloe vera for your skin.
1. Aloe Vera Helps with AcneHistory has shown us the Chinese and Egyptians used aloe vera to treat burns and wounds. Perhaps that’s because aloe very is an antiseptic. This powerful healer contains compounds known to inhibit bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The antiseptic properties of aloe vera help keep the skin clear of breakouts. Salicylic acid helps exfoliate, unclog pores and acts as an anti-inflammatory on the oil glands.
2. Aloe Vera Hydrates & Smoothes SkinAloe Vera gel is 98.5% water. It’s great for hydrating the skin and helps to lock in moisture. The other 2% of ingredients contain over 200 nutrients that nourish the skin and help the top layer of cells stick together, leaving your skin smooth and soft. Additionally, aloe vera contains lignin, a natural substance that can enhance the penetrative effect of other ingredients into the skin.
3. Aloe Vera Is Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation underlies many skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema. Aloe Vera contains compounds that suppress inflammation by fighting the enzymes that trigger it.
4. Aloe Vera Slows Signs of AgingAloe Vera contains many anti-aging compounds. It’s loaded with zinc, which acts like an astringent to help tighten pores. It’s also packed with antioxidants thanks to its Vitamin C and E content. These compounds help prevent the formation of free radicals—which can cause serious signs of aging. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, Aloe Vera stimulates fibroblast activity which creates an increase in collagen production and elastin fibers. This makes the skin more elastic and less wrinkled.
5. Enzymes in Aloe Vera Slough Off Dead SkinAloe vera is packed with enzymes. These compounds speed up chemical reactions without being consumed in the creation; they also help reduce inflammation. We know that enzymes help break down food in our stomach after a meal but they can also help break down dead skin cells when used topically. How do they do this? Well, the top layer of your skin is mostly made up of dead skin cells containing keratin, a protein. Enzymes break down the keratin to remove the dead skin cells and reveal a clearer, smoother complexion. Think of it like a super gentle and natural chemical peel. This type of gentle exfoliation also helps reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines, scars, and skin discolorations.
The benefits of aloe vera for skin are clearly abundant. Get started with our Aloe Blue Anti-Aging Gel. It's formulated with aloe vera and blueberry extract for an added dose of skin-protecting antioxidants. Pair it with our Balancing Rose fine mist toner, made from rose water and aloe vera juice to hydrate, smooth, and balance skin tone.