Topical uses of aloe extend past providing comfort for sun blistered skin

Aloe Vera has made its way into a variety of health and beauty products, including soaps, lotions, and hair care (1). The healing properties have been shown to be effective at treating and preventing dandruff and other dry skin conditions (1).

Aloe vera is a common resource for individuals who practice complementary and alternative medicine, as the bio-active qualities allow nutrients to penetrate the outer layer of skin, soothing conditions such as eczema and psoriasis (1). One study that examined the use of aloe vera for the purpose of wound healing revealed that it is effective in reducing pain following an operation, reduces healing time, and can provide analgesic or pain remedy following surgery (2).

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Aloe Vera as a natural anti-aging ingredient

The ability for the nutrients to penetrate the outer layer of skin, coupled with the healing qualities of aloe vera, makes it a great addition to any skin care routine (1). When applied topically, aloe vera has been shown to stimulate cells within the skin to aid in the facilitation of increasing skin collagen, making it firmer and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (1).

Pave the path to clearer skin with aloe vera

Many traditional skin care products can be irritating to sensitive skin, causing reddening, flaking, and other uncomfortable conditions, making them counterproductive for many skin types. However, the healing qualities of aloe vera can help to reduce inflammation and aid in soothing irritation (1).

Additionally, aloe vera contains a number of components that have been shown to be effective at reducing the presence of acne and acne scars. The salicylic acid that is found naturally in aloe vera is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, also providing effective exfoliation, allowing the skin to be rejuvenated (1).

Healing from the inside out with aloe vera

When taken internally, aloe vera can help to stabilize blood sugar levels, reduce the severity of a variety of digestive issues including irritable bowel syndrome, and can aid in restoring joint flexibility, reducing the impedance associated with various arthritis conditions (3).