Last week we looked at one of the main ingredients found in Jules of the Earth’s All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover. This week we are going to look at another great natural ingredient found in this product, Aloe Vera.
Also known by its scientific name, Aloe Barbadensis Miller, Aloe Vera is a subtropical plant that is part of the Liliaceae family, and found in parts of India and Africa. It is one of over 250 known aloe species and has been used for centuries for its many healing and medicinal properties. The Egyptians referred to it as the plant of immortality.
The leaves of an Aloe Vera plant secrete a clear gel. Its this gel that can be used on the skin as a topical treatment to heal wounds and burns. Aloe Vera contains a number of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and antioxidants that are beneficial for our skin, hair and bodies. It has been found to be beneficial for the treatment of a variety of skin conditions, cosmetic ailments and hair and scalp issues, as well as in treating burns, wounds, cysts, skin infections, elevated blood lipids and diabetes. Studies are also finding that it shows some promise in the treatment of conditions that are more persistent and serious, such as dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, genital herpes, skin ulcers and canker sores. Let’s take a look at all this wonderful plant can do for us.
Antibacterial and Antioxidant Properties
Aloe Vera has some powerful antioxidants that are part of the polyphenol family, which can help block bacteria growth that causes inflammation and infections.
Heals Burns Fast
Aloe Vera was most commonly used as a topical medication for sores, cuts burns and sunburn. Experimental studies have shown that it can reduce the time it takes to heal burns when compared to conventional medicines.
Using Aloe Vera topically on your face has been shown to slow ageing of the skin due to its ability to increase the production of collagen, improving the skins elasticity. Its the abundance of antioxidants found in Aloe Vera, such as Vitamin C, beta carotene and Vitamin E that help to improve the natural firmness of our skin.
Helps Reduce Acne And Lightens Blemishes
Aloe Vera has been used as an acne remedy that reduces acne scarring, and the antimicrobial properties found in Aloe Vera help to reduce inflammation and redness that you can get with acne. There are two hormones found in Aloe Vera gel, Gibberellins and auxin. Both of these hormones provide healing to wounds and have the anti-inflammatory properties needed to lessen inflammation in the skin. The giberellin found in Aloe Vera acts as a growth hormone that stimulates new cell growth, allowing the skin to quickly heal with minimal scarring.
Wonderful Natural Moisturiser
Aloe Vera can be used as a daily skin moisturiser because it not only cleanses, but softens the skin and does so without clogging up your pores. It doesn’t leave any greasy residue behind and is perfect for all skin types.
Remedy For Sunburn
Its the powerful healing at the skins epithelial level (layer of cells that covers our body) that makes Aloe Vera beneficial in healing sunburned skin. It not only acts as a protective layer, but also helps to replenish the skins lost moisture.
Reduces Appearance Of Stretch Marks
Our skin is able to expand and contract as needed to accommodate growth. However, when the skin has been stretched too far, such as in pregnancy or from rapid weight gain, it can damage the elasticity of the skin, leaving behind stretch marks which are minor tears in the layers of the skin. Aloe Vera can help to heal these tears and minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
Treats Periodontal Disease
Aloe Vera has been used, according to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, to treat gum diseases, such as periodonitis and gingivitis. It also helps to reduce gum swelling, inflammation and bleeding. It also has powerful antiseptic properties and its antifungal properties are a great benefit for those that wear dentures, have mouth ulcers or cracking and splitting at the corners of the mouth.
Aloe Vera gel has over 75 different nutrients, which include minerals, vitamins, sugars, enzymes, lignin, phenolic compounds, sterols, saponins, salicylic acid and amino acids. This means it has many benefits for us internally as well as externally. Its used to aid in digestion and has been prescribed as a treatment for rheumatism and arthritis. You may have noticed health stores selling Aloe Vera juice as a treatment to regulate and balance the digestive system.
So, Aloe Vera has a lot of beneficial properties and is another wonderful ingredient that Jules of the Earth has used to create her All In One Facial Cleanser And Make-up Remover. It not only cleans, but protects the skin against premature ageing. You can’t beat that!
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