Our Guide To Skincare Ingredients: All You Need To Know About Aloe Vera
In this series , we will take a closer look at “cult” skincare ingredients that have taken industry by storm. In this first article , we will be answering 3 top questions about Aloe Vera :
-What is it?
-Why does it matter?
-How should you use it?
Let’s dive right in !
What is Aloe Vera ?
Aloe Vera is a plant in the Aloe family. It is said to have originated in the Arabian Peninsula, and first written records of the plant’s use for medicinal properties date back to hieroglyphic tablets during the Mesopotamia civilization.
Basically, we’ve been knowing about the power of Aloe Vera !
In fact, in Ancient Egypt, it was considered as the “Plant of immortality”, used regularly by Queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra in their daily beauty routines.
Why does it matter?
So now that we have gotten the little history lesson out of the way, let’s talk about the benefits of Aloe Vera. Why were queens obsessed with it and why is the beauty industry following suit?
Well, it all goes back to what is in the plant. Aloe Vera is packed with:
- Antioxydant vitamins : Vitamins A, C , E
- Folic Acid , known to aid with premature aging
- Anti-inflammation and antiseptic compounds
- Salicylic acid, known for its exfoliating properties.
- Mucopolysaccharides , a molecule chain with hydrating properties
Making it a true superhero skincare plant. Indeed, Aloe Vera has been proven to help :
- Soothe sunburns or irritated skin.
- Help fade dark spots.
- Moisturize dry skin.
- Tighten pores.
- Heal wounds
How should you use it?
Aloe Vera comes in different forms : powder, gel , liquid. It can be bought in drugstores or used fresh.
Now that you’ve chosen your Aloe Vera form, know that it can be used :
- As a DIY mask : find a DIY recipe that works for you and leave the mask on for no longer that 10 minutes.
- In skincare products : While a lot of skincare products contain aloe Vera , they don’t necessarily have a high quantity of it. If that is what you are looking for, make sure that Aloe Vera is listed in the first few ingredients in the Ingredient list.
- Ointment : applied to soothe superficial wounds
- Shaving cream : the gel protects and hydrates the skin also allowing the razor to glide over the skin without causing irritation.
As with all ingredients, start with a patch test : Apply a small amount to your skin ( on your arm or thigh) to test for an allergic reaction before using it on your face.
Also, talk to your dermatologist if you have specific skin problems you’re looking to treat.
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