Aloe Vera has long been a bathroom cupboard staple for generations, often for treating the skin for sunburn and for its medicinal properties, but how much do we know about this biological plant and its proven skin healing abilities? There are a wide range of products easily accessible with Aloe Vera extract in the supermarket from skincare to supplements and Aloe Vera can also be found in nutritional food and drink from yogurt to juices. Aloe Vera originates from the Arabian Desert and was discovered as far back as the 4th Century BC and now has a world annual market value of $13 billion. There are over 500 species of Aloe Vera in existence across the globe, from Middle East, Africa to India.
Aloe Vera is a green plant with potent and beneficial components, from the clear gel that forms inside, the ‘Aloe Vera Gel’ to the leaf itself. The plant has active compounds, such as vitamins, minerals, sugars, enzymes, salicylic acid and amino acid, which has incredible benefits on the skin. Recently there has been a surge of new botanical extracts introduced to the skincare industry and whilst these may be new and trendy, Aloe Vera is tested and trusted for centuries, backed up my scientific research.
The most common use for Aloe Vera is to soothe sunburn by providing deep moisture and healing the affected area. The compound ‘Aloin’ in the Aloe Vera Plant has anti-inflammatory properties that encourage the skin healing process, whilst an antioxidant protein, ‘Metallothionein’, treats damage caused by harmful UV rays. Aloe Vera’s hydrating powers also prevent peeling, which often follows on from initial sunburn.
Hyperpigmentation can be caused by a number of environmental reasons from too much sun exposure, acne, changing hormones, and aging in general. They are very tough to remove once they appear, but thankfully ‘aloesin’ found in Aloe Vera can tackle uneven skin tone and help to lighten the affected area if applied regularly to the skin and most importantly prevent future pigmentation by inhibiting excess ‘melanin’ the pigment that causes dark spots to appear in the first place.
Aloe Vera has unparalleled moisturising benefits, in particular the leaf of the plant is rich in mineral water, especially in the inner layer, which contains natural sugars that help to intensely hydrate the skin and retain moisture. ‘Mucopolysaccharides’ another active compound found in the Aloe Vera plant has also been proven to increase the water levels found in the outer layer of our skin, providing much needed daily relief for dry skin.
Aloe Vera contributes to healthy and glowing skin, and can help to prevent signs of premature ageing from fine lines and wrinkles. The replenishing power of Aloe Vera stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin fibres in the skin, essential for maintaining firm and supple skin.
Dermatologists suggest, Aloe Vera has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities, with natural sources of salicylic acid, which can help treat acne prone skin and prevent breakouts from those pesky blackheads and whiteheads.
Aloe Vera can improve skin conditions from Eczema to Psoriasis, which is caused by inflammation of the skin, which can make the affected area prone to bacterial infections. Aloe Vera’s antiseptic properties fight against fungi, bacteria and viruses and can help reduce the redness and irritation by these inflammatory skin disorders.
We use Aloe Vera Leaf Powder in our “Vitamin ACE Facial Serum”, alongside natural extracts of Carrot infusion, Orange Essential Oil, Sweet Fennel Seed Oil and Grapefruit Oil. If applied twice daily, the intense yet lightweight serum, works deep into the skin to boost radiance and vitality.