Aloe Vera Is a Hidden Treasure! Here Are 7 Smart Ways to Use It
By now, I think most of us have heard of aloe vera at some point or another. Whether we think of it as a pretty houseplant that’s easy to take care of or a sunburn remedy, this succulent is slowly (but surely!) taking over the beauty industry as well.
And while you may think that it’s a revolutionary natural treatment, the health benefits of aloe vera have been known for millenia. That’s right: more than 2000 years ago, Greek scientists referred to aloe vera as ‘the universal panacea,’ while the Egyptians called it ‘the plant of immortality.’
Is aloe vera that good?
Nowadays, we know that aloe vera doesn’t literally help you live forever – but it does help you live a healthier life naturally.
According to Lian A. Mack, MD, dermatologist, this plant is a natural healing agent for your skin due to its high content of antioxidants, vitamins and enzymes.
The plant initially appeared in Ancient Egypt. To survive the harsh weather conditions there, it started storing water in its leaves – hence its ability of keeping the skin hydrated and clear.
Therefore, aloe vera is an eco-friendly way of improving your skin and overall health – but be careful! ‘Natural’ doesn’t always mean ‘safe,’ since some people can still experience allergic reactions. If you’ve never used aloe vera before, it’s best to test the plant on a small portion of skin to make sure you’re not hypersensitive to it.
With that in mind, today experts show us 7 clever ways of using aloe vera to improve your skin starting today:
This wonder plant is extremely rich in complex carbohydrates, a key property that makes it a natural moisturizer. That’s exactly why you’ve probably noticed so many beauty products containing aloe vera. Due to its healing properties, this type of succulent can also work wonders for sunburns as it soothes and hydrates the skin.
You can use the plant itself to rub its content directly on the skin or pick a high-quality natural moisturizer from the market, such as this one.
Dr. Mack explains that aloe vera may also be an effective treatment for acne. However, note that it only shows beneficial effects for superficial surface acne rather than its chronic alternatives (cystic or deeper acne).
Therefore, if you’re struggling with whiteheads, you can just dab the gooey substance in aloe vera to reduce the temporary inflammation.
Recently, oil-based makeup removers have gained popularity due to the fact that they leave the skin hydrated. However, this type of products can irritate sensitive areas of the face such as the skin around the eyes.
Since aloe vera is natural and very nutrient-rich, it can be a gentle way of removing makeup after a long day while keeping your skin look fresh.
Bug bite relief
According to Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, New York City-based dermatologist, aloe vera can relieve unpleasant reactions caused by common bug bites (think mosquitos). The content of this plant calms inflamed areas.
Captain’s Tip: Combine aloe vera with hydrocortisone to enhance its beneficial impact and reduce the itchiness as well!
Healing damaged skin
I’ve already mentioned the beneficial impact aloe vera has for sunburns. However, other serious conditions such as Psoriasis or Eczema can damage the skin severely if left untreated; that’s because most skin illnesses affect the natural protective barrier of the skin.
Factors such as cold weather or internal infections such as strep can also leave our skin exposed and sensitive.
Since aloe vera can hydrate your skin so well, it replenishes the moisture of the skin – which is usually compromised by most skin conditions.
Captain’s Tip: Got razor burn? Dab some aloe vera on the affected area and it will be good as new in no time!
Puffy eyes treatment
Whether we talk about puffy eyes or under-eye bags, aloe vera can be a great way of regaining your youth in this area. This plant works great for reducing inflammation and it’s also rich in antioxidants, which can help to reduce water retention around the eyes.
All you have to do is to apply the gel found in aloe vera leaves under the eyes; this way, you can improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation locally.
This magical plant can deeply soothe the skin, which makes it a crucial asset for sensitive areas such as those caused by breastfeeding. Because it’s natural, you can also safely use it without worrying about the baby accidentally ingesting small quantities.
However, since newborns and small babies are also sensitive to new substances, it’s best to use a product rich in aloe vera like this one that’s especially designed for breastfeeding.
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Have you ever used aloe vera? If so, how did it work for you? Share your experience in the comment section and let’s keep each other healthy and beautiful!