Belonging to the Liliaceae family, Aloe Vera is a succulent plant and has been used by mankind for thousands of years for its many beneficial properties, and there are many given that it contains over 200 active components. Therapeutic use aside, today we’ll discuss benefits of aloe vera for skin.
Though many products with the plant’s extracts are available in the market, one can also plant aloe vera at home and use it fresh! Available in the form of gel, oil, juice/pulp, creams, soaps, tablets and powders, aloe vera is traditional medicine’s cosmetic gift to modernity.
With great anti-inflammatory, healing and soothing properties, thanks to the hormones Auxin and Gibberellins, it has been used widely for treating blemishes, skin ulcers, skin rashes and acne, among a slew of other skin problems.
But the plant’s most popular cosmetic use remains as an anti-aging agent. Aloe vera makes skin soft by rejuvenating skin cells and removing dead ones. Full of antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin C and E, aloe also delays visible signs of ageing, like wrinkles and spots by keeping it hydrated. It is for these properties that aloe vera is also used to treat stretch marks. Stretched to an unsightly level by factors like pregnancy and obesity, stretch marks can be made less visible with aloe, thanks to its rejuvenating properties!
The plant also has cooling properties. It gives instant relief from sunburns and is thus used widely in the summers.