7 Facts About Aloe Vera You Probably Didn't Know
There is a lot that this green succulent is capable of than just being a plant. Read some facts about aloe vera that make it the perfect skincare champion.
Aloe vera is a champion multitasker. It is not just a succulent that can last you months without much care, but it is also immensely beneficial for your skin. But these are just a few facts about aloe vera.
There is a lot more that this green succulent is capable of than just being a plant. The juice or gel cut from the plant can help cure acne, soothe burn inflammation and even moisturise your dry skin. It can even zap your cold sores.
This gel is made up of 96 percent water, a few organic and inorganic compounds as well as proteins with about 18 of the 20 amino acids and vitamins A, B, C and E. In fact, a scientific review published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology proves that “it contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.”
Apart from all these good compounds, it also contains a complex carbohydrate called acemannan. It is this complex carbohydrate that allows nutrients to reach the skin, nourish it and remove toxins from it.
Amazing Facts About Aloe Vera
Now that we’ve explained its value, let’s explain why! Here are some facts about aloe vera you probably didn’t know but should, especially if you want a glowing clear skin.
1. Aloe vera helps to clear breakouts
This green succulent contains salicylic acid and other antiseptic as well as antioxidant compounds from the family of polyphenols. These work to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Thus, clearing up your skin and reducing the production of acne.
That makes aloe vera a natural remedy for breakouts and a great skin cleanser (face wash).
One tip: before you apply aloe vera directly to your face, make sure to do a patch test on your elbow. Although it is all natural, if you have excessively sensitive skin it may cause irritation if applied directly to the face.
2. Soothes irritated skin
Among all the other goodness, aloe vera also contains fatty acids as well as an enzyme called bradykinin. This enzyme has the ability to calm and soothe inflamed skin.
In fact, if you regularly apply aloe vera skin conditions including rosacea, eczema and psoriasis can be brought under control. That’s because all of these skin conditions are linked to dry skin. And with aloe vera you moisturise your skin, reducing your chances of developing these skin conditions.
3. Moisturises dry skin and is anti-ageing
Aloe vera is also packed with enzymes, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins A, B, C, and E that work together to strengthen the skin’s barrier. This quality makes it incredibly moisturising on dry skin.
It also contains polyphenols that work against free radicals that are known to cause premature ageing. So not only do you prevent your skin from drying, you also prevent it from ageing faster.
Recent scientific reviews concur that “Mucopolysaccharides (present in aloe vera) help in binding moisture into the skin. Aloe stimulates fibroblast which produces the collagen and elastin fibers making the skin more elastic and less wrinkled.”
This particular review also adds that “It also has cohesive effects on the superficial flaking epidermal cells by sticking them together, which softens the skin. The amino acids also soften hardened skin cells and zinc acts as an astringent to tighten pores.”
“Its moisturising effects has also been studied in treatment of dry skin associated with occupational exposure where aloe vera gel gloves improved the skin integrity, decreases appearance of fine wrinkle and decreases erythema,” researchers state.
4. Reduces inflammation caused by burns
One scientific review recently found that aloe vera can speed up the rate of healing from a burn by up to nine days.
That’s because in addition to antioxidants and antiseptic properties, aloe vera also has hydrating and healing abilities. But before you test this out on a burn, we suggest speaking to a dermatologist.
5. Treats cold sores
Aloe vera also has antiviral properties and provides a soothing relief to irritated skin.
Recent reviews suggest that the antiviral actions “May be due to indirect or direct effects. Indirect effect is due to stimulation of the immune system and direct effect is due to anthraquinones. The anthraquinone aloin inactivates various enveloped viruses such as herpes simplex, varicella zoster and influenza.”
6. Is a natural makeup remover
This multitasking plant also has the ability to act as a makeup remover. It’s gel like consistency enables it to easily remove makeup residue left on the face and its moisturising properties keep the skin supple after deep cleansing.
It’s a great alternative for those who cannot use chemical cleansers or cosmetic makeup removers.
7. Acts as a laxative
It has been proved that aloe vera also does wonders for your bowel system. “Anthraquinones present in latex are a potent laxative.
It increases intestinal water content, stimulates mucus secretion and increases intestinal peristalsis,” researchers claim.
So the next time you wonder if there is any use of that aloe vera plant you may have ignored, think again. It can be the best thing that ever happened to your skin.