The ALOE VERA plant hails from the dry climates of India and Africa. Aloe's naturally soothing antibacterial gel offers relief from inflammation and infection.
Aloe is also a powerful astringent that absorbs excess oil. Its supply of zinc and vitamins C and E helps reduce redness and stimulate new cell growth.
Aloe’s use in herbal medicine dates back to 300 BC, powerfully treating cuts and burns, acne, scalp problems, and minor infections for all skin types.
For best results, nothing beats your own fresh supply. An aloe plant is easy to maintain either indoors or out, with indirect light and water every 7-10 days (let the soil dry out between waterings).
To harvest the mighty goo, cut a whole leaf where it meets the stem. Avoid the sappy stuff right under the surface, and scrape out the gel for immediate use, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
If you’re not the green thumb type, the goo will come to you.
To use, apply a small amount of gel directly to the affected area. Leave on for 20 minutes, several hours, or overnight, depending on your skin condition.
To avoid an adverse reaction, test a little gel on a small patch of skin on your arm or leg before using on your lovely face.
Great for :
Acne : aloe’s antimicrobial properties kill bacteria, while its cooling effect eases redness, allowing skin to heal quickly with minimal scarring
Stretch marks : aloe helps heal the minor tears in the layers of skin caused by sudden, excessive stretching
Sunburn : aloe acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish moisture and bring down inflammation, allowing faster recovery
Itchiness : rash, eczema, insect bites, even poison ivy are no match for aloe's soothing touch
Bruises : aloe’s intense moisture helps speed the healing process of broken blood vessels under the skin