- It treats wounds
- It can treat acne
- Anti Inflammatory
- It treats sunburn
- It acts as a moisturiser
These are just some of the awesome topical benefits of Aloe Vera gel.
It’s a great ‘after sun’ ingredient, taking the fire out of the itch.
ALOE VERA GEL
So why is Aloe Vera gel so good for the skin?
It has a really interesting chemical structure, it is made up of moisturising and hydrating polysaccharides.
These polysaccharides are hygroscopic, this means they are water loving and provide a type of moisture mesh over the skin.
This mesh is like a waterproof coating, helping to preserve the skin and keeping it hydrated and healthy.
So it’s great for keeping parched, dehydrated skin types plump.
PROPERTIES OF ALOE VERA GEL
- Rich in essential Vitamins, Trace Minerals and Amino Acids
Extraction of the Gel
Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel, when broken off, can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.
Traditionally extracting the gel, was carried out by pulling down the leaf at the edges.
This is a process known as filleted Aloe Vera.
There is however a problem with this method
The part of the leaf which sits just behind the skin of the rind is actually toxic, these toxins are known as Aloins, and can easily find their way into the end product, contaminating the gel.
To avoid this problem, the gel has to go through a process, to turn it into a commercially acceptable product.
This is carried out by large machines, which remove the spines and breaks down the leaf, before it is pulped to extract the gel.
The Aloe Vera gel is then pasteurised and stabilised, during this process the Aloins are also completely removed, so the product is safe to use.
Careful selection of the Aloe Vera you used is important.
If you can get access to a whole plant that is ideal, because at least you know you are taking advantage of the skin loving properties from the real plant.
ALOE AS AN ACNE TREATMENT
Interestingly Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins.
These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties in the body.
Giberellin is known to act as a growth hormone, it stimulates the growth of new cells, allowing the skin to heal quickly and naturally with little scarring.