All hail Aloe Vera.
Not only does it have an interesting chemical structure, but it also has a real affinity with the skin.
- Wound Healing
- Acne Treating
- Anti Inflammatory
- It’s a great ‘after sun’ ingredient, helping to take the fire out of the itch
These are just some of the awesome topical benefits of Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe Vera Gel Benefits
Why is Aloe Vera gel so good for the skin?
This is due to its chemical composition – it is made up of moisturising and hydrating polysaccharides.
These polysaccharides are hygroscopic, meaning they are water-loving and provide a type of moisture ‘mesh’ over the skin.
This mesh is like a waterproof coating that helps to preserve the skin, keeping it hydrated and healthy. The perfect antidote to dehydrated skin, it restores youthfulness and plumps lines.
For this reason, it is at the top of the list in H₂O Hydrating Complex, which has an ingredient list that reads like a refreshing drink for the skin.
Extraction of the Gel
Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel when broken.
This gel can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe inflamed skin.
Traditionally, extracting the gel was carried out by pulling down the leaf at the edges; a process referred to as “Filleted Aloe Vera”.
But there is a problem with this method.
The part of the leaf which sits just behind the skin of the rind is 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 break 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 use 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.
The Naked Truth
Interestingly, Aloe Vera can be used as an Acne Treatment.
The gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins; these hormones provide wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties in the body.
Giberellin is known to act as a growth hormone, stimulating the growth of new cells and allowing the skin to heal quickly and naturally with little scarring.
With all these wonderful benefits, it’s no wonder Aloe Vera is used closely with skin treatments.