Aloe vera is a go-to for dry and dehydrated skin because of its nourishing, soothing, and healing properties.
It’s no surprise that, in just a few years, this plant has become a key ingredient in many cosmetics, including many DIY recipes popular on social media.
Here are a few compelling reasons to incorporate aloe vera into your beauty regimen.
Aloe vera, a time-honored plant, grew originally in warm-weather regions, countries, and continents, particularly in North Africa, South America, and the Mediterranean.
It is distinguished by its ability to store a large amount of water in its leaves, as well as by its numerous active compounds, which provide a variety of benefits.
In cosmetics, it is aloe vera gel, extracted from the leaf using a special pressing technique, which delivers its many virtues to skin.
Because of its high water concentration, aloe vera gel is known for its powerful hydrating power, whether for skin or hair.
As well as helping to maintain a certain water level in skin cells, it also has the advantage of nourishing the skin without leaving a greasy film.
As a result, skin is hydrated in a deep and lasting way, without any stickiness. In this sense, the succulent plant, rich in vitamins and minerals, is a major ally for dry and dehydrated skin, in winter as in summer.
Soothing and repairing
Used for centuries to treat many ailments, aloe vera is bursting with benefits for the skin, and for all skin types. Beyond its moisturizing powers, aloe vera gel also has healing, antioxidant and regenerating properties.
Cleopatra’s beauty ally – nonetheless – is therefore also helpful in fighting acne and certain signs of aging.
Moreover, the plant is said to soothe skin that’s irritated or prone to itching, and other skin inflammations. It could also help soothe insect bites, sunburn and even razor burn.
Where to find it
Most cosmetics brands now offer beauty essentials based on aloe vera. Simply choose the product best suited to your skin type and your needs.
Aloe vera gel can be found in the form of make-up remover, lotion, cream, or mask, and in products for the face as well as for the body.
However, it’s wise to choose organic products or better still, to make your own aloe vera gel or juice.
This is perfectly possible provided that you can get your hands on aloe vera leaves from which to extract the coveted substance.