Native to East and South Africa, aloe vera has long been considered a miracle plant. In Ancient Egypt, it was called “blood of the gods” and “immortal plant”. It is a short-stemmed shrub belonging to the lily family. Over centuries, aloe vera has gained widespread popularity. Its leaves contain a clear gel that is harvested for use in beauty and skincare products. The plant is also used in herbal remedies and medicine.
1. Nature's Moisturiser
Aloe vera helps soften and hydrate skin without forming a greasy film or clogging pores. It can be used for deep hydration of severely dehydrated skin or as a soothing aftershave balm.
2. Skin cell restoration and renewal
Studies show that aloe vera can help accelerate the production of new skin cells by as much as eight times. For this reason, it is used to treat first- and second-degree burns, cuts, sunburn, and other injuries. By expediting cell regeneration, aloe vera helps to even out the skin tone and fade the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Aloe Vera contains vitamins C and E, which have anti-inflammatory properties that target blemishes and fine lines. It also helps increase the production of collagen.
3. Targets acne
Aloe vera has antimicrobial properties and cleanses and protects against bacteria while soothing redness and irritation. It works as an astringent to clear skin of surface impurities and tighten pores. By encouraging the growth of new skin cells, it also helps to fade acne scars.
Aloe vera is suitable for most skin types. As it clarifies excess sebum while soothing and hydrating skin, it is an effective multi-tasker that can be used on oily or combination skin. It can also help moisturise dry skin and soothe sensitive skin.
Aloe vera is extremely gentle and can be used alongside many other products.