What Makes Aloe Vera Gel So Great For Your Face and Skin: Benefits and uses of this wonder product
We are all familiar with aloe vera gel as a remedy for sunburn. And as of late, we are all aware that aloe vera gel is also used to make hand sanitizer. But aloe vera gel has many more uses and benefits. Aloe vera gel benefits the face, the skin, the hair and even the digestive system. I am only going to focus on the uses and benefits of aloe for the face and skin but thought it worth mentioning the other benefits just in case you were looking for something more to do today and wanted to look those up as well. :-)
What Makes Aloe So Good for Our Skin
So what makes aloe vera gel so very effective? Well, in February 2017 JAMA Dermatology published an article that listed the three ways that aloe vera gel’s anti-inflammatory properties work. First, it prevents blood vessel dilation in irritated areas. Second, aloe vera gel produces pain relieving salicylates as a byproduct, which any one who has ever applied aloe vera gel to a sunburn knows very well. And third, aloe vera gel inhibits the part of the immune system response that triggers inflammation.
For anyone who suffers from chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema, aloe vera gel is also known to help heal these conditions as well. This is no small feat as anyone who has battled these conditions well knows.
Studies have also shown that another use for aloe vera gel is to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and decrease a collagen-degrading gene’s expression in sun-damaged skin. This is welcome news to anyone who is greeted with sun spots when looking into the mirror. But not only that, aloe vera gel contains Vitamins C and E which help to firm and hydrate the skin. And not only does aloe vera gel hydrate the skin, it also has the ability to increase the skin’s humectancy ( which is simply the ability to increase the skin’s absorption of moisture or aiding other substances in retaining moisture). And hydrated skin is happy skin. And happy skin means a happy you. But there is another benefit to having hydrated skin beyond plumping the skin that makes us appear more youthful and gives us a glow. The more hydrated skin is, the more responsive and calm it is to treatments. Aloe vera gel can speed healing after micro needling, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Doesn’t this just keep getting better and better? Oh and I don’t want to forget that aloe vera gel, when applied topically, can help improve post-weight-loss-stretch marks.
Now the REALLY Good Stuff About Aloe Vera
But this is the REALLY good thing about aloe vera gel in my opinion (as if aloe vera gel doesn’t already deserve a trophy). When I learned this little tidbit I am about to share with you years ago, I immediately incorporated aloe vera gel into my skin care routine and haven’t looked back. While water permeates the skin up to two layers deep, aloe vera juice goes SEVEN layers deep! Aloe allows other ingredients used with it to work within the skin as well as sit on the surface. So when you rinse it off, it leaves a lasting moisture barrier on the skin. This ability to penetrate deeply is why it works so well on burns as burns usually damage several layers of skin.
The Best Aloe Vera Gel for Your Skin on the Market
And I can hear some of you already, “But I’ve tried aloe vera gel for my skin. Its so sticky or its too watery. It’s just too hard to use.” Believe me, I hear you. I have tried what feels like every aloe product on the market. I even had an aloe vera plant in my bathroom. I have purchased those GIANT aloe vera leaves you see at the grocery store in the produce section and wonder “Who buys those?” Me. That’s who. And I finally found the answer to the aloe problem. Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel. ( full disclosure: I am not an affiliate nor do I receive any sort of compensation for this endorsement.) I found this aloe vera gel on Amazon. I don’t know if they have this brand of aloe vera gel at Wal-Mart or Target. But I have found this to be the best aloe vera gel on the market. It isn’t sticky or watery. It is 99% organic and has no Xanthan so it absorbs quickly. It is also made from real aloe vera juice and not a powder. Not to mention off the charts reviews. People love this stuff and I know why. I am a total addict.
Aloe Vera Gel Highlights:
- Aloe Vera Gel has multiple benefits for face and for skin.
- Aloe Vera Gel is able to permeate seven layers of skin compared to water which can only permeate two.
- Using Aloe Vera Gel for your skin includes benefits such as helping reduce chronic skin conditions, helping to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates the skin and acts as a humectant for the skin.
- Aloe Vera Gel can speed healing after professional treatments such as micro needling, microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
- Aloe Vera Gel leaves a lasting moisture barrier on the skin
If you decide to give it a try, leave a comment and let me know what you think. After all, we are all here to help each other make Pretty Easy. :-)