Did you know there are about a thousand Aloe Vera skin benefits and uses? From collagen production to relieving dandruff, Aloe Vera gel has you covered for whatever your concerns may be.

Why Does Aloe Benefit the Skin?

Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells.  Aloe allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.   It is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal!  You can see why it’s excellent for acne. Aloe contains antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin C and E.   These are amazing qualities that make aloe excellent for moisturizing and anti aging! 

While most dry skin needs more than aloe to be moisturized enough on its own, it can be a fantastic moisturizer for oilier skin types. It is oil free, light and locks in moisture without feeling contributing to your own oils. When applied to the skin, aloe vera gel has been shown to help fight bacteria, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing. Aloe vera contains lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols, and sulfur, all of which kill bacteria that might cause acne.

 

Aloe Vera Gel May Help Hyperpigmentation and Collagen Production-

According to one study, when applied four times per day for 15 days, aloe was found to be effective in treating UV-induced and post-acne hyperpigmentation. Another study found that the topical application of aloe can inhibit hyperpigmentation from producing more melanin, the pigment that, when overproduced, causes dark spots to form.     In addition to its ability to help replenish and retain moisture in the skin, aloe also stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen and elastin fibers in the skin—all of which are what we need to keep skin hydrated, firm, and supple. Collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid decline naturally with age. 

 

How to Use an Aloe Vera Plant:

It might seem daunting to grow your own aloe plant and actually use it, but whole aloe leaves can be purchased in some specialty grocery stores. When you break one open, you don’t really get much of a “gel” consistency, the slimy sliver that is inside the green exterior can be rubbed on the skin to relieve cuts and burns and other skin concerns. You can rub the aloe sliver on your skin as a moisturizer or mask as well. You can even freeze cut aloe squares to prolong the shelf life. If you put the insides of the leaf in your blender or food processor you can make the gel that we are used to in a bottle. If this is the method you choose to use aloe, be sure to store it in the fridge. Without a preservative, your handmade aloe gel will go bad within weeks.

 

Word to the wise when purchasing bottled aloe, be sure to check the ingredients. Many bottles of “pure aloe” contain many additional ingredients that may or may not be compatible with your skin’s needs.

Have additional skin concerns? Contact ToxBar! Our knowledgeable mother and daughter duo, Emily and Tracy, will be happy to talk through your options and what benefits they may offer for your needs in particular. ToxBar is an aesthetic boutique specializing in Neurotoxin, Derma Fillers and Microneedling. Located inside a clothing boutique, it combines the personalized attention and skill of a medical spa and combines it with the look of a beauty counter. We look forward to working with you!

 

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