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5 Reasons Your Skin Needs Aloe Vera

Posted on 16 August 2016

Got an Aloe Vera plant in your yard? No? Then time to go out and get one, because its one incredibly amazing plant and your skin will be forever thankful.

Here’s why: 

  1. Sunburn
I think we all know this one, aloe helps relief the pain of sunburn. The clear gel inside the leaf has an immediate soothing effect and places a protective coat over the affected area, speeding the rate of healing.
Now for some more uses that are not so well known…
  1. Eczema and psoriasis flare-ups

Applied topically aloe is said to reduce inflammation, swelling, and itching caused by eczema and psoriasis flare-ups.  As it doesn't require a prescription or even a visit to the doctor's office, then I say give it a go and see if it works for you! 

  1. Cold Sores

Cold sores are the bane of my existence (my most important first world problem in fact). In my opinion, nothing beats a good dose of Zovirax, but when you’re in a jam and the pharmacy is closed, its time to turn to aloe.

  1. Acne
Yep, studies have shown that topical aloe vera does heal acne faster when used alongside a retin-A cream. But its doesn’t prevent new breakouts unfortunately.
  1. Bug bites

Let me tell you, I am irresistible to bugs. A little bit of aloe gel (along with a fingernail ‘X’ on the bite) helps to reduce the itching, redness and swelling. The antibacterial properties of the gel also help to prevent infection from scratching the bites too.

How do you actually use the plant you ask?

For your skin, you want the clear jelly like gel found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf. To get to the gel, simply break off a leaf, cut it in half along its length and apply the inner pulp to the affected area.

Handy hint!

You could try freezing aloe gel ice cubes to pop out and use when needed. Or if, like me, you’re not that organised and don’t have room in your freeze just stick an aloe leaf from your fridge to cool it down before squeezing it on. 

 

There are a heap of other benefits that aloe can provide, but before you rely on aloe for anything or everything – do your research.  Whilst using aloe on your skin is safe, please think twice about taking it orally. It not only tastes gross (really gross), it can also harm you. So please please please check with your doctor before you start making yourself aloe smoothies or juices. It’s not enough to rely on your intuition or advice given to you by your next door neighbour (no offence Frank) or a blogger from the other side of the world.

Finally, aloe is a succulent, so if like me, you don’t happen to have a green thumb, no worries – its pretty hard to kill.  But if the pressure of growing anything is too much you can find all sorts of products containing aloe in pharmacists.

With love,

Annaliese

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