We all know that aloe vera extract is used in herbal and traditional medicines the World over, and it now seems to be in everything we use, but what are the benefits of aloe vera in skin care and how does it help?
1. Anti-aging effect
Aloe vera contains vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene, which all slow the signs of aging by neutralising free radicals. Free radicals sound bad right? Why are they free?! These free radicals are molecules that come in contact with our skin from day to day activities. These molecules are missing an electron and are looking to our skin to grab electrons, which speeds up the aging process. The anti-oxidants in aloe vera, such as vitamin C, give the free radicals this electron, so that they leave our skin alone.
Aloe vera contains the growth hormones auxin and gibberellin, which have the double pronged advantages of calming a wide range of skin conditions, such as acne and erythema, by not only reducing irritable inflammations, but also promoting new cell growth.
3. Locks in moisture
When aloe vera is used in a moisturiser, it helps lock in the moisture by forming a protective film over the skin, without making it greasy. For this reason, aloe vera based moisturisers are especially good for people with oily skin.
4. Improves hair
Using aloe vera based hair products have the ability to reduce dandruff and promote hair growth, through proteolytic enzymes which repair dead skin cells. Proteolytic sounds fancy, but what is a protelytic enzyme? Basically, it is a catalyst that allows the chemical reactions to occur that lead to cell regeneration.
The above are just some of the great benefits to be gained from including aloe vera in our daily skin care routines, but the documented benefits of the aloe vera plant do not end here, with people reporting improvements when used on psoriasis, eczema, sun burns and general burns
Because of these fantastic benetis, certified organic and fair trade.aloe vera can be found in most of our Sweden Eco skin care range. Click here to check out more of our products.