Aloe Vera, listed on most skin care products as Aloe Barbadensis, is a superpower in plain sight. The clear gel harvested from the inner leaves of this desert succulent is widely loved and best known for its ability to treat minor burns and soothe sunburn-singed skin yet it is a potent anti-aging ingredient. Comprised of 99% water, its power-wielding 1% of nearly 100 phyto-nutrients, including vitamins, enzymes, sugars, amino acids and minerals, works magic in both healing and rejuvenating skin.
WHY WE LOVE IT
Aloe vera is filled with a variety of active nutrients with powerfully healing, anti-inflammatory, cell-renewing and moisturizing impacts on skin. Its particular mineral content helps normalize cell function and boost healthy collagen production while high levels of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E protect skin from free radical damage and premature aging.
Aloe vera in skin care is also anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, helping heal acne and calm irritation.
But, the reason we love it most is its unique make-up of polysaccharides and carbohydrates that penetrate deeply into the skin, bind to moisture and actually help skin regenerate and repair quickly. No other plant matches this effect on skin.
- Aloe makes a simple and pure DIY hydrating toner or aftershave. Keep a spray bottle in the refrigerator and mist on skin morning, night and after shaving.
- Aloe vera in skin care has been shown to reduce the formation of hyperpigmentation by the presence of anthraquinones which help block melanin production.
- Aloe Vera juice, available in health food stores, can be taken as a supplement to hydrate and repair skin from within, boost the immune system and maintain intestinal health. It is a popular remedy to treat the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and IBS. It’s powerful stuff, so start small with one tablespoon a day and work up to 2 oz., mixing into your morning smoothie where you won’t taste it at all. Keep open bottles refrigerated at all times.
FIND IT IN
Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer, Red Flower Arctic Berry Cloud Milk Cream, Mio Future Proof Firming Active Body Butter