Did you know that there are over 200 varieties of aloe plant known. And out of them only 4 are used in cosmetics or medicine to help improve our health.
The plant originates from Soudan and has been popular for over 6,000 years.
In Ancient Egypt, aloe vera was used to treat skin disorders and burns as well as in the embalming process. This earned it the nickname “plant of immortality”.
It is also said that Cleopatra used to apply the gel substance onto her face.
Greek and Romans used it too and they are the ones that brought the knowledge of aloe vera healing properties to Western medicine. In Asia, Aloe vera has been playing a great part in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.
What is so good about Aloe vera you’ll ask me?
The jelly like substance trapped inside the leaves contains 75 minerals (think Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper all helping with skin repair) and vitamins (includes antioxidant vitamins A, C and E and skin-building B vitamins). These do wonders for the human body.
But that’s not it, the miraculous plant also contains :
Enzymes that are anti-inflammatory.
Polysaccharides that are known to hydrate the skin and may also boost the immune system,
Salicylic acid which is closely related to aspirin, offering analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
And finally Saponins, a soap like substance having antibacterial properties.
Amazing isn’t it?
So what does it do to the skin exactly?
It’s high content in vitamins makes it very nourishing but also slows down the ageing process of the skin. If you suffer from oily skin, know that it won’t make it greasy either due to the gel like texture.
Vitamin E makes it a great antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radicals!
Finally, aloe vera being a very gentle ingredient, is a very safe ingredient to use on delicate areas of the body such as the face and around the eyes.
We use the amazing aloe vera in our cleansing cream.
Maya xCari Corbet-Owen