Aloe vera is well known for being an exceptional skin care remedy for minor burns and skin irritation, but is aloe vera plant good for your face?
I always knew about aloe plant and its benefits but procrastination and laziness (gasp!) kept me from keeping a fresh plant as a home remedy. Well, it all changed when I got tired of putting stuff on my face with crazy ingredients that only irritated it more. I bought a small plant and never looked back since. I use it as a mask, an exfoliant and a moisturizer. How? Here are my personal opinions on aloe plant’s benefits:
It literally rejuvenated the skin! It’s like a tall glass of water for your face!
Soothes, reduces inflammation and calms the skin with consistent use The skin is baby soft with consistent use
There are not many drawbacks. The only thing (in my opinion) is the messy part of cutting the stem in half and spreading it all over your face. You instantly become un-kissable (at least until it dries) since aloe juice is bitter, but it’s nothing drastic. So, why do I think Aloe is so amazing?
This desert plant is not only medicinally beneficial, but it is an optimal cosmetic ingredient when used in skin care products or on its own. It is packed with active compounds that benefit the skin, such as mucopolysaccharides, which fight bacteria and help to rebuild new tissue, and flavonoid antioxidants to protect skin cells from damage. Keeping an aloe plant in the house is a great way to have a pure source of this skin-softening, anti-wrinkle remedy on hand.
For years, holistic beauty specialists have known that Aloe has the unique ability to stimulate cell renewal. Yet, until recently, no one knew why this was true. Now research is underway to discover the key to Aloe’s cell proliferating properties.
In studies conducted by Dr. Ivan E. Danhof, M.D., Ph.D., president of North Texas Research Laboratories and a retired Professor of Physiology from the University of Texas, the interior gel from Aloe Vera was found to increase production of human fibroblast cells six to eight times faster than normal cell reproduction.
Fibroblast cells are found in the dermis of the skin and are responsible for fabricating collagen (hence the plumping effect!!!), the skin’s support protein. During sun exposure and through normal aging processes, fibroblasts slow their collagen production. As aging continues, the quality of collagen is lessened and wrinkling becomes deeper. Dr. Danhof found that not only did aloe improve fibroblast cell integrity, the gel also quickened the making of collagen.
So, next time you feel like a quick pick-me-up at home, grab this wonder plant and giver yourself and your skin a natural lift!