Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant that has thick green leaves. According to wikipedia, 6000 year old stone carvings in Egypt contain images of the plant, which they referred to as the “plant of immortality”. It was given as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. It’s very common knowledge that Aloe Vera is used for burns and sunburn. However, there are many more uses than people realize. Here are four wonderful ways to get the health benefit of aloe vera:
1. Makeup Remover – Nature provides the answer to safely removing your eye makeup and gentle for the delicate skin around your eyes. Aloe is a perfect alternative to oil based removers, plus you know exactly what ingredients being applied on your skin. Refrigerated Aloe Vera Gel soaked in cotton balls also provide a great compress for tired, puffy eyes.2. Skin & Sunburn Soother – Acne, eczema, and skin irritation respond well to the natural antiseptics in Aloe. Apply gel 2-3 times a day to the area until it is healed. Aloe also contains cooling properties similar to menthol which makes it a great way to sooth sunburns. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. When the skin is hydrated, then it will recover faster from the sunburn.3. Natural Shaving Gel and Aftershave – Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory thanks to its enzymes and with its high water content, it is very hydrating. It provides a smooth surface on your skin giving you a very close shave. Aloe also can be used as an aftershave to prevent razor burn.
4. Wrinkle Repair – Skin loves Vitamins C and E which are present in Aloe, helping to improve skins firmness and keep it hydrated. Combining virgin coconut oil can make a creamier way to supplement nutrients, essential fats and moisture. Aloe Vera gel penetrates skin almost four times faster than water, and its super emollient qualities help it moisturize the under layers of skin.