Aloe vera just might be our new favorite plant. This green plant has thick, rigid leaves that shoot upwards and are rimmed with small white teeth. And, in summer, the aloe vera plant blooms into flowers at the top of each leafy spike.
If you’d never seen one before, you might suppose that aloe vera is a refugee of the paleolithic era that shoots poison when provoked. But despite its prickly exterior, aloe vera is a friendly plant. In fact, it’s so friendly, it has some surprising benefits:
Heals dry skin
Aloe vera is known to hydrate the skin and give it a natural glow. The aloe vera plant has the ability to store considerable amounts of water. Due to this, the plant has the ability to hydrate and moisturize the skin, making it perfect for people with dry and flaky skin and also helps in increasing water content in the skin.
Reduces scars and acne
Given its anti-microbial properties, aloe vera is ideal when it comes to getting rid of blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, scars, and acne. This magic ingredient is a rich source of vitamin C, and provides skin and wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation.
Aloe Vera contains collagen, which ensures that the skin remains smooth and supple. The soothing and moisturizing properties of the plant offer relief for various skin conditions like wounds, scars and other skin problems. Aloe vera has gel inside its leaves which has been used for centuries for fast healing and recovery.
Helps your skin stay young
Aloe vera is known to maintain skin elasticity and supports anti-aging. Additionally, the ingredient is also rich in vital vitamins such as vitamin E and vitamin C. A lot of beauty and personal care brands often include aloe vera in the anti-aging formulations of their skincare products because of this property. The gel found in aloe vera leaves is known to hydrate and create a soothing sensation on the skin, and also helps combat aging while preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing tanning. Aloe gel-like flesh inside the leaves contains more amino acid and moisture than its leaves and any other parts of aloe, which helps smoothen the skin damaged from UV rays and heat.