The aloe vera is a succulent plant from the family of aloacées that grows in dry and desert areas. It has been cultivated since Antiquity for its medicinal properties, especially its ability to heal and repair the skin. Even today, aloe vera, and more precisely its pulp, is acclaimed by manufacturers and by fans of “homemade” cosmetics for its composition rich in minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. A shock cocktail for a fresh and healthy complexion, but not only!
The benefits of aloe vera for the skin
Due to its composition of essential nutrients, aloe vera gel is a product of choice for the face and body’s care. Its virtues are multiple: it soothes, cleanses, repairs, and helps the skin to maintain a good level of hydration. All skin types can benefit from its benefits, as long as you do not suffer from skin sensitivity (the plant naturally contains salicylic acid, a very interesting ingredient when you have acne but can be irritating for a patient with sensitive skin).
Aloe vera gel can be applied pure on the epidermis, but it is more effective (and more pleasant on the skin) when mixed with vegetable oils as part of a “homemade” preparation.
The virtues of aloe vera for hair
The skin is not the only one that can benefit from the benefits of aloe vera. Indeed, the hair, as well as the scalp, are crazy about its regulatory, soothing, and revitalizing capacities. The pure gel can be applied to the lengths, to discipline them and protect them from external aggressions. It is also very effective in restoring definition and elasticity to curly hair. Mixed with a vegetable oil such as coconut or neem, it makes a very good soothing and anti-itchy mask for the scalp. All you have to do is leave the preparation on your head for a few minutes and then wash your hair as usual. The relief is immediate! Thanks to its moisturizing properties and its non-greasy texture, aloe vera is also a very good ingredient to add to all your “homemade” hair recipes: shampoo, conditioner, moisturizing mist, etc.
How to choose the right aloe vera?
The succulent being very trendy for a few years, many natural or organic brands now offer their aloe vera gel. Not all are created equal, and it is important to take a few precautions to ensure you are using a quality gel:
- Aloe vera, and especially the gel from its pulp, must be the main component of the product, and therefore the first in the list of ingredients printed on the gel packaging. If “Aloe barbadensis leaf juice” is not in pole position, the product may not be as effective. Also, watch out for products that promise a high percentage of aloe vera but do not contain gel, just crushed leaf, uninteresting virtues, and even quite dangerous in internal use.
- The aloe vera gel must have been cold stabilized. This technique is the only one that allows all the beauty and health benefits of the product to be retained.