Aloe on the skin: benefits and how to use

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The aloe vera (aloe vera) in the skin acts as a powerful natural treatment, helping to moisturize , cleanse , fight wrinkles and even take the spots of the region.

It also has the effect of accelerating the healing of wounds, burns and pimples and significantly reduces stretch marks .

Are you curious to know all the benefits that this little plant brings to the skin? Check out these and other information about her below.

What are the benefits of using aloe on the skin?

Removes impurities and reduces oiliness

Aloe has cleansing properties of toxins, makeup residue and even pollution due to a substance known as saponin.

It acts as a detergent , providing a deep clean and it is because of this that the plant’s drool produces “foam” when handled. ( 1 )

In addition to cleansing, aloe is astringent , which combats excess oil, and because it has an acidic pH similar to that of the skin, it reduces sebum production. ( 2 )

Promotes deep hydration

At the same time that it promotes cleanliness, aloe leaves the skin more hydrated. The inside of the leaves is extremely rich in sugars and amino acids.

It still has easy absorption. In this way, the nutrients reach the deeper layers of the skin, thus preventing excessive water loss and dryness . ( 3 )

This plant is rich in water, with more than 90% of its composition made up of easily absorbed liquids. ( 4 )

Helps lighten stains

Applying the aloe gel on the dark parts of the skin softens their appearance, as it promotes cell regeneration , thanks to some substances that stimulate the creation of new cells and regulate their nutrition.

“But what does this have to do with stains ?” Everything! The blemishes are a kind of lesion that has healed the wrong way on the skin and one of the ways to alleviate the problem is to stimulate this regeneration. ( 3 )

Prevents and reduces the appearance of wrinkles

The inside of the aloe’s leaves also works as a natural anti-aging , helping to prevent and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and this is because it works in two different ways.

The first one is by stimulating the production of collagen fibers . This is a type of protein present in the skin and cartilage that serves to give these regions firmness and elasticity.

Collagen makes the skin smoother and firmer, thus delaying the appearance of signs of age.

The second is to promote local nutrition through the presence of various nutrients and essential amino acids. They favor the creation of new epithelial cells and keep the surface smoother and more uniform. ( 5 )

Accelerates healing of burns

Applying aloe drool over burns is a natural way to not only relieve pain, but also speed up healing of damaged skin .

This is due to the anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anesthetic actions found in the leaves and mainly because the compounds found in the leaves are able to penetrate deeply into the injured tissues and act not only to relieve discomfort, but also to accelerate the regeneration of the area.

As a result, aloe was able to treat, in a 100% natural way, 2nd and 3rd degree burns (those that reach the deepest layer of the skin).

The best part is that it has shown the same positive effects on burns caused by heat, cold or electric shock. ( 6 )

Speeds up wound recovery

The action that allows the aloe to accelerate the proliferation of epithelial cells makes it an excellent healing agent.

This potential is associated with the presence of anthraquinones, especially aloenin, barbaloin and iso-barbaloin, which also prevent the proliferation of bacteria that can cause infections and impair the healing process.

The result is faster recovery and no negative side effects. ( 7 )

Treat acne

Want to get rid of acne quickly and cheaply? Apply the aloe gel on top of the pimples. Baba has a powerful drying effect and accelerates wound healing.

The plant’s anti-inflammatory effect prevents the formation of pus and the antibacterial effect fights the proliferation of bacteria that cause this type of infection. ( 4 )

Because of these effects, aloe can promote complete healing of pimples in up to three days. ( 8 )

Reduces appearance and helps prevent stretch marks

Finally, aloe can also soften the appearance and even prevent the appearance of the dreaded stretch marks , even during the period of pregnancy.

The topical use of the plant prevents stretch marks already formed from increasing in size and prevents the appearance of new ones, especially by maintaining hydration and increasing the skin’s elasticity . ( 9 )

How to use slug?

It is very simple to use aloe vera in skin treatments. All you need to do is remove, with the help of a knife, the inner part of the leaves, which are translucent and have a gelatinous consistency.

Once this is done, apply the “ drool ” directly on the burn, wound or pimple. To clean the skin the process is the same, but it is necessary to make circular movements with your fingers so that the material penetrates better into the pores.

To smooth out wrinkles and stretch marks, gently massage the area. It is also possible to add some extra virgin vegetable oil to make the gel with a more fluid consistency and enhance its effects.

There is no contraindication for the external use of aloe vera, except in cases of allergy, so negative effects related to its application are rare. However, some sensitive people may feel their skin itching, itching or burning. If you experience any of these symptoms, discontinue use. ( 8 )

grow aloe at home

Feel like adding aloe to your skin care? So there’s nothing better than growing it at home to have constant access. And that’s super easy.

You only need a leaf , as that is how it propagates, and a vase with well-drained, fertilized soil. Plant the leaf and leave the vase in a place that has direct contact with the sun.

Watering should only be done when the surface of the land is dry, as adding too much water can kill the drowned plant. It grows very fast, spreading to the sides, and lives for about 12 years when well cared for. ( 10 )

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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