With snuggle season upon us, if you're anything like me, you've already got your sweaters out and summer stuff packed away. We all know Aloe is great for sunburns, but before you pack it away with those cute summer sandals, let me tell you why aloe is a must all year round.
Aloe is great for sunburns, but what you may not realize is the other amazing benefits you may be missing out on!
Aloe Vera is a succulent from the genus Aloe. It grows naturally in tropical climates around the world, and the gel found inside has been used in traditional medicine for years and is now added to many pharmaceutical and beauty products. I remember when I first started switching to more natural beauty products, I saw aloe everywhere. Obviously there was something to this, and the more I looked into it, I realized that aloe was a super plant, or according the the ancient Egyptian’s "the plant of immortality"!
In my opinion, Aloe Vera is one of the best Anti-aging remedies for the skin. About a year ago, I ditched many of my beauty products, and tried to simplify as much as possible. I try to follow the simple rule that if I cant pronounce it (or identify it without extensive google searching) I shouldn't be putting it on or in my bod.
A 2009 study published by Annals of Dermatology, reported in female subjects over 45 given two different dosages of Aloe Vera over a 90 day period saw incredible results in a reduction of wrinkles. Drinking Aloe Vera helps produce collagen naturally, which keeps skin looking young!
More aloe vera = more collagen = less sagging skin and less wrinkles
Sounds pretty great right?
Besides encouraging collagen production, aloe has many detoxification properties. Applied topically, aloe speeds up healing and reduces the rate of infection. Applied on your skin it helps to repair skin damage from scars, burns, acne, etc. Aloe is a natural cleanser, and it doesn't come with a long list of harsh chemicals that many of the cleansers you'll find in your local drugstore do. It cleanses your skin without stripping it of natural oils and moisture that play a key role in keeping your skin glowing!
These healing and antibacterial properties work on the inside as well! Aloe taken internally may reduce toxins in your body and help skin shine inside out!
However, not all Aloe Vera is created equal.
You want to make sure that the aloe your ingesting or putting on your skin is fresh pressed pure Aloe Vera cultivated from organic plants and not from concentrate. Check the ingredients - you would be shocked at the chemicals in "Aloe Vera" found in many drug stores! I personally use Lakewood ORGANIC they have no preservatives or additives. You can find it at your local grocery store or online!
How I use it
I like to add little to my morning tonic of an organic strawberry infused apple cider vinegar and La Croix seltzer. It wakes me and my digestive system up and gets everything movin'!
I also use it in my hair and on my skin. I mix aloe and argan oil and spray like crazy! It keeps my skin and hair super moisturized and feeling so fresh!