The Lily of the Desert: Aloe Vera for Skin Care

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, originally from the Arabian peninsula, that has spread out with humanity and now flourishes in hot and tropical climates around the world. The plants reach maturity within about 3 years, and grow to about 2 – 3 feet tall.

Throughout history, people have used aloe vera for skin care, medicine, and a variety of other purposes, and it is one of the earliest mentioned plants in history due to its many health benefits and medicinal uses. Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used the plant to help treat burns and wounds, labeling Aloe Vera the “plant of immortality.” Today, Aloe Vera is grown commercially and is used for general health, beauty, first aid, and even beverages.

Aloe Vera Plant Skin Benefits

But what exactly makes aloe so special? Aloe leaves contain a clear gel within their leaves that can be broken off and applied to the skin. The gel contains a powerful mixture of naturally occurring antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. That’s what makes aloe vera for skin care such a great choice, and these same qualities are also aloe’s secret weapon in helping soothe sunburns: It acts as a protective layer on the burnt or irritated skin, helping replenish its moisture.

Aloe vera gel also naturally contains two hormone groups, each with delightful names: auxins and gibberellins. These compounds promote healing and can reduce skin inflammation. Some studies have shown that the gibberellins in aloe vera can stimulate the growth of new cells. This encourages the skin to heal quickly and naturally, with minimal scarring, and makes aloe a great ingredient for individuals with acne.

Aloe Skin Care Tips

To harness the soothing power of the aloe vera plant’s skin benefits, you can try a high quality cream that contains it as an active ingredient or you can even grow it at home to keep on hand for minor scrapes, burns, or for incorporating into a homemade face mask.

If you are harvesting fresh aloe from your garden, snip off a few of the larger leaves and carefully remove the outer skin. Rinse any yellow sap off and use the inner gel  immediately. If you want to save some for later, the gel can be stored in an ice cube tray in the freezer for easy access!

You probably already knew that aloe vera for skin care works wonders, but at Ayr we love the little details, because that’s usually where the special things in life are. Who knew that aloe does so much, so well? Here’s to the Lily of the Desert!

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