7 Uses for Aloe Vera

I didn’t want to do 10 so I didn’t, don’t patronize me!

Let’s begin with le history =] For more than three thousand five hundred years aloe vera has been used because of its moisturizing properties. Of course being a natural beauty product it can be traced back through history to the Egyptians where Cleopatra considered it her personal skin care and beauty secret. The plant was called the “plant of Immortality” and has been discovered in drawings inside of tombs of pharaohs. Following Cleopatra is has been used by King Solomon and Alexander the Great. So let’s get this shit on our faces and what not.

If you weren't aware, this is what an aloe vera plant looks like

  1. Tame frizz before drying your hair. It’s the primary ingredient in many conditioners and de-frizzers (the ones that aren’t silicone-based). It’s gel like consistency is easy to use to apply to your hair. Because aloe is just slightly acidic it will help seal the cuticle of the hair which will help to tame it.
  2. Because aloe is soothing and a gel it works well for shaving. Aloe is hydrating for the skin so it will prevent the drying that usually occurs when shaving. It has a high water content, and it is anti-inflammatory so your legs will be nice and smooth, and feels silky.
  3. To go well with shaving gel, aloe vera works well as a topical treatment for razor burn as it is anti-inflammatory and soothing. It will help to reduce the irritation and the redness.
  4. Helps to heal infections – there is evidence that aloe has some anti-bacterial qualities that not only help with burns and scrapes and cuts, but it also works on pimples. I haven’t personally tried this but there is speculation that aloe will help because of the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Both of which should help to diminish the inflammation and redness of pimples and impurities.
  5. Helps reduce puffiness in the eye area. If you wake up and your eyes are all puffed up and your eye cream isn’t specialised for puffiness grab yourself a stick of this and rub it into your eye contour area. It will also help to reduce irritated and itchy eyes.
  6. Aloe – as I’ve said multiple times – is very hydrating. If you mix together aloe vera and olive oil you can use it together as a lip balm substitution. Mix the gel and the olive oil together in a small container or tin and put it in the fridge to harden – you’ll have to keep it in the fridge if you’d like it to stay as a hardened balm.
  7. Aloe very has been said to eliminate minor pigmentation problems as it helps to improve the skin’s production of natural chemicals with its active ingredients. This means those sun spots may diminish slightly, however don’t lay it all on me if it doesn’t work very well. There isn’t too much in the world that will take sun spots away completely.
As a bonus I read that aloe vera is supposed to help with eczema. I don’t know if any of you suffer with eczema but I get it on my hands and wrists and sometimes (like right now) it gets to the point where it cracks and bleeds and sheds like roof shingles. Needless to say it’s incredibly uncomfortable. So I decided to try it out and slathered some fresh aloe vera over my hands and wrists. Right off the bat I noticed that there was no stinging like most products will, however after a few minutes they felt that sore, to the bone feeling (if you have eczema you know exactly what I mean) I also noticed that my skin sucked it up in a matter of moments. So I popped my aloe on right before bed and about three times that night I woke myself up by scratching my hands – they were so itchy! The next morning they were still super itchy too but when I actually looked a lot of the dry skin flakes had disappeared and my skin looked smoother. So I guess it’s up to you if the overnight itchiness is worth the better looking hands.

I hope you enjoyed!

xoxo

Jdal.

 

PS. Starting tomorrow I’m going to be doing an April segment called Spring into Beauty where I do a beauty post daily that will help you get more organized and more prepared for spring and summer!

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9 thoughts on “7 Uses for Aloe Vera

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    • Hey thanks for reading! Sorry, 75% of my comments go into spam and I’m not sure why….
      The aloe on my eczema did not help at all. The whole night I was up itching and scratching because they were so uncomfortable and the next week or so they continued to split. =[

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    • That’s something you should talk to your doctor about! Unfortunately I don’t have much experience with skin ulcers. Either a doctor or a dermatologist will help with that =]

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