Skincare Sunday with Janu & Nicole: Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera really is the G.O.A.T of cactus plants. So much so, that it was referred to as the “plant of immortality” amongst the Ancient Egyptians. Since then, it has been used for a host of purposes and is most notably known for its ability to heal sunburns. But, there is so much more to this incredible plant.

Aloe Vera
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Aloe vera juices and/or gel can benefit your skin through topical use, and this includes your scalp- because let’s face it, your scalp is also skin and deserves to be treated as such! Various studies have examined the benefits of aloe vera and it is proven that this plant has several healing properties that can effectively and efficiently treat flaky and/or dry skin, acne, scalp conditions, burns, minor skin infections, discolouration, and hyperpigmentation. To top it all off, it is also used to treat eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, and rosacea in Ayurvedic medicine.

Aloe Vera
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The 75 different nutrients (including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid) in aloe vera make it a skincare powerhouse. The gel of the aloe vera plant also contains two hormones: auxin and gibberellins. Both of these hormones have properties that heal wounds and act as anti-inflammatory agents. More specifically, gibberellin is a growth hormone that actually stimulates the growth of new cells. That is, it enables the skin to heal naturally, at a fast pace, and with minimal scarring. Additionally, aloe vera contains a high level of antioxidants that belong to a family of substances known as polyphenols, which inhibit the growth of bacteria. This means that infections and inflammation are a thing of the past.

Aloe Vera
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If you haven’t watched one of those “I used aloe vera gel on my face for 7 days straight and you won’t believe what happened” videos, then please feel free to do so. The benefits of aloe vera withstand the test of time, skin types, skin tones, and skin sensitivities. You will be well on your way to healthy, clear, smooth and hydrated skin with the incorporation of aloe vera into your routine. So all that’s left to do is for you to pick up your plant and name it, right?

Aloe Vera
Infographic by Janu Ys.

Recommended use: Buss that leaf open and rub it on your skin. Let dry. Rinse off. Glow on.

Wishing y’all a love filled week ahead, and a glowing inside and outside! And remember, we’re not doctors…so don’t try to come for us.

Ble$$ up,

Janu & Nicole