Aloe Vera is a universal plant dating back to ancient Egypt. While it is known for its diverse health and beauty benefits, many still do not know just how much power the plant holds. A lot of people use the plant for decorating their homes, little do they know that its benefits are countless.
Wondering what aloe vera is good for? This self-sufficient succulent plant is often a major ingredient in numerous skin care products – little wonder why. Its anti-ageing properties and hair growth magic are enough reasons why we all need this super useful plant in our lives.
Here are 5 ways you can enjoy Aloe Vera on your skin and hair…
1. Aloe Vera reduces sunburn on the skin
This wonder plant pacifies the raging sunburn skin with its cooling properties. It rejuvenates damaged skin with vitamins and minerals. It also alleviates skin irritations like acne, eczema and even inflammations. Aloe Vera hydrates the skin and as such is suitable for any type of burn and is fast to act as well.
Apply Aloe Vera twice a day for the desired result.
2. Promotes hair growth
Aloe Vera contains Keratin which is the main hair protein and whenever you hear protein you know it’s associated with growth and that’s good for your hair. The wonder plant possesses almost the same properties with keratin which allows it to give hair more elasticity when applied and prevents hair breakage.
The proteolytic enzymes contained in Aloe Vera also repair dead skin cells on the scalp and prevents itchy scalp. If you hate dandruff get in line – that’s right, everybody hates dandruff. Aloe Vera reduces dandruff and softens stubborn hair.
Apply Aloe Vera to your hair as a deep conditioner and wash off after 30 minutes to prevent hair breakage.
3. Aloe Vera has anti-ageing properties
Forever young – that’s everybody’s dream. As we grow older we start to get more conscious about how we look and are so eager to cover that fine line, droopy eye bags or saggy neck. Aloe Vera retains the skin’s elasticity and further delays wrinkles, keeping those age lines at bay. Let’s just say this wonder plant helps your skin buy more time and keeps your skin from premature ageing that could result from stress, constant exposure to sunlight or a poor skincare routine.
The beta carotene and other skin-friendly vitamins present in this plant helps maintain the skin’s natural texture and leaves it properly hydrated.
Mix Aloe Vera gel with minute drops of lemon and apply overnight. Wake up and wash off for that pregnancy kind of glow.
4. Fades out stretch marks
The major cause of stretch marks is a situation whereby the skin stretches beyond its elastic limit. When the skin stretches too fast and beyond, it tears and its elasticity can be damaged. Aloe Vera not only helps maintain the skin’s elasticity, but it also helps heal these tears and eventually fade out the stretch marks.
Apply directly on the affected area, three times a day and watch those tiger stripes gradually fade away till there’s only clear skin to behold.
5. Home remedy for insect bites
Aloe Vera is one essential potion we should always have handy in our bags and our shelves for it keeps unravelling its superpowers, leaving us in awe. It is a natural antiseptic agent which provides instant relief from insect bites especially mosquitoes. It reduces the itching, swelling and overall irritation that comes with insect bites.
All that’s required of you is to apply Aloe Vera gel (at cold temperature) to the affected area and watch it get better.
This plant is so multi-functional and can be used even beyond beauty purposes, researchers are steadily discovering new ways Aloe Vera can be of good use and aren’t we glad?
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