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Aloe Vera - Wonder herb for your skin

Aloe Vera, also known as Desert Lily, for its tendency to grow in arid desert regions has long been a favorite amongst women when it comes to skin care. In fact Aloe Vera's popularity can be traced back to old Egypt, where Cleopatra has been documented to use it for her hair and skin! Aloe Vera, even though renowned for its dermatological uses is also used for treating a variety of serious diseases such as Psoriasis and Eczema!

So what makes Aloe Vera such an useful plant?

Before we answer that question, here's a low down on Aloe Vera's content- it is known to contain 20 amino acids along with calcium, magnesium, vitamins, enzymes, polysaccharides, nitrogen and sodium in varying quantities! Packed with various minerals and other elements it helps treat burns, wounds and acne along with moisturizing the skin, reducing inflammation and rejuvenating the dead skin cells, slowing down signs of ageing from appearing on the skin etc.

Other than these dermatological benefits, ingestion of Aloe Vera helps in curing gastro-intestinal problems, kidney problems, ulcers etc, it also reduces joint pains in conditions like Arthritis, tendinitis and aggravated injuries. Its ingestion is also known to be beneficial for people suffering from coronary heart diseases! With so many uses and even more health benefits, it's no wonder that Aloe Vera is a very useful plant both in dermatological and physiological terms.

How is Aloe Vera good for my skin?

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant which grows pre dominantly in desert or arid regions. It stores an extract in its leaves; it is this very extract that contains most of its vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other content. Aloe Vera has been widely recognized for its 'almost magical' properties when it comes to skin, making it an instant favorite with women world over!

Following is a list of the benefits that our skin derives from Aloe Vera:

Heals Burns and Wound: Aloe Vera extracts have the ability to penetrate deep in the skin, through layers and layers of cells. Plus it is known to have a soothing effect on irritated parts of skin. Topical application of Aloe Vera is known to halve the time required by a wound to close and heal completely.

Cellular Regenerator: Aloe Vera extract or juice helps in cellular regeneration, thereby helping heal injured or scarred skin, treat acne and rashes. Cellular regeneration involves the body producing new cells in place of the dead skin cells, helping the skin rejuvenate and get back its healthy glow. This ability of the Aloe Vera is the main reasons why it is used in over 95 % of dermatological products!

Anti-bacterial and Anti-Fungal: Creams and gels containing large quantities of Aloe Vera are recommended for topical application by dermatologist's world over, owing to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal components. These protect the skin from falling prey to any bacterial infections when it's wounded. Aloe Vera based gels and creams are especially recommended for individuals suffering from serious skin conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis.

Moisturizer: Aloe Vera with its high water content helps to moisturize the skin; its extract on topical application hydrates the skin along with removal of dead skin cells. Its ability to penetrate through layers of skin cells also helps it to improve the skin's self hydration process by aiding in the transportation of healthy vitamins, minerals and enzymes which are needed by the skin. Dermatologists recommend that people with oily skin use aloe based moisturizer to maintain their skin's pH balance.

Anti-Ageing: Aloe Vera helps to slow down and reverse the effects of ageing on the skin! The extract of Aloe Vera on both ingestion and topical application helps to stimulate the synthesis of Collagen and Elastin, two naturally occurring proteins, which are responsible for keeping the skin firm and supple. It is recommended that one use soaps and creams which include aloe Vera for bathing and washing purpose.

Helps fight against Acne: Aloe Vera with its anti-inflammatory, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties is the ideal choice if you want to get rid of acne, the natural way! It is no wonder that most facial cleansers are Aloe based or at least contain Aloe Vera as one of its ingredients. Plus Aloe Vera also contains anti-oxidants, vitamin C, E, zinc which help the skin fight against acne and give it a firm look and a healthy glow!

Now that you know just some of the many benefits provided by Aloe Vera, we are sure that you are already thinking of buying the plant! Would it help, if we told you that Aloe Vera being a desert plant needed watering just once every 2 weeks

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