A product I've recently been in love with is Aloe Vera Gel. Everyone knows you can use this to reduce the feeling of sunburn and moisturize those areas but you can use it for much more than that. I use it everywhere! When I have blemishes I use it on my face and I always put it in my wet hair when I get out of the shower to reduce the frizz of my curly hair. When I first used it in my hair it was a last resort matter because i forgot my hair products, but after I realized this was better than any other of the many products I used. When my hair is wet I used it to add more shine and when my hair is dry I use it to gel my hair to put it in a ponytail or bun because it looks a bit more natural than using the regular hair gel.
Some benefits of the aloe vera plant you may not know about:
- For your Skin:
Aloe vera is great for acne-prone skin. It reduces redness and the visibility of blemishes. Since it has the consistency of gel it creates a tight feeling to your skin so I recommend wearing it when you go to sleep instead of during the day. It’s know to be a good moisturizing if you have oily skin. But, if you have dry skin like me and want the benefits of Aloe but need something more moisturizing, try mixing the gel with your usual moisturizer. Aloe vera is known to fight aging. The use of aloe on your skin is said to increase collagen production and elasticity. Aloe reduces stretch marks. Stretch marks are a completely natural thing that should be embraced, but if you are self-conscious about yours you can use aloe vera to reduce the visibility of stretch marks.
- For your Hair
Aloe can repair hair. Aloe Vera gel consists of Vitamin A, C, and E. Vitamin A keeps hair from drying out and breaking. Vitamin C wards off dandruff. And, Vitamin E repairs and builds your hair tissue. It also has proteolytic enzymes which help repair dead skin cell on your scalp. Aloe vera can be used as a conditioner to prevent itching on the scalp, reduce dandruff, and promote hair growth. You can also make an aloe vera hair mask and mix it with coconut oil to moisturize dry hair.
- For your Body
Aloe vera is also very good for your health. It’s said that aloe vera water aids digestion because of its anti-inflammatory and laxative components, it also normalizes your Ph balance. You can also use 100% aloe vera water as a mouthwash if you want something more natural, its ability to reduce plaque is comparable to the standard mouthwash. Lastly, aloe has the ability to heal and reduce canker sores, if you have canker sores you can use aloe patches or put aloe gel on them.
Aloe vera has many nutrients and antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties and can be used as an easy natural fix for many things. The best thing about it is that it is affordable, you can get a 340g bottle of Fruit of The Earth 100% gel at Walmart for $5.22 or buy your own plant and grow it yourself!