Research has shown that Aloe Vera extract is an effective natural substance for improving skin hydration – making it a useful ingredient in cosmetic formulations and as a treatment for dry skin.
Aloe speeds up skin cell reproduction by as much as eight times and penetrates the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) four times faster than water.
As it is rich in vitamins C and E and beta carotene (a pre-cursor to vitamin A), Aloe may have some anti-aging qualities. Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and its ability to lighten blemishes, also help it take years off your face.
Its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties protect the skin from bacteria and other pathogens which lead to infection and inflammation. It contains substances – gibberellins and polysaccharides – that stimulate the growth of new cells, while glycoproteins reduce the inflammation and redness.
As an astringent, Aloe Vera reduces pore size, which helps keep out excess sebum, dirt, and microbes.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is also used to treat psoriasis and eczema.
According to a research conducted by Asian scientists, “by daily using small amounts of aloe vera gel you can significantly improve skin elasticity and remove wrinkles”.