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Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a succulent plant also known by the name of true or medicinal aloe. Its medical benefits have been known to mankind for a very long time. Its meaty leaves are used to squeeze juices which can be used raw or in form of a gel. Gel is actually the most widely used form of aloe vera and it is mainly used to treat various skin problems and conditions.

Aloe vera gel benefits for skin

This plant and its gel are suitable for all types of skin- dry, oily, combination, even for sensitive, and very sensitive skin.

Many people suffer from dry skin, especially those who live in cities with great pollution, or in very cold, very hot or very dry areas. Dry skin can cause itching and it is more prone to skin problems. Aloe vera gel solves problems with dry skin because it is an excellent moisturizer. Many cosmetic products designed for dry skin contain this ingredient. Women can use it before putting on make-up, especially if using mineral products, in order to avoid dryness. Men can use it after shaving to moisturize and soothe the skin.

Aloe vera gel is very beneficial for aging skin. With time, human skin loses collagen, moisture and tightness. This leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. Vitamins C and E which are present in great amounts in aloe vera gel restore the skin’s strength, shine and moisture and make it look younger and fresher.

This gel can also help with stretch marks. In fact, it has been used for this purpose virtually for centuries. Stretch marks are basically small tears in the skin layers caused by stretching (due to fluctuations in weight or to sudden growth in teenagers). Aloe vera gel penetrates in those tears and repairs them.

Treatment with aloe vera gel

Many skin conditions and diseases can be cured with aloe vera gel. For example, people who are prone to acne should consider using this gel, which has been proven to be very effective against this common skin problem. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and anti antibacterial properties so it both cures and prevents acne.

Aloe vera gel is highly recommended for sunburns. Its natural ingredients penetrate deep into the skin, repair it, heal it and reduce the damage. It also reduces swelling and relieves the pain. For sunburns, aloe vera gel is best if used refrigerated.

Minor burn injuries can also be treated very effectively with this plant. The remedy is simple, it only takes plucking a leaf and sqeezing its juice directly to the burn. It will reduce the pain, prevent infections and speed up the healing.

Aloe vera gel can be used to treat insect bites and stings, rashes, eczema, cuts, scrapes, cold sores and many other problems.

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