I have a theory that nature has all that we need to care for our bodies in the most simple and nurturing ways. Now, of course, even I have a hard time saying “NO!” to a well-marketed overnight miracle beauty cream! But for those of us that usually like to keep our skin care as simple and natural as possible, I can’t recommend this miracle plant to you more.
About a month ago, my dear friend Emilia gifted me a lovely potted aloe vera plant that now calls my living room (or sometimes patio when it needs more sun) home. I knew aloe was excellent for sunburns, so I figured it would be good for un-burned skin too. I decided to give it a whirl. For the past 3 weeks I have been smearing the fresh serum from my aloe vera plant all over my face on a nightly basis. And you guys, I must say that I have seen a noticeable difference in my skin tone and color!
Before I started this regimen, I had combination skin. I was very oily on my forehead and “T- Zone”, had left over acne scars on my cheeks from past breakouts, dry spots, and had somewhat dull skin tone in general with the occasional zit from oil buildup. Since using aloe on the regular, I’ve seen significant fading in remnants of old acne scars; my oil production has slowed to the point where I can’t even call myself “oily” anymore; and I haven’t had ANY little zits pop up, which is not usual for more than 1 week at a time. Dare I say, I feel like my skin GLOWS now!
So how is it that aloe vera is capable of such fantastic results? I began a quest to learn what aloe has that our skin needs. Here are a few fun facts I’ve discovered in my search to answer this question:
1. It moisturizes skin (without leaving it oily). This goes back to my post that covers over-drying skin and how that can create even more oil in the long run. Aloe vera moisturizes skin well, while leaving it smooth and matte.
2. As it moisturizes, it actually helps fight acne due to the naturally occurring salicylic acid it contains. Aloe also contains two hormones, Auxin and Gibberellins. These hormones help to reduce inflammation from acne as well as stimulate skin to produce new cells.
3. It is packed full of vitamins like B-12 which helps to make DNA. Vitamins A, C, E, as well as fatty acids which are fantastic for stimulating immune system function (blocking toxins) and collagen growth.
In short- GO GET AN ALOE VERA PLANT! I’m super stoked about discovering this new, natural solution to skin care. Its a DCT (dream come true)!
Have you ever used aloe regularly? Did you see similar or different results?