Aloe Vera and Beauty
Aloe vera is proved to enhance beauty. Historical beauties such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti used this product for enhancing their beauty. Cleopatra is renowned for her beauty. According to historic facts, Cleopatra is known to use aloe vera in her daily beauty regime. Nefertiti, who was a wife of a pharaoh, was known as the most beautiful woman of her time. Apparently she too used aloe vera in her daily beauty regime. Aloe vera beauty products are available in almost every market these days.
Aloe vera is known as the 'lily of dessert', this name is very suiting. It is a succulent plant which contains 90% water. Because it is grown in hot dry regions, it can store more amount of water and is very rich in essential elements such as vitamins A, D, K, and E and many amino acids and minerals.
Aloe vera is a fleshy plant with a gel core and a hard leaf. The gel is used in many beauty products and it can also be used straight from the plant.
Beauty and Aloe Vera
It is surprising that a plant full of thorns and a plant that looks non-edible is used to enhance beauty. Aloe vera has numerous uses.
In shampoos: aloe vera and hair care go hand in hand. Owing to the anti-fungal and anti- bacterial properties of aloe vera, it is used to treat dandruff and other scalp conditions. Aloe vera functions similar to menthol, therefore it can be used to cool the head and relieve dandruff and itchy scalp.
Aloe vera can also be used as a conditioner after wash. I part aloe vera can be mixed with 1/2 part oil and used as a conditioner.
In soaps: Aloe vera is used in soaps as one of the ingredients or as a major part. Aloe vera soaps are very prevalent. Aloe vera is used along with other useful herbal products to give the best results.
- Calendula and Aloe vera
- Comfrey root and Aloe vera
- Chamomile and lavender with aloe vera
- Lemon and mint with aloe vera
In skin creams: Aloe is used in many beauty creams as an ingredient. Aloe vera helps to rejuvenate the skin cells. It aids cell growth and thus keeps skin bright. Aloe vera is used in making all types of creams.
- As a daily moisturizer: it is used as a moisturizer along with vitamin E or glycerin or both.
- As a night cream: It is used with antiseptics and wheat germ oil as a night cream. There are other combinations too.
- As a skin protector: Aloe vera protects the skin from pollutants when applied to the skin.
Cooling sprays: aloe vera is an excellent refresher. Aloe vera can be combined with water in a blender and used as a spray on during hot climates.
Antiseptic creams: aloe vera is a very good antiseptic. It contains lupoel, salicylic acid, urea, nitrogen, cinnamon acid, phenol and sulphur, which are great antiseptics.
Feet repair: aloe vera is a wet gel. It can be absorbed by skin very easily. Application of aloe vera on the feet will restore lost moisture and will keep the feet looking great.
Sun screens and sun blocks: aloe vera is used in many sun protection lotions. Owing to aloe vera's cooling property, it is widely used to treat sun burns and sun-related skin conditions.
Cooling agents: as seen above aloe vera is used to treat sun burns. Aloe vera is also used to treat any burns and sooth the skin.
Aloe vera is very useful herb. But, some people are allergic to aloe vera. A simple test will determine this allergy. Therefore it is always useful to check with your physician before starting to use aloe vera.
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