Over the centuries, aloe vera has been used for more than skin burns and stomach disorders. Ancient Egyptians called aloe vera the ‘plant of immortality’ and there is evidence that Cleopatra, among other wealthy, beauty-conscious women, used the ointment to give them younger, more radiant skin. Other reports say that the ancient Greeks used the plant for hair loss. Though many years separate then and now, the precious gel is still being used as a beauty product today.
Aloe vera is present in soaps, shampoos, and even cosmetics. The gel is packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It may be applied topically on the skin or internally consumed as a juice or capsule. Aloe vera is promoted as a beauty supplement in three prominent areas—skin health, weight management and total well-being, and, as a health supplement in many other areas.
For the skin, the myriad uses of aloe vera have been long documented. The gel regenerates and moisturizes skin. This effect of hydration is why it is most commonly used to alleviate sunburn and heal dry skin patches. Aloe vera has also been shown to boost the elasticity of the skin, which is beneficial in slowing the signs of wrinkles and aging. Another common skin disorder is acne. Though aloe vera will not heal acne, it has been proven to accelerate the reparation of skin and reduce scars or redness.
Aloe vera gel is also used for digestive discomfort and weight loss. Before trying the healthful and nutrient-packed benefits of aloe vera juice, it is important to consult with your doctor to ensure it is safe for you to use. The juice of the aloe vera plant contains collagen protein, a group of natural proteins responsible for skin elasticity and tissue development. Collagen proteins are also recognized for their role in weight management because they require the body to increase its’ metabolic rate. In other words, by drinking aloe vera juice, the body uses extra reserves of energy to absorb the proteins, which build muscles and speed up the metabolism—both promoting weight loss.
Finally, aloe vera has a positive influence on aging and overall wellbeing. The physical effects are evident in skin elasticity and a speedier metabolism. But there is still much more to be said for aloe vera’s ability to aid in warding off disease and maintaining overall wellness. Scientific studies show that aloe vera helps to control blood sugar and glucose levels, which benefits patients with diabetes. The antioxidant-rich juice works to defend the body from free radicals that may lead to disease. Aloe vera also fights bacteria, improves digestion and strengthens the immune system. The plant is even reported to help colon and liver function and block fat build-up in the arteries. Outside beauty is a result of internal health, which is why aloe vera has been used for centuries as a beauty product.