Aloe Vera is one of the most popular herbal medicines on earth. It is a succulent plant that grows in arid dry climates like Chile, India, the tropics, and subtropic zones. Aloe is so popular that it was mentioned in the Bible as incense. Since aloe has been used for over 3000 years its uses and applications have been approved by the medical communities around the world as a bonafide treatment for many illnesses and skin conditions.
Aloe Vera is widely used as a remedy for sunburned and tanned skin. This is because it has soothing properties that reduce the burning sensation after exposure and also reduces inflammation. It visibly reduces the redness caused by long term exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun.
As skin ages with time, it gets drier and loses its natural elasticity. This makes it prone to wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe Vera helps in moisturizing the skin, improving its elasticity and makes it suppler.
Aloe Vera is hugely popular for its re-hydrating properties. The gel that is extracted from aloe Vera plants can be directly applied on the skin for instant hydration. It can show miraculous results on dry and damaged skin.
Owing to the fact that aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used a topical treatment for cuts, wounds, bruises, blemishes and insect bites. It can also be used as an aftershave lotion to soothe irritated skin.
Aloe Vera gel mixed with lemon juice has skin lightening properties and can be used as an overnight treatment for uneven, tanned and blemished skin. Aloe Vera contains polysaccharides that stimulate the growth of new cells and thus reduce marks and scars to give lighter and even toned skin.