Aloe Vera is a plant with green thick and fleshy leaves/stalks that are filled with a clear gooey gel.
I know aloe vera drinks and tablets are all the rage now for detoxes, I haven’t ventured there yet…, so I am just talking about Aloe Vera gel.
So much of what we put on our skin is synthetic or ‘natural’ products that aren’t really very ‘natural’. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with that, it’s good to know what you are putting on your skin, as much as knowing what you’re eating. Your skin is one of the biggest organs in the body and absorbs things into your system, in much the same way you absorb nutrients from food.
Aloe vera has been used throughout history as a kind of wonder plant, apparently Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to conquer the island of Socotra to secure the aloe grown there for his wounded soldiers, and even today you’ll find people saying it has an effect on things as diverse as sun burn, constipation, and cancer. So while I am a big believer in not trusting everything you read on the internet, I think it’s safe to say there is something in it.
For me aloe vera isn’t just for sunburn, it’s a really nice natural all round product for moisturising and soothing skin.
So when use it – obviously for sun burn, or any irritation or bite that you don’t want to agitate with perfumed products. It also makes an excellent moisturiser, it’s really good for dry skin, ingrown hair, scarring and stretch marks and for anyone that likes aromatherapy you can use aloe vera as a base for adding oil to (like an alternative to grapeseed oil or similar).
It’s one of my top, all year round, product for all the family. I keep it in the fridge in summer for a cool treat!
Of course if you have an aloe vera plant at home you have a fresh supply, but for those without a green finger there are lots on the market but many can be very diluted. I personally like this ‘Life Plan Organic Aloe Vera Gel’ it is 99% pure Aloe Vera Barbadensis gel. It contains no colourings, perfumes, parabens or animal products. It feels like putting water on your skin.
I usually get it from http://www.boots.ie – €7.99 for 200 ML