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8 beauty benefits of ALOE VERA to take your skin & hair woes away

Aloe Vera plant has been driving the million dollar beauty industry in India and abroad, but to make the most of its qualities, you don’t need to invest a fortune in those beauty products. The miracle plant is a type of cacti which belongs to the Liliaceae family. It’s medicinal, beauty and health benefits have been tried and tested. The gel based plant has a very high content of water and anti-oxidants. It also contains 2 hormones called auxins and gibberellins. Its anti-inflammatory properties can heal many skin related problems which are discussed in this article.

The best thing about aloe vera is that it grows in dry conditions and therefore, its availability in India and Africa is not limited. In fact, aloe vera can be grown anywhere and does not require much attention. You can grow your own aloe vera plant at your home and it will flourish in a small amount of time. The aloe vera gel extracted from the plant will be pure, preservative free and you don’t need to invest in it anytime.

 

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA FOR HAIR

Aloe vera is very common for hair home remedies and you will find it in many hair care products also. Aloe vera is extremely effective in stimulating healthy hair growth and fighting hair related problems. Issues like dandruff, dry hair, scalp infections can be easily treated with aloe vera gel.

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Source – (Kabiraj, 2014)

#1 ALOE VERA FOR DANDRUFF

Dandruff is caused due to dry skin, oily scalp or fungal infection and due to anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory of aloe vera, these can be easily cured.

#2 ALOE VERA FOR CONDITIONING AND HAIR

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Aloe Vera, increases the blood circulation to the scalp, supplying essential vitamins and minerals. It also contains proteolytic enzymes which repair the dead skin cells, therefore, restoring shine, sealing moisture and conditioning hair.

How to use it?

Extract the aloe vera gel from the plant in a bowl. Add a few tbsp. of lemon juice to it and grind it into a uniform paste. Apply it to your hair and scalp. Leave for 20-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly. This can be done for both dandruff and conditioning. Repeat it twice a week, preferably when you do oiling.

 

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA FOR SKIN

We all have suffered from one or the other skin related problems and the first thing we think of to get rid of it are home remedies. Here are a range of remedies to take away your skin woes.

 

#3 ALOE VERA FOR ACNE & PIMPLES

As stated earlier, due to the presence of the two hormones auxins and gibberellins which have anti-inflammatory properties, acne and pimples can be treated very easily. These hormones have the property to reduce bacteria in the skin, thereby preventing pimples and acne.

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How to use it?

Extract the aloe vera gel and mix it with honey and gram flour. Keep the consistency thick and apply it to the face. Let it dry for 20-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Alternatively, you can add lemon juice to the mix and then apply. You can even apply the gel directly to the face.

#4 ALOE VERA FOR SOOTHING SKIN IRRITATION

Source – (Dey, 2015)

The cooling properties of aloe vera are helpful in soothing the skin irritation and wounds. Also, in the case of sunburn, aloe vera can be applied. Aloe vera has the ability to speed up the process of cell production and this is why it can be used to treat wounds and irritation.

How to use it?

Simply apply the aloe vera gel to the area affected or mix it with rose water and then apply. It will also make the skin soft and supple.

#5 ALOE VERA FOR WRINKLES

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Source – (Sexena, 2016)

Wrinkles occur when the skin becomes drier and loses its elasticity. Aloe vera is an extremely rich source of Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, which are much-needed nutrients to fight the signs of aging. Aloe vera stimulates the production of collagen in the body that keeps the skin supple.

How to use it?

Extract the aloe vera gel and mix it with coffee and honey. Apply the mask on the face and massage gently for 3-4 minutes. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Repeat the process every alternate day. You can apply fresh aloe vera on the face every day and rinse with water.

#6 ALOE VERA FOR STRETCH MARKS

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Stretch marks a.k.a spider veins occur when the skin expands and then contracts. It is most prominent in the hip, thigh and abdomen area. The problem has been recognized widely and many oils and creams are available in the market to make them less visible. Many of you must have also tried them. The same way aloe vera works on the wrinkles, it works on stretch marks as well by increasing the production of collagen. It hydrates the skin thus making the marks less visible.

How to use it?

Cut a piece of aloe vera fresh from the plant. Use knife or spoon to extract the gel and apply it to the affected area. Massage till it gets absorbed into the skin and does not rinse. You can also mix it with castor oil for better results.

#7 ALOE VERA TO LIGHTEN/REMOVE BLEMISHES

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Source – (Closer, 2012)

Aloe Vera prevents the growth of bacteria on the skin and it also speeds up the process of cell generation. As a result of which it is immensely beneficial in lightening or removing the skin blemishes. Regular use of aloe vera on the skin can make your skin spotless.

How to use it?

Extract the aloe vera gel and mix with honey, lemon and sugar. Apply it to the face directly and massage for 5 minutes. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

#8 ALOE VERA FOR REMOVING SUN TAN

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Source – (medimetry, n.d.)

Due to anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera, it can sooth the skin. The presence of Vitamin C brings down the effect of tanning and the irritation caused by it. In case of acute suntan, it is advised to apply the aloe vera gel on the face and leave it for as long as possible.

How to use it?

Extract the aloe vera gel and mix with it rose water. Apply it on the face and leave it for as long as possible. You may also leave it overnight also.

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Kabiraj, D., 2014. How to get dandruff free, healthy hair?. [Online]
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[Accessed 22 November 2017].

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