We’re shattering the myth that aloe vera is only for sunburns
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
I have been working on streamlining and simplifying my life for awhile now. I do confess that I have more than my share of beauty products for a rainbow of uses. But, in my perfect “green world,” I would love to find ONE thing that would be the ultimate “silver bullet.”
Imagine my surprise when I found out this silver bullet not only exists, but was hiding in the back of my cabinet. I had it housed in the back row because I foolishly believed that aloe vera is only for sunburns. It is a myth that Aloe Vera is just for summer. It is actually great for a veritable cornucopia of uses year round.
Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer that has stood the test of time for thousands of years. This stuff is power packed with good things, including vitamins A, B, E, C, folic acid and coline, 20 amino acids and 10 minerals. According to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, these vitamins protect against free radical damage and promotes cellular metabolism. No wonder aloe vera is found in countless products including sunblock, shampoo, conditioner, skin cleansers, face moisturizer, acne cream, and foundation.
Once I reaching for aloe vera for more than just burns, I became addicted. I love that it’s all natural, does not have any side effects and is full of health benefits. To top it off, it is very accessible and inexpensive (just check out all the aloe vera products at amazon). If you want to be truly green and self reliant, you can even grow your own plant. (If you have a green thumb, take a look at this tutorial from eHow – How to Grow Aloe Vera Indoors.)
During the last eight weeks, I have used 99% pure Aloe Vera to treat dozens of skin issues and irritations, including:
• Acne – it decreased healing time and redness
• Cat scratches – decreased itching and healing time
• Chapped skin – works great on knees, heels and elbows
• Chapped lips – works like a lip balm or treatment
• Dry Skin
• Flea bites (from volunteering at a shelter) – helps the itchies!
• Insect bites
• Razor rash
• Mysterious bumps
• Open wounds
• Scars – it did help fade scars over time but this is not instant
• Wind burn
Attention Beauty Junkies: As a beauty aide I have used Aloe Vera as a:
• Cuticle softener
• Facial moisturizer – absorbs quickly
• Face Mask – put it on thick with your favorite essential oils and wipe off
• Body moisturizer – no need for lotion
• Brow gel – you can mix in eye shadow if you want a color other than clear
• Hair gel – as a styling aide
• Hair Conditioner
• Scalp Treatment – let it sit on your scalp w/essential oils and rinse out
• Shaving gel
So, the wht Myth Squad Verdict? Aloe vera has something to offer from head to toe, all year round! Add a bottle of pure Aloe Vera to your beauty cabinet and start reaping the benefits!
Readers – fan of aloe vera? What do you use it for?
Holly is a Midwestern gal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, animals and is a skin care junkie. Holly is always on the quest to try something new or old and live the best life possible.