The Benefits of Using Aloe Vera
Often referred to as a "miracle plant", aloe vera has several benefits for the skin and it is no coincidence that it is a key ingredient in many skincare products. It has been used for centuries in places like Egypt, Arabia and Africa due to its healing properties. Here are just some of the reasons why aloe vera is so highly thought of by many people.
1. It promotes healing. It's often predominantly thought of as an excellent after-sun remedy when you've caught the sun just that little bit too much, but aloe vera can also can also speed up the healing of first degree burns and improve skin irritation in general. It is often used by dermatologists after a microdermabrasion treatment (a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the top layer of the skin being exfoliated to improve its appearance).
2. It relieves itching. Aloe vera naturally contains magnesium lactate, which helps it to relieve the itchiness that comes as part and parcel of insect bites, eczema, rashes and other skin conditions.
3. Ingestion can work wonders. If aloe vera juice is taken internally, it is believed to have benefits such as improving circulation, regulating blood sugar levels and blood pressure, improving the immune system, promoting the healing of bones and joints and even treating ulcers. This list is rather impressive but it's advisable to consult a physician before you start consuming aloe vera gel as there can be some unpleasant side effects such as sickness, allergies, skin irritation and discolored urine. Experts suggest that these type of side effects are not all that common but it's better to be safe than sorry.
If you're pregnant, have Crohn's disease, colitis or problems with your intestines, seek medical advice before you use aloe vera internally or directly on the skin. It's also a good idea to get professional medical advice if you're taking medications as aloe vera could interfere with their effectiveness. Adverse side effects are more likely if you ingest more aloe vera juice than is recommended.