Updated: May 20, 2020

When you were a child did your mother cut a blade of aloe off the household plant, split it in half, and rub it on your sunburned skin? You are not alone. Your mom knew it was good for you, but she probably didn’t know how powerful it was to promote healing moisturised skin.

Aloe vera is a highly desired ingredient. It has polysaccharides that give hydrating, anti-inflammatory benefits and allow for aloe to give a protective barrier on the skin. Aloe also has phytosterols which help to soothe itchiness and irritation while also giving protection to prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss.)

Aloe vera gel has bioactive compounds in the plant that are rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc. These are all thought to aid in the 'healing' benefits of aloe.

Aloe vera creates a barrier on the skin to lock moisture in, and the malic acid in aloe vera tightens loose skin, improves elasticity, and reduces sagging, crepey skin.

Is using an aloe vera moisturiser daily necessary?

If maintaining a youthful glow is important to you, then yes. Using aloe vera daily will enhance your skin by promoting collagen production. Higher levels of collagen in your skin are crucial for supple skin.

Applying skincare isn’t the only way to boost collagen. When you combine non-toxic skincare like Tropic’s with a collagen-rich diet then your skin will respond to the nutrient-dense treatment in and on your skin. A collagen-rich diet includes chicken, fish, beans, eggs, and dairy products.

Your diet should avoid sugar. Sugar attaches itself to collagen and makes your skin tough. At this point, is sugar in our diets good for anything? Probably not.

Aloe Vera’s History of skincare use

Dating back to the earliest Egyptian cultures 6,000 years ago, aloe vera was known as the “plant of immortality” and used to keep skin looking its best. The name aloe vera is derived from the Arabic word “Alloeh” which translates to “shining bitter substance,” and “vera” in Latin means “true.”

The renowned Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra, both known for their beauty, used it as part of their regular beauty regimes. It was held in such high esteem the plant was presented to dead pharaohs as a gift.

Today it is used around the world and often referred to as the “first aid” plant because of its ability to heal cuts and soothe sunburns. It also helps to supply oxygen to skin cells, which strengthens, rejuvenates, hydrates, and improves elasticity to minimize the signs of aging.

Aloe Vera is a succulent perennial that originated in Africa and thrives in dry, desert climates. When cut, the leaves of the aloe plant secrete a clear gel that can be directly applied topically to soothe skin and heal wounds. To extract aloe vera gel on a much larger scale, a cold-pressed process is used.

Although commonly considered part of the cactus family because of its prickly spines, aloe vera is actually a member of the lily family. Common colloquial names for aloe vera include the burn plant, the medicine plant, nature healer, and the first-aid plant. Considered a true gift of nature, the aloe plant reduces irritation skin ailments like psoriasis, eczema, mycosis, fever blisters and protects skin against pollution.

Aloe Vera Properties

  • Good source of antioxidants, including beta carotene, vitamin C and E

  • Contains Auxin and Gibberellins, two hormones that promote new cell growth and have anti-inflammatory properties

  • Packed full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and salicylic acid

  • Contains 19 of the 20 amino acids required by the body for optimal health

Aloe Vera Skincare Benefits

  • Acts as a protective layer to the skin and helps replenish its moisture

  • Heals wounds and minimizes scarring

  • Cooling and soothing making it a great treatment to sunburn

  • It helps minimize the signs of aging.

Tropic Skincare incorporate many natural botanical ingredients that have centuries-old known caring properties. We recommend you try Tropic's Skin Feast Nourishing Cream Concentrate. Brimming with 20 skin-loving plant, fruit and flower extracts, this daily moisturising hero nourishes the skin with a boost of powerful antioxidants and actives. It's your answer to a brighter, more nourished complexion!

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