Aloe vera is a member of the succulent plant species. The moisture content of the aloe vera leaf averages at 95%, which is locked in by a waxy outer coat. Studies have proven that the gel of the aloe vera plant provides the skin with moisture and protects it from drying out at the same time. Aloe vera leaves secrete a clear gel. When you break off a leaf from the rest of the plant you can apply the gel inside to dry, sunburned or wounded skin. When used as an ingredient in skin care products, aloe vera works to support the skin's natural moisture balance.
These are the most common benefits of using aloe vera on your skin:
It soothes sunburn
Aloe vera acts as a protective layer to help soothe, heal and restore moisture to sunburned skin.
Aloe vera moisturises the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue, meaning it’s suitable for all skin types, including oily and impure skin. It also helps to support the skin’s defence system against premature ageing caused by free radicals.
It helps to treat acne
Some of the components in aloe vera gel provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It has also been known to stimulate the production of new skin cells, helping acne-prone skin to heal quickly and naturally.
It fights ageing
Aloe vera contains a large number of antioxidants that help to improve the skin's elasticity and hydration levels.
It helps to reduce the severity of stretch marks
Aloe vera gel can help hide the appearance of stretch marks by healing the damaged skin.