We love aloe. We drink it. We poke it, or it pokes us first. We lather it on after getting a sunburn. Here at Esela, we like to incorporate it's wonderful-ness into all of our products! Its weird, gel-like consistency is so soothing and yet intriguing at the same time. So what is it about aloe vera that gives it these magical healing properties?
The Aloe Vera plant is fairly common, often seen in the desert or in your aunt's front yard landscaping. There's aloe vera for sunburns, there's aloe juice, there's aloe vera skincare (heyyy). Aloe is everywhere. The reason those spiky green tendrils can be used in such a widespread manner is because they are filled with a plethora of ingredients that work wonders for your skin and overall health.
If you cut open an aloe leaf you'll instantly see, and likely find your fingers covered in, the clear gooeyness of the gelatinous middle. Is it solid? Is it liquid? It maintains a shape but it made of mostly water. This inner goop is where all of the magic happens for the aloe plant. With over 75 active ingredients to be found in said goop, aloe vera has some amazing anti-viral, anti-fungal, and cell-regenerative properties.
The lovely Aloe Vera plant is made up of more than 99% water (but of course not quite 100%). That is absolutely insane. To put that into perspective, WATERmelon is only 92% water. All of that moisture means that Aloe is amazingly great for hydrating the skin and body. This comes as no surprise, but the sheer amount of water in aloe is just outstanding. Aloe also keeps your skin cells together, sort of like a glue, thereby smoothing out the skins surface while simultaneously soothing and hydrating your skin.
One of the 75+ active ingredients in Aloe Vera is salicylic acid. This ingredient is commonly found in facial cleansers to treat acne prone skin. The great thing about this ingredient is that it gently exfoliates the skin from within. Exfoliation is a necessary step in any skincare routine as it helps remove dead skin cells and keep the skin fresh, clean, and healthy.
Most people know Aloe for its healing capabilities after a sunburn or other skin ailment. Aloe is able to accomplish this feat due to polysaccharides that encourage skin cells to repair themselves. The gel also contains a pain reliever called carboxypeptidase, which may be why Aloe Vera is so soothing. And addicting. Whoo.
In addition to helping heal sunburns, aloe gel has preventative properties that stop the skin discoloration process. Discoloration and hyperpigmentation are caused anywhere from age to UV exposure. Aloe stimulates fibroblast activity which creates an increase in collagen production and elastin fibers that make the skin more elastic and less wrinkly. AKA, aloe helps to slow the aging process to keep your skin looking plump and youthful.
All in all, aloe is a G-R-E-A-T thing for your skin. This is why we include aloe into all of Esela's products. So lather up after that sunburn, or double up on your Esela Daily Moisturizer. Your skin will reap the benefits and thank you for it.
Oh, and also maybe next time use a sunscreen?