Incredible benefits of Aloe Vera for skin and hair

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The Aloe Vera, also called ‘plant of immortality’ needs no introduction. Everybody knows the miraculous properties that this plant has! Aloe Vera have been used in cosmetics, body lotions, beauty products, health products and medicines since long ago. The plant has prickly and thick skinned leaves which keeps away insects from it. Inside is the translucent gel which has many benefits- can be applied externally or orally and it shows how much beneficial it is. The gel is mainly composed of water, rest is a protein which contains 18 out of 20 amino acids present in the body, organic and inorganic compounds, Vitamin A, B, C and E. Other than gel, it has sap which is yellowish and can be extracted from leaves.

Aloe Vera plant can be grown inside your home. It does not need any special care but it will give you lots of benefits. Fresh aloe Vera gel, along with other ingredients on the kitchen shelf can be used to beautify and cure certain skin and hair problems. Keep reading, below are some tips to make more skin and hair healthier, smooth and shiny as ever!

Benefits for the skin:

Who does not know that aloe Vera is widely used in beauty products. The reason? The gel has high amounts of anti-oxidants and vitamins that help replenish the skin. Aloe Vera gel is also anti-bacterial so it protects the skin from various conditions that cause acne, blemishes etc. Read below and apply these skin care regimes for a glowing and healthy skin, ever!

Keeps away wrinkles and fine lines:

Aloe Vera is great to prevent and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Studies have shown that its topical and oral use can significantly minimize the fine lines.

What to do:

* Mix aloe Vera gel with a Vitamin E capsule and apply to wrinkles and fine lines. Massage for a few minutes and there you go! I recommend you to do this before bed.

* You can mix Aloe Vera gel with vitamin C and store it for use as a cream.

* Add ¼ teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel in your daily smoothie, specifically in the morning and see the magic.

How it works:

Aloe Vera works deep in the skin and increases the production of collagen. Collagen naturally tightens the skin and thus reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Great moisturizer for all types of skin:

Aloe Vera is not only good for dry skin but also for oily and combination skin. It controls the oil content in the skin and is hydrating it without producing extra oils.

What to do:

Massage Aloe Vera gel on the face and neck straight away or add Vitamin C in it, blend and use it as a moisturizing cream.

How it works:

Aloe is 99.5% water. So, it balances the water content of the skin without leaving skin greasy.

Fights with bad acne and blemishes:

Aloe Vera is great to fight acne. It also reduces the scars and blemishes. It makes skin smooth by reducing pore size and less oily thus preventing acne.

What to do:

Mix Aloe Vera gel with lemon juice and apply it on the face. Massage and leave overnight for best results.

How it works:

Aloe Vera has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. So, it not only fights acne but also makes blemishes vanish away. It also has polysaccharides which that stimulate the production of new skin cells. That is how it repairs the skin after acne.

Great for sun burns:

As Aloe Vera gel is very soothing so it can be used on sun burns to sooth the skin and also lighten the burns.

What to do:

Directly apply the fresh Aloe Vera gel on the sun burn.

How it works:

Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory. So, it soothes the skin affected from sun bur. It also has antioxidants that prevent the moisture from escaping out of the skin and thus repairs the epithelial layer of the skin.

Miracle for insect bites, cuts, and wounds:

As Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory so it heals and repairs the skin quite well. It is great for repairing skin cells after an insect bite or any kinds of cuts and wounds. It also has anti-bacterial properties so it protects the wounds from getting infected. It is also great for the wounds and cuts during shave.

What to do:

Just apply fresh Aloe Vera gel on the cut or wound.

Reduces stretch marks:

Stretch marks develop because skin gets teared due to rapid and excessive weight gain. Aloe Vera greatly reduces these stretch marks.

What to do:

Apply Aloe Vera gel mixed with Vitamin E and lemon juice. Massage for few minutes and then rinse.

How it works:

Aloe Vera makes skin tighter and lighter due to its property of shrinking the pores.

Benefits for hair:

Reduces hair fall:

Aloe Vera is not only great for the skin but it also reduces the hair fall by promoting hair growth.

What to do:

Mix Aloe Vera with castor oil and apply on the hair. Massage gently in the roots of the hair and leave overnight. Rinse with shampoo in the morning.

How it works:

Aloe Vera removes the dead cells from the scalp and thus helps in hair growth.

Makes hair dandruff free:

Aloe Vera is widely used in hair products (shampoos and conditioners) due to its property to fight dandruff.

What to do:

Apply any organic shampoo and conditioner which has Aloe Vera in it.

How it works:

Dandruff can be caused due to dead cells accumulated in the scalp, excess oil production and infections. Aloe Vera fights infections and removes dead cells from the scalp. It also maintains the pH of the scalp and thus reduces dandruff significantly.

Take Away note:

Aloe Vera is great for skin, hair and body. Fresh Aloe Vera should be used to get maximum benefit from it. Aloe Vera can be applied topically or taken orally but one should be careful while using it. It’s best to use its appropriate quantities along with other ingredients and should be used consistently for getting actual results.

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