Aloe vera, this herb needs no introduction. The leaves of this plant are thick and fleshy. It is generally grown as an ornamental plant, requires little water to grow. It is also known as ‘Kala bandha‘ in Telugu and ‘Ghritkumari‘ in Hindi.
What Does Aloe Vera Contain?
It contains 99% of water and other 1% amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, sterols and vitamins.
Vitamins: Vitamin A, B12, C, E, folic acid, and choline.
Minerals: Calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper, chromium, selenium, zinc and sodium.
Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins. Both these hormones have anti-inflammatory properties.
Enzymes: Carboxypeptidase, catalase, lipase, peroxidase, cellulase, alkaline phosphotase, amylase.
Fatty acids: Cholesterol, lupeol, Beta-sisosterol, campesterol.
Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Skin
Aloe vera has antibacterial properties which reduce acne and inflammation. Rubbing aloe gel on face reduces open pores, sebum secretion and removes dead cells. It is also used to treat psoriasis and eczema.
Topical application of aloe vera gel heals sunburns. Scrape out the gel from fresh leaf. Gently apply over sunburned areas. Leave it on the skin, no need to wash. Apply it on affected areas thrice a day for one week.
It contains beta-carotene, vitamin C and E. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Also, improves skin’s elasticity and keeps the skin hydrated. It refreshes the skin and gives young looking skin.
Skin Pigmentation Marks
Rubbing of aloe vera gel reduces pigmentation marks and blemishes on the skin. It also treats small cuts and light burns. Mix equal amounts of aloe vera gel and rose water. Apply on clean face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
Aloe vera gel is an excellent moisturiser. It works well for both men and women. Mixing aloe vera gel with few drops of aloe vera gel works great for dry skin and wrinkled skin.