Monday, October 4, 2010

Aloe Vera – A gift of skin care from nature

The Aloe is approximately divided into more than four hundred species. The variations are mostly in color and could be in the range of bright green and grey color, they could also come with stripes. The leaves of the Aloe Vera are also known to be pointed and long in nature with spinney edges. The flowers of the Aloe are in the forms of tube and the variance of color ranges from yellow, red and even orange. The flowers of the Aloe are normally solidly bunched together from stems that are leafless.

Among the several species of the Aloe, the one that is most common is the Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is high regarded based on its high level of medicinal content. The Aloe Vera is widely used in the production of most skin care products. It has the unique properties of antibiotic and antiseptic that determines to a great extent its effectiveness in the treatment of skin conditions like eczema, rashes, sunburns etc. Aloe Vera also has the ability to produce substances that gives relief from itching associated to poison oak, poison sumac and poison ivy. In the cosmetic industry, it is introduced into certain creams as a moisturizing agent, which helps in boosting the skin’s elasticity and diminishes to a great extent, the visible symptoms of aging.

The Aloe Vera plant has a very high content of water in it, approximately 96%, the remnant 4% is made up of amino acids, Vitamins A, C, E, B, and B12. The 4% also contains minerals like Copper, Iron, Potassium, Calcium etc. and enzymes. Most of the Vitamins have high content of antioxidants which is the major reason why they are mostly used in the production of various skin care products.

The advantages of Aloe Vera are summed up below:

• It contains antioxidant which aids in the growth of new skin cell which will
in turn boost the elasticity of the skin
• It has the ability to heal wounds and minimizes to a large extent the
visibility of scars
• It is used as a form of treatment in the cases of eczema, rashes, insect
bites etc

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