You guessed it! We’re talking about aloe vera today, because it is one of our favorite ingredients. But why is it so popular and amazing for your skin? Well let’s talk about it a bit and explain all the wonderful properties and benefits of aloe vera.
A bit of history before digging in:
There are over 240 different types of the aloe vera plant which mainly grow in Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. The most commonly used specie is Aloe Barbadensis for it’s dense nutrient content. This is the specie of aloe vera that we use in our Herbal Face Food™ serum.
Aloe’s Nutrient Rich Properties
The gel of the aloe has more than 75 different nutrients and over 200 active compounds including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins. *inhale* wow! *exhale* which is why it is one of the most nutritious plants in the world.
One of the newest and most exciting components discovered about aloe vera is it’s biologically active polysaccharide known as acetylated mannose, or acemannan. It is shown to be an extremely effective immune stimulant and even being investigated as an agent for treating cancer in humans.
Prostaglandins are thought to play the major role for wound healing. Not to mention that aloe contains fatty acids, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and you get the point!
Why Aloe for Your Skin?
Of course there’s gotta be a good reason why there is aloe vera in our products, right? There’s a purpose for every single one of our ingredients and aloe is a favorite of ours. Its ability to rapidly penetrate all our skin layers and so much more is why we’re in love.
Aloe Vera has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and helps heal acne, burns, wounds, psoriasis, dermatitis, and so much more. Also, great for keeping your skin young, fresh, and bright.
Everything in Aloe Vera You Need
Just a quick break for those curious of what exactly is in aloe vera. We love knowing everything about…well everything in our products; and we want you to know too.
- Vitamins – aloe vera gel is full of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene (the precursor to vitamin A), and one of the few plants containing vitamin B12
- Minerals – magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, calcium, sodium, and iron
- Amino Acids – our bodies need 22 amino acids to produce proteins and aloe vera gel contains 20 of these. Even better, the gel has 7 of the 8 essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce alone.
- Sugars – contains the long chain of polysaccharides that affect the immune system and help increase the absorption rate.
- Enzymes – lipase and proteases are so-called caroxypepitedius which affect the inflammatory process
- Plant Steroids – aloe contains the main groups for powerful anti-inflammatory components
- Lingnibu – is what helps aloe penetrate deeply into your skin
- Saponin – the soap compounds that have strong anti-microbial effects on bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeast candida
- Antraquinoner – aloin and emodin are strong pain killers known to combat bacteria and viruses
- Salicylic Acid- an aspirin like component that counteracts any inflammation and breaks down dead tissue when used externally
There you have why Aloe Vera is one of our favorite ingredients and all its wonderful properties. Comment below with any questions, tips, tricks and more about aloe vera.