Aloe this, aloe that

Aloe vera
is a succulent plant species, succulent meaning it’s a fat plant containing some sort of juice or sap.  Succulent plants usually store water in their leaves or stems.  Extracts from Aloe vera are widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries, being marketed as having rejuvenating, healing, or soothing properties.  What people don’t really know is that these Aloe vera claims actually come from very little evidence.
The Aloe plant produces gel & latex.  Aloe gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf, the part that most people are familiar with. Aloe latex comes from just under the plant’s skin and is yellow in color.  Though Aloe can be taken orally, most people use aloe gel topically, as a remedy for skin conditions including burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores.  Some people also use aloe gel to help surgical wounds and bedsores heal faster.

Aloe has many different uses in the beauty world, as well:

1. Makeup Remover–  using aloe is a more effective way of removing makeup without the harsh chemicals.  Put a dollop onto a cotton ball/pad & wipe away.

2.  Eyebrow Gel–  Dip a clean mascara wand into some aloe vera gel & sweep over your brows.  They’ll stay put for a long period of time without being hard or sticky.

3.  Moisturizer– I personally use aloe gel in the hot, summer days as a moisturizer.  Perfect for both oily & dry skin!

4.  Frizz tamer–  I’ve done this as well, take a little aloe gel and run it through your damp hair to tame frizz & fly-aways.

5.  Blemishes– Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat blemishes, acne and other skin problems.

Those are just to name a few of the benefits using aloe can have.  There is an endless list of things you can do with this plant.  Let us know what you use aloe for!  Do you have an actual plant or do you buy from stores?  Isn’t aloe fun? 😀

PS- Look out for our Head to Toe Aloe Bag on !



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