Aloe Vera has been employed for centuries since it is considered a natural medicine for our body. From soothing properties to antioxidant ones, find out the incredible benefits of this plant for the skin!

Aloe, also known as aloe barbadensis, is a thick plant characterized by a short stem that is capable of storing water in its leaves. The substances contained in the leaves help the skin to heal, but it doesn’t end here… let’s discover the other numerous benefits of the aloe.

1. Aloe Vera contains healthy herbal substances

Aloe Vera is a genuine natural medicine. For this reason, the beauty, pharmaceutical, and food industries widely use it.

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Its leaves are thick, green, and fleshy and can be 30-50 centimetres long, and contain a vegetal tissue that can store water. In this way, the famous gel that we all associate with aloe products is naturally generated. This gel contains the majority of the plant’s benefits, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.

2. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties

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Antioxidants are substances that are very important for our health. In fact, they can contrast, slow or neutralize the development of free radicals, and therefore protect the cells. According to several investigations and researches, the gel of this plant contains powerful natural antioxidants. These substances are polyphenols and they can inhibit the growth of certain bacteria which may cause infections.

The antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties of the aloe make this plant ideal to heal wounds and numerous skin damages.

3. It heals scalds and sunburns

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Maybe your grandma suggested rubbing some aloe gel on your skin after a severe sunburn. The use of this plant concerning scalds and sores has a long history and tradition. Some researchers have proven how aloe can be effective to heal first- and second-degree burns and can reduce the skin healing process up to 9 days compared to common medications. In addition to this, aloe prevents skin blemishes and itching.

4. It has soothing and hydrating properties

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Recent studies show how this plant can help skin store moisture and therefore people with dry skin should use it.

5. Aloe Vera prevents wrinkles

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Some researchers pointed out how topical aloe gel can slow skin’s aging. The analysis conducted on 30 women older than 45 has proven that the use of aloe gel has increased the production of collagen and improved skin’s elasticity for a 90 days period.

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Author: Alessia Sforza

I am Alessia and I am currently studying foreign languages at the University of Trento. I strongly believe that foreign languages and cultures are an excellent means to discover the world and its wonderful diversity and complexity. My interests don’t end here: I grew up in the lush valleys near Brescia – in the north of Italy – and I manage to spend as much time as possible outdoors. For this reason, I value a lot of respect for the environment and sustainability. I am an art lover and I really like travelling and discovering new places. When I have to stay at home, I spend a lot of time reading books, going for long walks, and riding my bike. I always have my camera by my side, so that I can capture the most exciting and memorable moments of my adventures.
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