What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera plant closely resembles a cactus, however it is actually a member of the lily family. It is a tropical plant native to Northern Africa. The inside of the leafs contains a clear gel that is used in many topical products.
The gel contains a number of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. It also contains salicylic acid which is an active ingredient in numerous acne medications. These ingredients give aloe its healing properties.
The history of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been used for its heal-ing properties since 2100 BC. It was used by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. Aloe Vera is said to have been an important part of the beauty regime of the Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra. In 333 BC Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to invade and capture the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean because it had a large supply of aloe which he needed to heal his wounded soldiers.
What is it used for?
Aloe Vera has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compounds in it which allows it to be used for wound healing. It also has immune-stimulating and anti-inflammatory compounds, and it stimulates collagen synthesis and skin regeneration. It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it very soothing to the skin; it is used to help heal acne and skin disorders of all kinds. The most common use for Aloe Vera is for the treatment of sun burns. When in a gel form, aloe creates a cooling sensation on the skin. It also reduces the swelling and pain related to sun burn.
Topical Aloe products can be applied to the affected area once to three times daily as needed.
Are there any side effects to Aloe Vera?
No. It is perfectly safe for all ages when used topically.
What Aloe Vera products do we recommend?
Hawaiian Tropic Aloe Vera Gel
Option+ After Sun Moisturizer
Option+ Aloe Vera After Sun Spray
Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun- Spray Gel