Aloe Vera is a plant belonging to the Liliaceae family. It is a perennial herb native to Africa, which then spread to other parts of the world: more than three hundred species have been identified, of which the best known is Aloe Barbadensis or Aloe Vera. Always associated with the healing process, Aloe has been used for millennia for its countless therapeutic properties; it was the ancient Egyptians who discovered its cosmetic properties. From its thick and fleshy leaves, a glycolic extract is obtained, rich in active ingredients and widely used in cosmetics. Let's see together the characteristics that make Aloe extract a precious remedy for the skin.
ALOE VERA: BENEFITS AND PROPERTIES
The extract obtained from Aloe Vera leaves boasts numerous cosmetic and therapeutic properties due to the high concentration of active components.
The moisturizing properties are due to the polysaccharides, such as glucose and galactose, which, by retaining the water naturally present on the skin, moisturize the skin and protect it from external agents. Aloe boasts antibacterial properties due to the anthraquinones present in it; it also contains lectins with anti-inflammatory power and the carboxypeptidase enzyme with a healing and analgesic action.
Aloe extract is rich in nutrients and vitamins: Vitamin A with regenerating properties, Vitamin E that protects the skin thanks to its antioxidant power and Vitamin C, an antioxidant with a lightening action, which promotes the formation of collagen. Other nutrients present in the extract include B vitamins, with anti-inflammatory and moisturizing action, and minerals, such as iron and calcium, which promote the natural healing of damaged or inflamed skin.
COSMETIC USES OF ALOE VERA
Aloe extract boasts numerous cosmetic properties:
Aloe Vera deeply hydrates the skin and is therefore suitable for the treatment of dry and dehydrated skin.
Antiallergic and anti-inflammatory
Aloe, thanks to its mild anti-inflammatory properties, can be used to calm allergic reactions of sensitive and atopic skin.
It can be used extensively for the care of red or sunburnt skin.
Aloe extract is a valuable ally to soothe skin irritated by shaving and prevents the appearance of skin imperfections, such as pimples and redness.
The antimicrobial action of the polysaccharides makes Aloe Vera suitable for cleaning and caring for impure and imperfect skin.
Regenerating and Anti Age
Aloe Vera has a lightening effect and prevents the appearance of dark spots on the skin of hands and face; thanks to its numerous nutrients it regenerates the skin, stimulating the synthesis of collagen and elastin.