What is Aloe Vera good for?
Aloe has been known about for a long time, it’s said that Cleopatra used it in her beauty routines and Alexander the Great used it on wounds at times of war. These days we know that it is great for skin, the immune system and it’s an ideal digestive aid. The purifying drinking gel also contains vitamin C which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and to a normal energy-yielding metabolism. As a topical product it soothes, protects and moisturises. In short, it helps support our bodies’ daily normal and optimal function both outside and in.
Are Aloe Vera drinks good for you?
You need to be sure of the quality of the product, always look for the International Aloe Science Council mark which assures purity and potency, and with that in mind 100ml of a certified Aloe Gel Drink can contain 70% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C for an adult which as already mentioned is great for supporting immune function, a topic we are all so aware of at the moment! The NHS website tells us that Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has several important functions.
- helping to protect cells and keeping them healthy
- maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage
- helping with wound healing
Which Aloe Vera gel is the best?
Always ensure you have an IASC product to be sure of quality.
You will find a choice of Natural, added fruit flavours and there is also one available with added nutrients to support joints and mobility, so really it depends on preference and needs. They all have the same core benefits mentioned above. The natural one, which can contain 99.7% pure Aloe with just 0.3% natural stabilisers gives you most of what you are buying it for, you can add your own juice to if required as the taste can be a little challenging to some. There are also some ready mixed fruit flavours available, Peach is popular for those with a more sweet tooth and Berry Nectar which contains Cranberry and Apple offers another fruity flavour with high levels of vitamin C ensuring those benefits previously mentioned are fully available. I find that those who are looking to support their skin quality often choose this one. The version targeted at mobility, offers all the benefits of the other three with added glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM, natural sulphurs that help support joint function.
How does Aloe Vera work on the skin?
Aloe soothes, moisturises and conditions so is useful for many applications on the skin, it is also a great carrier for added ingredients that can be taken deep into the skin where they can work their magic! Aloe with Propolis cream is a great example where we want to create a natural deep down soothing and protective barrier. This also works for other processes, so for example, a warming Heat Lotion where we want the warming ingredients to penetrate more deeply, the Aloe helps to carry the warming sensation deep into aching muscles and makes a great massage medium.
In short, using a good quality Aloe skin product we will see it absorb rather than create the greasy film seen with some skin products.
It’s also worth remembering that our skin extends to our insides too where Aloe can also help maintain healthy skin and tissue quality with both topical products and drinks.
How can Aloe Vera help your hair and scalp?
Aloe will naturally soothe and moisturise a dry scalp, just as it does with skin elsewhere on the body. In an Aloe Shampoo instead of having to rely on man-made sudsing agents, aloe naturally supplies saponins, which helps create a gentle lather for a more natural clean. The moisturising qualities of Aloe help to produce glossy hair without the need for additives in a product.
Liquid Aloe can also be sprayed onto the hair and massaged into the scalp to assist in nourishment and help protect the hair from the elements.