Sacred Salts: All the amazing benefits of aloe vera!

Aloe vera is a common plant that you can grow anywhere in your home. This fancy indoor and outdoor plant doesn’t just serve as an adorable display in your home. It is also one of the few plants that are proven to be beneficial for the skin in multiple ways. If you are eager to know the benefits of aloe vera for your skin, then allow us to introduce you to the multiple ways in which aloe vera can make your skin glow and smooth as porcelain. Take a look at the list of benefits below: 

  1. It can soothe sunburn

Have you ever suffered from painful sunburns? Well, you got your saving grace right here! The aloe vera plant is proven to have a soothing effect that could calm the burning sensation in your sunburned skin. Researches show that the healing and moisturizing properties of aloe vera can help first to second-degree burns.

Aloin, one of the properties of aloe vera, is found to have an anti-inflammatory effect that can aid the skin to heal effectively. Along with this, aloe vera also has a variety of antioxidants and proteins. One particular protein is metallothionein, which is a compound that can help protect the skin from the sun and other damages. 

  1. It can help fade dark spots 

There are a variety of reasons why you would have dark spots on your skin. One of these is sun exposure. A few of the other reasons are acne and ageing. Although some dark spots can eventually disappear in time, it can be a struggle to get rid of them immediately. Fortunately, aloe vera has the compound called aloesin, which is proven to lighten the dark spots on the skin. 

  1. It can moisturize dry skin 

The aloe vera plant has a two-fold moisturizing effect: the thick and jelly-like leaf of aloe is rich in water and it helps hydrate the skin. The sugar content of aloe known as the mucopolysaccharide acts as the property that helps retain the moisture. When you apply the aloe directly to your skin, you can increase the water content on your epidermis. 

  1. It can restore a flaky and dry scalp 

Just like for the rest of your body, aloe vera is also perfect for your scalp and is proven to be an effective mask for your hair since it is moisturizing, and has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. 

By applying the aloe vera on your scalp can soothe away the irritation you feel on your scalp. Moreover, it can replenish the lost hydration on your scalp whenever you shampoo. To tie it all up, aloe can also keep your hair smooth and shiny without drying. 

  1. It combats the ageing process

Hydrated skin is supple and youthful skin. If your skin is dry, it would be more susceptible to ageing and would help stave off the signs of ageing in your skin like the wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe vera does this by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin on your skin. 

  1. It can soothe eczema and psoriasis on the skin 

Eczema and psoriasis are skin conditions that are signs of a compromised epidermis and inflammation. Since aloe vera has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect, it can calm the painful and burning effects of eczema on the skin. Moreover, the antibacterial properties of aloe vera can help prevent the growth of fungi, viruses and bacteria that might take advantage of the opening on your skin. 

  1. It can treat and help prevent dandruff 

Dandruff is one of the effects of seborrheic dermatitis. This condition can leave your skin feeling irritated, flaky and scaly. By applying aloe vera to your skin, you can reduce the effects of your skin condition and even prevent dandruff. 

  1. It can help fade away the stretch marks on your skin 

Stretch marks are natural and should be accepted, but sometimes, we just want to have that clear and stretch mark-free skin. To help you prevent and fade away the stretch marks, we recommend using aloe vera since it can restore and prevent inflammation. Aloe vera does this by stimulating the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin.  

  1. It can help clear your acne 

Since aloe vera has antimicrobial properties, it is seen as an effective element to help acne-prone skin. Of course, you shouldn’t rely on aloe vera alone, but it would be good to use an aloe vera mask along with your regular acne medication. 

Another thing that makes aloe vera helpful for acne-prone skin, is the fact that it is also rich in salicylic acid. This acid can help clear the deep-seated dirt in your skin and prevent acne and other skin problems from occurring. 

Different ways you can use aloe vera

We can’t just leave you with the benefits of aloe vera and not inform you about the different ways that you can use this miracle leaf. With that said, let us show you the best applications for your aloe vera right here at Sacred Salts! 

As a sunburn mask  

This is perhaps one of the most popular uses for aloe vera according to dermatologists. Almost all of us have experienced sunburn and aloe vera can bring a soothing effect on your sunburned skin. The fact that the aloe is natural keeps the skin free of additives that can further cause inflammation. 

As a face mask 

There are very few things that you can apply to your face that wouldn’t cause harmful effects on your sensitive skin. One of our few recommended recipes for face masks is the one below. Check it out now: 

  1. Mix aloe with green tea in a bowl and be sure to keep the ingredients tightly bonded together. 
  2. Once the ingredients are carefully mixed together, you can apply it lightly on your face and spread it evenly on your face. Don’t leave it on your face for too long or it will cancel out the moisturizing effect of the face mask since it can take away the natural oils of your skin. 
  3. Once you are through with leaving the mask on, you can rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin after you’re done. 
  4. After washing up, you can start applying your regular cream.

As a dark spot treatment 

Aloe vera is a good source of salicylic acid, which is a popular treatment for dark spots left by fading pimple marks and sunburn. You don’t have to use the aloe vera with other ingredients. Simply dab the aloe vera on the spot that you want it to heal and leave it on for about ten minutes. Once you are done, you can rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry! 

As a hair and scalp mask 

Have you ever seen popular companies use aloe vera on their hair products? Well, this isn’t so surprising since aloe vera can moisturize your hair and scalp, which can prevent dandruff and hair fall-out. Moreover, just like we previously mentioned, aloe vera can effectively make your hair shinier and silkier looking!

As a topical formula for skin 

Aloe vera is one of the most popular natural ingredients that you can often see used in lotions and other topical products. It is often added in because aloe vera can bring a soothing and relaxing effect on the skin. Moreover, it can effectively moisturize without being overwhelming on the skin. The smooth texture of aloe vera also leaves the lotions and creams gliding like butter on the skin. 

Skin exfoliator

Getting rid of dead skin cells is a dangerous game. You can be scrubbing off at one point and damaging your skin at the other. For this reason, you should use light and gentle exfoliators like aloe vera. The aloe vera might have a smooth texture but the compounds found on its leaf can help gently peel off skin without breaking the epidermis. 

Eyebrow gel 

Instead of using regular gels and brow shampoos, you can opt for aloe vera, which is natural and can therefore provide no damage to your skin. To apply the aloe vera on your brows, you can use a q-tip bud and dip it on the aloe vera mask then gently apply it in the direction you want for your brows. Aloe vera as a brow gel can also make your brow look lusher and moisturized. 

Foot mask for dry and cracked heel 

Cracked heels are one of the worst skin conditions to deal with. Not only is it painful, but it also looks absolutely terrible. The nourishing and healing properties of aloe vera can help soothe the pain in your heals and keep it moisturized enough to restore the health of you5r epidermis.