The aloe vera plant is rich in nutrients and has an extensive history in skin care and cosmetics. It is said notable Egyptians including Cleopatra and Nefertiti used aloe vera to protect their skin from the sun and to maintain their skin’s health.
So what’s all the fuss about this succulent plant?
Aloe vera gel is a clear, semi-solid gel derived from the aloe vera plant, native to South Africa. It first gained recognition in the 50s when it was used as a base for nutritional drinks, as a moisturizer and as a healing agent. Chalked full of 150 nutritional ingredients, aloe vera contains key minerals, enzymes, proteins, and polysaccharides.
Adding to the nutrients in aloe vera are six vitamins, key to promoting skin health including: vitamin A, B1, B2, C, D and vitamin E.
With so many nourishing ingredients, aloe vera adds multiple benefits to any makeup or skin care formula. The presence of this gel helps to hold moisture and add flexibility, helping the skin to stave off signs of aging. The astringent pH properties of this plant also help fight aging by tightening and balancing the skin.
In addition, the antibacterial agent in aloe vera disinfects skin, preventing users from applying unwanted and possibly harmful bacteria.
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