Aloe vera is that post-sunburn product we all know and love. But did you know the benefits of aloe vera for the skin go much deeper than that?
Aloe vera is scientifically proven to work as a powerful anti-inflammatory, and contains polysaccharides (carbohydrate molecules) that promote the development of new skin cells in place of damaged ones. This is, undoubtedly, what makes it such a powerful treatment for burns. But aloe vera works in countless other ways to exfoliate, moisturize, and nourish the skin, many of which are all-too-often forgotten.
According to Kim Chang, aesthetician with the Baylor University Aesthetics Studio, aloe vera contains enzymes that gently exfoliate the skin when applied. It also contains properties that promote collagen production and elastin fibers, which reduce signs of wrinkles and other side effects of aging. Its polysaccharide richness has been proven to help increase moisture within the skin – scientists predict that this is because it helps create a barrier on the epidermal layer that traps moisture within, thus preventing dryness.
Not to mention, the plant, which originates from the Arabian desert, is vitamin and antioxidant rich. It contains vitamin A (which stimulates skin cell production) and vitamin E (an antioxidant that prevents damage to skin cells by free radicals from sun exposure and air pollution), thus protecting and repairing your body’s largest organ from day-to-day harms.
All in all, aloe vera might just be one of the most powerful natural substances out there for your skin. Working it into your daily hygiene routine is a great way to keep your epidermis healthy and happy. And there’s no easier method for doing so than with a simple body wash. So, use Bartholomew Sisters’ Black Body Wash, which is rich in aloe vera, next time you’re taking a shower. Your skin will thank you.