Aloe Vera's Skin Benefits

If your skin is dry and damaged, the benefits of Aloe Vera will help restore it.

Aloe vera has been used to soften and heal skin for thousands of years. But, how many of us actually know what aloe vera is, and why it’s so beneficial for our skin?
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The History of Aloe Vera in Skin Care

Aloe vera is a cactus-like plant with thick, fleshy leaves. These leaves produce a gel long known to be a traditional folk remedy for a range of conditions. Aloe vera has a long history and its uses are thought to date back as far as 6,000 years to the early Egyptians. The plant was even said to be pictured on stone carvings and was described as the “plant of immortality”.

Aloe vera is well known for soothing skin, and is believed to contain powerful healing properties. Find out more about aloe vera skin care with our informative guide on the uses of aloe vera.

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    Benefits of Aloe Vera for Flaky Skin
    Daily life can take its toll on your skin, making it dry and flaky. Although dry skin is common, it can be caused by a variety of different factors, such as:
    • Age – Our skin often becomes drier as we get older.
    • Career – For example, if you often submerge your hands in water at work, you might find your skin becomes dry and cracked.
    • Climate – Living in a hot climate or warm weather in summer can also dry out your skin.
    Moisturizing regularly can help to soothe the skin, and aloe vera has long been used as a home remedy to deal with dry, flaky skin. It’s believed to have soothing properties to restore smooth supple skin. Studies have shown that moisturizers containing aloe vera extract may be effective at improving skin hydration.

    Vaseline® Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Lotion uses the healing power of aloe vera to leave your skin deeply moisturized. Using pure aloe extract, it moisturizes the top three layers of the skin’s surface (the stratum corneum).
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    Aloe Vera Benefits for Sunburned Skin

    Sunburn can be painful and is caused by too much exposure to the sun without proper protection. If you notice your skin beginning to sting, it’s best to treat it as soon as you can. 

    Aloe vera is believed to help soothe the pain and discomfort caused by sunburn. Some studies have found that aloe vera reduces UV-induced erythema – the lobster-red rash that pops up when you’ve been in the sun too long – helping to keep your skin look and feel healthy all summer long. 

    Research has shown that aloe vera gel also has anti-inflammatory properties and that it significantly reduces the inflammation of sunburn in just 48 hours.

    Keeping Dry Sunburned Skin Hydrated with Aloe Vera

    Skin that’s been sunburned loses moisture and can become very dry. Applying moisturizer that uses aloe vera however can help to hydrate thirsty skin that’s become dry and flaky.

    Benefits of Aloe Vera for Itchy Sunburned Skin

    Sunburn can also make skin itchy. Although it might be tempting to scratch the skin, this could cause further damage. Using a cold compress and moisturizing with soothing aloe vera however can help to calm irritated skin.

    Always wear sunscreen when the sun’s shining to avoid sun damage.

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    Aloe Vera for Skin That’s Dull and Tired
    • Although aloe vera gel looks simple – it’s just a clear jelly – it’s actually very complex. It’s made up of enzymes, minerals, acids, and plenty of vitamins. Aloe vera contains powerful antioxidants, which are thought to have an anti-aging effect on skin. Vitamin E – Found in aloe vera, this antioxidant increases the surface of the skin’s ability to maintain moisture.
    • Vitamin C – Also an antioxidant in aloe vera, it’s commonly used in anti-aging skin care.
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    Using Aloe Vera for Skin That’s Burned

    Studies have found that aloe vera may reduce the healing time of minor burns. Aloe vera is also known for its ability to help repair skin as it speeds up collagen production. 

    Collagen is a fiber in your body that keeps your skin strong and flexible. If you injure your skin, your body creates collagen that works to bind broken tissues back together. When aloe vera gel has been applied to a wound, it has been proven to help it heal quicker.

    Vaseline® Jelly can be used to aid home remedies like aloe vera by locking in moisture and protecting skin during recovery. Even when used on its own, Vaseline® Jelly creates an extra layer of protection, preventing moisture from escaping and helping aid your skin’s natural recovery process.

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    Introducing Aloe Vera to Your Skincare Routine

    Using aloe vera regularly is believed to help your skin look and feel healthier. Try incorporating it into your daily skincare regime, along with other complementary skincare products like Vaseline® Jelly that lock in moisture and keep your skin protected.

    If you’re always on the go and looking for a quick way to work aloe vera into your skincare routine, Vaseline® Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Lotion absorbs quickly, leaving a non-greasy feeling. Using pure aloe vera extract, it’s also great for refreshing and soothing the skin, making it perfect for dry skin in the hot summer months.

For more advice on how to keep your skin soft, beautiful, and healthy-looking check out the skin health section for tips on how to deal with dry patches, how to soothe sunburn and much more.

The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes