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Aloe vera offers a natural moisturizing solution

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Aloe vera is highly prized for its moisturizing properties. Image: IStock/subodhsathe via AFP Relaxnews. 

Why bother with multiple products sporting incomprehensible lists of ingredients which can be harmful to your health when you can easily turn to nature for specific and targeted treatments?

Masks, creams, cleansers, and lotions — all of these moisturizing products can be made from aloe vera, whose multiple benefits have long been proven.

Why aloe vera?

First documented some 6,00 years ago by the Egyptians who regarded it as a sacred plant, aloe vera today is grown in warm climates all over the world, particularly in North Africa, South America and the Mediterranean region.

Its main advantage resides in its capacity to store a large amount of water in its leaves which also contain dozens of medicinal compounds with multiple properties. The aloe vera gel, which is filled with moisturizing properties, is extracted from the plant’s leaves using a specific technique and is the ingredient mainly used in the cosmetics sector.

What are the benefits?

Given its high water content, aloe vera gel is renowned as a moisturizer. Better still, it hydrates the complexion without any risk of that much-dreaded shiny look often associated with oil-based products. It is also long-lasting and deep-penetrating. All in all, it is an ideal solution for dry and dehydrated skin.

An additional advantage?

Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years for a wide variety of ailments and has many beauty applications. Above and beyond moisturizing, aloe vera also has healing, soothing and antioxidant properties. This, thus, makes aloe vera useful for the treatment of acne, inflamed and sensitive skin, and the effects of aging. In short, the plant offers a natural solution for virtually everyone.

How to use it?

Today, aloe vera-based products are produced by a large number of cosmetics brands. You only have to choose the product most appropriate for your skin type and your particular needs.

Aloe vera gel is notably available in the form of cleansers, lotions, creams and masks, for both the face and body. As always, you should try to choose organic products. Better yet, you can buy an aloe vera plant from which you can prepare your own aloe vera gel or juice.

Where to find it?

If you wish to make your own gel, you can buy plants of various sizes from gardening stores and large supermarkets for only a few euros.

Alternatively, ready-made aloe vera gel and aloe vera-based cosmetics at a wide variety of prices can be found in organic supermarkets and online. Don’t forget to read the labels to check the aloe vera content; higher levels of aloe vera indicate that products will be more effective as moisturizers. CC


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