Taking care of our skin this summer includes finding natural ways to soothe and nurture our skin when we have cuts, burns, or any reactions to the elements around us. Avoid using harsh, prescription creams and try a more natural approach. Our expert guest blogger, Becky Sturm, reminds us of the healing properties of Aloe.
The succulent plant, aloe vera, grown in subtropical and tropical locations, and has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, especially burns, wounds, and skin irritations. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and remains one of the most commonly used herbs today.
Made up of 99 percent water, aloe also contains glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins speed the healing process by minimizing pain and inflammation, while polysaccharides stimulate skin growth and repair. Vitamins C and E in aloe gel improve the strength of the skin tissues and pack a powerful, hydrating punch to dehydrated or aging skin. Aloe is also effective on oily and acne-prone skin. It’s antimicrobial, destroying the bacteria that cause acne, while its anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness and help skin heal quickly.
Aloe vera can and will address all skin conditions. The plant is revitalizing, cooling, hydrating, and provides a comforting slip to the skin.