The aloe is a succulent plant native to East and South Africa and was known as the “plant of immortality” in ancient Egypt. Aloe is now cultivated in countries bordering the Mediterranean as well as drier areas in Africa, Asia and North America. It’s Arabic name, “saber”, means patience as the plant requires very little water.

Aloe is known to have healing properties as it reduces pain, inflammation and stimulates skin growth and repair. It is also an excellent moisturizer and contains antioxidants such as Vitamins A and C as well as enzymes. The gel extracted from the aloe vera plant’s fleshy leaves can be applied directly to the skin. Having the plant in your house is helpful since it can be applied directly to burns and will heal and cool the skin.

Benefits of Aloe for Skin:

  • Moisturizing and exfoliating. Aloe Vera moisturizes skin making it smooth and silky. It is especially useful for sensitive or oily skin.
  • Vitamin-rich. Aloe contains vitamins A, C and E. The vitamins work as antioxidants, offering potent benefits to the skin. For instance,
  • Vitamin A helps protect your skin from sun-induced redness, UV damage and pigmentation and stimulates cell growth resulting in firmer skin. Vitamin C repairs damaged skin cells and reduces free radicals while Vitamin E promotes skin health.
  • Soothing and cleansing properties. Aloe also contains natural antiseptic agents that cleanse skin.
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