Skin Care Ingredients– Aloe Vera
To produce aloe Vera gel, the matured leaves of aloe Vera are harvested when the plant is about 4 years old from the whole leaf, the product is then stabilized, antioxidants, preservatives and thickening agents are also added to prevent contamination, chemical or physical change.
The aloe vera gel contains at least six antiseptic agents:
lupeol, salicyclic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols and sulphur.
All of which are recognized antiseptics because they either kill or control mould, bacteria, fungus and virus.
It also contains at least three anti- inflammatory fatty acids-
cholestrol, campersterol and beta- sitosterol
which explains why it is quite effective for treating burns, scrapes, cuts allergic reactions etc.
Is there 100% pure Aloe Vera?
There really isn’t any 100% pure aloe vera sold, because pure aloe vera gel needs to be preserved before being sold otherwise it would rot or ferment long before reaching the point of sale.
Benefits of aloe vera in skin care
- Aloe vera is used to soften and moisturize the skin, especially after a warm bath. Aloe vera is specially effective because it is able to penetrate all three layers of the skin and create beneficial results when used with some other natural skin care ingredients, such as jojoba oil
- Aloe vera can be used as a cleanser for removing light make-up, dust, grease, oiliness, perspiration etc.
- Aloe vera is used as an after waxing relief. The gel applied all over the waxed areas help to soothe, moisturize, heal and cool the waxed area.
- Aloe vera gel can be used as an excellent natural after shave lotion, applied either by itself or with a few drops of lime, lavender or rose oil
- Aloe vera is very popular for its use as a shampoo and conditioner. When it comes to hair, it’s no secret that the fewer chemicals you use the better for you!
- Aloe vera works on stretch marks, dark circles, spots and blemishes, wrinkles etc.
Skin Type Quiz
1.My skin tends to look:
a. shiny or greasy
b. Shiny in the T- zone
c. Clear; neither shiny nor ashy
d. ashen, flaky
e. red and irritated
f. blotchy or has red marks
2. In terms of pimples or black heads, my skin:
a. frequently develops both
b. often develops both on my forehead and chin
c. occasionally develops a pimple
d. may break out in pimples (especially before my period)
e. never develops blemishes, but usually exhibits fine rashes after using various products
f. develops blemishes that always leave dark marks
3. My pores tend to appear:
a. visible and large
b. visible and large in certain areas
c. small, barely noticeable
d. neither small nor large
e. noticeable, but not very prominent
f. I don’t even notice my pores because of the dark marks
4. I usually need to wash my face:
a. 3 or more times a day
b. 2 or 3 times a day
c. 2 times a day
d. once a day
e. once a day with water only
f. twice a day with soap for dark marks
If you picked mostly as, your skin is oily.
If you picked mostly bs, you have combination skin
If you picked mostly cs, your skin is most likely normal
If you picked mostly ds, you have dry skin
If you picked mostly es, you have sensitive skin
If you picked mostly fs, you have hyper pigmenting skin or skin with a marked propensity to develop hyperpigmentation.
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