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5 reasons why aloe vera gel is a blessing for your skin and hair

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For centuries now, aloe vera has been considered as a magic potion for skin and hair care. From being regarded as ‘the plant of immortality’ by ancient Egyptians to finding its place in modern-day dermatological research and application, this plant has truly stood the test of time. 

Aloe vera is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B12 and packs a solid punch of minerals well. So, the gel extracted from this plant helps in treating issues ranging from wounds to skin ageing.

In fact, here are five problems that you can easily treat with the benefits of good-old aloe vera gel

1. Skin dehydration and ageing

The amino acids in aloe vera gel help moisturize the skin and make it more elastic as well as less wrinkled. The plant in itself thrives in dry climates and hence, as a natural mechanism, it is conditioned to store water in its leaves, which when combined with the amino acids and complex carbohydrates present in the plant, make for a fantastic hydrating agent for the skin.

Moreover, this vitamins C and E, and beta carotene-rich plant gel gives the skin nourishing and anti-ageing qualities as it moisturises it without making it greasy.

2. It helps with wound healing

Aloe vera has been known historically as a healing agent and this property of protecting the skin even finds prevalence in modern scientific research. The gel, when applied on a wound, increases collagen, thereby accelerating wound contraction and reducing the strength of resulting scar tissue.

What also helps is the presence of the novel anti-inflammatory compound called C-glucosyl along with lupeol in the aloe vera gel that speeds up the healing process of wounds as well as provides anti-septic relief.

3. It can reduce hair fall

Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes which are known to repair dead skin cells on the scalp. Not just that, the gel acts as a great conditioner and can make your hair smooth and shiny.

Aloe vera gel also helps in hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp and reduces dandruff. This miraculous plant happens to have a similar chemical make-up to that of keratin (the primary hair protein) and hence, rejuvenates the hair and prevents breakage.

4. It can fight dental plaque and cavities

Aloe vera is also known to be an effective countermeasure for teeth-related problems. Due to the presence of anthraquinone compounds that actively heal and reduce pain through natural anti-inflammatory effects, aloe vera gel can help with tooth pain and reduce swelling.
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Also, the plant’s natural ingredients, such as vitamin C, block plaque and provide relief for bleeding gums.

5. Aloe can protect your skin from the sun

Aloe vera is regarded to have protective effects against radiation damage. Its antioxidant properties help synthesize the protein(s) in our skin to prevent UV-induced harmful effects and delay hypersensitivity.

Hence, aloe vera gel, if applied from time to time, will protect against skin cell damage due to UV rays and will help maintain the structural integrity of the skin by curing the damage caused by these harmful rays.

Aloe vera is truly a magical plant that can solve so many of our problems!

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  1. Aloe vera is awesome. My older sun had sunburn so I gave him some aloe vera.

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  2. I've heard great things about aloe vera. I will have to pick some up for sure.

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  3. My favorite plant... Moon

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  4. Aloe Vera is something that I learned to use when I was a lot younger, but did not come back to it or think about using it until this covid thing hit. I did not know about the teeth thing though.

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  5. I've heard a lot about how amazing and beneficial Aloe Vera gel is! I can't wait to try this out.

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  6. My Grandmother just gave me an aloe vera plant. She has always had them in her home and I remember her using it for so many different things. I'm excited that I will now have one to show my kids all the great uses we can use it for.

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  7. Great !
    I have aloe vera plant in my garden ...i use it and it is really effective.

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  8. I had no idea aloe could be used for so many different things. I only knew it was good for sunburn. I want to try it with my hair!

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    1. It's really effective for hair. I use twice a week.

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  9. Aloe Vera has a blessing to me as of late - I got a really bad sun burn and it's really helped ease the pain.

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  10. I had no idea that alone vera can help in dental hygiene. I grew up in Jamaica where we used alone vera for many purposes, including consuming it, but your post taught me something new today. Thank you.

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  11. I've heard of the beneficial influence of aloe vera on our body! I need to check this gel out as my skin and my hair need some extra care! :)

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  12. I use aloe vera gel for my hair! Love the product!

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  14. I love using Aloe Vera. Didn’t know about hair thinning but very helpful.

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  15. totally agree with your all reasons..Aloe vera is very beneficial in most of the ways..I always use aloe vera and it is really effective...

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  16. Yeah, I agree with your points here.. Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. And for skin “It contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.” Chang added that when it comes to acne, Aloe Vera works best on superficial surface acne rather than cystic or deeper acne.

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  17. I just bought an aloe vera plant. I can't wait to use it for skin care

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  18. Growing up, my mother grew aloe vera plants around our house due to the fact that my brother always had such an extreme reaction to poison ivy. It was the only thing that would really give him relief - not commercial aloe gels, but straight from the plant. I've been considering growing my own for sun burns and the like. Now, reading all these other benefits, I'm definitely going to do it!

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  19. Aloe Vera has so many benefits. It has such an all-purpose element. Your description was well-done. Great info and post!!!🤗

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  20. Aloe Vera has tons of great benefits and advantages. It's a must have for all of us!

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  21. Aloe Vera is good for skin too. We have lots of it here at home.

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  22. Aloe Vera is amazing. I take it every morning to help with my digestion. ☺

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