I was getting mail the other day and as I was enjoying the gorgeous scenery in Tucson… it never gets old… It’s truly a special, beautiful place – I often say that we won’t live anywhere more beautiful… but hey maybe we will… anyways, I was checking the mail and noticed the most abundant, gorgeous aloe plants up near the mailboxes. They are getting so big and after living here for 2 years, I am always amazed at how they grow and turn into these gigantic plants that not only look pretty, but they can actually be really beneficial to our skin & not just when we’ve got a nasty sunburn.
I imagine most of us can remember a time where our parental figure whipped out that insanely large container of bright green aloe gel to slather on us after getting a wicked sunburn or even slathering it on a burn after attempting to snuff out a candle with two fingers… do you guys remember doing that? I apparently wasn’t very good at it as a child because I always burned myself. Anyways, but when I often think of aloe vera, I think of that bright green bottle and sunburns, but to our great excitement, aloe vera comes in many other shapes & sizes and helps with a lot more than just a burn.
In about 1750 BC, Sumerian clay tablets indicated the use of aloe vera for medical purposes. It appears that even earlier, perhaps as early as 4000 BC, drawings of it were found on temple walls in the tombs of the Pharaohs. It is said that the Egyptians called it the “Plant of Immortality”. – Information compliments of Desert Harvest
Aloe vera is celebrating its 4,000 year anniversary – LOL that’s almost insane to think about and we couldn’t be happier. Aloe vera is said to have TONS of healing benefits… I’m talking tons! Here are just some that are mentioned in contemporary literature.
- Kidney infections
- Joint pain
- Bad breath… hm, who knew!?
….as you can imagine the list goes on. But since we’re here for skincare advice, there are plenty of ways aloe can help your skin!
- Skin allergic reactions
- Canker sores
- Cold sores
- Chapped lips
- Dry skin
- Athletes foot
- Wind burn
- Poison ivy
- Cracked hands
- Diaper rash
- Helps balance skin’s pH levels
- Stuck on makeup
- Razor burn
- Acne scars
- Rough skin
- Dark spots
- Stretch marks
So if you find yourself in one of these predicaments, then aloe may just be the trick to better skin. How does aloe vera work you ask? I found this great blurb from Dermstore.com
‘Scientists have found over 200 nutritional substances in aloe barbadensis leaves,” says beauty and aromatherapy expert Janice Rosenthal, owner of Garden of Essences. “These include proteolytic enzymes that stimulate fibroblast cells in our skin tissue that manufacture collagen and elastin, which in turn restore damaged skin and keep it firm.”
Because of its cell-renewing properties, aloe vera is known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, scars and even stretch marks. It’s also a potent antioxidant, thanks to its high concentration of vitamins A, C and E—all essential in preventing visible signs of aging and hair damage and neutralizing free radicals. Its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits also make it effective in treating acne and other skin and scalp irritations.’
One study found that treating a burn with aloe vera healed the spot 9 days faster than without!
Here are some of our favorite aloe vera infused products! Cheeky’s tried to give you a variety of products depending on what skin condition you’re dealing with. Have a specific condition and think that aloe vera may be right for you? Just comment below and we’ll get back to ya!
‘Helps to soothe, hydrate, and reduce signs of distress.’
One of our absolute favorite products! ‘Ingredients like licorice, lemongrass and aloe help you achieve an even complexion while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.’
‘A vitamin and antioxidant-enriched moisturizer ideal for dry skin.’
Eminence Organic Skincare Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum
Some information and images provided by their respective brands.
Feeling a do it yourselfer project? Try this recipe for acne & dry skin:
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- 1 tablespoon Manuka honey
- 1-2 teaspoons rose water
Blend aloe vera gel, honey, and rose water to make a paste. You can also add a pinch of turmeric to this facial mask to brighten your complexion. Use turmeric sparingly as it can make your skin an orange tinge.
How To Apply
Apply this mask on the acne prone or dry skin areas and wash it off after 20 minutes.
Use this mask three times a week for better skin.