Above: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
If you ever need something to take care of your skin in a jiffy, don’t be afraid to use aloe vera or a natural product that contains aloe vera. You don’t have to take our word for it; aloe vera is a highly respected natural ingredient that has been used in Ayurveda and other parts of the world for thousands of years to heal the skin and promote beauty and vitality. The best part, aloe vera is incredibly easy to find, and for some, it might even be outside your garden.
Now that it is summertime and more people are going outdoors, you should be taking care of your skin now more than ever, and with aloe vera, you can do it easily. Today, you will learn 10 benefits of using aloe vera in the summer. Even though aloe vera is a versatile natural ingredient that can be used throughout the year, it contains special properties that make it ideal to beautify your skin and heal your body no matter how hot, humid, or dry it is where you live during the summer. Summer is not over yet so be sure not to miss any of this vital information if you want to keep your skin glowing, spotless, and youthful all season long.
1. Aloe Vera Can Hydrate & Moisturize Dry Skin
Though we all know that aloe vera is an excellent moisturizer, many of us do not know the reasons why. One such reason is that aloe vera is a humectant. As a humectant, aloe vera can draw moisture toward your skin to make it softer and more supple. This, combined with the fact that it is mostly made of water, means that aloe vera can thoroughly hydrate your skin and reduce skin dryness for much longer. If going out into the sun leaves your skin parched, make sure to apply some aloe to it to keep it moisturized.
At Apsara Skin Care, each of our facial lotions is made with aloe vera and customized to match your skin type. To learn more about our facial lotions, click here.
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2. Aloe Vera Can Reduce Summertime Inflammation & Redness
Aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation may leave your skin red, itchy, swollen, and/or irritated. By applying aloe vera on your skin, you can calm your skin down and soothe away any inflammation, which will help preserve the health and appearance of your skin.
3. Aloe Vera Can Soothe Sunburns Easily
One of the reasons why inflammation is more prominent during the summer is sunburns. Due to UV light, excess sun exposure can harm your skin and cause redness, blisters, and mild to moderate pain. If you notice a sunburn, get out of the sun immediately and gently rub aloe vera into the burnt area. Aloe vera can diminish the pain from the sunburn, soothe your skin, and may help your skin heal faster.
4. Aloe Vera Can Diminish the Appearance of Lines & Wrinkles
Excess sun exposure can also make your skin look more aged. When UV light harms your skin cells, it may damage your collagen and elastin, two proteins found in your skin that give it firmness and elasticity. Without these proteins, your skin is far likely to develop lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. However, aloe vera has antioxidant properties that allow it to neutralize this free radical and UV damage to your skin that could be causing early aging. In addition, aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties can help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles you might currently have, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
5. Aloe Vera Can Fade Dark Spots & Discoloration
Excess sun exposure could even be the cause of your dark spots and discoloration. When UV light harms your skin cells, your skin will produce excess melanin to protect itself. For some, that will appear as a sunburn that will fade away, but for others, that excess melanin could develop into dark spots and discoloration. Using aloe vera if your skin is burnt is a great idea to heal your skin and get rid of unevenness. Plus, aloe vera contains auxins and gibberellins, two plant hormones that are thought to speed up cell turnover, which can help fade the appearance of dark spots and even out your skin.
6. Aloe Vera Can Fade Stretch Marks Naturally
A lot of us want to go swimming and or go to the beach during the summer, but you might be discouraged to do those activities if you have stretch marks. Unless you want to be uncomfortable in heavy clothes, you may not be able to hide your stretch marks when you go outside. Aloe vera, however, can be used to fade stretch marks because of its plant hormones, which can increase cell turnover and help your skin shed the dead cells on the surface of your skin. It will most certainly take some time for those stretch marks to diminish in appearance, but regular and proper nourishment of your skin is ideal if you want them to get rid of them for good.
7. Aloe Juice Is a Refreshing, Cool Drink on a Summer Day
Aloe vera isn’t just for external use. You can also drink aloe vera juice to hydrate your body as well. When it gets hot outside, you will need something to cool off, and aloe vera juice is quite refreshing on a warm summer day.
8. Aloe Vera Contains Many Nutritious Vitamins & Minerals
While aloe vera is mostly made of water, it contains many vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. For example, in addition to the antioxidants and plant hormones mentioned above, aloe vera has B vitamins as well as vitamins C and E, and all of these vitamins are essential for those who want younger-looking skin. If aloe vera is already a part of your skin care routine, we recommend making aloe vera juice a part of your diet to benefit not just your skin but also your general well-being.
9. Aloe Juice Can Improve Your Digestive Health
Drinking aloe vera is good for your digestion, too. Aloe vera contains enzymes and other compounds that can promote better gut health and may even ease stomach pain and stomach ulcers. In particular, a healthy gut is prized in Ayurveda, as it is thought that better digestion may lead to beautiful, glowing skin from within. Just be sure not to go overboard; for some people, aloe vera is a laxative.
10. Aloe Vera Can Help You Achieve Thick, Shiny & Healthy Hair This Summer
Don’t forget about your hair during the summer, too. Nourishing your hair with aloe vera can moisturize your hair and tame the dryness and frizziness that you could experience throughout the summer. With less frizz and fewer flyaways, your hair may start to look thicker, shinier, and fuller than ever before.
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