Aloe vera is a very popular plant, mainly due to its medicinal and aesthetic purposes. You probably have come across some moisturising recipe for hair that uses aloe vera, right?
That's because aloe vera has very effective hydrating properties, and can be used on both skin and hair. In fact, aloe vera extract is present in the formula of several cosmetic products.
Read on to know more about this miraculous plant that is aloe vera!
About Aloe VeraAloe vera is a cactus-like plant that grows on all continents in sunny, tropical, semi—tropical or arid climates. There are many varieties of aloe vera and South Africa counts the highest number of varieties.
The gel contains 96% water with 75 active ingredients. The gel is rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, B12, C, E, zinc, and fatty acids.
Aloe vera is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties but also its moisturising action by promoting hydration on both skin and hair.
Let’s find out how aloe vera can be used in your beauty routine!
Benefits on Hair
Soothes itchy and flaky scalp
If your scalp is itchy or flaky, applying aloe vera gel may be the solution for you. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties to relieve symptoms like itchiness.
Thanks to its rich mix of vitamins and minerals, aloe vera provides all the nutrients that dry hair needs to retain moisture.
Stronger hair for better hair growth
The vitamins A, C and E promote healthy cell growth while vitamin B12 and folic acid prevent hair from falling out.
Shiny and softer hair
Aloe vera is an amazing cleanser as it can strip off extra sebum as well as residue from hair products that you may use. Perfect to get rid of products buildup.
Benefits on Skin
For centuries, aloe vera gel has been used to treat burns and skin conditions. Let’s see how you could include aloe vera in your skincare routine.
Moisturises all skin types
Aloe vera is perfect to moisturise and hydrate your skin due to its high content in water. Both dry and oily skins can benefit from aloe vera. It gets absorbed easily into oily skin to provide hydration, while it seals moisture into dry skin.
Sensitive skins are not left on the side. If you have eczema or psoriasis, aloe vera gel can relieve you from any itching and dry skin thanks to its moisturising properties.
Aloe vera is also very effective in combating acne by stimulating the production of collagen and reducing sebum’s production.
Looking to fight the signs of ageing, then look no further! Aloe vera will be your best allies for it. The antioxidants contained in aloe vera are extremely effective in combating free radicals.
Use with care
Some people may be allergic to aloe vera and the best way to find out is to do a patch test by rubbing a bit of aloe vera on your wrist.
Wait for a couple of hours and see if you see any reactions like a rash.
Where to find it?
Moment Fraîcheur - Scented Hair Mist
Leicala Natural Products Aloe Vera Body Butter is whipped and blended in unrefined solid, essential and vitamin E oil leaving your skin nourished and moisture for 24 hours.
Each jar contains anti-inflammatory properties, oils which are soothing to the skin and gives rapid rehydration properties to quickly hydrate and moisturise the skin.
Les Secrets de Loly's Kurl Nectar is a hair primer that protects your hair against external aggressions and humidity.
It contains great active ingredients like Aloe Vera, Honey, Glycerine, Soyabean, Castor Oil, Green Tea, provitamin B5 and Cocoa butter for shine, moisture, nourish, detangle and restore hair.
Can be used on its own or just before applying styling products.
Suitable for wavy, curly and kinky hair.