Hi Everyone! Aloe Vera has become really popular in past years and is frequently used in the field of cosmetology. People and cosmetic companies are going more towards natural products and therefore you can read aloe vera in the ingredients list of many products you use for your hair or skin. This product is not only beneficial when used on skin and hair but also has many health benefits when it’s consumed in the form of aloe vera juice.
Aloe vera contains a wealth of nutrients, like vitamins A, C, E, and B12, as well as minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium. It also provides powerful antioxidants, helps to balance metabolism , promotes oral health boosts the immune system, and even supports normal circulation and blood pressure. It’s been reported to promote heart health and also encouraged normal blood sugar.
Here are 10 benefits and uses of aloe vera gel and juice for your hair and skin.
1. Moisturizes skin
Aloe vera gel is known for its moisturising properties. It increases the water content in your skin, and leaves it hydrated without making it greasy.
Aloe vera gel can be directly extracted from the plant or you can buy the ones available in the market but make sure they contain more than 90% of the product. Use it as an overnight moisturizer.
2. Reduces acne and dark spot
Aloe vera is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent because of the presence of gibberellins and auxins. This helps reduce your acne. It also contains polysaccharides that stimulate the growth of new cells. This speeds up the healing process for acne and prevents scarring.
Take 1 tbsp of Aloe vera gel and add 2-3 drops of lemon juice. This can help in the reduction of acne and acne scars. Adding lemon juice is important because lemon possesses skin lightening properties that can help with blemishes. Use it as an overnight treatment regularly. You will see results in 3-4 weeks.
3. Prevents wrinkles and fine lines
As your skin ages, it tends to get drier and loses its elasticity. This makes it more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe moisturizes the skin, it also helps remove dead cells and improves the elasticity of the skin.
Take 1 tbsp of Aloe vera gel and mix it with 2 drops of vitamin E oil. Apply it regularly on your face and neck to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. You can also add aloe vera gel in your face masks.
4. Helps With Sunburns
Aloe vera is widely used as an after-sun treatment as it has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces the redness brought on by exposure to UV rays and soothes the skin.
Aloe vera gel can be applied directly to the sunburned area. Since aloe vera contains a lot of antioxidants and nutritional properties, the skin is able to prevent the moisture from escaping, which in turn heals the sunburn quickly.
5. Remove dark circles
Aloe Vera works effectively on removing the stubborn dark circles under the eyes. It has both Vitamin E content and anti-pigmentation properties and helps in reducing puffiness around the eyes.
Take 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel and mix it with 1/2 tbsp of potato juice or cucumber juice and apply it for 20 minutes. Wash with normal water. You can also add some drops of almond oil to it.
6. Promotes hair growth
Aloe vera boasts a vast repository of amino acids and proteolytic enzymes which efficiently help improve scalp health and boost hair growth. It removes dead cells from the scalp, which allows your hair to grow.
But here patience is the key. You have to use it regularly for months to achieve the benefits and believe me the time is completely worth it. Mix aloe vera gel with any oil that you apply regularly and massage gently into hair and leave it overnight. Rinse with shampoo in the morning. You can also apply aloe vera directly to your hair. It also controls frizzy hair.
7. Reduces dandruff
Aloe vera is a widely used ingredient in many commercial shampoos and conditioners. This is because it works wonders for dandruff and dandruff-related problems such as an itchy scalp. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which fight against infections and soothe the scalp.
You can mix aloe vera gel with curd and apply it as an hair mask for 2 hours or using it with your regular oil and apply it overnight. Aloe vera applied directly will also help but the process needs time. It will take 2-3 weeks for your dandruff to be completely gone with the regular use.
8. Conditions hair
Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that remove dead cells. It helps in cell regeneration, which helps repair your hair. It also infuses your hair with moisture, leaving it smooth and glossy.
You can use aloe vera gel as a conditioner right after you shampoo, or even as a leave-in treatment. It is moisturizing in nature, and hence, strengthens your hair and adds shine.
9. Digestive benefits
Aloe vera contains several enzymes known to help in the breakdown of sugars and fats and to keep your digestion running smoothly. If your digestive system isn’t operating optimally, you won’t absorb all of the nutrients from the food you’re eating. You have to keep your internal engine healthy in order to reap the benefits from your diet. Aloe vera may help decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines. The juice may also help people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other inflammatory disorders of the intestines.
You can drink 2tbsp of aloe vera juice mixed with 1 glass of water. Drinking it in the morning empty stomach will give maximum benefits.
10. Helps in weight loss
Aloe juice helps in speeding up metabolism which in turn will promote proper digestion. Improved metabolism means that your body burns calories and fat much faster than it usually would. If your system is clear, then automatically your skin will also clear up. And that’s how aloe vera juice helps you to loose weight and get clear glowing skin. It also helps you to naturally detoxify your body.
You can mix aloe vera juice with other juices you have or can mix it with lemon water or can mix it with normal water. It will give benefits being consumed in any form. Just make it a part of your routine and see the benefits after some months.