If you're looking for a safe, natural alternative to Botox or a facelift, you may be surprised to learn of the amazing benefits of aloe vera gel.
Common Uses For Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has long been touted as a healer. For decades, we have used the juice of the aloe plant to soothe and heal burns. It has also been regularly used in cosmetic products and foods.
Gel made from the aloe plant's juice can be used to treat acne, dark circle under the eyes, wrinkled skin and dry skin. But you may not have known that you can also use aloe vera gel for skin tightening.
The Function Of Fibroblast Cells
Fibroblast cells are responsible for skin elasticity and firmness as well as wound healing.
According to Britannica.com, “Fibroblasts produce tropocollagen, which is the forerunner of collagen, and ground substance, an amorphous gel-like matrix that fills the spaces between cells and fibers in connective tissue.”
Most chemical-based commercial skin products rely on collagen as the active ingredient for firming the skin. However, aloe vera has a natural ability to increase the production of fibroblast cells.
Healing Vitamins In Aloe Vera
The aloe vera plant contains hundreds of nutrients, including amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, all of which are good for your skin.
In addition to firming the skin, the gel of the aloe plant can also remove dead skin cells, minimize dark circles and fine lines and lock in moisture.
Vitamins found in aloe:
- Beta-Carotene (A)
- Thiamine (B1)
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Niacin (B3)
- Vitamin B5
- Pyridoxine (B6)
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Folic Acid
Vitamins A, C, and E are particularly responsible for the antioxidant benefits of aloe, neutralizing free radicals that come in contact with the skin daily. Other vitamins assist with skin health in functions such as: amino acid metabolism and blood cell production and regulation.
Nourishing Minerals In Aloe Vera
In addition to vitamins, the aloe plant naturally contains many beneficial minerals.
Minerals found in aloe:
All of the above minerals are necessary for general physical health and can work together to improve the quality and texture of your skin at any age.
Powerful Amino Acids
Aloe naturally contains seven of the eight essential amino acids:
Amino acids work to produce collagen and elastin naturally in the body.
Along with essential amino acids, aloe contains many non-essential aminos that also have benefits for the skin. Salicylic acid, a natural acid found in aloe, can be a powerful natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.