The juice and oil from the aloe vera plant has been used over hundreds of years to soothe skin. Recent research also shows that aloe is great for both oily and dry skin.
There are 400 species of Aloes. Aloe vera is the most popular of all. These members of the Lily family (Lilaceae) are believed to have originated in the Mediterranean.
Aloe vera plants either have no stems or very short ones. They grow to 24–39 inches tall. The fleshy leaves are green or grey-green, with small white teeth along the margins. In the summer the plant sprouts spiky yellow flowers. It grows best in temperate climates but is currently cultivated all over the United States.
It has a transparent, thick gel in the inner part of the leaf that's often used for soothing minor cuts and burns, as well as conditioning hair.
Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans recorded the use of aloe in their writings- the earliest known record appears on a 2100 B.C Sumerian tablet. Egyptian Queens had it as a part of their physical beauty regimens, while ancient Chinese and Indian populations valued the plant's nutritional properties.
Ingesting aloe is reported to help with many internal health issues. Studies show that some aloe components alleviate constipation.
This plant is packed with natural components. It contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, and sodium, 20 amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, and many others. The nutrients penetrate easily and moisturize deep into the skin. As such, aloe is excellent for reducing the visible effects of aging.
Aloe has been used as a moisturizer for eons. Even if you have oily, combination, or sensitive skin; aloe works well because it is moisturizing, but not greasy.
Aloe provides a cooling effect on the skin. After a long day in the sun, an aloe lotion or the gel from the leaf will refresh your skin.
Aloe is perfect for eliminating dirt from the skin. Oily skin benefits from the natural saponins that unclog pores.
Aloe vera is so versatile that it's used in various types of skin care formulations. Below are several of our products that contain this amazing ingredient:
The Sole Toscana Skincare Team