Aloe vera is packed with healthy ingredients and soothing properties, even for summertime! It can protect the skin from sun damage, against UV rays and heal sunburn.
With 75 potentially active ingredients, we've highlighted aloe vera's vast benefits for beauty, healing, sun care and oral hygiene:
Treats dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis)
Heals skin-surface burns & abrasions
Protects against sun UV rays
Improves oral hygiene
In general, aloe vera is safe to use topically and orally. There are only a few exceptions to the rule. Allergies to the plant it's one thing to watch out for. Patch testing is always good to practice, especially for those with sensitive skin. Also, although it is great for healing minor surface burns and scratches, research has it that it is not good for healing deep surgical wounds or severe burns.
Aloe vera is a natural laxative, and in terms of taking it orally, pregnant women need to take caution with aloe vera since it can stimulate contractions. The same goes for breastfeeding women since ingesting aloe vera can cause tummy aches for the nursing baby and for children under 12 years old. If you are medicating, the best recourse is to consult your doctor to make sure that your diet is compatible with you, including aloe vera.
Beneficial ingredients within the ingredient!
Not only does aloe vera look fantastic as a vibrant green ornamental plant in the garden, but its set of 75 potentially active ingredients packs a punch! Here is a quick rundown of aloe vera's powerful composition:
Antioxidant vitamins A, B12, C, E, folic acid and choline.