Aloe vera, sometimes described as a “wonder plant,” is a short-stemmed shrub. Aloe is a genus that contains more than 500 species of flowering succulent plants. Aloe vera has been used for centuries and is currently more popular than ever. It is cultivated worldwide, primarily as a crop for “Aloe gel,” which comes from the leaf. Aloe vera is widely used today.
Here are the reasons why you should use Aloe Vera:
While aloe vera helps soothe sunburn, research shows that it’s not an effective way to prevent sunburn, so make sure you wear sun protection every day!
- Dry skin
Aloe vera gel absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin. However, it can help treat dry skin, too. Consider swapping out your regular moisturizer for aloe after bathing to help seal moisture into your skin.
- Cold sores
Unlike canker sores, cold sores develop on the outside of your mouth. Aloe vera may help treat the herpes virus, which is also the underlying cause of cold sores. Apply a small amount of the gel to your cold sore twice daily until it goes away.
For minor burns, apply aloe vera gel to the affected area up to three times daily. You may also need to protect the area with gauze.
- Inflammatory acne
Due to the anti-inflammatory effects of aloe vera, the gel may help treat inflamatory form of acne, such as pustules and nodules. Apply the gel with a cotton swab directly to the pimple three times daily.