5 Ways to Use Aloe Vera Effectively

First off, it has been a MAMMOTH job trying to find aloe vera gel that is just ALOE VERA!! Today, it would seem that the words ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ need you to add the word ‘define’ in front of them. The amount of false advertising where brands have claimed to be 100% only ‘aloe vera’ was shocking, so much so I was tempted to give up my search but alas I found what I was looking for…finally, I came across Jungluck, a German brand that specialises in ‘homegrown’ beauty. Unhelpfully their website doesn’t translate into English however, I have linked up where I purchased it from which was Amazon UK (you’re welcome). If you were like me and didn’t tend to read ingredients and simply trusted a familiar brand or just the reviews, you’re okay, but your body will thank you for googling the ingredients you’re unsure of and are entitled to know about later, trust me!

Okay…aloe vera…we all know its a plant or dare I say it, being a suuuuuucculent. Aloe Vera is mighty for its moist insides (alright I’ll stop ha!) and also in its old age. The older your aloe vera plant, the more effective it is in treating you and your blemishes, burns, poonani aches (yep, girls you know where I mean!) and can also be added to smoothies and food. So, invest in a plant, not just a really powerful gel, although, it is handy for travelling with. Interestingly, the older the plant the better; aloe vera plants generally reach their maturity levels after a few years, so if you would like a higher strength, then patience is key.

ITS COLLAGEN…

I will be using aloe vera for its collagen properties. Aloe vera has what is called Glucomannan, ‘a mannose-rich polysaccharide, and gibberellin’; a growth hormone with the fibroblast, thereby stimulating its activity and rapidly increases collagen production (1). Now, I drink huge amounts of water and take collagen tablets every day but I will be using the gel on my skin every evening as part of my skin routine and during ‘makeup free days’ to soak up all its goodness.

THE MIGHTY 8

Another interesting fact about aloe vera is that it contains 8 enzymes which aid as an anti-inflammatory. The incredible 8 which are; aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. The enzyme ‘Bradykinase’ helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats. Our bodies are sponges waiting for us to provide them with all the right nutrients to grow, including the productivity of these enzymes which if you look after them properly, then they will help you live a longer, fuller life. You’ve probably heard of ‘alkaline phosphatase’ or simply known as ‘alkaline’, the enzyme which balances your body’s toxicity and balances your natural PH level, In short, when the alkaline environment is maintained in the body, the metabolic (muscles), enzymatic (enzymes), immunologic (immune system) and repair mechanisms (DNA) function at their best. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re smoking 50 a day, party every weekend and eat an unhealthy diet, then you won’t be balancing your PH level with just the aloe vera gel, you will only look and feel better (if you would like to) by dealing with your life as a whole and the impact your daily habits and routines have on your body (2).

THE VERDICT

So far, Jungluck’s Organic Aloe Vera has been smoothed over my face and I’ve had zero reaction! After a cleanse and tone I put a blob of the gel and rub it between my fingers and pat it on my cheeks and forehead. Then after a few minutes, once it’s soaked into my skin I add my moisturizer which is Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.

I have also used the gel on my stomach and butt (bottom- whatever!) and ladies its never felt so smooth…

*Top tip* after you’ve shaved your legs (and everywhere else ha!) pump a small amount into the palm of your hand and massage into your skin. My legs were hydrated and soft, which is what I want when I’m in a rush to work or off out to see friends. As its a gel, it absorbs into the skin quicker than a moisturizer or oil would and I see the results quicker if not better than other products I’ve tried so far.

Although I don’t put mine in the fridge to keep it cool, I would recommend that you do as you would feel the most relief, especially for sunburn.

THE FINE PRINT

I wouldn’t want to force anything on anyone, my articles on beauty are simply insight and helpful information for those who would like to improve areas of their beauty health. For me, I’m always wanting to improve my skin, and I value what I put both in my body and on my skin. There are many factors that tie into being ‘healthy’ and aloe vera gel is a natural resource which I have found to be proactive in clearing my skin of any stresses. Aloe vera is a versatile product which you can buy online or grow organically in your own home that can benefit you and your business. Whether it’s adding it to beauty products to you make, recipes you post on your blog or if it gives you skin confidence, know the power of aloe vera and how to use it effectively.

References

  1. Reynolds T, Dweck AC. ‘Aloe vera leaf gel: a review update’. J Ethnopharmacol. 1999; 68:3–37.
  2. R Jaffe and P Donovan. ‘Your Health- A Professional User’s Guide’. Sterling, VA, Health Studies Collegium, 1993
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