Treating my Dry Skin with Aloe Vera
Due to constant traveling over the past two months, I didn't get enough slumber. All I thought about was making the most of our trips, even if it meant being sleepless almost the entire time. Not surprisingly, it took a toll on my skin.
To address this, I drank lots of water and spent three days catching up on rest. It worked wonders. But it still didn't feel like my normal skin.
Luckily, we have a lot of aloe vera plants at home, so I started applying it on my bare face for two days (three times a day). The next thing I know, it's already back to its original state! All my skin needed was sleep, water, and fresh cuts of aloe. I cannot recall a moment where this natural remedy didn't work.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that grows in tropical and semi-tropical parts of the world. It is said to have originated from Sudan, Somalia, or the Arabian peninsula. The Arabic term “Alloeh” means “shining bitter substance”, while “Vera” means true.
What are the Benefits of Using Aloe Vera?
You already know that aloe vera is popular for treating sunburn, but aside from that, it can also help with the following:
Keeping your Youthful Glow
There’s a reason why aloe vera products are a hit on the beauty market; it helps slow down aging and keeps your pores tight. It aids in keeping the skin elastic and less prone to wrinkles through stimulating fibroblast, a cell responsible for collagen production.
Moisturizing your Skin
If you’re looking for a natural remedy for dry skin, there is no question that aloe vera works. With its vibrant leaves rich in water, vitamins, and minerals, your skin texture is sure to show satisfactory results.
Faster Healing of Wounds
Applying fresh aloe vera gel on cuts and wounds will help expedite the healing process because of its antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties. For deeper wounds or major injuries, please consult your doctor.
Making your Hair Long, Shiny and Strong
The vitamins A, C, and E that are present in aloe vera promote healthy growth and a natural shine (that's the reason why a lot of grandmas here in the Philippines recommend the use of aloe for our crowning glory). If that's not enough, it also has proteolytic enzymes, which help in scalp repair and rejuvenation.
Whether you prefer to use the commercial gels or the organic ones straight from your pot, your skin will thank you for it.
How I Apply it On my Face
Typically, I just cut a piece of aloe vera, then squeeze it until I get enough gel before applying it to my whole face (and sometimes underarms). On days when I feel like my skin is extra dry, I leave it for 30-40 minutes, then wash it with warm water. It's important to note that to get favorable results, you should also get proper sleep and stay hydrated =)