10 Reasons Why Aloe Vera Is Good For Your Face
Published Oct 12, 2020
You’ve probably used aloe vera gel for treating burns and insect bites before. But did you know that it can be applied on your face too?
Yes, you read it right. Even though aloe vera is traditionally used to treat various skin conditions, it’s only recently that people started applying it on their faces.
But is aloe vera good for your face? Or is this just another beauty fad that in time will turn out to be a hoax?
In general, using aloe vera on your face is safe. There are few reported side effects of topically applied aloe vera. In fact, there are scientific proofs that support the use of aloe vera for cosmetic purposes. So as long as it’s applied correctly, there’s nothing wrong with using aloe vera on your face.
If you’re on still the fence whether to join the proverbial bandwagon or not, here are ten reasons why you should:
1. It Cools Sunburns
Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties make it ideal for treating sunburns. It also contains compounds called polysaccharides that encourage skin repair. So not only does it get rid of the redness and burning sensation, but it also stops your skin from peeling.
So if you’re planning to go to the beach or spend the day outdoors, it doesn’t hurt to have some aloe vera gel on hand. Just remember that even though it’s effective in soothing sunburns, it cannot prevent sunburns. So you should still apply sunscreen before going out.
2. It Makes the Skin More Supple
Aside from its soothing properties, aloe vera is also instrumental in helping your skin retain more moisture. This makes your skin soft, supple, and more flexible.
3. It Relieves Skin Irritations
If you have sensitive skin, aloe vera is your best friend. Many aloe vera users reported that its cooling properties can help relieve itchiness, redness, infections, and rash. But you should not forget that some people have allergic reactions to aloe vera. So you may want to do a small patch test first before going all out with that aloe vera gel.
4. It Moisturizes the Skin
As a plant, aloe vera can thrive even in really dry places. That’s thanks to its hygroscopic properties or the ability to draw out and retain moisture from the environment.
When applied topically, those properties will also help your skin absorb and retain moisture more effectively. It also seals in that moisture by bonding the top layer of cells in your skin.
Since it’s water-based, it also penetrates completely into your skin without leaving that sticky feeling. So with constant use, you’ll feel your skin becoming softer and more hydrated.
5. It Heals Wounds Faster
Since ancient times, aloe vera had been used to heal wounds and infections. Our ancestors may have had questionable medical practices but that’s one of the things they got right. According to scientific studies, aloe vera is indeed effective in healing wounds. But it does not just heal wounds, it also prevents scarring. Its antiseptic and moisturizing properties help build back skin integrity which speeds up wound healing. Plus its antioxidant properties speeds up cell renewal which minimizes the appearance of scars.
6. It Prevents Acne and Fades Blemishes
As mentioned, aloe vera traps moisture by forming a barrier at the top layer of your skin. As it turns out, this does not only keep moisture from seeping out. It also prevents dust and dirt from getting in. With less dirt getting into your pores, there is a lesser risk for it to get blocked and inflamed. In short, your chances of suffering from acne breakouts are lower.
7. It Slows Down the Signs of Aging
The aloe vera’s antioxidant and moisturizing properties both work together to slow the signs of aging. Don’t get me wrong though. Aloe vera won’t get rid of your fine lines and wrinkles. But if applied early on, it helps prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging from appearing too soon.
8. It Helps Alleviate Several Skin Diseases
There may not be any cure for eczema but applying aloe vera on the affected area helps manage many of its symptoms. It hydrates your skin, relieves itching, reduces inflammation, and redness. And if you’re wondering: yes, eczema can occur on your face too.
Another skin disease that aloe vera is known to be effective against is psoriasis. Just like with eczema, aloe vera cannot heal psoriasis. But as it is a very effective moisturizer, it can prevent your skin from drying up so much. Its soothing properties also relieves itchiness.
9. It Cleanses the Skin
Adding aloe vera to your usual skin cleansing routine might just be the best thing you’ll ever do for your face. Aside from being an exceptional moisturizer, it also has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. These penetrate deep into your skin giving your pores a thorough cleaning.
10. It Acts as an Exfoliant
Not a lot of people know it but aloe vera contains salicylic acid too. Combined that with its moisturizing and wound-healing properties and you’ve got one of the best exfoliants in town. It’s like getting microdermabrasion but at a fraction of the cost.
About The Author
As a self described fanatic of beauty and fashion, Judy Ponio loves to write blogs about style and beauty lifehacks. Her blogs are full of useful knowledge surrounding trends in the fashion and beauty world.