Often referred to as the powerhouse ingredient, Aloe Vera is used in natural skin care formulations across the board. Aloe Vera is featured in everything from lotions, to shaving creams, soaps and even the paper you use to wipe your behinds. If you live in any of the warm to tropical climates Aloe Vera is always right outside your door. For one of my colleagues in Florida, she’s got so much Aloe in her yard until she’s considering setting up a stand and selling it in small pots.
Centuries of Aloe Vera
History tells us that Aloe and it’s restorative powers were found on the Sumerian tablets dating back to 2100 BC. This was before Cleopatra announced its use as her “beauty secret”. Alexander the Great is said to have sought council from Aristotle, who instructed him to be sure and conquer the Isle of Socotra (Known today as Yemen) to collect “the potted physician”, Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera could help heal the wounds of soldiers and based on a study done by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh published in 2004, aloe vera juice can keep war casualties and trauma victims alive until they receive blood transfusion.
What Role Does Aloe Vera Play in Ethnic Skin Care?
More than two hundred active components, including minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, fatty acids and more can be found in the yellow green gel that’s housed in the stalks.
Unlike water, aloe vera can be absorbed into your skin. A substance much like cellulose known as lignin is reason for this happening. Lignin ensures that other active ingredients found in aloe vera based skin care products are delivered within your skin.
Aloe Vera is an anesthetic. With a high content of magnesium, it’s commonly used to get rid of pain of burns and wounds. It’s one of the main treatments for sunburn. With its anti-inflammatory abilities including salicylic acid and enzymes, aloe is great for inflammation. Known to soothe your skin, aloe vera also has moisturizing capabilities.
In order for Aloe to provide its healing benefits it must be of high quality and concentration in the products being used.
The Quality of Aloe Vera in Your Skin Care Product
There are two main types of aloe vera used in skin care products. The whole leaf which is made of the entire aloe plant leaf being ground up, and the inner fillet which is the inner filling of the plant. The better part of the aloe vera plant is found in the fillet or inner filling. When using ethnic skin care products formulated with the inner filling you are getting a better quality product.
The key to longevity and effectiveness of your product begins with the quality of the plant and the farm that produces it. Of course you’re not able to oversee every detail of production but I’m sure you’d like to know that care is taken in selecting the ingredients that go into making your product. So look for certifications from a governing body that certifies high quality aloe vera. The International Aloe Science Council’s (IASC) seal assures that the aloe used in products is of the highest quality.
This article has introduced you to one of the very popular ingredients that is used in ethnic skin care products. Aloe Vera is a powerful plant and produces some very amazing and powerful results. The next time you see an Aloe Vera plant for sale, gather two or three of them and have them in your home to soothe and ease your skin care challenges.
Dedicated To Your Beauty,