The Power of Aloe Vera in Skin Care
|by Jen Ring
L'Bri Pure & Natural Skin Care Specialist
Most of us are already familiar with aloe vera. The 'bitter herb' mentioned in the Bible in over 12 passages is allegedly referring to aloe vera and some claim that it was Cleopatra's beauty secret. It has also been written about by Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus. How often have we reached for it as fast relief for a scrape or itch? Or, to heal a burn?
But just what it is about aloe vera that makes it so good for our skin?
For starters, aloe vera contains approximately 75 nutrients, 200 active compounds, 20 essential minerals, 18 amino acids, and 12 vitamins. Aloe works to repair and rejuvenate damaged skin tissue quickly by actually speeding up the regeneration process. And, as a succulent plant, aloe is also a very powerful moisturizer because of its ability to limit evaporation and actually draw in moisture from the air.
Aloe acts as a cleansing and detoxifying agent, removing dead skin cells, wastes, and toxins while at the same time purifying the pores. Research has found that aloe actually stimulates the process of cell division - specifically targeting the same cells that produce collagen, which keeps skin firm. These cells are regenerated 6-8 times faster than normal cells by aloe vera. Aloe rejuvenates and rebuilds new healthy skin at an accelerated pace by using the same process that gives the youthful skin of children that fresh, healthy glow. Since aloe is a succulent plant, aloe vera as an ingredient, works the same way - slowing evaporation by drawing moisture in and retaining it. Aloe actually penetrates the outer skin surface, taking its healing power deep inside the skins tissue to stimulate cell revitalization and encourage hydration, rather than just sitting on top of the skin. As the largest organ in our bodies, our skin can really benefit from a daily regimen of healing, regenerating and moisturizing aloe vera - It's not just for emergency treatment.
Did you also know... that many products will use water as an inexpensive filler, and mineral oil which is not only heavy on the skin, but can actually suffocate skin over time? This can cause the aging process to accelerate and dehydration to occur. This is often why you may feel like scratching your dry, itchy skin prompting constant application of lotions and potions. Unfortunately, water and mineral oil are the two main ingredients most often found at the top of the ingredient list in many skin care products. Many of those choices contain fillers and petrochemicals that while they may seem to feel good when applied (usually a function of simply 'lubricating' the top layer of skin), they are not actually penetrating, healing or moisturizing from within.
Here's another interesting tidbit... not all aloe vera is created equally. In fact, out of over 200 species of aloe, only 4 are actually considered to have nutritional value. At the top of this short list is aloe barbadensis miller. The mature plants of this species are highly regarded as the most potent and most beneficial for the skin.
Processing is also an important factor in the effectiveness of an aloe vera product. When the aloe plant is picked, many companies will grind or squeeze the aloe plant to remove the gel. The problem with this method is that the gel that is left then contains aloins, a yellowish substance from the skin of the aloe vera plant which is actually harmful to skin tissue. Once it is pureed into the pure aloe gel it becomes a contaminant. Another processing method is heat extraction. When this method is used most of the benefits of the aloe vera are destroyed. The most pure and most results-oriented aloe gel will be hand-filleted (not ground and flaked), completely clear (not dyed green) and cold stabilized (not heat processed), ensuring that 100% of the benefits are retained.
In closing... when caring for your skin, you have many choices. Many of those choices contain fillers and petrochemicals that while they may seem to feel good when applied (usually a function of simply 'lubricating' the top layer of skin), they are not actually penetrating, healing or moisturizing from within.
About the Author:
Skincare specialist/L'Bri Pure n' Natural
L'Bri Pure n' Natural products are free of cheap fillers, mineral oils, lanolins, waxes, synthetic fragrances and other potentially harmful ingredients that are becoming widely regarded as 'skin suicide.' Our aloe is organically grown in the Rio Grande Valley, hand picked, hand filleted, and cold stabilized. The effectiveness of L'Bri products are only enhanced by natural vitamins, botanicals and other ingredients chosen to achieve specific results in improving your skin via hydration, and slowing the signs of aging.
Now that you know just how beneficial aloe vera can be in a daily skin care regimen, why not consider an affordable, effective product line with aloe vera as its first and primary ingredient?
For more information on aloe vera skin care products and for free samples, please visit: www.jenring.lbri.com.