Aloe: Holy grail or fail? The Clinical Evidence.
When you think of aloe, you might picture the tube of green or clear gel you slather on a sunburn for some much-needed relief. Often called the “healing plant,” aloe is actually fit for a number of uses in skin care and even in your diet and has risen in popularity in recent years during the Gen-Z push towards natural, clean beauty products.
Beyond soothing a sunburn, aloe contains bioactive compounds such as vitamins, minerals, and plenty of antioxidants which may help with skin ailments from acne to eczema.
Aloe is also known for accelerating the healing of wounds, which is why it may be beneficial in soothing very dry or irritated skin. Of course, it is also effective to treat burns and may reduce the healing time of first and second-degree burns while also reducing itching, redness, and swelling.
There is also some evidence to suggest that aloe applied topically, or even ingested, may improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, applying aloe can improve skin moisture in the short term and grant you relief from the worst of winter’s drying effects.
You may have never tried aloe in any form except a topical gel, but it can also be taken in gel capsules or mixed into smoothies for added nutritional benefits. Given its surplus of antioxidants and Vitamins A, C, and E, aloe akes for a great power-ingredient to incorporate into your diet.
Ingesting aloe may help you to lower or maintain your blood sugar as well as improve your bowel health and reduce instances of constipation.
The health claims surrounding aloe vera appear to be well-founded, and given its many uses and benefits, it may be a fantastic addition to your skincare or supplement routine. When looking for skincare products with aloe in them, ensure you check that the aloe content is pure and unadulterated. Avoid aloe vera gels that contain alcohols, as these can cause drying to the skin with long-term use.
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