12 Reasons We Love Aloe For Skin & Hair

- By: Safia Ohlson

12 Reasons We Love Aloe For Skin & Hair

We’ve got a new product called Body.Hair.Shave. This all-in-one soap is created to deftly address the multitudes of your cleansing needs, from toe tips to hair tendrils, and offers a silky-smooth shave. It also includes a special bonus: the scent you've been waiting for - Cedar + Sandalwood - is back in our Body.Hair.Shave formulation!

You might be wondering how one soap can accomplish so much. Part of the magic comes from our superstar ingredient, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (otherwise known as Aloe Vera).

Most commonly known for its ability to treat sunburns, Aloe offers myriad benefits to skin and hair. Thanks to the abundant, non-greasy hydration Aloe provides, it’s suitable for all skin types and helps moisturize and balance skin on both face and body without causing breakouts. It’s also great for cleansing hair, as it won’t weigh it down and will leave it feeling clean and refreshed.

This amazing succulent, native to the arid regions of Southern Africa and Madagascar, is now commonly cultivated in the arid parts of all continents (except Antarctica). Below are 12 amazing Aloe facts that will help you appreciate the gifts of this superlative succulent.

1. Aloe contains Vitamins A, C, and E, which are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. It also contains Vitamin B12 (folic acid), and choline.

2. Aloe contains the enzyme bradykinase, which helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied topically.

3. Aloe stimulates fibroblasts, the most common type of cell found in connective tissue, which produce collagen and elastin fibers, making skin appear more youthful and less wrinkled.

4. Aloe provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and seven of the eight essential amino acids, which help to soften hardened skin cells.

5. Astringent Aloe acts as a pore-tightening superstar.

6. Aloe is loaded with bio-available calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, and zinc.

7. When ingested in smaller amounts, Aloe is known to soothe inflammation within the digestive system. Taken in larger quantities, Aloe can also be an aggressive laxative. (Never take Aloe during pregnancy!)

8. Aloe provides four anti-inflammatory plant steroids: cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol, and lupeol, making it ideal for the external treatment of bug bites.

9. Aloe can be used topically on dogs but is extremely toxic to cats.

10. There are over 500 species of Aloe, though not all are medicinal, and many have been cultivated for ornamental purposes only.

11. Renowned Egyptian beauties, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra, are said to have used Aloe as a part of their beauty rituals. When a Pharaoh died, admission to his funerary ceremony was a minimum one pound of Aloe leaves. Aloe was used along with myrrh in the embalming process. Even in modern Egypt, an Aloe plant is sometimes hung over the door of a new house to provide a long and fruitful life for its occupants.

12. The Aloe we use in our formulations is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, which is another name for Aloe Vera. This ingredient comes from the sap inside Aloe leaves, and it works synergistically with our other active ingredients to give you the softest, most hydrated and balanced skin and hair ever. 

If you buy pure Aloe Vera on its own, make sure it's free of fillers and preservatives. Better yet, keep an Aloe Barbadensis plant in a sunny part of your home and harvest its leaves when you want to soothe a burn or add more oil-free hydration to your skin cream!

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