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Aloe vera has been praised for it’s skincare benefits for centuries, and it’s even gained further attention for it’s additional benefits to hair and general health. Aloe remains a consistent ingredient in many skincare, hair care and health products. We thought it would be necessary to break down some of our favourite benefits of Aloe, so you know why this ingredient is so great and why you should lookout for it.
Quite possibly the most well-known benefit of Aloe Vera is it’s moisturising properties. It helps in keeping the skin nourished, without leaving any greasy feeling. One reason why we look out for Aloe at Mankind, is because it works really well as an aftershave treatment. It’s healing and can treat any small cuts or irritation caused by shaving.
You may notice that when you’re holiday shopping for sunscreen and after-sun, Aloe Vera is listed as an ingredient on pretty much all products. There’s a reason for this. Aloe helps to heal the top layers of the skin and further acts as a protective layer on the surface. As it’s also antioxidant rich and full of nutrients, it helps to heal the skin quicker whilst protecting it.
One of the main reasons for visible signs of ageing is a loss of elastin in the skin. Aloe vera contains many antioxidants, including ones that help improve the skins firmness and elasticity. The antioxidants found in Aloe vera include vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene, which are the perfect blend of anti-ageing nutrients. They also help to keep your skin hydrated, which is an added bonus.
Studies have shown that Aloe vera is as equally effective as standard mouthwash ingredients. Aloe vera kills plaque-producing bacteria in the mouth, making it effective as a rinse or in a toothpaste. Due to it’s antibacterial properties, it also helps to fight against cavity-causing bacteria, and helps with diseases that cause gum inflammation.
This is a two part benefit, but we thought we’d add them together because they effect each other. As well as having skincare benefits, Aloe also works amazingly in haircare. The reason being is that it helps to remove dead cells from your scalp whilst having anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe the scalp. This makes Aloe effective as an anti-dandruff treatment and also gives your hair a great foundation to promote growth.
As we’ve previously mentioned, aloe works amazingly at moisturising your skin. It won’t surprise you to know that it’s also effective at moisturising your hair. You can either look for aloe vera in your conditioner, or use pure aloe vera gel after shampooing. Either way, your hair will be left soft, with added shine.
Aloe vera has been used as a treatment to help ease gastroesophageal reflux disease. Symptoms of this disease include heartburn, chest pain and aloe has been shown to be an effective cure. It’s antioxidant properties help to soothe the stomach lining and it’s antimicrobial properties help fight bad bacteria.
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• By Shannon
Curating the perfect grooming collection is no easy task - but that's where I come in. Scouring the beauty world for the best ingredients, haircare and skincare essentials, my mission is to bring you the very best advice and guidance for your tailored grooming regime.