SHAYDE Beauty: Ingredient Spotlight - Aloe
Whether you’re a skincare junkie or not, you may have heard of Aloe making its way into your skincare at some point. It’s no surprise though, aloe vera is a nutrient-packed ingredient that improves our skin's long term health.
What Is Aloe?
Aloe, also known as Aloe Barbadensis, is a succulent that is harvested for it’s gel-like interior that offers a wide range of healing benefits.
Aloe has anti-inflammatory properties, boosts the stimulation of collagen production, and reinforces the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss) all while hydrating the skin. It also is full of bioactive compounds that immerse skin in vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and minerals such as magnesium and potassium.
What Does Aloe Do?
Treat sunburn and reduces inflammation: Sunburns cause a loss of moisture to the skin’s barrier and are counteracted by the hydrating polysaccharides and phytosterols found in aloe vera. As a result, the epidermal skin cells are provided with the hydration it needs to repair the damage.
Pro-tip: Since Aloe vera has a hydrating component try to look for moisturizers infused with aloe vera to seal in the hydration!
Reduces signs of aging: The bioactive compounds such as vitamin C and zinc found in aloe vera stimulate the production of collagen and elastin synthesis.
Soothe Eczema and Psoriasis: The dry and itchy skin associated with eczema and psoriasis can be reduced with aloe vera. It may also help with an oilier type of eczema called seborrheic dermatitis which affects the scalp, face, and behind the ears. For optimal results, apply regularly on affected areas twice a day.
Calm inflamed acne: Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory benefits can help treat inflammatory skin.
Written by Cameron Rosario | Shay Paresh