- Aloe will help to diminish the lines and wrinkles associated with ageing and loss of elasticity in the skin
- Helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level
- It helps get rid of dryness by adding moisture to the skin
- The antimicrobial properties of aloe vera also make it an excellent option for acne treatment
Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, or Aloe Vera as it is more commonly known, is extracted from the leaves of the plant Aloe. It has been used medicinally for several thousands of years in many cultures. Scientists have discovered over 200 nutritional substances in Aloe Barbadensis leafs, including 20 minerals, 20 amino acids, 12 vitamins, and active enzymes.
Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice can soothe skin and serve as an anti-inflammatory. It can be efficiently used topically, because of its burn healing effects, scar reducing and wounds healing properties. Aloe protects the skin from UV damage. The herb contains aloin, which can block up to 30 percent of the ultraviolet rays when applied to the skin’s surface.
This plant, which carry the status of super star, contains an impressive number of vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, Choline and Folic Acid. These vitamins are great for protecting the skin from free radicals, dangerous compounds that cause signs of premature aging due to damaging effects on the DNA and other cell structures. The herb also contains enzymes, which are the life-principle in every live. These organic molecules rejuvenate aged tissues and promote healthy skin.
Scientists have shown that skin can absorb the key ingredients of Aloe up to 7 layers deep. Thanks to this capacity, Aloe effectively stimulates proteolytic enzyme action in skin tissue, stimulating fibroblast cells that manufacture collagen. Moreover, because of the aforementioned enzymatic breakdown of dead skin cells from Aloe, it is an excellent cleansing and detoxifying agent, that has ability to remove dead skin cells and toxins while purifying the pores. Aloe also acts as a moisturizing agent. The herb can be an effective humectant, increasing water retention in the skin. It moisturizes skin and also has antimicrobial properties against many common bacteria and fungi.
Korean researchers from Seoul National University have been investigated Aloe to define whether it could reduce wrinkles. They described their findings in a study published in the journal “Annals of Dermatology.” In just 90 days a daily low dose of Aloe gel was enough to cause significant changes in facial wrinkles in women aged 45 years and over. Scientists have concluded that wrinkle depth decreased and skin elasticity improved due to increased collagen production.
Primary Nutrients Found in Aloe
Amino Acids: Our bodies use 22 amino acids to make more than 50,000 proteins we need to be healthy. The body itself can produce 14 amino acids and the remaining 8 are considered essential because our bodies can’t manufacture them. All of the eight essential amino acids can be found in Aloe Vera and they are Isoleucine, Tryptophan , Leucine, Phenylalanine , Lysine, Methionine, Threonine and Valine. Aloe Vera also contains 12 non-essential amino acids, including Glutamine, Glycine, Alanine, Cysteine, Arginine, Proline , Glutamic acid Asparagine, Serine, Histidine, , Tyrosine, and Aspartic acid.
Anthraquinones: Provides 12 anthraquinones: Aloe emodin, Aloetic Acid, Aloin, Anthracine, Antranol, Barbaloin, Chrysophanic Acid, Emodin, Ethereal Oil, Ester of Cinnamonic Acid, Isobarbaloin, Resistannol. In relatively small concentrations they provide Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antifungal & Antiviral activity.
Enzymes: Provides 8 enzymes: Aliiase, Alkaline Phosphatase, Amylase, Carboxypeptidase, Catalase, Cellulase, Lipase, Peroxidase.
Hormones: Provides 2 hormenes, Auxins & Gibberellins, that have wound healing & anti-inflammatory properties.
Lignin: Cellulose based substance, thought to provide penetrating power in Aloe Vera skin preparations and may act as a carrier for other components.
Minerals: 20 minerals essential for good health and is known to work in certain combimation with each other, vitamins and other trace elements.
Salicylic Acid: Aspirin like compound that has analgesic properties.
Saponins: Soapy substance both cleansing and antiseptic.
Sterols: Provides 4 main plant steroids that act as anti-inflammatory agents: Cholesterol, Campesterol, Lupeol, and Sitosterol. Lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.
Sugars: Monosaccharides: glucose & fructose; Polysaccarides: gluco-mannans / polymannose.
Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, Choline and Folic Acid. A, C and E act as antioxidants, B’s & Choline involved in amino acid metabolism, B12 required for production of red blood cells, Folic Acid in the development of blood cells.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the safety of Aloe Barbadensis and determined that they may be used as natural flavoring substance for direct addition to food. Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for Aloe Barbadensis: Sec. 172.510 Natural flavoring substances and natural substances used in conjunction with flavors.
The safety of Aloe Barbadensis has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and based on the available information concluded that Aloe Barbadensis and the compounds containing Aloe Barbadensis were safe for use as cosmetic ingredients.
Aloe Barbadensis may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Directive of the European Union. Link to the EU Cosmetics Directive: Cosmetic ingredients database
The World Health Organization has prepared a monograph on selected medicinal plants, including Aloe. Link to WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants
- S. Irshad et al / Intl. R. J. of Pharmaceuticals (2011), Vol. 01, Issue 02, pp. 59-64 – In-Vitro antibacterial activity of Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera)
- The J Inve Dermat. Vol 102 No2 Febriary 1994. – Prevention of ultra violet radiation – induced suppression of contact and delayed hypersensitivity by Aloe barbadensis gel extract
- Skin Research and Technology, Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 241–246, November 2006 – Moisturizing effect of cosmetic formulations containing Aloe vera extract in different concentrations assessed by skin bioengineering techniques
- Journal of Oleo Science, Vol. 58 (2009) No. 12 P 643-650 – Liposomes Encapsulating Aloe vera Leaf Gel Extract Significantly Enhance Proliferation and Collagen Synthesis in Human Skin Cell Lines