Aloe Vera, a short-stemmed shrub that looks like a cactus plant, has been described as the ‘wonder plant’ and is well recognized in both conventional and alternative medicine. The plant is succulent, erect and form a dense rosette and a gel that can be obtained from its leaves. Its gel is used in food, cosmetics, food supplements and herbal remedies.

These days you can buy it in most supermarkets, either in its natural plant state, as juice or gel.

Most commonly it is used in after-sun care skin products or if ingested as a juice to alleviate constipation or heartburn. Aloe Vera is very gentle on the body both when applied externally or ingested. After a long day at the beach, the best thing you can do for your skin is to ‘feed’ it with  Aloe Vera gel, make sure the gel product consist of at least 98% Aloe Vera. The best thing is, of course, to get the gel straight from the plant.

Aloe Vera is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory (antimicrobial), which means it can help ward off bacteria, fungus and viruses by promoting circulation and inhibiting the growth of bacteria. It also has antioxidant properties, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and play a huge role in warding off heart disease, cancer and the aging process. The malic acid in Aloe Vera gel helps improve the elasticity of the skin and get rid of sagging skin.

Benefits of Aloe Vera*:

  • Improves skin problems like acne and other inflammation
  • Protects from ultraviolet irradiation
  • Improves skin elasticity and tighten skin
  • Naturally moisturizes skin
  • Heals first- to second-degree burns
  • Improves teeth and gums
  • Improves digestive problems and reduces constipation
  • Lowers blood sugar levels

*Some of these views are not medically proven, but if you are not allergic to Aloe Vera it is worth while checking it out on your own body.

The following Silver Fox skincare products use Aloe Vera: PURIFY Cleanser and REFRESH Shampoo & Conditioner

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