Last Updated May 31st, 2019
Cleopatra was famous throughout Egypt for her beauty. And one of her skincare go-to’s? You guessed it — aloe vera.1
It turns out Cleopatra was really on to something.
The gel from this spiky succulent is chock full of nutrients that soothe and protect your skin, hair, and nails. Just take a look at these nutrients —
- Salicylic acid, which targets problem skin
- Irritation-fighting enzymes and hormones
- Cleansing saponins
- Heavyweight antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E2
And, if you’re lucky enough to have an aloe plant, you can simply use a knife to slice straight down the middle of the leaf. Then, scoop out the clear gel inside and apply it to your skin.
Of course, you can always buy pure aloe vera gel at your local health foods store, too.
So, how can adding aloe vera to your beauty routine help? Keep reading to find out…
1. Aloe Helps Fight The Visible Signs of Aging
A 2009 study found that oral intake of aloe vera resulted in fewer facial wrinkles and improved skin elasticity.3 So, if you’ve got your own aloe vera plant at home, simply add two tablespoons aloe vera gel to a glass of water or fruit juice. Otherwise, we recommend buying food grade aloe vera juice for consumption.
Of course, you can also apply concentrated aloe extract directly to the skin for anti-aging benefits!
2. Moisturizes Dry Skin
One of the greatest benefits of aloe vera is its humectant properties. You see, as a humectant aloe vera can draw moisture to your dry skin and help reduce water loss.4 So, if you’re out of hand cream, try a little aloe vera to hydrate your dry skin instead.
3. Calms Skin After Shaving
Sensitive skin can become irritated after shaving. To keep razor burn at bay, rub a little aloe vera gel on your skin after shaving. Irritation-fighting enzymes and peptides can help keep your skin calm.5
4. Supports Skin Regeneration
One of the unique benefits of aloe vera gel is its ability to accelerate skin regeneration after minor damage.6 After a wound has closed, you can help encourage skin regeneration by applying a small amount of pure aloe vera gel to the surface of the skin.
5. Eases Sunburn Symptoms
One of the trademark benefits of aloe vera is its ability to soothe sunburn. And it’s well-backed by science. Recent studies have shown that applying aloe vera gel to your sunburned skin can help reduce redness and irritation.7
6. Soothes Sensitive Skin
If you’re prone to skin sensitivity, aloe vera may be able to help. You see, aloe vera gel can be used as a natural remedy to alleviate irritation. But that’s not all. Aloe vera can also help when it comes to diminishing the appearance of rashes or scaling.8
All you’ve got to do is apply a dab of aloe vera gel to the affected areas and gently massage it into your skin.
7. Works to Cleanse Skin
Forgot to order face wash? You can whip up an aloe vera face wash in a pinch to cleanse your face. Aloe vera gel contains “saponins” — a natural, soapy substance with true cleansing properties.9
In fact, to make your own aloe vera face wash, just combine the following ingredients:
- ¼ cup aloe vera gel
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil or olive oil
8. Balances Out Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, we’ve got good news for you. Aloe vera contains salicylic acid, which is known to curb oil production.10
And remember, just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you don’t need moisture. Using a moisturizer with aloe vera can keep skin hydrated while diminishing any excess oil.
9. Fights Acne Breakouts
There’s nothing like a pimple to make you self-conscious. If you struggle with acne, you might want to consider adding aloe vera to your skincare regimen.
In fact, a 2014 study found that, along with conventional treatments, the topical application of aloe vera can help diminish the appearance of pimples and prevent further acne breakouts.11
So, for clearer skin just apply a small dab of aloe vera gel to the affected area.
10. Helps Prevent Hair Loss
Believe it or not, genetics play a big role in hair loss. But it turns out that free radicals might have something to do with it too.
You see, free radicals are damaging molecules that are generated when your body is exposed to environmental toxins like air pollution, UV rays, and pesticides. And these molecules can contribute to the signs of skin aging and hair aging — including hair loss.12,13
But antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E can fight free radicals and help prevent aging and hair loss.14,15
So, for reaping the hair benefits of aloe vera, gently massage aloe gel into your scalp before bed. (But don’t forget to let it dry before you hit the pillow!)
11. Fights Dandruff
Dealing with those frustrating little white flakes? Massage a couple tablespoons of aloe vera into your scalp before bed. Studies have shown that aloe vera is an effective natural treatment for itchy, flaky scalps.16
12. Moisturizes Nails
Remember all of those great moisturizing properties we talked about? Put them to work on your nails too! All you need to do is rub a little aloe vera into your nail beds to soften cuticles and keep nails hydrated. Seriously, that’s it.
A Plant Fit For a Queen
So, if you’re ready to follow in Cleopatra’s footsteps, go for it. It’s a natural way to keep your beauty regimen low-cost and effective. Just incorporate aloe vera into your skincare routine for healthier — and more beautiful — skin, hair, and nails.