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Known as the “miracle plant,” aloe vera is one of the most useful plants in the world that is supercharged with skin care benefits. The plant was believed to have originated in Africa, until it eventually spread across the world.

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Aloe, or aloe barbadensis, is a genus with around 500 species of succulent plants, including the well-known aloe vera. It blooms in warmer regions such as Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia. When you open an aloe vera leaf, it has a clear gel at the center and a yellowish liquid called aloe latex.

According to Dr. Kaycee Reyes, aloe vera  is packed with vitamins (A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12), minerals (calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, and potassium), polysaccharides (antiviral properties), and fatty acids (anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties).

“Externally, it can do more than soothe and treat burns and wounds. Its excellent nutrient content makes it a good natural skin toner, astringent, antiseptic, moisturizer, skin whitener, and sun protector—all in one!” she added.

With that, allow us to list some awesome things that you can do with the miracle plant:

1. Moisturizer

Moisturizing your skin is very important. It will help you to achieve a softer, more elastic skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated. Using aloe vera gel as a moisturizer will also prevent breakouts and can lessen the oiliness of your skin.

If you’re having a hard time getting pure aloe gel, you can try products like Natures Republic 92% Aloe Soothing Gel (P180) or the Bench Organics 94% Aloe Soothing Gel (P189).

2. Face scrub

Aloe can be a great base for a homemade scrub because it helps soften your skin. Just mix 1/2 cup of aloe gel with enough brown sugar to get the right texture. Use it as your face scrub once or twice a week. You can also rub it on your elbows, heels, or arms to exfoliate.

3. Overnight mask

If you want to have a radiant and glowing skin, using an aloe gel as your overnight mask might help you achieve that youthful glow. Cleanse your face, apply the gel in moderate amount, and gently massage it for 5 to 7 minutes. Just avoid applying it near the eyes and on the lips. Use this every night and you can feel the softness of your skin immediately!

4. Acne treatment

It’s really hard to find the perfect skincare product for acne prone skin. Some brands offers treatment but man, it’s too expensive. Why spend a lot of moolah if you can go natural, right?

You may cut a leaf open, get some of the gel, and put some tea tree oil before applying it to your skin. The gel fresh from the plant is proven effective.

[MANILA BULLETIN]

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