Aloe Vera is a well known plant that has been in usage for a very, very long time, dating back to first being mentioned as a medical plant in Roman History.
Used for numerous benefits such as healing burns, healing skin ailments, basically if there is a skin disease chances are that Aloe Vera can help with it.
Just don’t go applying it if you are allergic to it, no matter how good it is supposed to be. Though, one wonders if it is as effective with stretch marks, compared to other commercial products or homemade recipes.
Aloe Vera The Plant
Aloe Vera is a unique plant that is easily harvested, making it one of the few ingredients that you can actually extract yourself.
Most of them need some complicated extracting procedure, but with Aloe Vera only a cut of a leaf and some force is all it takes.
For this they can be used in homemade mixes as well, as not only does it moisturize your skin, it also contains several needed vitamins that your skin needs to maintain a healthy and elastic feel. In the raw form, it can be a bit uncomfortable, that is why usually in their product form, they add a few ingredients to make it more pleasing for you.
As said, another way that it can be done is obtaining it raw, cutting a leaf directly from the plant and using the liquid that comes from it directly on your skin. Like drinking apple juice directly from the apple, just that this time you apply it to your skin.
It is always great to have either a plant or cream solution at hand, if not for the scars, but for the unpredicted events that may happen, like a burn.
This way you have some great cooling and healing solution right there to be used and don’t need to run to the apothecary to get something for your burn.
Commercial Use of Aloe Vera
One thing to know is that what is extracted from Aloe Vera is also used heavily in the available commercial creams, which usually signals that the cream will at least make your striae appear less intimidating.
In any case, Aloe Vera has proven through its numerous years of usage that it does help with skin damages like scars, just do not expect for it to remove your stretch marks on its own, but a mild fading is still possible so if possible use it.
In essence, it is cheap, has multiple uses, and can be mixed around with other ingredients. For stretch marks, a great additive, but as it is not its main point, do not expect anything beyond a few tints of color difference.
So if you can spare a few dollars to add this to your skin care collection it will be worth it, just for the nutrients that Aloe Vera will grant to your skin over time.
22 Jun 2014
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