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Skincare Ingredients Checker Simplified: A for Aloe Vera

June 24, 2023

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Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Aloe Vera)

What is it?

Aloe vera has been used for various medicinal purposes from ancient times. It is prominently featured in traditional eastern medicine, with ethnobotanical roots in China, India, the West Indies, and Japan. In the west, aloe vera has been grown mainly to supply the latex component of the leaf to the pharmaceutical industry.

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Where is aloe vera derived from?

  • Powder form of the aloe plant
  • Obtained from dried leaves of the aloe plant and functions as a skin-conditioning agent

Skin benefits

  • Several anti-inflammatory components (among others, it contains salicylates, polysaccharides, magnesium lactate and C-glucosyl chromone)
  • Aloe-derived ingredients enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness
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Aloe vera is a medicinal and perennial plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. Aloe stems store water, creating a clear, gel-like substance in the leaves, which contains vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids.

The main feature of the Aloe vera plant is its high water content, ranging from 99–99.5%. The remaining 0.5–1.0% solid material contains over 75 different potentially active compounds including water- and fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, enzymes. The bioactivity of aloe can be attributed to the inner gel of its leaves. 

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Aloe vera promotes wound healing

Aloe vera can be used to retain skin moisture, integrity and prevent ulcers. Its regenerative properties have been studied in the context of radiation damage—the gel form has been reported to exhibit a protective effect against radiation damage. Research has also shown that aloe vera can inhibit thromboxane (an inhibitor of wound healing), reducing inflammation and improving the wound healing process.

Glucomannan-rich 

Aloe’s regenerative properties are due to the compound glucomannan, which is especially rich in polysaccharides like mannose. 

Glucomannan stimulates collagen production

In addition, glucomannan affects fibroblast growth factor receptors and stimulates their activity and proliferation, which in turn increases the production of collagen. It can also change the composition of collagen, increase collagen cross-linking and thereby promote wound healing. Aloe stimulates fibroblast which produces the collagen and elastin fibers making the skin more elastic and less wrinkled. 

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Aloe vera has anti-wrinkle effects

Aloe stimulates fibroblast which produces the collagen and elastin fibers making the skin more elastic and less wrinkled. 

Aloe vera softens skin 

Skin-softening is another cosmetic effect of aloe when used regularly. Aloe vera has cohesive effects on the superficial flaking epidermal cells by sticking them together, which softens the skin. 

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Aloe vera helps tighten enlarged pores

The amino acids present in aloe soften hardened skin cells. It is also particularly rich in minerals such as zinc, which acts as an astringent to tighten pores.

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Aloe vera’s moisturising/skin barrier repair properties

Aloe’s moisturizing effects has also been studied in treatment of dry skin associated with occupational exposure where aloe vera gel gloves improved the skin integrity, decreased appearance of fine wrinkle and decreased erythema.

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Aloe vera’s antimicrobial properties for infections and acne treatment

Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory, skin protection, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic, and wound healing properties. It can be incorporated into skincare products to exert an anti-acne effect

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Possible side effects of aloe vera 

Aloe vera is generally a very well tolerated active that is dermatologist recommended for calming sensitive skin. However, rarely, contact allergy may occur in those who are prone to allergies. Allergic reactions are mostly due to the anthraquinones present in aloe vera, such as aloin and barbaloin. In this case contact allergy may manifest as localised skin irritation such as redness and burning or stinging sensations. 

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