Aloe vera makes a lovely house plant but its benefits go way beyond the fact that it’s aesthetically pleasing! The plant also boosts the health of the skin and hair so in this blog I’ll be discussing why this is the case, plus I’ll offer a few tips on how you can make the most of aloe vera.
Why use aloe vera gel?
Aloe vera is perhaps best known for the benefits it can bring to the skin. It is for example, a highly soothing, cooling ingredient that can bring relief from sun burn and prickly heat. Not only that though, research shows that aloe vera holds anti-inflammatory properties which may help to ease painful sunburn further.
Moisturiser is another popular use for aloe vera, and for good reason too! Aloe vera has a light, watery texture meaning it is easily absorbed by the skin and won’t leave the area greasy. Also, aloe vera has been shown to improve skin hydration which is another sign of a good moisturiser.
Small scratches and burns can also benefit from the application of aloe vera as it could speed up healing. Plus, as I’ve already mentioned, aloe vera has a cooling effect which could bring instant relief from the pain of minor burns.
Yet another exciting feature of aloe vera is its cleansing abilities which make it particularly good for those with spots, acne or oily skin.
Can you use aloe vera gel on the hair?
So, I’ve established that aloe very is pretty good for the skin but what about the hair? Well, it turns out there’s very good reason to apply it here too!
The anti-inflammatory nature of aloe vera means it could help dandruff when it is caused by dry skin. However, there are some more general benefits to be gained as well. As aloe vera acts as a moisturiser, it softens both the hair and scalp. This should leave the hair looking soft and shiny but without causing a build-up of product as is often the case when using regular shampoos.
Another amazing benefit of aloe vera is that it could help to stimulate hair growth – there are not many hair care products that can claim to have this feature! The reason for this is an enzyme called the proteolytic enzyme which helps heal and repair cells in your scalp to promote faster growth.
How to use aloe vera on your hair
If you want to use pure aloe vera on your hair (lots of products will only have a small amount mixed in with other ingredients) then I’d recommend you try Sukin’s Aloe Vera Gel. This is made from 100% natural, carbon neutral, cruelty free and vegan aloe vera. Simply rub a tiny amount into your hands (you don’t want to make your hair look greasy – you can always apply more after) and then massage into the scalp. Leave the product on for up to 30 minutes and then wash your hair as normal.
To get an added handful of aloe vera at this stage you could apply Green People’s Daily Shampoo with aloe vera. This makes use of natural ingredients and absolutely no parabens or artificial fragrances meaning it can be used on all hair types. Also, this is a good option if you don’t fancy rubbing aloe vera gel straight onto your hair but you still want to gain some of the benefits this plant holds.