Ingredient: Aloe Vera

INCI: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

Source: Aloe Vera

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What is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract?

Aloe Barbadensis or aloe vera is a cactus-like plant that is part of the Liliaceae family and contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene. It was widely used in many ancient civilizations including Indian, Chinese, Egyptian and many others to treat and heal burns, wounds, frostbite, psoriasis, inflammation and cold sores. It is also applied topically as an antiseptic and a moisturizer.

Benefits of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract:

Aloe barbadensis can help soothe the skin and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. It has been clinically proven to be effective at healing burns, wounds and scars. When applied topically, the compound aloin in aloe vera blocks up to 30% of the UV rays and protects the skin from sun damage.

One reason why ancient Egyptians called aloe vera the ‘plant of immortality’ is the presence of numerous vitamins in it such as A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, as well as choline and folic acid. These nutrients promote skin health and protect the skin from free radicals and premature aging.

The human body uses 22 types of amino acids to produce more than 50,000 proteins to maintain its health. Only 14 of these acids can be produced naturally. The other  eight  – isoleucine, tryptophan, leucine, phenylalanine, lysine, methionine, threonine and valine – can be found in aloe vera.  The  plant also contains 12 non-essential amino acids like glutamine, glycine, alanine, cysteine, arginine, proline and glutamic acid that strengthen the skin’s natural protective barrier and prevent dryness.

Aloe vera’s chemical structure allows it to penetrate into the deeper layer of the skin (dermis) which ensures the absorption of vitamins and essential acids. It also stimulates the fibroblasts to manufacture more collagen.

Researchers at the Seoul National University investigated its efficacy in reducing wrinkles by giving participants a daily low dose of aloe vera gel. They observed significant changes in the facial wrinkles of women aged above 45 years and concluded that the increase in collagen production improved skin elasticity and lowered wrinkle depth.

Side Effects & Toxicity:

An extremely safe ingredient, aloe barbadensis has no known toxicity in general use and is shown to be non-irritating and suitable for sensitive skin.

Editor’s Note:

Among than 400 aloe species discovered, aloe barbadensis and aloe ferox have been found to be the most effective for use in cosmetics and medicine.