Hello, Aloe! Why Aloe Is Still One Of The Greatest Things You Can Put On Your Skin
With so many exotic ingredients out there, it might be tempting to relegate tried and true aloe to the back of the drawer. After all, aloe has been used for healing since the times of ancient Greece. Solid history. Bit of a snooze. But there’s so much more to the story. If the only time you pull out the aloe is to soothe a burn, get ready to find a whole new reverence for this multi-faceted ingredient.
Aloe is oozing with as many as 75 active and highly beneficial elements, including antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, inflammation-reducing enzymes, reparative minerals, lipid-restoring polysaccharides, fatty acids, amino acids, and more.
You might be surprised to learn all the ways that aloe can benefit your skin.
Aloe can help reduce dark patches and discoloration. It contains a compound called aloesin, which inhibits tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for melanin production. Additionally, cinnamonic acid in aloe is a prolific, but gentle exfoliator to clear away dead cells and bring fresh new skin to the surface.
Aloe contains no less than six antiseptic agents: salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols, lupeol, and sulfur. Its potent anti-bacterial properties combined with anti-inflammatory strength make aloe ideal for helping to reduce breakouts and keep skin smooth and clear.
The glycoproteins and polysaccharides in aloe nourish and strengthen skin structure, aid in wound healing, and boost collagen production, all of which can help to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Free Radical Scavenger
The high concentration of vitamins A, C, and E, along with phenolic compounds and flavonoids in aloe, give this botanical wonder a serious edge when it comes to repairing and protecting skin from environmental damage.
Sterols in aloe promote the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, helping to plump skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. At the same time, polysaccharides and glycoproteins help strengthen the connective structure in the protein fibers.
Enhancer Of Tightness and Tone
Aloe has a slight vasoconstricting effect, which reduces puffiness and gives skin an instantly smoother and firmer appearance. Zinc acts as a mild astringent to refine pores.
A high water content is only part of what gives aloe its extreme hydration factor. It's also rich in lipid-boosting compounds. Aloe infuses the skin with moisture and promotes hyaluronic acid production, improving the viscoelastic properties of skin.
Soother & Healer
Aloe vera is still best known for its ability to calm irritated skin, aid wound healing and rapidly reduce inflammation to provide relief from burns. The same properties that make it so effective as a medicinal balm also make it a highly effective natural cosmeceutical.
The exceptional benefits of aloe are enhanced by the fact that it possesses one more unique quality. Aloe contains something called lignin, a substance that improves the penetrating abilities of other actives. So each of aloe’s skin-enhancing components gets a boost from its own superior natural delivery system.
It's no wonder Egyptians called it “the plant of immortality.”
Our Favorite Products Containing Aloe
Totaloe Calming and Hydrating Gel
Whole leaf aloe, niacinamide, sea algae extract, and green tea extract make this lightly firming, oil-free gel a powerhouse of antioxidant protection and nourishing renewal.
An intensely hydrating, deeply nourishing blend of antioxidants and bioactive marine minerals, amino acids and sea proteins to replenish and restore suppleness and elasticity.
Allantoin Sedating & Hydrating Lotion
Use this natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory moisturizer to restore and revive dry, mature, irritated or overly exfoliated skin. Richly soothing, lightly firming, perfectly non-greasy, it’s ideal for daily use under makeup or on top of any Vivant serum.
Rich in therapeutic marine minerals, proteins, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants this hydrating and clarifying mask is the ultimate renewer.
Many products use only the aloe gel, but the outer leaf is also full of protective polyphenolic compounds, providing far more benefit than the gel alone, which is why all Vivant products are formulated with whole leaf aloe.