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Jan 30, 2017
by Vivant Skin Care
With all the attention being given to super food skin care and other exotic new ingredients, it might be tempting to relegate tried and true aloe to the back of your medicine cabinet to gather dust. 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 when your get a cut or fall asleep in the sun, get ready to find a whole new reverence for this sultan of soothe.
Aloe is absolutely oozing (pun intended) with as many as 75 active and highly beneficial elements: vitamins including antioxidant A, C and E; enzymes that reduce inflammation and break down sugars and fats; reparative minerals like copper and zinc; anti-bacterial saponins and salicylic acid; lignans for enhanced skin penetration; and cell proliferators like polysaccharides, fatty acids, and amino acids.
It not just the goo that’s got a lot going on. The outer green leaf is also full of antioxidant polyphenolic compounds and anthraquinones. When looking for the most effective way to process and extract the active healing ingredients in aloe, Dr. Fulton discovered that using the whole aloe leaf provided more benefit than the gel alone. His theory was borne out in clinical tests that proved whole leaf formulations far superior. (Needless to say, Vivant uses only whole leaf aloe.)
So much happening in one humble plant. A who’s who of active compounds combined in powerful synergistic effect. Simply put, aloe is all that.
That’s right, 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 vera 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, phenolic compounds and flavonoids in aloe, give this botanical wonder a serious edge when it comes to repairing and protecting skin from environmental damage and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Polysaccharides and glycoproteins in aloe vera stimulate fibroblast growth and cell proliferation. Collagen production is not only increased, but the connective structure in the protein fibers is strengthened due to the mucopolysaccharides in aloe vera. All that goo adds up to a thicker, healthier, smoother epidermis.
Enhancer Of Tightness and Tone
Aloe improves the viscoelastic and hydration properties of skin. Its anti-inflammatory components provide protection to the skin matrix, while its antioxidant abundance protects connective tissue. Polysaccharides and amino acids also stimulate collagen production to improve dermal structure. And zinc acts as an astringent to refine pores and provide a slight tightening effect.
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.
No wonder Egyptians called it “the plant of immortality.”
Say hello to the benefits of aloe with Vivant's Totaloe™ Calming and Hydrating Gel. Whole leaf aloe barbadensis leaf juice with nourishing niacinamide, nourishing algae extract and antioxidant green tea extract make this the optimum skin enhancer, healer and hydrator. Restores smoothness, refines pores, and replenishes moisture without clogging pores. We love it as a primer for any skin type before applying makeup. Its tightening action creates a perfect canvas.
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