Hi, lovelies! Today’s post will be dedicated to a very special Aloe plant that is frequently used for medical and cosmetic purposes, namely Aloe vera. Wherever you go nowadays you will always find at least one product containing aloe vera extract. After all, it’s supposed to have a lot of benefits including that it accelerates the healing of burns, may improve skin and help prevent wrinkles, lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics, and has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. At least that’s what the cosmetic industry says, but in reality Aloe vera is much more complicated than that.
According to NCBI, the Aloe vera plant contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids. This might be the reason why the cosmetic and alternative medicine industries love to regularly make claims regarding the soothing, moisturizing, and healing properties of Aloe vera. In reality, though, there is little scientific evidence of the effectiveness or safety of Aloe vera extracts for either cosmetic or medicinal purposes. A research study finding positive evidence is frequently contradicted by other studies, unfortunately.
One study, however, in which they wanted to determine whether dietary Aloe vera gel has anti-aging properties on the skin, found a positive result. The study was done on 30 women over the age of 45 where they received an aloe vera gel supplementation for 90 days. The Aloe vera gel turned out to have a positive effect on wrinkles, keep in mind though that it was done by oral ingestion. According to Wikipedia, at certain doses, the Aloe’s toxic properties could be severe whether ingested or topically applied.
Aloe vera has potential toxicity, with side effects occurring at some dose levels both when ingested or applied topically.
Another study found that Aloe vera reduced erythema (redness on the skin) after a single application, after multiple applications, however, the aloe vera materials showed dehydration effects on the skin. These are the kind of studies and research there is when it comes to Aloe vera. When there’s a potential benefit there’s also a downside. In conclusion, Aloe vera can’t be classed as something bad, but it can’t be classed as something great either. It’s simply something in between that we yet have to do more research on.
Hopefully, you now understand why Aloe vera is such a complicated plant and can form your own opinion about it. It might be good and it might be bad, no one knows exactly yet. In my opinion, you shouldn’t be scared to use it though, just do it in moderate amounts.
Bye for now,