A Gift From Nature:
Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis)
HYDRATE . SOOTHE. STAY VIBRANT
The second most-used ingredient in our skincare line (other than our proprietary thermal water) is a superpower that comes from an unassuming succulent plant. Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) is a perennial succulent belonging to the Liliaceae family and is often called “the healing plant” or “the silent healer”.
The history of aloe vera use dates back to 1500 B.C. and the benefits of aloe have been recorded for thousands of years by many ancient civilizations (including but not limited to Egypt, Persia, Greece, India, and Africa). Historical evidence suggests the origin of aloe vera was in warm, dry India and Africa; although today the plant can be found worldwide.
Aloe vera has water-dense leaves that can be used in gel form or as leaf juice and has numerous benefits for the skin. From soothing skin irritations (elements such as acemannan suppress inflammation by telling the enzymes that trigger it to calm out), to accelerating the healing process, and moisturizing/smoothing the skin without being oily.
Aloe vera is often recommended when the skin needs to be soothed after being exposed to external agents and free radicals (sun, pollution, burns, etc.). Additionally, the gel contains a pain reliever called carboxypeptidase, which may be why aloe vera is so soothing to the skin. But this desert-dwelling plant is not only beneficial in the summer months, it has benefits for the skin year-round.
There are antioxidants within aloe vera gel such as vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E; and some preliminary studies link aloe to the production of more collagen because aloe contains compounds called polysaccharides that encourage skin repair and tell new skin cells to get comfortable and stay awhile.
And one of the extra perks of aloe vera, and something that is particularly important to us is that it is suitable for all skin types.
We recognize and believe in the versatility of aloe vera so much that it is in seven out of our nine products.
***Note: Make sure to do a patch test before putting aloe vera on inflamed skin, as aloe vera can cause allergic contact dermatitis in some people.