Benefits of Aloe Vera for the Face

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Aloe vera cream and gel on a countertop. (Image: Monika Adamczyk/Hemera/Getty Images)

Aloe vera has a number of medicinal and cosmetic purposes, as it is effective in soothing the skin and reducing inflammation, according to Aloe-Vera-Research.org. Aloe vera comes from the aloe vera plant but is typically sold as a topical solution that is used for sunburns, rashes, acne and overall skin health. Its healing properties come from the 18 amino acids it contains.

Sunburn Relief

Sunburn damages the skin. It ages the face and can even lead to skin cancer, according to the website ayushveda.com. Facial sunburns can cause inflammation, puffiness and breakouts, so treatment with healing remedies such as aloe vera is important. Aloe vera has an immediate cooling effect, and it forms a protective layer that seals in moisture to prevent dehydration and promote healing, according to the website LifeTips.

Acne Treatment

Aloe vera helps to counteract infection, according to Health911.com. Used on pimples, sores and acne scars, aloe vera improves complexion and color. It stimulates new cell growth and the healing of scars. Aloe vera is considered an excellent skin cleanser and contains antibiotics, coagulating agents, pain inhibitors and astringents.

Wrinkle Treatment

Aloe vera helps to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, according to the website TheSkinWrinkles.com. Aloe vera works by increasing the skin's elasticity to keep wrinkles from developing. Aloe vera is also rich in anti-oxidants. When your face is constantly exposed to sunlight, it is also exposed to free radicals, which contribute to aging. The anti-oxidants in aloe vera neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals, thus protecting against and reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face.

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