When you come home with dry, irritated red skin after a long day in the sun, what’s the first thing you reach for? Chances are you’re thinking of cold water or aloe vera.
Aloe vera, a spiky green succulent, has been used for thousands of years for a variety of beauty and health purposes because of the gel stored within its long leaves. Once seen as the “plant of immortality,” it’s known for its strong moisturizing and healing abilities.
Of course, aloe vera is no longer the be-all-end-all of medicinal ingredients, but that hasn’t affected its popularity. This hero of home remedies has made its way into homes, and stores, across the globe.
When to Use It
Aloe vera is most beloved for its effects on the skin. Full of beneficial vitamins, enzymes, and minerals, aloe vera gel has the potential to help treat or relieve symptoms of a wide range of skin conditions.
Sugar molecules contained in aloe vera help the skin retain its moisture, making it the perfect final step in your after-sun skin care routine. As a natural anti-inflammatory, it can also reduce the pain and discomfort associated with minor sunburns.
While aloe vera can’t reverse signs of aging, it can make them less visible. Thanks to its ability to boost collagen production and improve skin elasticity, aloe vera can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
You’ve probably seen salicylic acid in acne treatments, but did you know there are traces of it in aloe vera gel too? With its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera can help reduce superficial acne. And when blemishes are already open, the plant’s collagen-boosting powers can potentially speed up the healing process.
How to Use it
Raw aloe vera
To use aloe vera in its most natural form, head to the store to pick up a plant or a single leaf. Slice off the sides, peel off the outer layers, and you’re left with a nutrient-rich gel. Just make sure to use it immediately for the best results.
Store bought products
Despite their popularity, aloe vera plants may not be easily accessible to everyone. Purchasing skin care products that are formulated with aloe vera are a convenient way to get the benefits of aloe vera and other ingredients simultaneously.
Get these Panama Jack Aloe Vera products
Whether or not you end up with a sunburn, a long day in the sun can take all the moisture right out of your skin. Our classic Aloe Vera Gel is a quick, soothing way to bring back hydration and give yourself a healthy summer glow.
Sunburns call for all things cooling and calming. A combination of Lidocaine, Aloe Vera, and Menthol, this gel provides instant relief, and it can even be used on minor cuts, scrapes or insect bites. (Tip: throw it in the fridge before applying for an extra cooling effect.)
Hand sanitizer has become an essential, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice moisturized hands for protection from bacteria. Panama Jack Hand Sanitizer is formulated with aloe vera and vitamin E to keep you feeling good and your hands looking good.
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