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All about Aloe Vera.

One of nature’s natural hydrators, Aloe Vera is known not only for its superior moisturizing properties but also for its ability to soothe irritated skin, calm redness and reduce inflammation. It’s also one of the most recognised ingredients for its skin health – with 60% of Australian women believing it provides the best benefits for skin, and one-in-three actively seeking it out in the products they buy*.

The healing properties of this remarkable plant have been known for millennia. Evidence of Aloe Vera use has been found in artefacts from Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptian cultures, and it is recorded as a favourite remedy by physicians in Ancient Rome, Greece and Arabia. Legend has it that Alexander the Great was persuaded to capture an island purely for its Aloe crops, as it was critical to heal the wounds of his marauding army.

In more recent times, Aloe Vera has become a mainstay of skincare and cosmetic products. It’s high water content – up to 99% - makes it the ideal base for many naturally hydrating formulas. It’s this hydrating benefit that has seen it used as an effective treatment for burns and wound healing, with several studies showing it (under clinical conditions) to expedite skin recovery by several days (versus a control treatment such as petroleum jelly).

It’s these attributes that make Aloe Vera a renowned treatment for mild burns and sunburns. Most Aussie’s keep a tube of Aloe Vera Gel or Aloe Vera Cream in their fridge during summer months to soothe the effects of ill-advised sun exposure! The high-water content helps soothe and cool the skin, easing discomfort, and its polysaccharide and sterol content rehydrates parched and inflamed skin. Whilst unprotected, extended sun exposure should be avoided at all costs, if sunburn is experienced the best remedy is to cool the skin with tepid running water, followed by regular applications of Aloe Vera Gel to soothe the burn and keep the skin hydrated (which will help protect against unsightly peeling).

There has been a lot of media coverage of late regarding Aloe Vera Gel and its inclusion in a recipe for homemade hand sanitizer. With the recent spike in demand causing most retailers to sell out of commercially made hand sanitizer, many consumers turned to making it themselves. The World Health Organisation has published their production guidelines, but it is important to note that these instructions are intended for a sterile, pharmaceutical environment. While hand sanitizers provide convenience when the ability to wash your hands is limited, frequent hand washing with normal soap is still the most effective defence against transmission of viruses.

Palmer’s Aloe Vera Gel 125g is a high quality formulation containing 100% pure Aloe Vera Gel, plus Vitamin E for its enhanced skin benefits. Vitamin E enhances the protective function of skin and decreases the appearance of lines, wrinkles and scars by keeping cells hydrated. Its central role is that of a strong antioxidant, capturing free oxygen radicals generated by exposure to UV-light or pollution and preventing further damage.

Protect skin against moisture loss with this fresh and lightweight moisturising gel, as well as keep on hand for effective, proven relief from mild burns and sunburn. Palmer’s Aloe Vera Gel is available from Chemist Warehouse (in-store & online) and Amazon Australia.

* Based on a survey of 600 women in Australia aged 20-75 who had used bodycare products in the past, prepared by Justin Lewis Research on behalf of Palmer’s.

 

REFERENCES
  • Guide to Local Production: WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations.
  • Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary – Aloe Vera.
  • Phytopharmacy: An evidence-based guide to herbal medicinal products, First Edition.
  • Sarah E. Edwards, Inês da Costa Rocha, Elizabeth M. Williamson and Michael Heinrich. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Aloe Vera, Lesley Braun 2005. Complementary Medicine, January/February 2005.

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