ALOE VERA FOR SKIN AND HAIR HEALTH
Aloe is a key active ingredient in countless skin and hair care products, but those products often come with expensive price tags, toxic binders, preservatives, drying alcohol, and harmful chemical preservatives. The best and safest way to nourish your skin is to go directly to the plant source.
Often when I'm at the hair salon or talking makeup with a friend, someone will say to me 'don't worry this product is natural', as a way to try and ease my mind about potentially harmful ingredients. What's funny is that my severe allergy (both a food allergy and a contact allergy) is to soy- an all natural plant. When I developed this allergy at age 30, it not only forced me to give up eating processed foods which contain soy as a preservative, but it also made me overhaul my skincare regime. I learned that although soy is a natural plant based protein touted as a health food in the '90's, factory farming in the US has led to poor quality GMO soy being injected into not only virtually all processed foods and vegetable oils, but also into our makeup, shampoos and conditioners, lotions, makeup removers, and cleaners of all types. We are overexposed from every angle. I challenge you to find a single lipstick or lipgloss on the market that does not contain an ingredient derived from GMO soy. "Lecithin": derived from soy. "Vitamin E": derived from soy. The list goes on and on.
Allergies aside, as I started to comb through product labels years ago to check for soy, I've realized overtime that most skin and hair care products contain a host of other nasty chemicals that would be harmful to anyone. While soy is not a plant on my "friends list", I typically completely embrace other plants as a direct source for skin care. Aloe vera, a common house plant that is easy to find and care for is a favorite of mine. Aloe vera is known to reduce inflammation, increase elasticity, soothe sunburns and eczema, and hydrate and reduce wrinkles in the skin. Amazingly, aloe vera is also incredible for moisturizing hair as a conditioner, and of course it's excellent for dry scalp.
HOW TO USE ALOE VERA FOR SKIN AND HAIR HEALTH
Cut a leaf from a plant, or buy a single leaf from your local grocery. Use a sharp knife to cut an inch or two off the bottom, which will reveal the gel inside. Use a spoon to scrape out however much gel you need, and simply apply it directly to the affected skin, as a face mask, on arms, legs, hands, torso, scalp, or as hair conditioner. Rinse with water. The cooling and smoothing sensation is immediate. Use plastic wrap to cover the exposed end of the leaf after using the gel in order to prevent the remaining gel from drying out. Continue using the gel from the leaf and reapply as often as you wish. Enjoy!