Aloe: The King of Botanicals
Posted on June 22 2015
Shirley Pinkson, co-founder of W3LL PEOPLE conscious cosmetics, calls aloe vera “the king of botanicals.”
Why does this all-star makeup artist adore aloe so? Let me count the ways…
1. Amino Acids
Of the 22 required human amino acids, aloe has 20, and 7 of them are part of the 8 essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce.
2. Vitamins and Minerals
When it comes to vitamins and minerals, aloe offers A, C, and E, the trifecta of antioxidants that improve skin quality by combating oxidative stress and promoting cell renewal, a host of B vitamins which promote healthier hair, and minerals like selenium which can protect against wrinkles, and copper which promotes skin elasticity.
Medical studies have shown that aloe enhances the body’s production of hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricant that allows skin to hold more moisture and appear smoother.
4. Aloe increases collagen development.
5. Redness Reducing
Glycoproteins in aloe can reduce topical redness and inflammation.
6. It’s antibacterial and antiseptic...
...meaning not only will aloe help heal skin irritation, but it can help prevent occurrences of acne and eczema.
Enjoy fresh aloe gel from the leaf of an aloe plant, pick up 100% aloe vera gel from your local natural food store, or try any of these skincare products and natural cosmetics that offer a luxurious way to put more aloe on your skin:
3. W3LL PEOPLE Bio-Brightening Powder *or any product by W3LL PEOPLE which features freeze-dried aloe in their mineral foundations
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Contributing Editor for Credo Beauty
Surjushe, Vasani,and Saple. “Aloe Vera: A Short Review. The Indian Journal of Dermatology. 2008
“Aloe.” The University of Maryland Medical Center. 2013