Many of us have used it after a hot summer day on our sunburns for that cooling, calming effect. But one could wonder, what does Aloe Vera really do to protect our skin? Where did it come from, and what’s the science behind its miraculous healing properties?
The “Plant of Immortality”
Aloe Barbadenis is the aloe plant otherwise known as Aloe Vera. It’s also an ingredient contained in our hero-supplement, SomaDerm®. The name Aloe Vera is derived from the Arabic word, Alloeh, or in Hebrew, Halal, which means “bitter shiny substance and vera in Latin, meaning “real”.
This plant has been used throughout history from a beauty treatment to a laxative. Aloe Vera discussions first came to light through ancient Egyptian papyrus markings. Discovered throughout history in places like Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, India, and Mexico, it became known by some civilizations as “the plant of immortality1.”
Even historical figures like Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus used Aloe Vera to treat wounds. And the Chinese often took it as a medicinal drink. Most of all, it was very popular among the Egyptians. For example, the Pharos received it as a burial gift from their fellow Egyptians while Egyptian queens often incorporated it into their beauty routine. Talk about a royal treatment.
From Science to Soothing Sunburns
Today, Aloe Vera is a common household name and can be found pretty much anywhere. As science has evolved, supported studies show there are many Aloe Vera benefits for skin care and treatment of wounds. This is because specific nutrients in Aloe Vera work together to give your skin the care it needs, when for example, it gets a sunburn or a wound.
According to one scientific review, there are over 10 fatty acids and enzymes contained in Aloe Vera which have anti-inflammatory properties. Fatty acids also have analgesic properties, which act as a natural painkiller. This might be helpful on that painful sunburn that crept up on your skin after spending time outside.
Aloe Vera’s ingredients most importantly help with the healing of the skin against UV and gamma rays that come from the sun. When applying Aloe Vera on the skin, an antioxidant protein in the body called metallothionine is released. This protein is ultimately responsible for protecting against molecular damage caused by the sun2.
Aloe Vera also contains a chain of molecules called mucopolysaccharides which are beneficial for moisturizing the skin and for reducing fine wrinkles. That extra moisture lessens that chance of dryness and peeling that’s often associated with a sunburn. So when applied topically, Aloe Vera can be both an oasis to your pain while affectionately repairing your skin.
Aloe Vera can be used in many other ways. It can be taken topically or internally to help with digestive health, clearing acne, or reducing teeth plaque. People all over have discovered not only its benefits for skin, but also for the hair in protecting against damaged or dry follicles. Some of the science isn’t completely backed behind these type of benefits, but it’s definitely worth a shot to try it out and see what those vitamins and minerals can do for you!
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1Mehta, Dr. Indu. “History OF Aloe Vera – A Magical Plant.” IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, August 2017. http://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jhss/papers/Vol. 22 Issue8/Version-16/D2208162124.pdf.
2Hanada, Katsumi, Daisuke Sawamura, Katsuto Tamai, Takako Baba, Isao Hashimoto, Tsutomu Muramatsu, Nobuhiko Miura, and Akira Naganuma. “Novel Function of Metallothionein in Photoprotection: Metallothionein-Null Mouse Exhibits Reduced Tolerance Against Ultraviolet B Injury in the Skin.” Journal of Investigative Dermatology 111, no. 4 (1998): 582–85. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1523-1747.1998.00342.x.