Nature's Sunshine Aloe Vera Juice and Gel are free of herbicides and pesticides and are "stringently tested and Certified Organic by the International Aloe Science Council” as duly noted by David Wilson in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald[i]. Aloe Vera is a versatile and wondrous product and is a must have for any health and beauty cabinet, the juice and the gel can be used interchangeably on the skin. Although most famously used for after sun care to treat sunburns, Aloe Vera has many other possible applications.
Here are some creative and effective uses of this wonderful herb:
Makeup remover - Aloe Vera is a perfect alternative to commercially available and usually chemical laden makeup removers. Whilst it effectively removes impurities from the skin it also moisturises it instead of stripping it like most other makeup removers do.
Natural shaving gel and aftershave - Aloe Vera provides a smooth surface on your skin for shaving, and thus can help you have an irritation free close shave. Aloe Vera can also be used as an aftershave to moisturise the skin and prevent razor burn, plus it is antibacterial, which is great for nicks.
Acne treatment - Auxin and Gibberellins, two active ingredients found in Aloe Vera have wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce skin inflammation and promote the growth of new cells. Aloe also contains cooling properties similar to menthol, which makes it perfect for soothing red and inflamed skin that is characteristic of acne and pimples.
As a hair tonic - Aloe Vera is an amazing hair tonic and styling product. This is because it is anti-inflammatory, anti-dandruff, anti-fungal, conditioning, anti-pruritic (anti-itch) and is said to help prevent hair loss and can act to strengthen your hair. Use it as a mask or massage it into your hair from scalp to tip before you apply your usual conditioner. You can also use it as a styling product instead of gel. If you water it down it will control frizz but it will not texture the hair. If you use the Aloe Vera gel and apply it more generously it’ll be a bit stiffer, more like conventional hair gel.
As an eyebrow tamer – instead of using the chemical laden eyebrow gels available on the market to tame the brows, dip a clean mascara wand in some Aloe Vera gel and sweep over stray hairs for serious staying power.
For dry, cracked feet – Aloe Vera is a great treatment for feet because it is very healing, nourishing and protective as you have read above but without being sticky, slippery or oily like other foot treatments. Aloe Vera can help dry and cracked feet to heal faster because it is very hydrating and is easy to use both day and night.
With so many handy uses for this wonder herb, Nature's Sunshine Aloe Vera Juice and. Gel will likely become the product in your household you won’t want to live without! Keep an eye out for our next article on Aloe Vera for 6 internal uses for Aloe Vera Juice.