Aloe vera gel is found in the inner part of the aloe leaf. whereas the yellow aloe vera latex is found right under the skin. Aloe vera gel is more commonly used compared to the latex. The latex has been known for asthma, colds, bleeding, diabetes, varicose veins as well as vision related problems.
Having personally used aloe vera gel topically for two years continuously, I can definitely see the benefits of this wonderful natural product. Because I have extremely sensitive skin, I use aloe gel as a facial moisturiser. Applying it right after I wash my face, avoiding the eyes, it initially feels like a face mask when its setting into the skin, however, after a few minutes, that stretchy feeling disappears, leaving me with soft glowy skin. This product has really helped enrich and moisturise my skin and prevent any breakouts, pimples and acne. I use the Life Plan Organic Aloe Vera Gel from Boots for £7.49, which you can purchase in bulk when they have the ‘3 for 2’ offer (which is on almost all the time! 😃).
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If using fresh aloe vera gel from the plant, I would suggest applying it on once you have washed your face (straight out the shower), leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off. This is because the gel direct from the plant can be quite heavy as it is not formulated or adapted for a specific use. However, it does leave the skin feeling extremely moisturised.
Cooling of the skin is essential to all humans, especially when exposed to excessive sunlight. Aftersun skin care is important to prevent further skin damage, hence if you are looking for a natural product which has minimal chemicals, try out aloe gel, and even better if you can use one straight off the plant. Aloe vera is excellent for burns, and being a natural product, doesn’t cause further damage to the skin.
It can be used to prevent and treat stretch marks. Prevention is always easier and better than treating. When treating stretch marks, mix aloe gel with Vitamin E and Vitamin A, for best results on older stretch marks. Promoting skins natural regeneration, as well as protecting the skin from free radical damage.
As it helps reduce stretch marks, it also helps with redness and darker spots on the skin.
Helps reduce and get rid off eczema and psoriasis by reducing the inflammation, irritation and redness of the skin.
Aloe vera can also be ingested (a small piece, or juice), which cools the body internally and nourishes the digestive system. The aloe latex cells contain properties which are use as a natural laxative.
It is the only known natural, vegetarian source of Vitamin B12.
Aloe gel is more likely to be safer to use than aloe latex, especially when used or consumed at high or unknown doses for long periods of time.
Seek medical device if you do experience any other side effects upon use of aloe vera gel or latex.
These are my experiences and opinions on the use of aloe vera gel and latex.
It is best to contact your General Practitioner before consumption or the topical use of products, especially if your currently taking other medication.