Understanding the Benefits of Aloe Vera for the Skin

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Understanding the Benefits of Aloe Vera for the Skin

Aloe Vera has long been recognised for its numerous benefits for the skin, regardless of skin type. Aloe Vera can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine, whether you have dry, sensitive, oily, or anything in between. I

Having spent years researching Traditional Persian Medicine, when formulating my Sefidab®

Face Peel Powder: I knew this botanical wonder would be a key component thanks to its multifaceted contributions to skin health.

Traditional Persian Medicine and Aloe Vera

Traditional Persian Medicine is an ancient holistic healing system that integrates principles from ancient Greece, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine. This approach focuses on one’s unique temperament, emphasising the balance of the body’s four humour and the importance of maintaining harmony for overall well-being.

In Traditional Persian Medicine, Aloe Vera, known as “Sabur,[1]“, is recognised as a powerhouse of healing potential and is perceived as wet and cold in temperament. The aloe vera gel extracted from the Aloe Vera leaves is renowned for its cooling, moisturising, and rejuvenating properties. It acts as a protective layer for the skin, allowing beneficial substances to penetrate while keeping harmful elements out.

Different Skin Types and How Aloe Vera Can Benefit Them

  1. Normal Skin: Aloe Vera’s hydrating properties help maintain the balance of normal skin, keeping it smooth and glowing. Its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties also soothe any minor irritations. Aloe Vera can be a gentle and soothing option for sensitive skin.
  2. Oily Skin: Oily skin produces excess sebum, leading to a shiny appearance and, often, acne. Aloe Vera aids in controlling oil production due to its astringent properties. It contains natural salicylic acid, which can help prevent and treat acne breakouts. For individuals with oily and acne-prone skin, Aloe Vera Gel can be an effective addition to their skincare routine.
  3. Dry Skin: Dry skin lacks moisture, often leading to flakiness and itchiness. Aloe Vera, rich in amino acids and vitamins, can deeply hydrate and nourish dry skin. It locks in moisture, preventing dryness and promoting skin elasticity. Aloe Vera Gel can be particularly beneficial for individuals with dry skin.
  4. Combination Skin: Combination skin is characterised by an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry cheeks. Aloe Vera’s ability to regulate sebum production can help manage oiliness in the T-zone, while its hydrating properties can moisturise the drier areas. For individuals with combination skin, Aloe Vera Gel can help balance the skin’s moisture levels.
  5. Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin may react to particular products or environmental factors, causing redness, itching, or inflammation. Aloe Vera, known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, can help calm sensitive skin and reduce irritations. Aloe Vera Gel is often recommended for individuals with sensitive skin due to its gentle and calming effects.
  6. Mature Skin: Mature skin often shows signs of ageing, like wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe Vera contains antioxidants like vitamins E and C, which can help protect the skin from damage, promote cell regeneration, and reduce signs of ageing. Incorporating Aloe Vera Gel into the skincare routine can help nourish and rejuvenate mature skin.
  7. Acne-Prone Skin: Acne-prone skin is susceptible to breakouts and blemishes. Aloe Vera’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can help alleviate acne symptoms. It can also aid in healing and fading acne scars due to its wound-healing effect. For individuals with acne-prone skin, Aloe Vera Gel can be a beneficial addition to their skincare routine.
  8. Hyperpigmented Skin: Skin with hyperpigmentation has dark spots or patches due to excess melanin. Aloe Vera has been found to lighten hyperpigmentation over time, promoting an even skin tone, thanks to aloin, a compound with skin-lightening properties. Aloe Vera Gel can help fade dark spots and promote a more balanced complexion for individuals with hyperpigmented skin.

 Moisturising and Hydrating Effects of Aloe Vera

Much like our skin, Aloe Vera is made up mostly, and its molecular structure enables it to penetrate deep into the skin, replenishing lost moisture without clogging pores. This aligns with Traditional Persian Medicine’s approach of promoting Mizaj equilibrium, ensuring the skin remains adequately hydrated for optimal functioning. Aloe Vera Gel’s moisturising and hydrating effects can provide much-needed relief and nourishment for individuals with dry and sensitive skin.

Soothing Sensation

Traditional Persian Medicine recognises Aloe Vera as a cooling agent capable of alleviating skin irritations and inflammatory conditions. The gel’s soothing properties make it valuable for conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Aloe Vera Gel can provide a soothing sensation for individuals with sensitive and irritated skin and help reduce redness and inflammation.

 Rejuvenation Ritual

Traditional Persian Medicine strongly emphasises preserving the vitality and youthfulness of the skin. Aloe Vera, with its rich blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, is viewed through the Unani lens as a rejuvenating agent. Regular application of Aloe Vera Gel is believed to enhance skin elasticity, reduce fine lines, and promote a radiant complexion. For individuals looking to maintain a youthful appearance and improve skin texture, Aloe Vera Gel can be a beneficial addition to their skincare routine.

 

Protection and Healing Properties of Aloe Vera – Wound Healing Wisdom

Traditional Persian Medicine acknowledges Aloe Vera as a potent wound healer, attributing its efficacy to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory[2] properties. From a traditional Persian medicine perspective, wounds disrupt the balance of the humour, and Aloe Vera aids in restoring equilibrium by accelerating the healing process. Applying Aloe Vera Gel can help promote faster healing and reduce the risk of infection for individuals with wounds, cuts, or minor skin irritations.

Cleansing Ceremony

Traditional Persian Medicine places great importance on detoxification and cleansing rituals to maintain Mizaj[3] equilibrium. Aloe vera, with its natural astringent properties, is revered in Unani skincare for its deep skin cleaning. The gel’s cleansing action is seen as a means of purifying the skin from impurities and excess oil, promoting a balanced Mizaj. For individuals looking for a gentle and effective cleanser, Aloe Vera Gel can be a suitable option to incorporate into their skincare routine.

In conclusion, Aloe Vera’s benefits for the skin are vast and recognised in Traditional Persian Medicine and Unani Tibb. From its moisturising and hydrating effects to its soothing, rejuvenating, wound-healing, and cleansing properties, Aloe Vera aligns seamlessly with the principles of Mizaj equilibrium, promoting balance within the body’s humors. By embracing the wisdom of these ancient healing systems, we can harness the transformative power of Aloe Vera for our skin.

 

Sherry Adhami

Founder of The East To West Lifestyle Co© – the UK’s first Persian-inspired skincare and wellness brand. We follow the principles of Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) –  Teb-Sonati, a holistic and personalised form of healthcare.  We take a NEW look at the OLD world to create authentic plant-based products and to share original, time-tested Persian remedies & recipes to help you feel your authentic best.

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Resources & Citations:

  • “Traditional Persian Medicine: History, Principles, and Practice” by Shahram Attari
  • “Unani Medicine: Traditional Solutions for Modern Healing” by Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman
  • “Herbal Me

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5242360/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6330525/#:~:text=Aloe%20vera%20has%20long%20been,tree%20and%20first%20aid%20plant.&text=Due%20to%20anti%2Dinflammatory%2C%20increased,healing%20process%20of%20burn%20wounds.

[3] https://www.britannica.com/science/mizaj

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