A common house plant â€“ Aloe Vera â€“ has for many centuries been used to treat skin problems, whether a long-term condition or a mere sun burn. The numerous cosmetic benefits of Aloe have been well known in Ancient Egypt. Some sources even claim that the fresh juice of Aloe Vera was frequently used by Nefertiti (c. 1370 BC â€“ c. 1330 BC) herself in a form of a bath. Indeed, it is difficult to confirm how much this ancient story may be true, but modern scientific evidence does demonstrate the benefits of Aloe Vera in keeping the skin young and healthy.
Aloe Vera gel (concentrated aloe juice) contains polysaccharides, polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B3, folic acid, E, many minerals and vegetable mucilage, which makes the local use of Aloe possible. The gel tends to differ by the high content of adhesives that possess bio-activating, regenerative, anti-inflammatory, moisturising, soothing and softening properties. Almost 90% of Aloe consists of water, while the rest 10-15% makes up the long list of enzymes, amino acids (20 out of the 22 of essential amino acids), minerals and vitamins. The collection of all these elements in Aloe gives a valuable protection against the effects of sun on the skin as it created a protective layer when it is applied directly to the skin and effectively filtering of the UV rays.
But the most interesting and valuable property of Aloe Vera gel is the anti-wrinkle benefits. The gel deeply penetrates the skin down to the dermis, where it stimulates blood circulation to the capillaries, which in turn has a positive effect on stimulating the production of collagen in the skin tissue. It is a known fact today that with age the amount of collagen in the skin deteriorates, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles, but it is less known how to increase the amounts of collagen in the skin to make it soft and resilient again.
Frank Langella, a dedicated researcher of skin care, health and products, reports that collagen whether applied to the skin or taken as a supplement is not well absorbed. The synthetic collagen injections are only effective as a short-term measure. All the creams containing collagen as the main anti-wrinkle ingredient are bound to be ineffective as the collagen molecules are too big for the skin pores. Although since the discovery of collagen and invention of collagen-based skin care products, there were other breakthroughs, such as Cynergy TK, it is nonetheless very difficult to convince consumer that these products are 100% natural.
Recent Discussions among the curious consumer population found that the main elements contained in mass-produced products claiming to do the wonders for the skin, hair or body actually turn out to have tiny traces of the ingredient influencing your consumer decision. In the section of ingredients on all skin care products, all ingredients are stated in decending order. If the wonder ingredient is further than position 7, you are highly unlikely to find even a trace of it in the product. Just a personal observation, the Cynergy TK ingredient contained in Protective Day Cream by Pure Source is indicated at position 10 out of the total of 20 ingredients. The most amount is taken up by pure New Zealand water.
And, finally, getting back to Aloe Vera - don't just let it stand there on your window seal or table, use it and I hope you'll enjoy it.
Aloe Vera in Our Life (2010) www.phytoguide.com
What is Cynergy TK? (2010) www.defendyourskin.com/blog/405/what-is-cynergy-tk/
Langella, F. (2009) Can Collagen Be Absorbed into the Skin? www.articlesbase.com/anti-aging-articles/can-collagen-be-absorbed-into-the-skin-and-other-faqs-987817.html