Flavour of the month
The benefits of aloe vera have been known for ages. BRINDA GILL goes a step further and gives you a unique blend of aloe vera gel and jojoba oil for hydrated and fresh-looking skin.
Two good to be true
It is said that an abiding faith in God, a simple and frugal lifestyle and aloe vera sustained Mahatma Gandhi during his long fasts. While some wellness specialists recommend drinking aloe vera juice for good health, the light, almost-colourless gel sourced from the pulp of fleshy leaves of the hardy aloe vera plant has long been a popular topical application for skin ailments. Add a dash of jojoba oil to aloe vera gel and you have a quick effective blend that works wonders on the skin.
Topical application of aloe vera is said to soothe, moisturise, nourish and heal the skin, making it soft, supple and helping to even skin tone. History speaks of the legendary warrior Alexander having cartloads of aloe vera plants being carried along his campaigns to ensure a supply of fresh gel for warriors to benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties.
“Aloe vera contains over 75 known active ingredients, 19 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body, 7 of the 8 essential amino acids that the body cannot make as well as vitamins, minerals and useful enzymes. It improves the skin’s ability to hydrate itself, aids in the removal of dead skin, actively repairs damaged skin, helps slow down the appearance of wrinkles and has an effective penetrating ability that helps transport healthy substances through the skin,” says Dr Parashuram Singh, Co- Founder & Head, R&D, Vedic Natural Care Private Limited.
Jojoba oil, which is actually liquid wax extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant that is a desert shrub, is also another fantastic ingredient. The oil has excellent cleansing and nourishing properties. Interestingly, jojoba oil’s structure is similar to the skin’s sebum, an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that prevents skin from drying. Due to this, it has a natural affinity to the skin and is easily absorbed by it without clogging the pores. “Jojoba oil is completely miscible with sebum. When applied on the skin, it forms a very thin, non-greasy lipoid layer with the skin’s sebum, which balances sebum production, prevents dehydration of the skin, protects and nourishes the skin, and prevents wrinkles and acne. Excess sebum can however cause acne,” adds Dr Singh.
An effective blend
Pure jojoba oil and aloe vera are available for use for skincare and are used in spa experiences; the two plant ingredients also figure in skin products that blend different beneficial ingredients. They also work very well together. Jojoba oil is an effective carrier, and as both jojoba oil and aloe vera have an ability to, are light and blend easily, they work together to nourish the skin. Their blend is suitable for all skin types, even young and mature skins. The blend cleans and shrinks pores, nourishes the skin, removes blemishes and is effective in treating skin conditions such as acne and pigmentation. Both ingredients can be easily stored and mixed together when needed.