All About Aloe
June 25, 2019
Aloe vera is a plant, a part of the succulent family to be exact. Succulents are a type of plant with shallow and intricate root systems that allow for quick water absorption. They can store water for an extended period of time, are known for their hardiness and have a unique self-repairing ability. If damaged, succulent leaves seal off the cut or wound using its internal gel. The leaf will continue to grow from the base of the plant despite the damage. This is perhaps one of the many reasons Aloe vera has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, dating back to ancient Egypt and why Aloe is one of the important botanicals used in Teveneres’ product line. Let’s learn a bit more about the healing properties of this wonder plant:
The History of Aloe Vera
Aloe comes from the Arabic word “alloeh” (shining, bitter substance) and “vera” means true in Latin (shining true) and is just one of 400 species of Aloe. From Cleopatra to Christopher Columbus, some of history’s most famous figures relied on aloe vera for its healing properties. Sometimes referred to as the “lily of the desert” or the “wonder plant,” aloe vera likely originated in the Sudan and was eventually brought to the Mediterranean region and other warm climates around the world.
What’s in Aloe?
Aloe vera is packed full of good stuff, 75 active components to be exact. The naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals and amino acids in the plant are what make it so useful. Aloe vera includes several necessary vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. Vitamins A, C, and E, in particular, are antioxidants that help fend off free radicals which are one of the main contributors to the damage and aging of skin. This is why you’ll find Aloe as a key ingredient in the Tevenere Botanics Firming Eye Serum along with healing Hemp Seed Oil and Ginko Biloba Extract.
Aloe vera is one of the most powerful skin-repairing botanicals because it’s rich in minerals (zinc, magnesium, and selenium), enzymes (catalase and superoxide dismutase), amino acids (cysteine, anthraquinones) and vitamins (B2, B6, E and C). No wonders this single natural product is a key ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams.
Aloe also helps to keep your skin hydrated. This is likely because the plant thrives in dry, unstable climates. To survive the harsh conditions, the plant’s leaves store water. These water-dense leaves, combined with special plant compounds called complex carbohydrates, make it an effective face moisturizer. Aloe vera showed improvement of the viscoelastic and hydration properties of the skin in that aloe stimulates fibroblast which produces the collagen and elastin fibers making the skin more elastic and less wrinkled. Both Tevenere’s Hydrating Day Moisturizer and Rejuvenating Night Cream contain Aloe to help your skin retain moisture and look radiant.
Aloe vera has an additional benefit of helping in reducing dark patches and age spots caused by the aggregation of skin pigment called melanin. Aloesin, a compound isolated from the Aloe vera, has been proven to competitively inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme involved in the formation of skin pigment.
Aloe vera has a steroid-like calming action on the skin and for this reason, it is included in the firming eye serum, and the lifting and firming mask to infuse the skin with antioxidants while soothing it and leaving it moisturized and lifted, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.