Aloe vera is a succulent green plant with thick and fleshy leaves. Deriving from tropical climates, it is cultivated around the world for agricultural, medical, and cosmetic purposes. Studies have shown that the polysaccharides it contains help protect the outer layer of the skin. Aloe vera is also commonly known for its healing and soothing abilities and is recommended by doctors for burns and skin treatments. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties kill bacteria and soothe the skin, making it great for acne and other oily skins.
This modern beneficial plant is perhaps the result of ancient mating of genetically distinct varieties to enhance the beneficial properties of the plant over time. By absorbing into the skin four times faster than water, it is great in cosmetic moisturizers. Agriculturally, aloe vera is used in common foods like yogurt, beverages, and dessert. In liquid form, it is also used as a dietary supplement as aloe vera juice. In medicine, it is used as a multipurpose skin treatment and has been used since the 16th century BC. Today, aloe vera is used in commodities like tissue paper and all sorts of cosmetics for soothing, healing, and antibacterial effects.