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Aloe Vera and its properties

Aloe Vera and its properties

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There are many beneficial properties of aloe vera or aloe and therefore its internal and external therapeutic applications , hence it is present in many medicinal and beauty products such as creams and body gels.

The main reason that aloe vera is so widely used is because it is able to regulate the pH of the skin due to its ability to penetrate the dermis , epidermis and hypodermis . This allows bacteria that clog the pores are expelled and also helps thereby to eliminate dead cells.
It also prevents wrinkles, can be used as a sunscreen, reduces stretch marks of the skin and has a high toning power.
Aloe prevents and used in the treatment of diseases such as psoriasis , contact dermatitis , dandruff or excess fat in the scalp.

It has a soothing effect, so that helps calm redness and irritation of the skin, in fact, its use is highly recommended for insect bites, superficial wounds, burns or even for cases of juvenile acne in reducing so infection noticeable pores.

Despite its many positive effects we can not forget that they all vary from one person to another and that their positive results depend largely on the quality of the product in question or plant that has been used for the preparation.

Of all the properties possessed aloe vera or aloe , the most prominent are:

  • Antibiotic
  • Healing
  • Analgesic
  • Coagulant
  • Hipocolesteremic
  • Scrubber
  • Antiseptic
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Antiulcer
  • Tonic
  • Restorative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cell Regenerator
  • Antiaging
One plant for “everything”: Aloe Vera?

One plant for “everything”: Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera , the ‘ multi-purpose ‘ plant

Also known as aloe vera, aloe vera is a perennial plant with more than two hundred varieties. The most common of these is the Aloe barbadensis which, in turn, has three types: mille , humilis and mitriformis.

Its thick and elongated leaves can reach 50 cm long and 7 cm thick, giving it a peculiar aspect that has become common in gardens and pots as an ornamental plant.

However, if something has become popular aloe vera it is for its many medicinal uses (healing , anti-inflammatory, laxative …) and their potential for use in treatments and beauty products (antienvejecimientio , cell regenerator …).

Where to find aloe vera

Aloe vera originally grown in Africa , Madagascar and in parts of Asia. Today we can find it in areas where there is usually a warm and dry climate (in fact widely cultivated in the Canary Islands) , since this plant does not need too much water and does not withstand temperatures below 10 ° C.
Indeed , resistance is what allows it to be grown in any home without the need for special care , except locate it in a very sunny place and protect it from the cold in winter.

Aloe Vera Composition

Aloe vera is present in many products intended for both health and for beauty. This is due to its composition , rich in protective resins , vitamins, amino acids , proteins, polysaccharides , enzymes, minerals and other trace elements such as germanium , highly beneficial to health
Within its complex composition we are:

  • Vitamins such as, provitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin B2 (riboflavin) or folic acid.
  • Minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron or potassium).
  • Essential and nonessential amino acids (glutamic acid, leucine, aspartic acid, tyrosine or histidine, etc.).
  • Monosaccharides and polysaccharides such as cellulose , glucose, or fructose glucamanano.
  • Anthraquinones, mainly aloin (chrysophanic acid). This component is precisely what allows other agents acting as it facilitates penetration.
  • Other substances such as oxidase, lignin or saponins.

 

Food for your skin benefit

If you want to have a young and healthy skin we suggest that you include in your daily diet a number of foods that contain essential nutrients that benefit and protect the skin from the inside.

 

Foods that benefit the skin

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The secret to healthy, radiant skin, and the maximum delay the signs of aging , not alone in genetics and the use of cosmetic creams ; skin care from within, including in the daily diet a number of foods that contain essential nutrients that benefit the skin and protect it from external aggressions , such as cold or exposure to sunlight , is fundamental.

Therefore, we recommend that you always keep hydrated by drinking enough water so that the body is hydrated and can easily remove toxins , sleep the number of hours recommended by experts , moderate physical activity on a regular basis and also continue a balanced diet where you can not miss the foods you propose then as they are full of chemicals and vitamins that nourish and care for the skin from the inside.

The best foods to protect your skin

Citrics

Grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, lime … very rich in vitamin C , considered a powerful antioxidant that is involved in the formation of collagen, a necessary condition for the skin to retain its firmness and elasticity protein. You also get a good supply of vitamin C by eating vegetables such as peppers or cabbage, and fruits such as kiwis.

 

Tip: To avoid losing vitamin is necessary to maintain citrus in a cool place and do not peel them until they are consumed . If taken in the form of juice, this should be prepared when you go to take. Vegetables, best eaten raw or steamed .

Carrot

They are a source of beta carotene , a precursor of vitamin A that helps reduce sagging and wrinkles. consumption before sun exposure to achieve a more uniform and lasting tan is recommended , and because they have photoprotective properties , which does not mean that eating lots of carrots can substitute in any case the use of sunscreen.

 

Tip: other fruits and vegetables bright yellow and orange -calabaza , mango , sweet potato, peach- are also rich in carotenoids. As in the previous case , you have to keep them fresh , and not peel until they are to be taken.

Tomato

It is food with a higher concentration of lycopene, especially in the case of ripe tomatoes. Lycopene protects cells against damage resulting from the action of free radicals, and is considered to also exerts a preventive action against the development of certain diseases such as prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Tip: These advantages are especially achieved if the tomato is eaten cooked, because that lycopene is better assimilated.

Berries

Strawberries , raspberries , blackberries , blueberries … The berries contain vitamin C and flavonoids , What gives them antioxidant properties, which prevent cell destruction and premature aging

Tip: To avoid damage and lose nutrients , you must protect them from light and heat sources , whole wash them in cold water, and to divide them just before consumption .

Olive oil and green leafy vegetables

Both olive oil as chard, spinach, endiv … thanks to its vitamin E protect cells against oxidative stress.
Tip: To make the most of the properties of vegetables , ideally with little water and cook for the shortest time possible.

Nuts

Walnuts, pistachios , almonds , hazelnuts … They also contain vitamin E and reduce cellular oxidation . The nuts also are rich in copper , which acts as antiinflammatory.
Tip: they are an excellent snack to regain strength , and in addition you can include in your cooking or add to your salad .

Meat and Eggs

They will provide proteins which slow the loss of muscle tone and sagging skin of the face , vitamin B6, and selenium, which prevents the skin to age prematurely and prevent some of the most common disorders such as spots or lack of elasticity.

Tip: the ideal is to eat roast or grilled to retain all the nutrients and better appreciate their flavor.

Rejuvenates and moisturizes your skin with hyaluronic acid

Rejuvenates and moisturizes your skin with hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid has become one of the most effective against aging , as it manages to increase the volume and hydration of the skin weapons, making it look more smooth and radiant .

hyaluronic acid : rejuvenates and moisturizes your skin

Hyaluronic acid is a substance found in numerous tissues and organs of our body , for example , in connective tissue holding the spine in cartilage , synovial joint fluid or in our epidermis. Over time, the presence of this substance decreases significantly, resulting, inter alia, the aging of the skin and thus, the appearance of wrinkles, flaccidity and loss of firmness.
One of the main properties of hyaluronic acid is its great ability to attract and retain water. For this reason , their use in cosmetic treatments topical application allows rehydrate in depth the epidermis of the treated so that their appearance is smoother area and also by increasing its thickness and volume , reduce skin furrows.

Aesthetic uses of hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid was discovered in 1934 , although its use in cosmetics, by which became popular not begin until half of the 90 The application of hyaluronic acid in beauty treatments and aesthetic is because your main property is to increase the volume and hydration of the skin, making it look more smooth and radiant .

Wrinkles and sagging skin associated with over the years are determined largely by moisture loss by reducing hyaluronic acid in our skin and by decreasing the ability of our body to replenish.
In cosmetic medicine, this substance is injected depending on the needs of each patient to correct the signs of aging. The most common areas where applied are :

  • Contour and corners of his mouth.
  • labial and facial volume (cheeks).
  • lip or perioral wrinkles (around the mouth).
  • Nasolabial furrows (lines ranging from both sides of the nose to the mouth).
  • Peri -ocular wrinkles external (crow’s feet) .

How hyaluronic acid is applied?

Regarding his application, hyaluronic acid should always be injected by medical specialists -usually plastic or dermatólogos- surgeons and centers authorized to do so . In this regard, it is important to note that the results depend largely on the accuracy of physician quality product is used, the metabolism of each person at the time of synthesizing the substance and the area in which it is injected.
This is a quick treatment usually performed on an outpatient basis , since surgical procedures and sometimes local anesthesia are not necessary. Not usually , usually a painful procedure , it is normal for the patient to feel some discomfort during application of hyaluronic acid.
When injected properly and in the right amount , the effects are almost immediate and the result is quite natural. Being a substance synthesized by the skin itself, its effects will decrease over time. Depending on the product used, the mean duration of hyaluronic acid ranges from nine to twelve months to two years.

Price of treatment with hyaluronic acid

Regarding the price a treatment with hyaluronic acid, logically, it is higher or lower depending on the area where it is applied and the number of infiltrations, but usually is usually not less than 350 or 400 €.

For less baggy pockets, we will always have the, but also less effective cheaper option, which is to resort to cosmetic products enriched with hyaluronic acid that can be found in numerous specialized centers, and whose cost ranges from 25 € onwards.

Medical applications of hyaluronic acid

In addition to uses in cosmetics and aesthetics , other medical applications for hyaluronic acid . One of the most common is its use in degenerative joint diseases , especially in the case of knee joint cartilage . Periodic infiltrations in that area , as well as having an analgesic effect , improve the regeneration of cartilage and reduce the symptoms of people with osteoarthritis.

It is also quite common to find athletes who use infiltrations of hyaluronic acid to recover more quickly from their joints, such as ankle sprains injuries.

Similarly, for their important properties in helping in the healing process and regenerate the oral mucosa and gums, this substance is also applied in dentistry procedures that require surgery and in patients suffering from dysfunction temporomandibular (DTM) consisting of an alteration of the articulation of the same name, which is what allows normal movement of the jaw.

Contraindications of hyaluronic acid

Generally, hyaluronic acid is a very safe substance because it is present in our body so Natue and its rejection by the patient is rare. In fact, according to recent studies, only between 3 % and 5 % of people who undergo this treatment has submitted any allergies or reactions.

This is so long as their application is carried out by authorized to do so and with products that meet all regulatory professionals.

Despite the safe application and its results, certain side effects
once the treatment has been performed can appear. The most common are:

  • Sensitivity and bruising or bumps in areas where it has been applied.
  • Pain and discomfort.
  • Irritation , hardness and redness of the skin.

Most of these effects usually disappear within a short period of time ranging from 48 hours since the application was made until a week later

In any case, there are some contraindications of treatments with hyaluronic acid , for example, that people who suffer from some form of severe allergy , in areas where an inflammatory or infectious or during pregnancy or breastfeeding process exists should not apply.