Why Aloe Skincare?
Aloe skincare is superior. And soon you will read why.
There are over 200 varieties of aloe. Only 4 are recognized as being of nutritional value to us.
Aloe Barbadensis Miller is full of strength and health. It helps rejuvenate new healthy skin tissue. It does wonders for burns, bug bites, scrapes, bruises, and cuts.
Do you know how to read the ingredients listed on your skin care products?
The ingredient that is listed 1st is the main ingredient.
Go find your favorite lotion.
What is the #1 ingredient?
Aqua? So you are paying for a bottle made up mostly of water.
Why do companies do this? Because it’s inexpensive and it fills up the bottle.
Companies also claim their products are “all natural”. Most of the all natural ingredients, including aloe, are listed at the bottom, which means they are almost non-existent in their product.
Nothing compares to aloe skincare when it's processed properly.
This is how aloe should be processed?
The best aloe to use in aloe skincare is Aloe Vera otherwise known as Aloe Barbadensis Miller. The easiest way to process aloe is by grinding or squeezing it. If this is done, the aloe becomes tainted with Aloin (a yellowish sap). The gel then loses all of its nutrients.
Here is how aloe should be processed. It is not the easiest or quickest, but it is the best!
Aloe is grown in warm, tropical climates such as Texas, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Aloe cannot freeze. Aloe should be grown organically without fertilizers. Unlike apples or oranges, aloe is a constant picking process, about every 6 weeks. Aloe should be picked from plants that are 3 to 5 years old. This is when they are mature. The outer leaves, which can be 3-5 pounds, are picked first.
On a side note, aloe plants flower at 7 years old. The flowers are an orangish/yellowish color.
There are three parts to an aloe plant - green skin, gel, and the Aloin.
Companies that use "whole leaf aloe skincare" are using all three parts. The green skin and the Aloin are not good for our skin. The nutrients are not in the skin like in apples or potatoes. The only part you want to use is the innermost clear gel of the plant. Aloin if used in high concentration actually retards the growth of new skin.
Some companies try to save money by having their aloe freeze dried and turned into a powder. Then they put a little bit of powder into each mixture. This doesn't produce quality products.
Once aloe leaves are hand cut from the plant, they need to be worked with within 48 to 72 hours. A cold stabilization process should be used to retain all of the aloe's goodness. Refrigerated trucks can be used to transport the aloe from the farm to the manufacturing facility.
Imagine workers hand cutting and hand filleting each leaf. It is time consuming, but it ensures that only the innermost gel is used.
The top and bottom of the leaf are cut off (just like if you were filleting a fish).
A chemical is used to remove the Aloin. It could be done naturally by hanging the leaf upside down, but it's time consuming.
You are now left with the fillet. Cellulose holds the fillet together. The aloe is blended to break up the cellulose and it becomes a gel.
This is one way to get pure aloe vera gel.
Aloe is just the start for great aloe skincare.
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