The aloe plant is a succulent that has thick leaves with sharp spines. They love warm weather and can tolerate poor soils making them pretty easy to grow. There are actually more than 300 different types of aloe species!
Aloe is one of the oldest known plants used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes (even dating back to 1750 BC!!)
Present day, research has shown aloe to have over 75 constituents including polysaccharides, tannins, organic acids, magnesium, enzymes and amino acids.
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The inner filet of the aloe plant is full of mucilaginous polysaccharides that can be used to sooth, protect and restore your skin. Those mucilaginous polysaccharides are what give aloe that thick, gel like consistency.
Aloe is also rich in magnesium and salicylic acid which actually work together to ease pain making it a great after sun ingredient.
The natural pH of aloe is 4.3 which is slightly acidic but pairs perfectly for balancing the skins pH (which is normally around 5.5).
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