If you know anything about beauty trends, you’re definitely familiar with this miracle ingredient called aloe vera. From leading beauty enthusiasts to popular celebrities, everyone is always talking about this natural ingredient and how it works wonders for your hair and skin. But does it really work for your skin and hair as popularized?
We got in touch with dr. Rinky Kapoor, dermatologist, cosmetic dermatologist and dermato-surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics, to understand whether aloe vera is worth the hype. But first let’s understand its advantages.
Benefits of aloe vera
“The use of aloe vera for skin and hair health is not new, and many cultures have used it for years to treat many beauty-related problems. The main advantage is that it has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on the scalp and skin,” says Dr. Kapoor. Contains 98 percent water, vitamins A, C, E and B12 along with essential minerals and fatty acids. A dermatologist says it can benefit you in several ways:
- Soothes burns and shortens healing time
- Reduces pain and inflammation or wounds or injuries
- It improves collagen production
- Treats fungal infections
- Repairs sun damage
- It accelerates the aging process
- It moisturizes the skin and makes it more supple and radiant
- Reduces acne
- Reduces symptoms of eczema and rosacea
- Reduces itching and irritation of dry scalp
- Cleanses and strengthens hair
- Improves digestion
Does aloe vera work for hair and skin?
It may seem like a miracle cure, but it is no substitute for professional treatment. “It is a plant and it can cause skin allergies and scalp, such as redness, itching, swelling and inflammation. So, if you are a first time user, make sure you do a patch test before using it. When buying aloe vera products, always double check the ingredients and make sure aloe is the first ingredient listed. Also, if the product contains substances such as dyes, fragrances, parabens, etc., avoid buying such products,” advises Dr. Kapoor.
He goes on to explain that aloe vera is very useful if your goal is to nourish your skin and scalp, but not as a hair regrowth treatment or skin disease treatment. In such cases, you should visit a good dermatologist for a customized treatment plan. However, if you want to add it to your daily routine for additional benefits, then there is no harm.