Ingredient Wise: Dr. Brandt Skincare Magnetight Age Definer

Hello folks! I think the ingredient wise category on my blog is neglected a bit too much by yours truly so I’ve decided to give it some love today 🙂 In this series on the blog, we take a look at some hyped up beauty products and see if the ingredient list actually supports the claims they make in their marketing material. I have done a few of these over the past 2 years so if you would like to read up on those, click on the category titled Ingredient Wise on the left 🙂

A few months back everyone was talking about the coolest new face mask in town…a magnetic mask which sounded like a lot of fun to try out to be honest. Today I thought I would take a closer look at this hyped up mask from Dr. Brandt Skincare.

(Image Source: Sephora website )

Claims (From the Sephora website)

What it is:
An antiaging, iron-infused mask and magnet removal tool that work together to refine, purify, and brighten the look of skin.

Solutions for:
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Pores
– Dullness and uneven skin tone
The MAGNETIGHT Age-Defierℱ is a powerful mask that combats signs of aging and dramatically transforms the look of skin. Harnessing the power of attraction, the magnetic properties of the iron-based formula visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and lift away impurities as they calm and illuminte dull, stressed skin. The face appears magnetically youthful, bright, and energized.

Ingredient List ( From the Sephora website)

Iron Powder, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Nylon-12, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Silica, Tribehenin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 40, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Ceramide Ng, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Tourmaline, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Isohexadecane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol

Do the claims work?

The very first ingredient in this face mask is iron powder which is what makes this the fun face mask to try. The magnet that comes along with the tub is used to ‘pull’ the mask from your face once you have let it sit on the skin for the stipulated amount of time. Now, besides the obvious fun factor that iron brings to this mask, does it really do anything for the skin?

The claims state that magnetic properties of this face mask can reduce fine lines and wrinkles…I am not so sure about that.  What gives this mask its magnetic properties is the iron but studies have shown that after a woman reaches menopause iron starts to accumulate in her skin. This accumulation leads to skin ageing and photo ageing. Women who are in their pre menopause years lose Iron from their bodies through menstruation and faster skin cell turnover since they are younger. Once you hit menopause ( when you start taking anti ageing skincare more seriously ) the accumulation of Iron in the body increases and reduces the antioxidative capacity of the skin. Oxidative damage in turn causes wrinkles. So in a way the number one ingredient in this anti ageing face mask is not something you should be putting on your face to combat ageing!! I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this mask does the reverse of what it claims, after all that iron sits on your skin for maybe 10 minutes. All the Iron does in this face mask in my opinion is the theatrics!! 😀

So if you have used this mask and found that it does reduce your fine lines and wrinkles, you can thank the next 2 ingredients listed in this mask. Both dimethicone and polysilicone -11 give a smooth appearance to the skin by filling in fine lines and pores. The rest of the ingredients consist of more silicones and also skin conditioning agents which make this a good moisturizing mask. So where is the anti ageing stuff in this mask? I’m not sure!

Tourmaline is a semi precious stone used in some cosmetic preparations. What does it do exactly? I am not sure! I was not able to find any independent studies confirming what cosmetic companies say about this ingredient. It is generally considered to impart a glow to the skin and also help stimulate the production of collagen but there is no evidence for any of those claims.

So overall this might work as a nice moisturizing mask which you can then take off with a magnet as a fun bonus! Once the novelty of this wears off I doubt I’ll be happy about the 75$ I would have spent on this face mask.

Have you tried this mask? What are your thoughts?

References 

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23752032
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4091310/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23866012/
  4. http://www.paulaschoice.com.au/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/tourmaline

The skincare ingredient must have : Ceramides

Hello folks!!

Sorting through all the anti ageing skincare products in the market, I am pretty sure you might have come across the term ceramides at some point. They are often touted as miracle workers for ageing and dehydrated skin. So what exactly are ceramides?

Imagine that the brick and mortar structure you see in the picture below is the outer later of your skin. If the bricks are to be your skin cells, then the ‘glue’ or mortar holding your skin cells together is ceramide.

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Brick and Mortar (image source: wikicommons)

To nerdyify things a bit.. the intercellular spaces between skin cells are occupied by lameller sheets. The major lipid component of these lamellar sheets is ceramides. In addition to ceramides, cholestrol and free fatty acids are also found in the lipid domain. Together, they play an important role in maintaining skin hydration by preventing water loss and holding on to moisture. Unfortunately, as we age our ability to produce ceramides decreases and hence our skin gets dry and dull. Ceramides also play an important role in keeping our skin firm and thus when the production declines with age, our skin starts to sag 😩

An important thing to note is that ceramides refer to a family of molecules, in other words there are many different types of ceramides occurring naturally in our skin. There are 9 different types found naturally in human skin: they are labelled ceramide 1 thru ceramide 9.

So how do we go about choosing the right moisturiser that helps us maintain firm healthy moisturized skin ?

Ideally, for ceramide creams to work optimally to restore skin balance and function , cholestrol and fatty acids should be present along with ceramides . As you may recall, these 3 components together form the majority of the intercellular spaces between the skin cells naturally.

Ceramides found in skin care products are usually synthetic or plant derived. When looking through the ingredient lists, you will  notice that ceramides are often labelled in the following fashion:

Ceramide 1 : Ceramide EOS
Ceramide 2 : Cermamide NS = N-stearoyl sphinganine
Ceramide 3 : Ceramide NP = N-stearoyl phytosphingosine
Ceramide 4 : Ceramide EOH
Ceramide 5 : Ceramide AS
Ceramide 6 : Ceramide AP = α-hydroxy-N-stearoylphytosphingosine
Ceramide 6 II : Caproyl sphingosine
Ceramide 7 : Ceramide AH
Ceramide 8 : Ceramide NH
Ceramide 9 : Ceramide EOP
Ceramide E : Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide and Hexadecanamide

If you are curious to know more about the different ceramide containing moisturizers in the market, I suggest checking out the following website : https://www.verywell.com/ceramide-moisturizers-1069550. The author has detailed 6 ceramide containing moisturizers.

Is there proof that ceramide containing moisturizers work?

Now this is where things get a bit complicated. There are so many different types of ceramides and depending on the other ingredients present, the concentrations etc the story can change. Here is a sampling of different studies showing the efficiency of ceramides as a skincare ingredient:

There are of course, more studies outlining the efficiency of ceramides as a skincare ingredient. As I mentioned earlier, this is just a sampling of different types of studies done with ceramides which prove that they can be effective in fighting atopic dermatitis, wrinkles and also hyper pigmentation.

After reviewing quite a few research publications, I personally believe that ceramides can be a beneficial skincare ingredient. Have you tried any ceramide creams? If so what do you think of them?

References:

  1. Hashizume H. Skin aging and dry skin. J Dermatol. 2004 Aug;31(8):603-9.
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12553851
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12492545
  4. http://www.cir-safety.org/sites/default/files/cerami122014tent.pdf
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24656726/

Ingredient Wise: Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift and Firm

Hello everyone! I think it has been a year since I last posted something under the Ingredient Wise category on my blog. I got so caught up in regular product reviews, that this section kind of disappeared off my radar for a bit. I will try to post more of these in the coming months! 🙂

Now in case your wondering what this category is all about here is a quick description: We take a hyped up product, review the claims and see if the ingredients in it actually support the claims and promises. Today, I am going to dissect the ingredient list of the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask which comes at a price tag of 80 US $. This mask is quite popular among beauty enthusiasts and generally I feel everyone is after firming products with gold particles in it these days! 80$ is a hefty price tag for a face mask (and I thought the Glam glow face mask price tags were atrocious)

(Image Source: Sephora website)

Claims ( From Sephora’s website)

This lavish, pampering treatment helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion. Caffeine helps tighten and firm the look of skin while peridot—an exquisite gemstone rich in magnesium—re-energizes and helps reduce the aging effects of stress. The 24K gold imparts an opulent, radiant glow and locks in moisture for ultra-hydrated skin.

Ingredients (From Sephora’s website)

-24K Gold: Imparts an opulent, radiant glow; locks in moisture and keeps skin firm.
-Colloidal Gold: Helps lift, firm, and restore lost elasticity.
-Peridot: An ancient green gemstone rich in magnesium to help re-energize and minimize the aging effects of stress.

Glycerin, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Olivine Extract, Colloidal Gold, Pentylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Gold (Ci 77480), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Do the claims work?

Yup I agree with them on the pampering part …after all putting on a face mask with 24K gold particles is luxe pampering! I did search quite a bit on the internet for some independent research on if gold helps lock in moisture when applied on the skin, and unfortunately found none. If you look at the ingredient list, you will see that the glycerin is the very first ingredient. Glycerin has been used for decades as a very good moisturizing ingredient and can be found in cheaper face masks and moisturizers as well. The mask also contains high amounts of Sodium Hyaluronate which is an excellent humectant. Humectants attract water and hence when applied on the skin, they keep the skin moist and supple with no greasiness. This mask will definitely be moisturizing just that it will be because of these 2 ingredients instead of the gold particles.

Caffeine at one point was a hot ingredient for cosmetic products probably because of its anti inflammatory properties. However, there is not much scientific evidence to prove that it can help with anti ageing or skin tightening. Paula’s Choice has a good write up on caffeine in skincare (HERE) complete with scientific references.

The ingredient in this face mask that intrigues me the most is the peridot gemstone! In the ingredient list it is listed as Olivine Extract which is essentially a bio available (can be absorbed by the body) magnesium complex sourced from Peridot. I could not find any independent scientific data on olivine extract- it is a cosmetic ingredient marketed by a company called Gattefosse. So again, no idea if this really helps with minimizing ageing from stress :/

Now lets take a look at the ingredient that is the main focus of this face mask..the gold! Now I could not find any independent scientific study that shows gold can help in firming the skin and restore lost elasticity. However, there are a lot of people who claim to see the benefits so the verdict is still out there on if gold really works in  firming the skin.Do let me know if you have come across any independent studies which support these claims.

The radiant skin promised by the mask is probably due to the temporary and brief deposit of the gold particles on skin which reflect light. Additionally the mica present in the mask might also contribute to this illusion.

Overall, I am not convinced about the benefits of this mask. I do believe that it will be a nice moisturizing mask but not sure if it can provide actual firming and anti ageing benefits.

Have you tried this mask? Has it worked for you? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…ciao!!

Ingredient Wise: The Charlotte Tilbury Magic cream ‘Treat and Transform Moisturizer’

Hello!!

If you are new to the the ingredient wise series, here is what it is in a nutshell: We take a look at a hyped up product and see if the claims they make are actually supported by the ingredients in them 🙂 Today we are going to review the ingredients found in the popular? infamous? (I dunno..most people either love it or hate it) Charlotte Tilbury Magic cream. This cream retails for 100USD at Nordstrom for 1.7 oz.

(Image Source: Nordstrom website)

The Claims (from the Nordstrom website)

Charlotte Tilbury’s secret is out. Her Magic Cream is a secret mix of patented anti-aging ingredients combined with a hyaluronic booster and floral extracts to lift and transform tired skin in an instant. A breakthrough, multi-tasking ingredient, the BioNymph Peptide Complex, fights the aging process on all fronts, stimulating collagen production and cell energy while fighting free radicals to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth skin. Sodium hyaluronate floods skin with moisture while replumping and extracts of wild pansy promote the renewal of hyaluronic acid in the skin’s surface. Rose hip oil, camellia oil and vitamin E transform a grey complexion into a hydrated one while nourishing vitamin A helps improve skin firmness and smoothness and energetic vitamin C promotes collagen activity for more youthful skin.

The Ingredients ( from the Charlotte Tilbury website)

Water (Aqua), Homosalate , Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Steareth-21, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Michelia Alba Leaf Oil, Sodium Lactate, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, plus a little bit of top secret magic…

So do these claims work?

Okay where do I start.. I am definitely not the first and last person to say that the ingredient list does not in the slightest justify the 100$ price tag 😐

As I have mentioned in many posts before, the order of the of the list of ingredients is an indication of  its concentration in the product. The higher it appears in the list the higher the concentration of that ingredient in the product.

1. The anti ageing claims

The BioNymph Peptide Complex that they talk about is Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 which is commonly sold under the commercial name Matrixyl 3000. Matrixyl 3000 is a formula developed by the company Sederma and is used in many other anti ageing creams in the market as well..so its not unique to this one product !  In fact you can buy Matrixyl 3000 on amazon and mix it in with your regular moisturizer. I will do another post sometime explaining the role of peptides in anti ageing 😉 So basically they have slapped a fancy sounding name on a commercially available complex and made it look like an exclusive ingredient.

Another thing to note; this complex is listed almost towards the end of the ingredient list so I am not sure if there is enough of this stuff for it to promote collagen production. (Heck there is more preservative (Phenoxyethanol) in this cream than this complex)

If you take a look at the ingredient list you will see  Cyclopentasiloxane and Dimethicone are present in high concentrations in this cream. These guys are great at filling in fine lines and wrinkles and temporarily smoothening the skin…and they are found in creams you can buy in the drugstore. So again, nothing magical here !

2. Sodium Hyaluronate

It is present in this cream, but buried somewhere in the bottom of the ingredient list. The moisturizing effect from this cream is most probably solely from the glycerin and glycerin stearate found at the top of the ingredient list. I am sure your aware that Glycerin is an inexpensive ingredient which you can find even in a 5$ face cream.

They also talk about extracts of wild pansy promoting the renewal of hyaluronic acid in the skin’s surface and unfortunately I could not find any research to back this up. Do let me know in the comments if you find any research paper talking about this. All I could find is that it has emollient and soothing properties .

3. Plant extracts, oils and vitamin C

Vitamin C figures almost at the bottom of the ingredient list so lets not even talk about it. (Plus this cream is in a jar and antioxidants in jar packaging and clear glass is a no no)

Some of these plant extracts are potential irritants for those with sensitive skin and as for the oils, I don’t see anything special..I have seen so many other cost effective creams which have similar oils and better ingredients.

 

Overall, I am not impressed! I might just stick to her makeup products. When I splurge on skincare the ingredients are very important to me. I don’t want to pay top dollar for a basic cream with sunscreen just because of the brand.

Do let me know your thoughts on this cream !

Until next time…ciao!!

The 3 stages of hair growth explained :)

Hi everyone!

So if you enjoyed the last hair related post I did (HERE) I’ve got another one to share with you this week! Did you know that a single strand of human hair goes through 3 stages? There are primarily 3 stages of growth and shedding for human hair and interestingly, at any given time, the hairs on our head will be at different stages of this cycle.

First off lets take a quick look at the structure of the human hair.

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(Image Source: Wikkimedia Commons)

We can divide the structure of a hair strand into 2 parts; the shaft and the root. The structure of the shaft was explained in detail in the past post on hair which I have linked to in the beginning of this post. The focus today will be on the root since it is this region that plays an important role in the hair growth cycle! The hair follicle/ root end in a bulb like structure which is where cell division occurs to produce new hair strands. Like I mentioned earlier the human hair growth cycle can be divided into 3 stages.

1. Anagen stage

This is also refered to as the active phase of the hair cycle. This is because during this stage, the hair is actively growing with materials being deposited on the hair shaft by the cells in the follicle. Cells above and around the hair papilla actively divide and grow upwards during this phase to form the hair shaft. During this phase, hair can grow at a rate of 1cm every 28 days. Hair on the scalp can be in the anagen phase anywhere between 2 to 6 years and the exact time frame is found to be genetically determined. The hair on other parts of the human body have a much shorter anagen phase which is why body hair, lashes etc are much shorter than hair on the scalp.

2. Catagen stage

This is refered to as the transition phase. At any given time 3% of scalp hair is in this phase. During this phase, protein and pigmentaion production stops.The outer areas of the root start to shrink and attach themselves to the main root and the resulting hair is called club hair. This Phase is thought to last for 2 to 3 weeks.

3. Telogen Stage

This stage lasts for almost 100 days in the case of human scalp hair. During this phase the club hair is fully formed. you must have heard at some point how its normal to shed 100 hair strands a day. Well, the strands that are shed are usually in the telogen phase 🙂 This is also aided by the pushing out of old hair by the newly developing hair in the follicle.

These 3 stages of hair growth and renewal are greatly affected by external factors like diet, environment and chemical exposure. So in addition to thanking good genetics, it is very important to have a healthy diet and lifestyle as well to have thick growing hair!

I hope this post helped you guys understand your hair a little bit better!

Until next time ..ciao!!

Why do you have curly red hair? The why behind hair types and colors explained!

Hello everyone!

Have you ever sat at a hair salon and wondered why your hair and the hair on the heads of people next to you are so different not just in natural hair color but also texture? Well if you have, this post might just be your cup of tea; and if you never thought about it during your haircut session, it looks like you have a chatty stylist/something more fun to do than question things around you!!

(Image source: wikkimedia commons)

In order to understand why people have different hair colors and textures, we need to first take a look at the basic structure  of a hair strand/shaft. We can broadly say that there are 3 main parts to the hair shaft. The outer most thick scale like structure is called the Cuticle. The cuticle layer is colorless and  allows light reflection, so it plays a big role in having shiny lustrous looking hair 🙂 Over brushing of hair and too much friction can damage the cuticle (that is why they say backcombing is bod news in the long term).The Cuticle is followed by the Cortex which forms majority of the fiber mass of a hair strand. The Cortex contains spindle shaped cells which are aligned parallel to the central axis of the hair strand. Finally, at the center of the hair strand you have the loosely packed porous region called the medulla.

structure of hair shaft medulla cortex cuticle

(Image Source: Wikkimedia Commons)

 Hair color

When it comes to hair color the Cortex is the most important layer. This layer in addition to the spindle shaped cells also contain the pigment cells (melanin).  The type of melanin and its distribution in the Cortex determines the persons natural hair color. There are 2 types of Melanin pigments : Eumelanin and Pheomelanin. All human hair colors have both these types of pigments present, but its the ratio is which they are present which ultimately decides if you have blonde,red , brown or black hair.

Black to brown hair: A higher amount of Eumelanin pigment is found in these indivuduals as compared to Pheomelanin.

Red to Blonde : A higher amount of Pheomelanin (with red hair having the highest) compared to Eumelanin.

Grey Hair: No melanin pigments!

Hair Type

The type of hair you have on your head is greatly influenced by your race. Broadly there are 3 races: Mongoloid, Caucasian and Negroid, with all of them having very distinct hair types. It all comes down to the differences you see when you take the cross section of a hair strand/shaft. Scientists have found that mongoloid hair is straight and has a circular cross section. Interestingly, Caucasoid hair can be straight, wavy or curly but still give the same type of cross section; elliptical. Negroid hair on the other hand has a larger diameter and flattened elliptical cross section. So why is the cross section shape so important you might ask?

Lets go back to the hair cortex. We all know that keratin, a protein is the primary component of hair. Proteins are made up of amino acids and they link together to form longer chains. One of the amino acids involved in keratin strands is cysteine which has a sulfur group which is capable of forming bonds called disulfide bonds with other sulfur groups. Hence, the cysteine residues in adjacent keratin strands are able to form bridges or links through disulfide bonds.  A very round shaft (circular cross section) allows less disulfide bonds, and those that are present are in line with one another, resulting in straight hair. The flatter the hair shaft(flattened elliptical cross section), the curlier hair gets, because the shape allows more cysteines to come in contact with one another and form the necessary disfulfide bridges. In other words, the more the interaction between the cysteine groups of different keratin strands, the tighter the curls get !!

Hence although we all have the same keratin protein in our hair, the cross section/ shape of the hair shaft plays a huge role in determining the type of hair you have!

Hope you enjoyed this post! In the coming weeks w’ll chit chat about the hair growth cycle, what happens when you get a straightening treatment etc 🙂

Untill then…ciao!!

 

 References

1. Chemical and Physical Behavior of Human Hair. Clarence R. Robbins.

2.Rodney D Sinclair.(2007) Healthy Hair: What Is it?.Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings 12, 2–5.

3.Khumalo NP, Dawber RPR, Ferguson DJP (2005) Apparent fragility of African hair is unrelated to the cystine-rich protein distribution: a cytochemical electron microscopic study. Exp Dermatology 14:311–314

Aloe Vera and your skin

Hello everyone!

These days a lot of skincare products and even haircare products list aloe vera in their ingredient lists. Its usually listed as  Aloe vera extract/Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract/ aloe vera gel. In case you want to know more about this magical plant everyone loves to have in their products, my post today might just be your cup of tea :).

(Image source: wikimedia Commons)

Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family.There are more than 300 species of this plant but the most common ones are Aloe barbadensis Miller and Aloe aborescens. Various cosmetic and medical products are made from the mucilaginous tissue (the gooey stuff)  present in the center of the Aloe vera leaf . (If you’ve ever had the opportunity to break a fleshy leaf of aloe into 2, you know what I am talking about). So whats so special about this gel like stuff which oozes out of the leaf? It is infact a complex mix of various types of naturally occuring chemicals : Amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, lignin, minerals, mono- and polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins, sterols, and vitamins. These components individually and together are responsible for some of the great properties of aloe vera.

So what are the magical powers of Aloe Vera?

  • Moisturizing and anti ageing effect: Some of the polysaccharides (mucopolysaccharides) found in aloe vera gel help bind moisture into the skin. Aloe Vera  stimulates fibroblast cells which boosts the collagen production process and therefore has been proven to help fight wrinkles. The amino acids present in the gel  also soften hardened skin cells thereby acting as a skin softener. The small amounts of zinc present in aloe gel acts as an astringent thereby tightening pores. Now you know why a lot of skin care companies love Aloe 🙂
  • Protection against radiation damage:  Aloe vera gel has been reported to have a protective effect against radiation damage to the skin. However to get maximum benefits it is recommended that 100% pure aloe gel be used for this purpose. The polysaccharides, mannose-6-phosphate, and complex anthraquinones together are responsible for this property of aloe vera.
  • Wound healing: As stated earlier, collagen synthesis is boosted when aloe vera gel is applied on the skin. Collagen production plays an important role in would healing as well. Aloe gel not only increased collagen content of the wound but also increases the degree of collagen cross linking (which helps wound healing). Due to this,  accelerated wound contraction or healing takes place.
  • Anti inflammatory :Aloe gel has been identified as beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

There are lots of other important application of aloe vera especially in medicinal products but I thought I’d just stick with how awesome it is for the skin 🙂 In case you would like to read up more on Aloe Vera take a look at the references listed below!

Until next time..ciao!!

References

  1. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (article here)
  2. Indian Journal of Dermatology (here)
  3. Pharmacognosy Reviews (here)
  4. Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology (here)