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Simply Sustainable: Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that is grown in tropical climates worldwide. It has been cultivated for hundreds of years, first being documented in areas like Egypt were it was used for herbal remedies. It has long, dense green leaves that store water and produce the famous gel-like substance we know as aloe vera gel. It is up there with the most widely used plants because it can be used in so many ways like; herbal remedies, food, cosmetics/skincare and even supplements. 

Aloe vera is so widely used because it contains antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and has anti-inflammatory properties. These are all extremely beneficial to your skin! Antioxidants aid in the fight against free radicals, not necessarily prevent the damage from free radicals but help to heal any irritation. Enzymes provide exfoliation benefits, it does have moisturizing benefits but over use can dry out the skin because of the presence of enzymes. Anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe redness and irritation like burns. 

Aloe vera is safe for topical use and even to consume, it is popular in many drinks because of its potential digestion and nutrition benefits. But aloe is probably most commonly used to soothe sunburns and skin irritation. It's anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties make it great for soothing burns and its collagen boosting properties help to heal the damaged skin. 

Aloe vera is a popular, easy and cheap houseplant to grow! Regarding safety, you can't get any better then taking it right from the source. You can take the gel right from the leaves and apply it to your skin or wash it off and consume it! Its not only beneficial to your health but is a pretty cool looking plant :). You can also purchase aloe vera gel in the store but make sure it is 100 percent aloe vera gel. 

SUR uses aloe as an ingredient in our products. Our Daily Enzymatic Cleanser is a gentle cleanser for all skin types. The aloe provides moisturizing and soothing benefits to help boost the skins vitality. Our Eye Revive Elixir while help brighten and nourish the skin around your eyes, the aloe provides moisturization and stimulates collagen product to promote healthy skin around the eye! 



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