Everybody knows, it is vital to moisturise regularly, especially when changeable weather plays havoc on your skin and hair. Humidity can rise in the summer as cold increases in the winter leading us to wonder if we should take up an alternative way of moisturising. Most people know Aloe vera is a plant which has health benefits if the juice is consumed. This article will explore some of the brilliant uses and qualities of aloe vera gel and why it is a staple beauty must have for anyone.

As an ultra absorbent, fragrance free, clear gel it has a good quality for the skin because it helps to protect from dryness and does not have a greasy residue.

It is especially perfect for aftercare when the skin is exposed to the sun. Another use is after hair removal, the gel can be applied to prevent redness and razor bumps. Ideal for all over body care after a bath or shower to seal in moisture or to prevent dryness.

Great for hair

Aloe vera is superb for the hair as an alternative to shampoo or conditioner, or as a natural hair straightener. Hair is more manageable after washing with it and can be combed through easily hence is great for untangling knots. It is also good for dandruff and itchy scalp. It also improves scalp condition by aiding the hair follicles. Enzymes help stimulate dormant hair follicles, promoting hair regrowth. With usage, it can help in preventing shedding and ensuring hair stays thick and voluminous.

The moisture content of Aloe vera helps condition your hair, locking in nutrients and leaving hair feeling hydrated.

A good recipe for hair growth is Aloe vera and honey, with coconut oil. A blend of the ingredients can be massaged into the scalp and worked down to the tips of the hair. Focus on the tips is needed as they tend to dry easily, Keep a shower cap on for 25 minutes then wash out with shampoo and conditioner.

The same can be done with aloe vera mixed with a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of vitamin E, and 2 teaspoons of almond oil. Another combination is half a cup of brewed green tea and half a cup of aloe vera blended to avoid lumps and allowed to cool. Apply the mixture to the hair and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and allow to air dry.

Increasing collagen production

The gel contains amino acids, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants which include polyphenols. There is also evidence which suggests that Aloe vera gel can slow down the process of ageing for the skin by increasing collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Use in moderation and always read the ingredients of any product boasting its aloe vera content. Overall, it's a great product to use and puts the joy back into moisturising.