I love to use alot of unique resources when making soaps, body cremes and the like. There are so many things out there that I don't think people realize are good for their skin. Aloe vera has been used for centuries for it's medicinal qualities but did you know it's also great for the outside of your body, your skin?! Aloe vera has great hydrating properties, there's a reason major companies sell that bright green goo you buy in a bottle for after sun care. Studies have been shown it reduces erythema (redness) hence it's popularity as well in that gooey substance. I'm not a fan of goo so I have made several products that incorporate aloe vera which feel much better on the skin, body creme, artisan soap and shave soap. This way one receives the benefits of aloe vera and all those skin loving butters as well...without the sticky residue.
Aloe vera is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants that help to protect your skin. Important compounds in aloe vera have also been shown to neutralize the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, repair skin from existing UV damage, and to help prevent fine lines.
Aloe vera is just another of mother nature's gifts to us that does not contain harmful chemicals or parabens...go ahead and read your green goo's label, you might be surprised what else you find in it. So I am stepping off my soap box for the day, yes pun intended, but if you really want to be good to yourself avoid all the bad additions and go straight for the plain aloe vera. This is also why I have started using aloe in some of my soaps...which are chemical and paraben free. Thank you Mother Nature!