- Unscented and free from perfume.
- This luxurious moisturising Aloe Vera Skin Care Gel is made using 100% liquid gel from the Aloe Barbadensis plant
Keep away from eyes, for external use only.
Massage onto the hands and apply to any part of the skin, as often as needed.
Aloe Vera rediscovered
Doctors rediscovered Aloe Vera in the 1930s, when it was found to heal radiation burns due to x-rays, where other methods had met with little success. It did the same for atomic fallout victims a decade later, following the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings.
The plant's clear, glassy leaf sap is used today to relieve ailments from insect bites, stings and sunburn to peptic ulcers, diarrhoea and stiff, painful joints.
Aloe Vera's healing actions
Traditional remedies are often founded on firm scientific fact. Studies have confirmed Aloe Vera as a rich source of healing ingredients which work synergistically, enhancing one anothers effects. These ingredients include vitamins, minerals proteins, enzymes and amino acids.
Aloe Vera extract acts in three main ways:
- as an anti-inflammatory agent
- a wound healer
- an antioxidant
one or all of which may contribute to relieving a particular ailment.
Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory
Inflammation is our body's natural way of responding to infection, toxins or injury. It is characterised by redness, swelling and heat caused by an increase of blood to the damaged area. Sometimes, however, inflammation can backfire or get out of hand. Arthritis is a debilitating and painful condition which can be caused by antibodies produced against the body's own tissues, resulting in sore, inflamed joints and loss of movement.
Steroids (e.g hydrocortisone) suppress inflammation but can cause weight gain, brittle bones and thin, weak skin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g aspirin and ibuprofen) ease swollen joints and improve mobility but may trigger stomach upsets or peptic ulcers. Plant steroids in Aloe Vera can relieve inflammation, help to regenerate new cells and disperse damaged tissue with no side-effects. Besides arthritis and rheumatism, these natural plant steroids also work for sunburn, insect bites and stings, rashes, mouth ulcers, inflamed stomach and bowel disorders.
Three other common conditions which benefit from Aloe Vera's anti-inflammatory action are heartburn, peptic ulcers and piles. Heartburn happens when the foodpipe or gullet gets inflamed by stomach acid. Peptic ulcers erode the lining of the stomach or small bowel (duodenum, causing inflammation and pain. Piles, which are inflamed varicose veins at the exit of the bowel or anus, can also smart, sting and bleed.
Aloe Vera as a wound healer
Soapy substances in Aloe Vera gel (saponins) cleanse wounds of dirt and debris, treat oil-clogged pores and help kill any microbes present. The woody, pulpy microfibres in Aloe Vera's sap (lignins) soften hard skin and gently penetrate the tissues. Other active ingredients and oxygen can then reach down into the depths of the wound.
The anthraquinones in Aloe Vera loosen debris, pus and dead cells, bring blood to the area and flush out matter from wounds and ulcers. They also kill bacteria, some viruses and fungi. A biological growth stimulator present in Aloe Vera helps to regenerate new tissue, guard against sepsis and promote the healing in cuts and wounds.
Studies have shown that the growth stimulator attaches itself to tissue cells call fibroblasts. These produce long thin strings of collagen and elastin, adding strength and bringing the edges of the wound together.
Typical ailments to benefit from these actions include mouth and peptic ulcers, and the large ulcer craters often found on the legs of elderly people with diabetes or poor circulation. The antiseptic actions or saponins and anthraquinones also help peptic ulcers (now known to be partly due to bacteria); and acne in which infection with skin bacteria plays an important part.
One of Aloe Vera's most popular use is in the treatment of minor burns which benefit from new skin regeneration without unsightly scarring. Eczema and psoriasis also benefit from the ability of lignins to penetrate the toughened skin surface.
Aloe Vera as an antioxidant
Antioxidants are essential for a healthy metabolism and to protect against free radicals. These form when a molecule loses an electron as a result of the normal metabolism which occurs as food and oxygen are turned into energy. Large numbers of these highly-charged molecular fragments can weaken the immune system which fights infection and resists degenerative changes.
Triggers include growing older, viral infections, high intakes of animal fat and or alcohol, stress, smoking, pollution and other toxins. Effects include ageing, wrinkled skin and an increased risk of arthritis, cancer and infections.
Aloe Vera contains naturally occurring antioxidants in the form of vitamins B complex, C and E, plus beta-carotene which is converted by the body into vitamin A. Dietary nutrients in Aloe Vera also include potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, chromium and sodium and all are essential for maintaining a healthy metabolism.
Aloe Vera - the choice
The extract from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant can be found in many health and beauty products. Aloe Vera juice can be produced from either liquid or powdered Aloe, but it is only recommended and advisable to buy juice made from the liquid extract. Also ensure the Aloe content is a minimum of 95% by volume. This is not to be confused with the purity of Aloe Vera which is often shown as 100%. A flavoured juice is considered by many to be more palatable but natural juices are more suitable for those with fruit allergies or who suffer from candida. A regular small dose is recommended and the effectiveness can vary, some experiencing benefits immediately, whereas others can take several weeks.
Aloe Vera gel is primarily used externally for skin conditions such as acne, sunburn, psoriasis, cuts, bruises and stings. The pure gel is clear, non-sticky, odourless, easily absorbed and can be used as often as required.
All De Vere Aloe Vera products are made here in the UK and are exclusive to us. We have been active members of the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) since 1996 and always use only IASC quality approved Aloe Vera when we make our De Vere Aloe products.
Aloe Vera Limited for Aloe Vera Quality
De Vere Aloe Vera products are made using only top quality Aloe leaves from one of the world's largest plantations. The Aloe is harvested and filleted by hand, before being carefully processed within 6 hours to maintain the maximum beneficial active ingredients.
Only the best Aloe variety of Aloe is used, Aloe Barbadensis Miller. This is grown without any artificial herbicides or insecticides. De Vere Aloe Vera Juice, gel and cream products are all made using only liquid Aloe Vera gel. They are not made using Aloe that has been reconstituted from powdered concentrate.
De Vere Aloe Vera products are made in the UK to the highest pharmaceutical standards, so you know you can trust them every time.
The Aloe we use in De Vere products is grown in commercial plantations, from countries such as the frost free Dominican Republic. Our Aloe Vera is harvested every 6-8 weeks by removing 3-4 leaves at the base of the plant.
This extensive supply of Aloe plants allows the hand selection of only the freshest Aloe Vera leaves.
Carefully Hand Picked & Filleted
Once picked, most Aloe is filleted, not squeezed, to remove the inner gel. The fillet is carefully removed to minimize disruption of the Aloin layer. Then the product is further processed to remove the pulp and fibre.
Next it is pasteurised to maintain efficacy. Finally, the gel is filtered and stabilised through a specially designed proprietary process to maintain colour and is preserved using globally recognised food grade preservatives.
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