At Nine Naturals, we’re on a mission to make beauty simple, smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. Integral to that is understanding our ingredients’ science and benefits. Today’s Nine Naturals Ingredient Story Series featuring Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract is part of an ongoing series featuring the natural, plant-based ingredients behind our high performance beauty products.
Aloe barbadensis, more commonly known as Aloe vera, has been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes as far back as 4th century BC. In fact, historians have suggested that it was once a part of the beauty routines of Egyptian royalty. Today the extract of aloe barbadensis is widely used therapeutically to treat various skin conditions and cosmetically as a moisturizer for skin and hair.
The Science & Extraction of Aloe Barbadensis
Extracting the pulp from the aloe barbandensis plant simply entails separating the gelatinous inner material of the leaf from the outer husk. Once separated the extract can be concentrated to increase the potency and dried to allow for long term storage. That said, the gel extracted from Aloe leaves can actually be used for many applications even in its crude form. This aloe extract has a number of active ingredients that contribute to its effectiveness. For instance it contains vitamin E and salicylic acid, both of which are commonly used in acne washes. Aloe extract also includes an array of poly-saccharides that play a role in healing and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract’s Benefits for Skin and Hair Care
Aloe barbadensis extract is one of the few moisturizing agents on the market that has been scientifically proven to be effective. This is why it’s so well suited to use in both conditioners and lotions. Aloe extract not only moisturizes, but also reduces skin irritation and erythema. Additionally, a recent clinical trial showed that topical application of aloe extract significantly increased the effectiveness of acne treatments. As if that wasn’t enough, aloe barbadensis extract has also been shown to help with skin repair during wound healing.
We would like to note that while topical use of aloe extract is a safe and effective, oral consumption should be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding because of potential complications with contractions and infant gastrointestinal distress respectively.
Why Nine Naturals Loves Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Cosmetic use of Aloe barbadensis is both pregnancy-safe and highly effective, which is why we’ve made it a star ingredient in many of our products. We’ve taken advantage of its moisturizing properties in our conditioner, its acne fighting activity in our body wash, and its ability to speed healing in our replenishing belly butter. Although aloe barbadensis extract does so much on its own, it is just one component of these products and you can learn more about all our great ingredients in our Ingredient Glossary.