Types of Aloe

Aloe Vera is a member of the lily, onion, garlic family although it looks like a cactus. There are over 200 species and it survives well in very dry, arid conditions and many originate from Africa.

Aloe varies in size from a dwarf species to the size of a small tree. They flower during winter with a single flower. They tend to have sword-shaped spiny leaves arranged in rosettes.

At least four of these species have medical properties. These are:

Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, sometimes called Aloe Vera Linne or

Aloe Vera Vulgaris or the Curacao Aloe.

Aloe Vera Ferox Miller, often called Cape Aloe.

Aloe Vera Perry Baker, sometimes called the Socotrine Aloe or Zanzibar Aloe

Aloe Vera Arborescens and Aloe Saponaria which are mainly used in Japan.

According to Bill Coates R.Ph.,CCN, a world renowned expert on Aloe Vera explains in his book ‘The Silent Healer’ that he has spent 20 years researching into all the types of Aloe and develop one regional variety to its maximum potential. He comes to one conclusion:

“In testing for broad spectrum medical and cosmetic efficacy, the species Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller would win hands down. This Aloe is the most potent of all the Aloes, so this is the source to use”.

This is the ‘true Aloe’ and has been given wonderful names because of its properties.

Burn Plant
Healing Plant
Medicine Plant
Potted Physician
Dietary Plant
Heaven’s Blessing
Plant of Life
Wonder Plant
First Aid Plant
Wand of Heaven
Silent Healer

Aloe Vera helps so gently the user often forgets the problem was there in the first place and that’s why it’s called The Silent Healer. I know this to be true because I have forgotten what it was like to have the discomfort of IBS and how it gently left me after all those years. I forgot I was a sufferer.

As well as using the right species of Aloe Vera Gel the condition of the plant is important too if the Gel is to work.

The plant must be at least four years old so it is mature enough to be potent. The leaves must be in good condition.

If a manufactured product is being used the inner Gel must be properly stabilized and not diluted so that its natural synergism is kept in perfect balance.

My First Experience With Aloe Vera

1996 I discovered Aloe Vera Gel. I had never heard of it before but a good friend of mine gave me a bottle of it to try. She told me it would help my Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) if I drank it. I had suffered with IBS for five years by then.

To be honest, when I took the lid off I thought she was trying to kill me as Aloe Vera Gel does have a distinct aroma all of its own.

I thanked her but had no real intention of drinking it as I could see no reason why Aloe Vera Gel would help when my doctor had tried everything available and on my last visit to him I was told to ‘learn to live with it’.

She also gave me some Aloe Vera Gel based lotion for my husbands’ tennis elbow. All he really needed was yet another steroid injection and he would be fine, I thought!

A week later I hadn’t tried the Aloe Vera Gel and so my friend assured me it would help arthritis as well. I offered it to my mother who was a sufferer of osteo-arthritis. However, she refused it too.

Why should she drink the stuff and I would not.

Then I spied the dog. I had a very arthritic sixteen year old border collie called Ceri who could not get up any more unassisted. I would have to lift up her back legs to enable to get up.

I tipped a little Aloe Vera Gel into her dog food over the next month, just to get rid of the stuff, well; it had to be better than pouring it down the drain!

I was going to simply pretend that it had not worked if my friend asked.

Within three weeks Ceri was running down the garden after my cat.

I didn’t need to help her get up any more. Her coat went shiny and her nose was cold and wet. So if you want a nice shiny coat and a cold wet nose you now know what to do!!! Drink Aloe Vera Gel.

Obviously, Aloe Vera Gel had affected my dog in such a way that I had to try it for myself.

Within a week my stomach felt comfortable, a feeling I had forgotten about. I was by now quite used to a bloated cramping feeling which is generally part of my everyday life. I was so exited I insisted the rest of my family should try Aloe Vera Gel.

My mothers painful arthritic joints were eased and her hiatus hernia felt fine to the extent she stopped using indigestion tablets.

My husbands heartburn and indigestion went away, his energy levels went up and his tennis elbow got better.

As the months went on my asthma attacks got less and less, my complexion improved. My long term dermatitis became under control, I contracted this from washing with a particular hand cleanser in the special care unit in the hospital where my twins were born prematurely and had had problems for 18 years. We all looked and felt healthier than we ever felt before.

I became fascinated by these events and started to research into this amazing plant that produces Aloe Vera Gel and find out how this could be.

The first thing I did was to go and visit my Beauty Therapist friend. I asked her to make a note of the condition of my skin and she made a note of pore sizes, which she says were grainy, and lines which were deepening. I was most disgusted as I was forty seven at the time.

I used an Aloe Vera Skin Care Regime for eight weeks . I then went back to see my friend who scrutinised me under the magnifying glass yet again and said my pore sizes had reduced and the lines were finer. I was very pleased that time and have continued to use this regime over the last twelve years. I have had very good results and most people will tell me I look ten years younger than my fifty eight years. The photograph of me and my dog Mitzie at the top of this page was taken in May 2009.

How and Where Aloe Vera Works

First of all we need to understand what Aloe Vera Gel contains:

It contains 75 known ingredients. It has a cocktail of nutrients and these include vitamins, including vitamin B12 which is usually found only in animal foods.

Also contained in the Gel is vitamins A, all of the B Group which includes Folic Acid and vitamins C and E. The majority of these vitamins are needed to be taken daily so Aloe can do the job with a daily serving.

The plants grow in areas rich in minerals so contain calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc.

Amino Acids are the building block of proteins. We need twenty and Aloe Vera has 19 of them needed by your body. Many of these we can not make for ourselves and have to be eaten in our food.

Sugars, which include long chain polysaccharides which boost our immune system.

Enzymes which break down food and help digestion.

Plant sterols which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.

Saponins which have an anti microbial effects against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts such as Candida and ‘Thrush’.

Lignin which allows Aloe to penetrate and take all these nutrients with it.

Anthraquinones which are strong pain killers and are also anti bacterial and viricidal.

Salicylic Acid which is anti inflammatory and helps to break down dead matter on the skin.

All of these elements work together enhancing each others effect and this is known as Synergism.

It is also an Adaptagen which means it can help in many ways to bring a balance to the body.

It speeds up the healing process and thereby minimizing scar tissue as there is less chance of infection incurring.

Most importantly these nutrients and substances are ready available to our bodies as they are not man made (synthetic) or manufactured. They don’t need more nutrients that would be needed to break down a synthetic product. This will be readily absorbed by the body and continue being effective.

Aloe Vera works in two areas:

1. On the skin, or epithelial tissue, inside the body and outside. Consequently, all the linings and membranes can be effected by properties of the Gel as you swallow it.

1. The second area is on a disordered immune system.

Skin Care

Let us consider the skin outside of the body which we cover it in oils, tonics, alcohols, deodorants, perfumes, creams, lotions, dyes and a host of other “cosmetic” chemicals that are lethal to many forms of organic life.

The environment is its worst enemy. We take it for granted until something goes wrong. Skin needs to be moist, soft, flexible with a slightly acid reaction. Free from blemishes and disease. It’s texture is smooth and fine grained.

A good complexion is generally revealed by a healthy colour as well as fine texture and elasticity. You probably already know this but no harm in telling you again! The skin ages more quickly through excessive exposure to sun, wind and cold.

The epidermis or outer skin has no blood supply to bring it nourishment and so relies on the dermis and hypodermis for its nutrient supply. This in turn is dependent on your diet and how well you absorb nutrients from your food.

When we were young our skin had the great ability to get rid of dead tissue. The older we got we needed more help to remove dead cells and brighten the skin.

This could be done with an abrasive topical agent. DO THIS GENTLY as the epidermis needs careful treatment or complications set in.

Most people are used to a slightly greasy feel to their skin but skin pores get clogged with creams and this promotes infection as the natural oils cannot escape.

Between the ages of 25-35 dead skin cells become more obvious and will reflect poor treatment and bad nourishment. Then your skin will thin, wrinkle, liver spots appear and veins become more visible.

By 40 most women PANICK and try to undo 20 years of neglect and most skin products claim to help. However, if you consider the properties of Aloe Vera Gel and the lignin that it contains it is possible if you use a skin care product with Aloe Vera as the main ingredient you can indeed nourish you skin.

There is a very good account of Aloe Vera in the section on “Care and feeding of the skin” in Bill Coates book The Silent Healer.
He explains this in great detail how Aloe Vera actually can penetrate into the deeper most hypodermis feeding the dermis and epidermis with its cocktail of nutrients.

How Aloe Vera Gel affects the ‘Skin’ internally

People with skin conditions and internal skin conditions can all benefit from using Aloe Vera Gel. The skin is the largest organ in the body it is known as epithelial tissue and this refers to being layers of cells lining the surface of the body. This changes from the outer skin as we know it to mucous membranes in the mouth and nasal passages. It continues to change as it lines the trachea, bronchial tubes and genitals, oesophagus, stomach, bowel and anus.
This is why the properties of Aloe Vera Gel can have an effect on many areas if taken orally. It will be able to help heartburn, as it helped my husbands, my mothers hiatus hernia, my dermatitis as well as my asthma and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I have found it invaluable in everyday life as first aid to treating various burns, bites and stings.

Disordered immune system

When Aloe Vera Gel is taken orally it will pass into the small intestine and acting like a detox and will cleanse out the absorption system and so enabling the villi (small finger like projections in the small intestine which absorb nutrients, but over the years these get clogged up with chemicals and other substances from the food we eat ) to absorb nutrients better. In my own mind I think my IBS was eased because of this detox process. As long as I drink a small amount of Aloe Vera Gel daily my IBS does not return.

Aloe Vera Gel feeds the immune system with its nutrients and anti- oxidants. It gives the body a chance to protect itself from attack and put itself right if necessary. If you include Aloe Vera Gel as part of your diet you will develop a feeling of well being and feel less stressed as I did.

Its anti- oxidants are able to fight the destructive ‘free radicals’ that bring harm to our bodies. They are produced through our own bodies metabolism and pollutants in the environment. They are thought to cause various diseases, inflammatory conditions and also speed up the aging process.

Conditions resulting from a disordered immune system such as arthritis, asthma, ME (Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome) and lupus have improved after taking Aloe Vera Gel on a regular basis.

Here are 10 reasons to drink Aloe Vera Gel Everyday

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1. Aloe Vera is a general tonic for good health it has 19 of the 20 amino acids needed by your body

2. It contains a large range of vitamins, one of which is B12, rarely found in plant foods – Also Vitamins A, the B Group, C, E, and Folic Acid. The majority of these need to be taken daily so Aloe can do the job with a daily dose.

3. The plants grow in areas rich in minerals so contain calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc all needed for correct functioning of the bodies processes.

4. Its natural anti-inflammatory and pain killing effect can help conditions in the body that are inflamed.

5. It has anti-viral activity. The long chain polysaccharide sugar has the ability of safeguarding us against many viral attacks, e.g.: the common cold to more nasty viruses.

6. It can help your skin look younger because of the increased activity of fibroblasts. (These cells in the skin produce collagen and elastin. The more you have the younger you look.)

7. It feeds the skin inside and out with all these nutrients and is able to penetrate deep down where the cells are made and keep them healthy.

8. It has an effect on the gut by being a natural “balancer” It can regulate the various bacteria and yeasts that live there.

9. It keeps the digestive tract healthy thereby assists healthy digestion and it has a wonderful beneficial action on bowel function.

10. It has an amazing way of healing the skin with minimum scar tissue.

Growing Aloe Vera Plants

The easiest way of growing an Aloe vera plant is to use one of the shoots that a large Aloe vera plant will produce. An adult plant will usually begin to send out shoots as soon as it becomes root-bound or has reached a size of a couple of inches. You can find shoots around the base of the adult Aloe vera plant. Seeds from an Aloe vera flower can also be used, but growing Aloe vera plants from a seed is more difficult.

When you want to begin growing Aloe vera plants from shoots or a seeds, it is important that the pot has good drainage. A large enough hole must be found at the bottom of the pot. The bottom of the pot should also ideally be covered with one or two inches of gravel or similar that will allow water to run off from the soil. As long as you make sure that the drainage is good, growing Aloe vera plants is possible in many different types of soil, as long as it is fast draining.

The best choice for growing Aloe vera plants is usually a potting mix containing extra coarse sand, granite grit or perlite. Soil mixed especially for cacti is also a good alternative. The Aloe vera originates from dry regions in Africa, especially the southern parts, and is therefore adapted to that type of soil. The soil that you grow your Aloe vera in should only be moderately fertile.

Growing Aloe vera plants outside is possible in many parts of the world, but remember that this plant is extremely sensitive to frost.

In some regions, a pot with an Aloe vera can be left outside during the summer, but must be moved inside during the cold season. Make sure that you place your Aloe vera at a suitable spot. They can endure strong, direct sunlight but prefer some shade and indirect light. The same is true for indoor Aloe vera.

Since the Aloe vera is a succulent, it will store water in its thick and fleshy leaves. This means that adult plants are very resilient towards drought. Smaller plants are however less robust and when you are growing aloe vera plants it is therefore advisable to avoid exposing them to draughts and water scarcity until they have grown larger.

Even a large Aloe vera will appreciate regular watering, as long as you make sure that the soil dries out before you provide the plant with more water. During the winter, the Aloe vera will require less water than during the summer.

When you have planted your Aloe vera it will require some fertilizer during the early spring. Giving your Aloe vera a lot of fertilizer is however unadvisable. Remember that it is accustomed to dry and quite barren soils. If you use a standard bloom fertilizer, it should be diluted to not more than half of the recommended strength.

As you Aloe vera grow, you will need to repot it to avoid it from toppling over. The root system of the Aloe vera plants are shallow and spread out right under the plant. The width of the new pot is therefore more important than the deep.

Are You Happy Using Steroid Creams

How many people do you know with a skin problem. I had one for a start. It started in a bad way after my twins were born .

Because they were premature they were in a special care unit and I was already covered in a nerve rash! But, because I had to wash my hands in a special antiseptic wash it made my fingers split.

That was the start of dermatitis and I was already an excema sufferer. Statistics say 1 in 3 suffer from a skin complaint.

So you are bound to know of a few. Anyway here is something that will interest you if you are still with me!

If you are after a unique moisturiser OR something that doesn’t have a chemical steroid in it the Aloe Propolis Crème is the answer.

It is a combination of Aloe Vera with its natural steroid like action and Bee Propolis, natures natural antibiotic.

Forever Living is the worlds largest producer of Bee Products as well as Aloe Vera.

Propolis is what the bees line their hives with to keep the conditions inside the hive sterile.

So, consider these benefits:
-this crème is excellent as a skin moisturiser and conditioner.

-all its ingredients are recognised for their contribution to a healthy skin.

-chamomile and comfrey are included 2 of natures best known skincare herbs.

-also allantoin and vitamin A and E also recognised for their natural skin conditioning properties.

Propolis crème can help with some skin disorders and has been used in clinical trials within the Dermatology Dept. in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

I found this very soothing on my excema and it healed my split fingers in 3 days where no steroid cream had touched it.

People I have known with psoriasis have had very pleasing results too.

Additional supplements that can help these conditions are Artic Sea, Nature Min, Absorbent C, and A Beta Care.

Its perfectly suited to moisturising any dry skin and I have a friend who uses it on her face as a moisturiser! And as an after sun, she swears she never peels!

Also great for massage.

Great for stings and minor burns (as it has to be rubbed in so not so good for large burn areas, use gelly instead). After all it is nicknamed the “burns plant”.

Which brings me to the Aloe Vera Gelly in a tube. “1st Aid in a Tube” I call it.

It is suitable for anything to do with skin, burns, cold sores, bites, stings, rashes, grazes, cuts, and put in your eyes for styes and on your piles, if you are unfortunate enough to have ‘em, its easy to spread over infected areas you’ll be pleased to know.

Put it in your mouth for sore gums, mouth ulcers,babies teething gums and for your sensitive teeth.

Whew!…….and the list goes on.

Aloe Vera just speeds up the healing process and so prevents infection and so reduces scarring.

It is so pure that this product has been allowed to be used on the skin before radiotherapy treatment . So many Aloe products have chemical additives and would interfere with the Radiation. One particular hospital in UK tested it before use and said “they had never seen one so pure “.

The lady concerned did not have any radiation burn, irritation or dry skin and she drank the Gel to improve her energy levels and quality of life.

So, there you have it, two unique products for problems that need steroid creams.

If Aloes natural steroid like action is not enough they can be used with steroid creams as complementary. BUT you must put the Aloe on 1st to protect the skin.

Aloe Vera Products Consumer Tips

For an Aloe Vera Product to work properly the Aloe Gel needs to be the principle ingredient.

In terms of the consumer products the International Aloe Science Council (IASC – A non-profit trade organization for the Aloe Vera industry world-wide) .allows the term ‘Juice’ to be used for a liquid containing only 15% Aloe Vera. For it to qualify as a ‘Gel’ it must contain at least 85% certified Aloe Vera.

The filleted inner Leaf Gel is superior to ‘Aloe Juices’ produced by using the Whole Leaf. This is because this product would need to be filtered and often heated and may remove essential parts of the Aloe and spoil its natural synergism which enhances all of its properties.

Best time to drink Aloe Vera Gel

It would be better drunk on an empty stomach to get maximum benefit. The dose taken can be split. For example first thing in the morning and again late afternoon.

How long before a benefit is felt?

This will depend on the individual; most people will have a timescale between six to twelve weeks. A few will have benefit before that. I suggest you write down all your symptoms, aches and pains or simply how you feel before you start. Tick them off as they disappear. Remember Aloe Vera is a Silent Healer.

How to store the Aloe Vera Gel

As it is a natural food once opened it should be refrigerated with the lid tightly closed. It tastes nicer chilled but if you do not like the taste initially try mixing it with pure fruit juice of honey. Shake the bottle before use as the natural pulp will have settled. Check the use by date on the label.

Aloe Vera Plant Care

With the right environment, Aloe vera plants can live for decades and grow very large. If you want to use parts of your Aloe vera plant in drinks, food or home remedies, a large plant is to prefer since it will be more tolerant to “harvesting”. A large plant will not suffer even if you remove an entire leaf from it. Keep in mind however that the wound will seal and the leaf will not grow back. It is therefore important to remove leaves in a balanced way that does not harm the beauty of the plant. Removing the leaves growing closest to the ground is one popular method of harvesting Aloe vera. Aloe vera plants will usually grow large faster outdoors, but in many parts of the world they must be kept indoors since they are very sensitive to frost.

The Aloe vera is a succulent, which means that it is adapted to a hot and dry climate and stores water inside its fleshy leaves. Giving an Aloe vera too much water is therefore more harmful than forgetting to give it water for a few weeks. If you give your Aloe vera to small amounts of water, you will notice this since the plant will begin to consume its stored water which will cause the leaves to curl and/or become thinner. Check that the soil is dry before you give your Aloe vera any water. During the winter, you should not give it more water than a cup or two each time, since less water will evaporate from the soil when the temperature is low.

During the summer, you can even soak the soil without harming the plant. If you keep your Aloe vera in a pot, there must of course be some type of good drainage such as a hole in the pot to prevent “wet feet”. If you let your Aloe vera grow in a pot without sufficient drainage, the roots can easily begin to rot away. As long as you provide your Aloe vera with good drainage, it will thrive in most types of soil.

Even though the Aloe vera is adapted to a hot and dry climate, it prefers to grow in the shade protected from direct sunlight. Many wild Aloe vera plants grow in direct sunlight, but their leaves tend to turn brown and harsh whish is undesirable when the Aloe vera is used as a decorative plant.

Frequent repotting is not required for Aloe vera plants, but since they can grow very large you might have to upgrade to larger pots once in a while to prevent the plant from tipping when it becomes top heavy.

An Aloe vera plant that grows in a pot and become root-bound can begin to send out new shoots. Before such shoots reach a length of 3-4 inches, they should be removed from the mother plant since they will otherwise hamper the growth of the large plant. If you do not remove the new shoots, the large plant will become bright green and the leaves will fall down and grow horizontally instead of straight up. The removed shoots can be planted in new pots if you want to have more Aloe vera plants. No special type of shoot soil is needed, but good drainage is of course just as important for the shoots as for large Aloe vera plants.

Give the newly planted shoot plenty of water and then wait three weeks before you water it again. By doing this, you will force the shoot to grow its own, large roots in search of water. Don’t be alarmed if the newly planted shoot looks brown or greyish for a while; it just needs a little time to form its own roots and adjust to a life without the mother plant.

If your Aloe vera grows very slowly or not at all, it can have to do with the water quality. Aloe vera is sensitive to alkaline water.

Alkaline soil should also be avoided. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you can try giving your Aloe vera a little more sunshine.

Insufficient lighting can also cause the leaves to fall down and rest horizontally. Try to give your Aloe vera plenty of light without exposing it to strong, direct sunlight. Over using fertilizers and keeping the soil too damp are two other common reasons behind a slow growth rate.

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera is a plant that belongs to the genus Aloe in the familyAsphodelaceae. The genus Aloe contains more than 400 different Aloe species and they are of flowering succulents native to Africa. Aloe Vera originates from the dry regions in Africa and is particularly abundant in Cape Province in South Africa. Today, Aloe vera can be found in many other parts of the world since it is beautiful as well as a popular folk remedy plant that is used external as well as internally to treat a wide range of different health problems.

Just like the other succulent plants, Aloe vera is highly adapted to environments where water is scarce. Succulents are a group of plants that store water in their enlarged stems, leaves or roots.

Succulents can be found in many different families due to so called convergent evolution, a process where species develop similar features due to environmental conditions and therefore appear similar without actually being closely related to each other. In a succulent, it is typically the parenchyma tissue that has been enlarged in order to store more water and the Aloe vera plant is no exception.

All plants will store some water within them, but the enlarged parenchyma tissue can store water for prolonged periods of time and make it possible for the plant to do well even during a severe draught. The enlarged parenchyma tissue also means that the Aloe vera plant has a minimum of surface area; a fact that is important since a large surface area equals a large water loss. Fleshy leaves are therefore a very good adaptation to a life in dry regions.

Due to reasons described above, the Aloe vera plant is often found in environments where other plants find it hard or impossible to survive, which means that the Aloe vera is subjected to very little competition. Grazing animals are also usually fewer in dry areas. In its native region, you will find Aloe vera plants in environments that feature hot days and cool nights. During the morning, the dewfall will provide the Aloe vera with small amounts of water.

The Aloe vera plant is stiff and can grow very large over time. The leaves are thick and fleshy and grow in a rosette. The plant has virtually no stem; the rosette is instead located directly at the ground. As mentioned above, the Aloe vera plant uses its fleshy leaves to store water and can therefore survive prolonged periods without water. The leaves are shaped like lances and have a sharp top. When the Aloe vera flowers, it produces small tubular flowers that are densely clustered together on a stem.

As far as we know, the Aloe vera contains 20 different minerals and 12 vitamins, including A, B1, B6, B12, C and E. You can also find all eight essential amino acids within this plant, combined with 11 other types of amino acids. Other compounds found in Aloe vera are resin, sterol, gelonin, polysaccharide, chromone and anthraquinone gycoside.

Many people use Aloe vera externally as a home first aid against burns, sunburns, cuts and scrapes. Many Aloe vera advocated claim that Aloe vera gel can speed up the healing process for damaged skin, but this has still not been scientifically proved. We do however know for sure that Aloe vera does affect the skin and body in various ways.

During a recent study of 21 women in a Los Angeles hospital, Aloe vera was applied to infected cesarean wounds. The study showed that the Aloe vera gel actually increased the length of the healing process. The use of Aloe vera to treat infected wounds should therefore always be approached with caution.

Aloe & Skin Care

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Inside…

Forever Aloe Vera Products help to protect and maintain the health of your skin throughout the year and especially during the summer months when your skin may be more sensitive due to the impact of the sun.

Your skin reflects your inner health and nothing can be more appropriate than the old saying, “you are what you eat”. Skin is constantly renewing itself and can be very sensitive to diet.

Cosmetics may temporarily help to cover the effects of a less than healthy lifestyle, but in the long term the excesses of a poor diet and the damage caused by free radicals will be difficult to hide.

Our skin is the largest and most visible of all the organs and relies on good nutrition particularly antioxidants for nourishment. No other organ is so exposed to damage or disease, from injury, sunlight, smoking, environmental pollution and germs.

Tell tale signs such as colour change or skin disorders may indicate internal problems, so promoting good digestion, immunity and circulation are crucial.

Effective skincare which aims to keep skin looking good cannot merely come from the outside, it is important to nourish it from the inside too.

Aloe Vera Gel – provides a rich cocktail of nutrients and is widely known as a skin healer, moisturiser and softener. It encourages rapid new cell growth inside and out and cleanses the digestive tract, enhancing the absorption of nutrients for overall health.

Absorbent-C – vitamin C is important for the skin and is needed for the formation of collagen, a major structural protein, along with elastin and which are both responsible for keeping the skin strong and supple. Vitamin C along with Vitamin E and Beta-carotene are important antioxidants which work synergistically together to protect the tissues and fluids in the body, giving greater resistance to infection, cracked skin and sunburn. Vitamin C also strengthens capillaries and improves circulation.

A-Beta-CarE – Vitamin A (from Beta-carotene), Vitamin E and Selenium work in partnership to protect the tissues from free radical damage and the effects of UV light. These powerful antioxidants have far greater strength in combination and help new tissue growth, combat ageing and promote healthy skin and circulation. Vitamin E may also help to minimise scarring and reduce inflammation.

Arctic-Sea – using essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, fish oils are a key factor in maintaining good moisture in the skin along with Vitamins A and E. Fish oils also promote healthy circulation, good immunity, reduce inflammation and maintain water balance. A deficiency may lead to dry, itchy and inflamed skin conditions.
And Out…

Aloe Fleur de Jouvence Collection – one of the most effective and restorative beauty regimes ever assembled, available as a set or separately and containing Exfoliating Cleanser, Rehydrating Toner, Firming Foundation Lotion, Recovering Night Creme, Aloe Activator and Facial Contour Mask. Each product combines stabilised Aloe Vera Gel with hydrolysed collagen, elastin, exceptional moisturisers, emulsifiers and humectants.

Aloe Moisturising Lotion – a rich moisturising lotion containing stabilised Aloe Vera Gel, also includes collagen and elastin, for general use on the hands, face and body.

Aloe Lotion – a fine textured cream which contains stabilised Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba oil and Vitamin E for use on dry skin and minor skin irritations. Also superb as an aftersun cream.

Aloe Propolis Creme – a unique blend of stabilised Aloe Vera Gel and Bee Propolis from the hive. Providing a natural antibiotic, deep moisturising cream which benefits many skin conditions and combats infections. Chamomile and Comfrey which feature extensively in the range are also included for their soothing properties.

Aloe Vera Gelly – First aid in a tube, the natural stabilised gel direct from the inner leaf of the Aloe Vera plant is used for all skin problems including prickly heat and sunburn. Relieves itching, swelling, pain, inflammation and soreness. Lubricating and soothing its germicidal action also helps combat infections.

Aloe Sunscreen – the sun accounts for a high percentage of damage to the skin. Aloe Sunscreen contains all the vital ingredients necessary for protecting the skin as well as providing the unique benefits of Aloe Vera to prevent drying, flaking and burning.

Aloe Liquid Soap – a luxurious, moisturising, non irritating liquid soap prepared from stabilised Aloe Vera Gel, a pH balanced, no tears formula giving moisturising, healing and cleansing properties.

Forever Alpha E-Factor – is a light, emollient skin replenisher providing outstanding protection from environmental factors due to its combination of powerful antioxidants, Borage oil, Bisabolol and other protective ingredients including Aloe Vera Gel. It helps to reduce scaliness and dry skin, enhances elasticity and is suitable for sensitive skins.

R3 Factor Skin Defence Cream (Retain, Restore and Renew) – a rich combination of stabilised Aloe Vera Gel, soluble collagen, Vitamins A and E and Alpha Hydroxy Acids; highly penetrating molecules that are natural exfoliants, which help in skin renewal, and which may be beneficial in certain conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation and sunscarring.

Forever Alluring Eyes – a revitalising under eye cream fortified with stabilised Aloe Vera Gel, humectants and emollients to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and under eye circles. It also improves the suppleness and elasticity and reduces puffiness of the delicate skin around the eyes.

Don’t forget… our latest additions to the skincare range Marine Mask & Epiblanc

Top Tips: Aloe Vera

• Rich in nutrients
• The same pH as the skin
• Penetrates deeply into the skin
• Cleanses the tissues
• Helps to break down dead skin tissue
• Natural moisturiser
• Suitable for all skin types
• Antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral
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• It is important to drink plenty of water to keep the cells of your skin hydrated
• Avoid unnecessary exposure to harmful environmental factors such as, harsh sunlight, smoke, etc.