Aloe Vera Benefits: Skin Protector and…Fountain of Youth?

So we know that aloe is super useful against sunburns, and that aloe vera JUICE is healthy for you! But there are even more aloe vera benefits: namely, keeping your skin and body young!

How does it do that? By triggering your body to produce more collagen and fibroblasts!

Are you wondering, "Morgan, what the heck does that mean"? Well, don't worry. I'm about to explain it all!

You've probably heard before that collagen in your skin is what keeps it tight yet elastic, and that we lose collagen as we age. But what you probably didn't know is that collagen is MADE by a type of cell called a "fibroblast." This is important because the reason that we make less and less collagen the older we get is that fibroblasts are breaking down. They can't function as well and so they lose their ability to make collagen.

I thought it was important for me to write about this because everyone seems to think they need a collagen skin cream. Unfortunately, those won't work because collagen molecules in creams are too large to penetrate your skin at all.

But the real solution is one that will help your fibroblasts make more collagen.

The solution is…aloe vera!

The natural gel in aloe vera is able to make dying fibroblast cells stronger, and also helps us produce new cells 8x faster.

Yep, that's 8x faster!! Talk about aloe vera benefits…

So as you can imagine, this helps quickly reverse aging, as the sudden intense spike in fibroblasts leads to a lot more collagen!

How does aloe do that? Well, the sugar molecules in it are able to not only draw water towards the pores of your skin, which of course makes you look younger, but these sugars are also able to help tighten together the cells on the surface layer of your skin (epidermal cells). And other than that, the stuff is 99.5% water!!

Not only is it able to hydrate and tighten skin, but also increase production of those cells that are going to skyrocket your collagen levels.

So, yeah! There are major aloe vera benefits beyond what you expected, right?

But, the problem is…despite all that…

"Evidence to support its [aloe vera's] role as a moisturizer is lacking," says the academic journal article Moisturizers: The Slippery Road.

There are definitely studies showing that aloe vera applied topically is effective in slowing down aging, and there are other studies showing that the popular plant gel must be INGESTED in order to have any effect on skin.

So that got me wondering…if we're back to simply talking about supplements to boost your collagen levels and make you healthier inside and out…why not just take a collagen supplement?

What matters most in a collagen supplement is that it says it has both Type I and Type III collagen (so that it helps your skin, but also your bones and muscles) and that it says it's "hydrolyzed."

All that means is, it's broken down into its amino acid parts, so it's easy to digest.

Of course, there are so many collagen supplements and powders out there that making a choice is difficult. It's overwhelming, and you may be tempted to settle for aloe instead…BUT you could consider taking BOTH!