Aloe vera for your natural beauty regime

Aloe Barbadensis Extract

Can you think of a plant that is both medicine and food? One that can be used as a cosmetic or a pharmaceutical? A plant that can be cleansing for your body, inside and out? One plant that does all this is the aloe. Known as “Nature’s Gift,” “the Miracle Plant,” and the “Plant of Immortality,” the aloe plant has many uses for your health and natural beauty.

Close to 500 different species make up the aloe family. The one you may have in your garden or on your windowsill may be the same one that is a key ingredient in Paul Penders cosmetics, the aloe vera (aloe barbendensis). A succulent plant, the aloe vera holds water in its leaves. Cut or break open a leaf and you will find a non-greasy gel inside. This gel has many properties and when applied to the skin supports moisture balance.

Used medicinally for thousands of years for healing of burns and injuries, the aloe is used in cosmetics for its soothing, regenerating and moisturizing properties. For Paul Penders products, we use organic aloe vera, a fresh extract of the inner gel.

Aloe vera in Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM), the aloe is considered a “cold” plant. It is considered to have a unique ability to “clear heat” from the body. If you are hot — have a fever, cough, parasites or other intestinal issues, jaundice, sunburn, or “hot blood” — then TCM herbalists might recommend that you regain a neutral balance by taking aloe, either topically on the skin or by mouth. They use it, too, to help elimination —

Chinese cooks, too, find its cooling properties a summertime treat. They boil it up to make a soup or use the gel in a sweetened dessert.

Western science, too, is recognizing the value of this plant medicinally. Doctors and nutritionists now recommend drinking aloe vera juice for soothing digestion and as a purgative to clean your intestinal tract. Dermatologists suggest that aloe vera gel soothes and cools skin irritations.

Aloe vera in Ayurveda

In India’s Ayurvedic Medicine tradition, aloe holds a special place as it is considered to be a women’s tonic. It even has a special name, “Kumari,” meaning ‘young girl.’ It is believed to be a great toner for the liver and for the reproductive organs. The tradition also acknowledges its purgative properties that helps eliminate parasites and unhealthy bacteria from the body.

Grow aloe at home

Aloe is one of the easiest plants to grow at home. If a friend has a plant, you can simply cut off a few of the shoots along the base known as “pups,” bring them home and allow the ‘wound’ to dry out for 2 days. Then repot in loose, sandy soil and put the pot in a sunny place. As a succulent plant that acts like a cactus (but is actually related to onions and lilies), the aloe is adapted to drought conditions and stores a lot of water – so let the soil dry out before watering.

Get a sudden (minor) burn when cooking? If you keep your aloe plant in a kitchen window, you can break off a leaf fast and smear the gel on the burn. You’ll feel its soothing, cooling properties right away.

Make aloe a part of your natural beauty regime…

By Teviot Fairservis.


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Did you know that aloe vera..

 
Did you know that aloe vera is easy to plant with multiple uses? As long they are planted in a pot with well drained soil with daily watering and lots of sunshine (they love the sun so bright sunshine is best), they will thrive.
 
Aloe vera’s succulent leaves can be plucked and its sap easily rubbed on the face as a facial mask. Once dry, rinse off. It’s great for the skin especially sunburn too. (Chinese boil aloe vera as a soup and sometimes make it into dessert. It’s much loved for its cooling effect).
 
 
    

Refreshing daycare for the summer, purely natural

Are you looking for a refreshing daycare for your skin this summer? Based on only natural ingredients?
 
Why don’t you try the Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer form Paul Penders Cosmetics?
Paul Penders Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is refreshing like a light summers breath, feels airy not greasy and contains for example Aloe Vera, Calendula and Vitamin E for natural sun protection.

The moisturizer has a slightly herbal scent as if you were walking on the Lavender fields in the Provence of France, but also has a very moisturizing effect and therefore prevents dehydration.
 
Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is based on coconut water and thus feels very soft and fresh on your skin. Furthermore; it makes your face glance, lithe and resilient.

It’s made of organic cultivated herbs and keeps your skin tenable against external influences. It’s especially suitable for dry and sensitive skin.
 
Paul Penders Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is available at 30 ml tube packaging: not only for a hygienic point of view, but also very useful to carry with you in your bag.
 
Author: Maureen (From the Beauty Journal)
 

Aloe Vera for Skin and Health

Aloe Vera, also known as the medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant that is probably originated in Northern Africa, the Canary islands and Cape Verde. Aloe vera is an amazing plant with a wide ability to aid in the healing process, to protect, moisturize, and even extend life. It was used in ancient times for medicinal purposes, and its usefulness continues to grow as scientists study its properties and possible application. It is full of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.

The Aloe Vera health benefits are as following:

  • Strengthens immune system
    There are many of the vitamins in the plant such as calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc, which are not produced by our bodies, but are necessary for optimum functioning.
  • Great for the skin
    The Aloe Vera plant provides beneficial minerals that aid in creating firm skin that allow the skin to look healthy, youthful and radiant.
  • Regulate digestion
    Ingestion of the plant may also help regulate digestion. Many vitamins and nutrients are provided through consumption.
  • Anti inflammatory
    This is helpful in many ways by soothing arthritis pain, especially with mobility and joint flexibility.

Drinking Aloe Vera juice everyday helps you to stay healthy and fit, and to have healthy and glowing skin. Please click here for Aloe Vera juice recipes. Besides, making Aloe Vera facial mask by using Aloe Vera juice and Aloe Vera gel is another easy, fast and inexpensive way to keep your skin radiant. Please click here to find out how to make it.

Skin Care for Men

Paul Penders - Man Washing Face (Image by http://www.soorganic.com/blog/organic-shaving-for-men-1219.html)Gone are the days when skin care and cosmetic products were created only for women. It is essential to care for one’s skin, even for men. In fact, men need more attention compared to women as men’s skin is more prone to dehydration and oils. Besides, men’s skin is also rich in collagen and elastin that makes the skin more resistant to the damaging effects of solar radiation and other environmental factors.

Paul Penders - Man Shaving (Image by http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/9897631/Toshiko_Shaver_Trimmer_Set_Electric_Shaver.html)However, skin becomes thinner and reduces the amount of collagen, elasticity and firmness of the skin rather loosely with age. Therefore, men need specific skin care products for them. Previously, there were only limited products for the face such as shaving cream, soap and aftershave. Now, a variety of skin care products for men are available in the market.

Men’s skin care products are designed for men’s specific skin care needs.

  • Since men have fifteen percent oilier skin than women, it is necessary for them to cleanse, tone and moisturize regularly to get rid of dirt.
  • Sun protection through sensible, breathable clothing, sunglasses and use of an adequate Sun Protection Factor (SPF) providing sunscreen is vital for men and helps them look young and fresh. Sunscreen also provides a barrier to the harsh sun rays that can damage and cause wrinkles and skin cancer if exposed to the sun for too long.
  • Men with oily skin should opt for a soap-free cleanser that will not irritate the skin into further eruptions and gently clean out the surface of the skin, followed by using an alcohol-free toner that will rejuvenate and cool the skin without disturbing the ph balance.
  • Since men have considerably rougher skin due to endless shaving and razor use, exfoliation is a must.
  • A simple rule of thumb for most skin types of men includes a skin care routine that follows cleanse, shave, tone with aftershave and moisturizer. Those with heavy beards are advised to cleanse, pre-shave, shave, tone, apply after shave and then moisturize and evening routine will be to cleanse and tone.

Men are advised to use organic and natural skin care products, which are both human and environmentally friendly. Some of the major ingredients include walnut oil, beeswax, aloe vera, whole wheat protein, and red wine. Organic  and natural skin care for men is the best solution for damaged skin such as acne, scars, and wrinkles.

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