The Aloe vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties. Aloe vera grows mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. The name Aloe vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “vera” in Latin means “true.” The ancient Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality.” Today, the Aloe vera plant has been used for various purposes in skin care.
Aloe vera contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals.
Here's a simple DIY aloe vera gel recipe that is a safe, all-natural alternative to commercially sold products that contain silicone. It can even be used as a makeup primer.