It’s that time of year again: the Season of Goodwill. December is when we retrieve the dusty, dishevelled fake pine tree from the loft and spruce it up by draping it with baubles and tinsel.
December is when we over-indulge without guilt or shame and watch more television within the space of a fortnight than we did in the previous eleven months of the year. It’s a time for exchanging gifts and for decorating homes with lights and festive garlands.
Christmas is therefore, unsurprisingly, a favourite holiday of the year for many people, but it can play havoc with our health and our appearance.
For those in the northern hemisphere, December to March is winter. It’s cold. It’s frosty. Knitted hats, heavy duty boots, thermal vests, padded gloves, ski jackets and long woolen scarves are essential outdoor wear. In some parts of Europe, USA and Canada, the temperatures dip well below zero.
The savage arctic air outside contrasting with warm temperatures in centrally-heated homes can make skin dry and dull. To rejuvenate our skin, one natural option is to apply a skincare product containing aloe. Aloe has been used for centuries for a variety of purposes – health, beauty, medicinal, therapeutic and also as an ingredient in specialty drinks and dishes. It is highly effective as a moisturizer and has even been shown to reduce the signs of ageing by helping to improve skin elasticity and enhancing collagen production.
Aloe vera is ideal for treating skin complaints including eczema and psoriasis, and can also help alleviate irritations and inflammations such as insect bites and stings, frostbite, grazes, blisters, rashes and allergic reactions.
It is also highly effective after exposure to the sun. In the southern hemisphere, Christmas means summertime is in full swing. For tender, sun-scorched skin, topical aloe is a soothing, cooling balm, and its antioxidant properties reduce the redness, alleviate the itching and replenish the skin’s natural moisture.
So as you can see, when it comes to versatility, Aloe Vera is king.