Read on to find out what makes this miracle plant a must-have ingredient for your salon.
Call it "the plant of immortality," "the lily of the desert," or "miracle plant," there's no shortage of praise out there for Aloe vera. With soothing, healing and antibacterial properties, aloe has earned a household reputation as one of the world's best-loved natural ingredients. Widely known for its ability to soothe a sunburn, Aloe vera offers heaps of additional benefits for skincare and wellbeing. Historical Uses of Aloe Vera
Let's start way back at the very beginning. Aloe vera's reputation as a miracle plant started in ancient Egypt. According to Aloe Medical Group, the first written reports of this sacred plant date as far back as 6,000 years ago. In ancient Egypt, the use of Aloe was tied to the pursuit of physical beauty and held in regard due to its anti-ageing and antibacterial properties. Both Cleopatra and Nofretete are said to have used the nectar of the Aloe vera plant in their daily skin care routines. Considering Nefertiti was declared "the most beautiful woman who ever lived," we'd say that's a pretty powerful plant!
According to a 2017 paper published in the Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Aloe made its way into the world of medicine in 4th century B.C, when it was obtained by Greek doctors on the island of Socotra. According to Dr.Indu Mehta's paper, the Aloe vera plant spread to Persia and India in 600 B.C by way of Arab traders. At this time, Aloe gained it's second common nickname "Lily of the Dessert."
The gel-form Aloe vera we know today was popularised in the 1970s by a practicing American pharmacist. According to Mehta's paper, Bill C. Coates dedicated himself to proving that Aloe could be extracted and converted into gel form without losing potency. Today, there are over 400 species of Aloe vera plants grown throughout the world, making it widely available throughout warm regions.
Remember when Hollywood became obsessed with films and tv shows about "friends with benefits"? Well, Aloe vera and waxing could have made their very own feature. If you provide professional depilatory services, you know how important it is to treat your clients' skin with care before, during and after you work your magic. Aloe vera and waxing are like two peas in a pod. Every stage of a professional wax service can benefit by using products infused with Aloe vera.
Prior to any depilatory service, your client's skin should be sanitised to remove any bacteria, sweat or oil from the soon-to-be waxed area. Completing the proper waxing prep decreases the chances of ingrown hairs and irritation from forming.
When it comes time to perform your professional wax service, it's important to choose a wax designed to accommodate sensitive skin. We suggest looking for a wax formulated with Aloe vera to prevent skin irritation before it occurs. Many of Australia's top professional wax brands include an Aloe vera formula in their catalogue.
While waxing can provide long-lasting smoothness, it does temporarily put the skin in a vulnerable state. Any time body hair is removed, some stress is caused on the surrounding skin. While it's totally normal for your clients to see some mild inflammation and irritation immediately after their service, it's important to arm them with the knowledge to heal their skin ASAP. Pure Aloe vera gel (without harsh alcohol ingredients) can be applied immediately after waxing to encourage healing and prevent bacteria from forming.