The Amazing Healing Powers of Aloe Vera

 

Everyone has experienced the painful redness, blistering, and peeling that come with sunburn. Over-exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can also lead to more serious long-term skin problems, including scarring, wrinkles, chronic dryness, freckles, dark spots, and melanoma. That’s why it’s important to immediately treat sunburns with the best remedy available, which you might be surprised to learn is not an expensive commercial lotion or a prescription ointment. It’s aloe vera, and we’re about to tell you why it works and exactly how to use it.

 

How Does Aloe Vera Help Sunburn?

  • Aloe vera contains 150 vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, including zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, manganese, tannins, germanium, potassium, amino acids, and selenium.
  • The glycoproteins in aloe vera relieve pain and inflammation.
  • The polysaccharides in aloe vera help repair damaged skin cells and trigger the formation of new ones.
  • Aloe vera stops burning sensations and prevents swelling.
  • The lidocaine in aloe vera is an anesthetic, which relieves pain and inflammation.
  • The aloectin B in aloe vera strengthens the immune system to prevent infection and accelerate the healing process.
  • Aloe vera juice forms a protective layer over burned and peeling skin, hydrating it and holding moisture in.
  • Aloe vera contains no oils or other elements that clog pores and irritates the skin.
  • Aloe vera fights bacteria that cause infection.
  • It penetrates deep into the damaged skin layers and reduces the pain and swelling associated with it.

 

How Do I Use Aloe Vera to Treat my Sunburn?

Aloe vera can be used alone and in combination with other natural ingredients that repair damaged skin and keep it healthy. Try all the methods below until you find the one that works best for you, and whenever possible, use fresh juice or gel squeezed directly from the aloe vera leaf.

 

How Do I Make Aloe Vera Ice Cubes to Soothe my Skin?

  • Extract fresh gel from aloe vera leaf.
  • Fill the compartments of an ice tray halfway with plain water.
  • Fill them to the top with aloe vera gel.
  • Freeze and apply to sunburned skin.

 

How Do I Use Aloe Vera for my Sunburned Scalp?

  • Extract fresh gel from aloe vera leaf.
  • Wash hair as normal, towel dry until damp.
  • Gently massage aloe vera gel into scalp.
  • Leave on 30-60 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and allow to air-dry
  • Repeat daily until healed.

 

Stay hydrated and we hope you feel better soon!

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So You Got A Sunburn … Now What?

 

Summer’s (almost) here!

 

Unfortunately, sunburns can happen to the best of us,  even if we are avid SPF users (and of course, we all are, right?). ????

 

For example, you slather sunscreen  on like there’s no tomorrow, but yesterday before heading out to the Mountains,  you accidentally missed covering your entire forearm. And the back of your neck. And your ears. It was about 35 degrees, there was not a cloud in the sky, and you didn’t reapply in the four hours that you were outdoors. Life happens, I know.

 

Here are 7 tips you can follow to minimize the damage that’s been done to your skin. (Hey, you live, you learn)

 

 1. Take an over-the-counter ibuprofen (Advil). It acts as a pain reliever and inhibits prostaglandins, the mediators of sunburn, and help alleviate redness and burning.

 

2. Take a cool bath and add a few tablespoons of oatmeal to the water. It will help calm the skin.

 

3. Apply cool compresses to the skin. My favorite ones use Avene Thermal Spa Water sprayed on soft cotton compresses and applied on the sunburnt areas. This water is anti-inflammatory and will help bring down the heat and burning sensations. It can also be directly sprayed on the skin as often as you want. You can never have too much Avene Thermal Spa Water.

 

4. Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water to support the healing process of the skin.

 

5. Make aloe vera gel ice cubes. You can use an over-the-counter organic aloe vera gel or use the sap straight from the plant. Put in ice cube trays and when solid, gently slide on the skin – it’ll help heal the sunburn quicker.

 

6. Use a soothing emollient cream to nourish parched skin.Sunburns draw moisture to the skin’s surface away from the rest of the body. Our favorite is LaRoche-Posay PostHelios Melt-In Gel. (keep it in the fridge for that extra cooling sensation)

 

7. Stay out of the sun.  Please. And don’t forget to apply (and reapply) sunscreen on a regular basis.

 

If the aftermath of your burn proceeds to worsen, or if you suspect infection, contact your doctor immediately. Otherwise, these tips above should do the trick!

 

Moving forward, here are our favourite sunscreen products (don’t forget to reapply every 90 minutes please!)

  1. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF50 (mineral sunscreen, universal tint)
  2. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical SPF50 (mineral sunscreen, clear)
  3. Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF50 (mineral powder sunscreen in medium or tan)
  4. DermaQuest SheerZinc SPF30 (pure transparent mineral zinc oxide for sensitive skin)

 

In healthy skin,

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We’ve Moved!

 

WE DID IT, WE DID IT, WE DID IT! We have finally moved into our new location at the Rockyview Medical Centre and we are so excited to welcome you to our brand new, larger, newly renovated, beautiful clinic, starting Wednesday June 1 at 9am!

 

Rockyview Medical Centre I
418 – 1011 Glenmore Trail SW
Calgary AB T2V 4R6
403-287-1477 (phone number stays the same)

 

As many of you know, we’ve been looking at relocating for over 6 months, but many aspects needed to align. It needed to be a better location (that part wasn’t difficult) and we also wanted to have more affordable parking (that was harder to find) for patients and staff alike. You voiced your concerns about our previous location’s parking issues, and we listened. The ongoing rate is $3/hour (which is still an improvement from the $6/hr at our previous location).

 

Please note that the parking pay station is located INSIDE the lobby of our building,

 

Also of interest, we are now open on selected Saturdays (yaaaaayyy!!!!).   Please call the clinic for the next available Saturday you would like to come in for a visit.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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