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Low-carb diets will shorten your life? Fat chance!

Low-carb diets will shorten your life? Fat chance!

By Marika Sboros

Well, here’s a page turner for the diet books. A new study in The Lancet Public Health claims that low-carb diets could be killers.

The researchers claim that the diets increase your risk of mortality (premature death) by shortening your lifespan. In other words, the researchers argue that low-carb diets are life-threatening.

They also claim the same for high-carb diets. But don’t mistake that for any kind of anti-carb stance. On the contrary. The researchers claim that “moderate” carbohydrate consumption (50-55% of the diet) is the way to go.

They say that moderate carbs from plant foods up your chances further of avoiding a premature end. They speak of  “controversy” around low-carb diets. Therefore, they claim that low-carb diets containing animal foods are even more life-threatening than those with plant-based foods.

Overall, they seem to have a serious beef (pun intended), with low-carb diets.

It’s putting it mildly to say that leading doctors and scientists globally dispute those claims. And not just because this is yet another observational study.

Prof Richard Feinman

That is a big problem because, by definition, observational studies are only associational. Thus, they cannot prove causation. But there are other reasons that this study has left many critics hot under their scientific collars.

The kindest they’ve said so far is that we should simply disregard the study and concentrate on “more important” matters. That’s what Dr Luis Correia, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Brazil, thinks of it.

Other experts say that we cannot ignore it because it bears such a strong stamp of approval from Harvard.

Ugly moment in medical history

US biochemistry professor Richard Feinman says that in a field “not known for thoughtfulness”, The Lancet study ranks as “the most intemperate and irresponsible in recent memory”. In an email to me, Feinman calls it “a very ugly moment in the history of medicine”.

He says a big danger in this study. It will encourage doctors to withhold recommendation for low-carb diets to patients with diabetes despite evidence that these diets are “often a cure”.

Click here to read: ‘Pure’ proof fats don’t kill, dietary guidelines wrong? 

British consultant cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra is similarly scathing. On BBC World News this week, he called the study “fatally flawed” and a “miscarriage of science”.

Reviewing all the up-to-date evidence shows that low-carb are not dangerous, Malhotra said. And anyone claiming that we should all eat carbs moderately is giving “bogus dietary advice”.

Thus, the real meat of objections to the study includes cherry-picking data – ignoring growing robust evidence to the contrary. That feeds into other major objections that the study lacks scientific integrity at best. At worst, that it could constitute scientific misconduct.

More questions than answers

So, who are the researchers who would have you believe that low-carb diets really are dangerous? On what evidence do they claim that a moderate, plant-based carb intake is optimum for longevity?

Prof Scott Solomon

The study is titled: Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality, a prospective cohort and meta-analysis. Of the 10 researchers, eight are from Harvard Medical School. Corresponding author is Dr Scott Solomon, Harvard professor of medicine and director of non-invasive cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The hospital is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The other two researchers are from the University of Minnesota.

Among Solomon’s co-authors is another Harvard professor of medicine as well as nutrition and epidemiology (now emeritus) Walter Willett. Willett is as well-known for his advocacy of plant-based diets and antipathy to low-carb diets as Malhotra is for his support for animal foods and low-carb diets.

The Lancet researchers studied 15,428 adults aged between 45–64, in four US communities during a median follow-up of 25 years. Their aim: to investigate the association between carbohydrate intake and mortality.

Data came from a dietary questionnaire that participants completed at enrolment in the 1985 Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. That questionnaire has raised more questions than answers.

Meat-heavy diets a killer?

In giving background, the researchers say that low-carb diets are a “popular weight-loss strategy”. They also say that the long-term effect of carbohydrate restriction on mortality “is controversial”.

They made it clear that they were only making observations. The researchers said that both high and low percentages of carbohydrate diets were associated with increased mortality. They claimed to have observed “minimal risk” at 50–55% carbohydrate intake.

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They also claimed that low-carb dietary patterns favouring animal-derived protein and fat sources, from sources such as lamb, beef, pork, and chicken, were associated with higher mortality”. And that those favouring plant-derived protein and fat intake, from sources such as vegetables, nuts, peanut butter and whole-grain breads were associated with lower mortality.

That led to predictably fevered media headlines claiming that “meat-heavy, low-carb diets can kill”. And that cutting back on bread and pasta could shorten people’s lives by up to four years.

A UK report in The Guardian said that it could look like years of scientific study finally proving “what common sense already knew: everything in moderation”. Of course, The Lancet study proves nothing of the sort. If anything at all, it proves that common sense isn’t common.

The same report made a detour into what Aristotle would have said about moderation. The author sensibly (to my mind) added the caveat that moderation is not that simple. And even common sense recognises that if “everything in moderation” is true then moderation “also has its limits”.

Conflicts of interest

If Oscar Wilde were around, he would have heartily endorsed that sentiment. Wilde once memorably advised: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

Robust evidence for that is available. Britain’s NHS (National Health Service) GP Dr David Unwin has been using low-carb diets successfully for some years now to treat diabetic patients. He says that “telling diabetics to eat carbs moderately just leaves them moderately poisoned.”

Dr Aseem Malhotra

In media interviews, Malhotra says that anyone who tells people to eat everything in moderation is  “either ignorant or paid by the food industry”.

“Seek their conflicts and you’ll find them,”  he says.

The most effective approach for managing type 2 diabetes is cutting sugar and starch, Malhotra says. And when it comes to the evidence, a  systematic review of randomised trials reveals it: “Low-carb is best for blood glucose and cardiovascular risk factors in both short and long term.”

On Twitter, US psychiatrist and low-carb advocate Dr Georgia Ede has called The Lancet study “epidemi-illogical”. Studies of this type show a “complete disregard for mechanistic plausibility”, she says. That’s often to the point of “flying in the face of evolution, biochemistry, physiology, botany and common sense”.

She also noted that the researchers did not include or reference the questionnaire used in the ARIC study as a source of their data.

Weak science, strong personalities

It was left to that bulldog investigative reporter, US science writer Nina Teicholz, to find and make the questionnaire available. Teicholz is author of The Big Fat Surprise, Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. It’s a seminal work that many say changed the face of nutrition science and evidence forever – and for good.

Nina Teicholz

Former editor of The BMJ, Dr Richard Smith said that Teicholz did “a remarkable job in analysing the weak science, strong personalities and vested interests in political expediency” that have characterised nutrition science.

Critics say those elements are at work in The Lancet study.

Teicholz has said that The Lancet study is based on “weak epidemiological data that relies on self-reported data”. These data are notoriously unreliable and shown to be correct only 0-20% of the time.

Robot-like analysis of low-carb diets

Feinman has taken his usual forensic scientific scalpel to what he calls its “questionable style of bloodless, robot-like computer analysis and acceptance of low hazard ratios” involved.

Hazard ratio (HR) is a term researchers commonly use in medical literature when describing survival data. They don’t only use survival data to describe the number of people who survive or die over a period. Increasingly, they also use these data to describe how many people can reach “a certain point in time without experiencing a hazard or event other than death (for example, suffering a heart attack) “. Or conversely, to determine the number that do experience an event.

The HR in The Lancet study was typically below 1.5 that Feinman says makes it “uniquely absurd”. (Some scientists say that a hazard ratio of above 2 is the barest minimum required for any robust conclusions. Others set the bar far higher.)

Click here to read: Teicholz: How low-fat diets can kill you

The Lancet researchers have characterized subjects’ nutritional status on the basis of two food questionnaires separated by six years and an HR of 1.12. This further “violates standards of research integrity”, Feinman says.

He identifies another fatal flaw. The researchers have claimed that low-carb diets are dangerous without actually studying low-carb diets.

“You cannot say that low-carb diets are bad if you have not measured low-carbohydrate diets,” Feinman says. Low-carb diets are already well-established and “do not allow setting up your own straw-man”.

In addition, if you criticize diet or any theory, you are obligated to present the opposing point of view and explain what is wrong with them, he says.

Irresponsible global headlines

But the most likely “landmark” that makes this study fatally flawed is the claim “that low-carbohydrate diets are life-threatening”, Feinman says. The researchers have made it on the basis of “dreadful analysis”.

Dr Zoë Harcombe

British obesity and public health researcher Dr Zoë Harcombe says that the study has generated “irresponsible global headlines”. In an article on her website, Harcombe highlights the study flaws behind the headlines.

Epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes show no sign of abating, she says. Therefore, it is “unhelpful, to say the least,” to encourage consumption of at least half of one’s diet in the form of the one non-essential macronutrient (carbs).

One of the flaws she identifies is that the researchers have chosen groups for carb intake and consumption subjectively. “Not even the carb ranges are even,” she says.

Most groups covered a 10% range (eg 40-50%). However, the range chosen for the “optimal” group (50-55%) was just 5% wide, Harcombe says. This placed as many as 6,097 people in one group and as few as 315 in another.

Massaging data

Thus, the subjective group divisions introduced what Harcombe calls “the small comparator group issue.” She explained the dynamic in the recent whole grains review. Harcombe repeats and builds on the explanation because she says it’s crucial to understanding The Lancet paper:

She gives as an example: If 20 children go skiing – 2 of them with autism – and 2 children die in an avalanche – 1 with autism and 1 without – the death rate for the non-autistic children is 1 in 18 (5.5%).  And the death rate for the autistic children is 1 in 2 (50%).

This demonstrates “how bad (or good) you can make things look with a small comparator group”, Harcombe says.

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She also explains how the researchers managed to move from subjective grouping to the sensational life-expectancy headlines. They applied a statistical technique (called Kaplan-Meier estimates) to the ARIC data. “This is entirely a statistical exercise,” Harcombe writes. After all,  we don’t know when people will die. “We just know how many have died so far.”

This exercise resulted in the researchers’ estimates of longevity improvements:  They write that they “estimated that a 50-year-old participant with intake of less than 30% of energy from carbohydrate would have a projected life expectancy of 29·1 years. That’s compared with 33·1 years for a participant who consumed 50–55% of energy from carbohydrate.

Similarly, they estimated that a 50-year-old participant with high-carbohydrate intake (>65% of energy from carbohydrate) would have a projected life expectancy of 32.0 years. That’s compared with 33.1 years for a participant who consumed 50–55% of energy from carbohydrate.

Making mischief

 In this way, Harcombe says that the researchers used the small comparator group extremes (<30% and >65%) to “make the reference group look better”. It’s an example of “the mischief you can make when you subjectively make up groups”.

She returns to the example of the skiing children: If we were to use the data we have so far (50% of autistic children died and 5.5% of non-autistic children died) and to extrapolate this out to predict survival, life expectancy for the autistic children “would look catastrophic”.

This, Harcombe says, is exactly what has happened with the small groups – <30% carb and >65% carb – in The Lancet study.

In other words, she says that the researchers have manipulated the data. And as any good scientist will tell you, that’s just not on.

It would help, Teicholz suggests, if the media would “stop reporting on these kinds of (sensationalist) findings”. Unfortunately, that’s about as likely as most health journalists no longer drawing breath.

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   9 surprising health benefits of roasted channa 

It is a primary source of fibre .A 1 cup of roasted channa contains 44 gram of carbohydrates and 15 gram of fibre . It contains 16 gram of protein . Protein and fibre are kind of equal in dry roasted channa . The ratio of fibre and protein in dry roasted channa is 3:1 . It contains only 4 gram of fat . So , basically it's a low calorie snack .

                 Benefits of dry roasted channa 

1 Roasted channa helps for lose weight 

This is an effective natural aid for weight loss . Because roasted channa contains only 4 gram of fat and low in calories.

2 It is prevent heart problems 

Roasted channa good source of manganese , copper and phosphorus . Which are essential for preventing heart problems.

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Roasted channa is very healthy snack it contains lot of potassium, calcium and protein . It help for muscle building and roasted channa also contain various type of minerals . So, it is good for muscle building.

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Proven Benefits of Using Aloe Vera Gel on Your Face and Skin

Aloe vera is a plant with healing properties that can do wonders for your face and skin. Aloe vera gel is a popular ingredient in many skin lotions, face masks and cosmetics for its medicinal and moisturizing properties. You can also use aloe vera gel directly on your skin and face to treat sunburns, help wounds heal quicker, treat skin irritations and reduce inflammation.

The reason that aloe vera gel is so good for your face and skin is that it contains a wealth of nutrients. Gel from the leaf of the aloe vera plant contains vitamins, minerals, active enzymes, and amino acids. You can also add to aloe vera gel ingredients like tea tree oil, witch hazel, coconut oil, or essential oils to help treat a number of skin conditions naturally.

In this article, you will find out what scientific research has revealed as to the healing properties of aloe vera gel. You will also find practical ways on how to use aloe vera gel on your face and skin everyday.

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe vera is a plant from the Aloe genus with fleshy leaves that contain a clear gel with medicinal properties. Aloe vera gel has been used for centuries to treat various dermatological conditions. In fact, the Egyptians called aloe vera the “plant of immortality.”

The aloe vera leaves are usually long and pointed with a thick skin. Inside each aloe leaf are gel and a bitter yellow latex-type sap. According to scientists, there are about 75 active compounds in aloe vera, many of which are beneficial for your skin. (1)

You can get the health benefits from aloe vera gel by applying it topically to your skin or by consuming aloe vera juice.

Aloe Vera – Nutrients and Medicinal Properties

Why is applying aloe vera gel every day to your skin or face so beneficial?

A review of the medicinal properties of pure aloe vera gel has shown that it contains many vitamins with antioxidant potential. Natural aloe vera also has enzymes that help to reduce skin inflammation, as well as minerals and fatty acids that promote skin health. Other amino acids and compounds in aloe vera gel have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. (2)

Aloe vera gel is good for your skin because it contains polysaccharides (a type of sugar molecule) that help to increase collagen production. This has a beneficial effect in both helping wounds to heal and reducing scarring. Aloe gel also stimulates elastin which improves the skin’s elasticity and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines. (2)

Gel from the aloe vera plant also contains antiseptic compounds that help to prevent bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. (2)



Benefits of Aloe Vera on Your Face and Skin

There are many benefits of regularly applying aloe vera to your face or skin. Researchers have identified that you can use aloe vera gel for wound healing, moisturizing dry skin, treating psoriasis or dermatitis, and treating burns. (3)

Let’s look in more detail at scientific research showing the daily benefits of aloe vera for your skin.

Aloe Vera Can Help Wounds Heal Faster

You can apply aloe vera gel on your skin to help accelerate wound healing.

Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that help promote healing. Researchers have found that a number of compounds in aloe vera work together. One study showed that dressing a wound with aloe vera helped to heal a wound 3 days quicker than wounds where aloe gel wasn’t applied. (4)

The journal Annals of Plastic Surgery reported that aloe vera gel can help make the wound site smaller and prevent scar tissue from developing. Scientists also observed that wounds treated with aloe vera had more amounts of collagen and antioxidants. (5)

One randomized double-blind clinical trial showed that aloe vera helped wounds heal quicker after a cesarean section. Researchers found that the antiseptic, antioxidant, and antibacterial effect of aloe vera gel benefited wound healing. (15)

A review of many botanicals that are used in treating wounds found aloe vera gel to be especially effective. Researchers have reported that you can use aloe vera gel to treat bruises, skin irritations, and minor wounds. (6)

Learn more about how to care for wounds naturally to help get rid of scabs faster.

Aloe Vera Help to Heal Minor Burns and Sunburns

Aloe vera is a great natural remedy for sunburn because it soothes and heals inflamed, damaged skin.

The reasons that aloe vera gel is good for healing minor burns are due to the fact that it moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation. The journal Burns reported on a review of medical studies showing that burns treated with aloe vera gel healed almost 9 days quicker than other burns. The researchers concluded that aloe vera can be used to treat first and second-degree burns. (7)

One study compared the effectiveness of aloe vera for treating burns with silver sulfadiazine – a popular antibiotic cream used to treat burns. The researchers observed that wounds healed quicker with the aloe vera treatment. The study showed that aloe vera accelerated sunburn healing and left less scarring. (8)

The results of another study showed that aloe vera gel can be used as a natural after-sun lotion. In fact, aloe vera was just as effective as 1% hydrocortisone cream in reducing inflammation and itching in sunburned skin. (23)

Find out the best way to get rid of sunburn and prevent blisters from causing discomfort.


Aloe Vera Moisturizes Dry Skin

You can apply aloe vera gel to your skin everyday because it has a high moisture content which helps to hydrate the skin.

Scientific studies have revealed that aloe vera gel is an effective moisturizer when used on its own or together with other natural ingredients. For example, aloe vera with wheat germ oil had an increased effect in skin hydration. (9)

Another study showed that applying aloe vera gel to the hands can help to treat dry hands that are the result of irritant contact dermatitis. The research found that applying aloe vera gel daily reduces redness on hand and improves the appearance of fine wrinkles. The study concluded that aloe vera is a good topical remedy for contact dermatitis. (10)

Other studies have also confirmed that using aloe vera gel for skin care is an effective ingredient to hydrate and moisturize the skin. (11)

You can also make your own natural moisturizers to treat dry skin around your eyes.

Aloe Vera Has Skin Anti-Aging Properties and May Reduce Fine Wrinkles

Applying aloe vera gel or cream on your face daily may improve the appearance of fine lines and under eye wrinkles. Aloe vera naturally improves the skin’s elasticity and stimulates collagen production.

Researchers say that natural aloe vera is good anti-aging remedy because its gel contains antioxidants, reduces inflammation, and can protect against UV damage too. (11)

Other research has shown that pure aloe vera has an astringent effect that helps tighten pores. Aloe vera cream can also improve the elasticity of your skin which helps to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles. (2)

Learn what foods you should eat to protect against wrinkles and help delay the signs of premature aging on your face.

Aloe Vera Can Treat Eczema and Psoriasis

Aloe vera skin care properties mean that you can also use the gel to treat chronic dermatological conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Both eczema and psoriasis are characterized by patches of itchy red skin that can become inflamed and flaky.

One study into the healing properties of aloe vera found that applying aloe vera gel helped to give relief from atopic dermatitis lesions. Another study found that a cream containing 0.5% aloe vera helped reduce the size of skin plaques associated with psoriasis. (12)

Aloe vera is just one of the many home remedies to help treat eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions including skin rashes.


Aloe Vera Can Help Clear Face Pimples and Acne

Another reason for using aloe vera gel on your face and skin is that it can assist in treating acne.

One of the reasons to use aloe vera for face pimples is that its anti-inflammatory activity helps to reduce redness and inflamed pores. (13)

However, you can also use aloe vera with other ingredients to help get rid of acne. For example, tea tree oil and witch hazel together with aloe vera gel can help fight off pimples. At the end of the article, you can find out how to make an anti-acne ointment using aloe vera.

Some dermatological studies have shown that aloe vera can also boost the effectiveness of common acne treatments. For example, applying aloe vera gel on the skin along with tretinoin showed significantly better results than just tretinoin alone. (Tretinoin is a pharmaceutical cream used to treat moderate acne). (14)

You can also try some of these effective DIY face masks for acne.

Aloe Vera Can Help Get Rid of Stretch Marks and Scars

Use aloe vera gel or lotion on your skin every day to help get rid of stretch marks and reduce the appearance of scars.

Stretch marks can appear on the stomach after pregnancy or rapid weight loss. The ability of aloe vera to improve the skin’s elasticity helps to remove unsightly stretch marks.

Other studies have shown that regularly applying aloe vera gel can help prevent stretch lines after pregnancy. One study used aloe vera gel together with sweet almond oil. This natural remedy for stretch marks reduced itching as well as lessened the spread of stretch marks. (16)

If you have stretch marks on your belly, learn about other ways to lessen the appearance of these marks.

Aloe Vera May Lighten Skin and Treat Dark Spots

Aloe vera gel contains compounds that help to lighten skin and give your face a more even tone.

Dark spots or liver spots can appear on the skin because of sun damage or aging. Liver spots commonly appear on the face and the back of your hands. Regularly applying aloe vera gel to your face or skin can help to treat these dark blemishes.

Research into the extracts of aloe vera has found that it contains a chemical called aloin. This reacts with the skin to lighten it and could be useful in treating hyper-pigmentation issues. (17)

Other studies have shown that aloe vera extracts can inhibit the production of melanin – pigments in the skin that give skin its tan or brown color. (18)

There are other natural ways to even the tone of your skin and reduce sunspots.

How to Use Aloe Vera on Your Face and Skin

There are many ways that you can use aloe vera gel, lotion, or cream on your skin and face. You can use aloe vera gel straight from the leaf by breaking off a leaf and squeezing out a small amount.


However, you may find it easier to buy aloe vera gel from your local health store or online. When looking for the best aloe vera gel, it is important to look for it in its purest form. Aloe vera can spoil quickly and so some preservatives are usually added to keep it fresh.

Try to purchase good quality organic aloe vera gel that contains as much as 99% bio-active aloe vera.

How to use aloe vera with essential oils to beat wrinkles

You can use aloe vera gel to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by adding some essential oils.

Many essential oils like lemon essential oil, clary sage, frankincense, and lavender have antioxidant properties. This means that they help to destroy free radicals from your skin which are associated with signs of premature aging.

For example, studies have shown that lemon essential oil can protect the skin from oxidative damage. (19) This can help prevent fine lines getting deeper and developing into wrinkles. You can find many other essential oils to combat wrinkles in my previous article.

How to make anti-wrinkle aloe vera gel:

  1. Take 30 ml (1 oz.) of aloe vera gel and add 4 drops of lemon oil, 4 drops of sandalwood oil, and 4 drops of lavender oil.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Cleanse your face with your usual facial cleanser.
  4. Apply the aloe vera anti-wrinkle remedy daily to your face and back of your hands to help improve the appearance of your skin.
  5. Leave the aloe vera gel on without washing off.

How to use aloe vera with witch hazel and tea tree oil to treat acne

You can create your own aloe vera gel treatment to help get rid of pimples and other signs of acne.

This home remedy uses aloe vera for its anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel for its astringent effect, and tea tree oil to kill off acne-causing bacteria.

The Journal of Inflammation reported that witch hazel helps to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores caused by acne. (20) Research into tea tree oil has found that it is a beneficial natural ingredient to improve mild to moderate acne. (21)

How to make your own aloe vera lotion for acne:

  1. Mix 6 tablespoons of witch hazel and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera together.
  2. Add 5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of lavender oil and mix well.
  3. Use a cotton ball to apply the aloe vera lotion to your acne prone skin to cleanse it and remove impurities.
  4. Use the aloe vera remedy morning and night for best results.

Tea tree and lavender oils are some of the best essential oils for acne.

Make your own aloe vera and coconut oil moisturizer

You can make a rich aloe vera moisturizing cream by adding coconut oil. The benefit of this aloe vera cream is that coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and can help to treat dermatitis.

One study into the properties of coconut oil found that it has antibacterial properties and it also moisturizes dry skin. Researchers found that applying coconut oil to skin affected by atopic dermatitis is a useful natural treatment. (22)

How to make a homemade aloe vera cream for deep moisturizing:

  1. Put 1/2 cup of solid organic virgin coconut oil and 1/3 cup aloe vera gel in a bowl and whisk with an electric whisk. (Should take between 5 and 10 minutes). Don’t melt the coconut oil as it will only whip up if it’s solid.
  2. Add a few drops of tea tree oil while whisking.
  3. Put the aloe vera coconut oil cream into a glass container and store in the refrigerator if your house is warm enough to cause the oil to melt. (You want to keep its whipped consistency).
  4. Apply 2 times a day to patches of dry skin to help hydrate your skin and prevent your skin from cracking.

How to use aloe vera to heal skin and accelerate healing of wounds

The active healing compounds in aloe vera mean that aloe vera gel is a great treatment to heal wounds or soothe skin abrasions.

Aloe vera is so effective in helping repair damaged skin that you just have to apply pure aloe vera gel to the affected area. Apply aloe vera gel or lotion 3 or 4 times a day to help your wounds heal faster.

How to use aloe vera after sun lotion for sunburn

The anti-inflammatory soothing properties of aloe vera mean that aloe vera lotion is an excellent choice for after sun skin care.

This natural sunburn aloe vera lotion uses honey for its skin-healing properties. Many studies have confirmed the fact that honey is a natural treatment for skin burns. Honey contains antioxidants that also help to reduce inflammation. Honey can also prevent secondary skin infections due to its antibacterial properties. (24)

How to make a cooling aloe vera sunburn remedy:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 tablespoon plain yogurt.
  2. Optional: Add a few drops of peppermint oil to the mixture to help cool your skin.
  3. Apply to the sunburned skin and leave for 20 minutes to help reduce inflammation and heal your damaged skin.
  4. Rinse off with cool water and gently pat dry.



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