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Aloe Vera - More Than a Summer Staple

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: If your moisturizer or sunscreen boasts aloe on the bottle, are you guaranteed to reap the benefits? Not exactly.
Air Date: 9/7/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, MD
Ahmed Abdullah is a board-certified plastic, cosmetic surgeon, and an internationally recognized expert on the restorative and medicinal effects of aloe vera. He is the founder/formulator of the Lexli skin care line of aloe-based products, and travels the world educating skincare professionals and consumers on the proper ways to utilize aloe in skincare applications.

Aloe vera is the cornerstone of Dr. Abdullah's "back to basics" approach to skincare. Dr. Abdullah prefers to keep it simple, presenting a four step process that covers all the bare necessities for optimal skin health, which he covers along with the benefits of aloe in his book, Simple Skincare, Beautiful Skin: A Back-to-Basics Approach.
Aloe Vera - More Than a Summer Staple
If you've hit the beach this summer, odds are you've used aloe vera to soothe a sunburn, or at least purchased an aloe vera product to keep in your beauty arsenal. If you think the only time to use aloe vera is in the summer, then there is more you need to know about aloe. Aloe's healing elements contains more than 200 active components, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, and fatty acids. Unlike water, aloe can be absorbed by the skin, healing it from within. So, if your moisturizer or sunscreen boasts aloe on the bottle, are you guaranteed to reap the benefits? Not exactly.