In order to survive in the arid climates where it grows, the Aloe vera has developed an incredible strategy for resisting drought. Its pulp, which gives Aloe Vera leaves their fleshy aspect, consists of a specific cell structure called mucilaginous parenchyma, which has a transparent gel between its walls. The complex sugars which makes up the gel have a very strong affinity for water. They combine with the water, thus capturing it in the leaves of the plant. This important reservoir enables the plant to resist the hostile environment it lives in.
The Tamaulipas region situated to the east of Mexico, borders a Gulf with the same name. Its arid and semi-arid climate and the huge plains along the coast, create an ideal environment. This is where the Aloe vera used by the Yves Rocher laboratories, is organically grown. The handpicked harvest continues all year long and only the outer leaves are taken. The pickers are careful to leave about fifteen leaves in the center of the plant to ensure its viability and after 3 months it will have grown 4 to 5 new leaves. The crops last for roughly 7 years after which time, when their base becomes too high and threatens to fall over, they are removed. A crop rotation is created to regenerate the soil (Sorghum, Soya or vegetables).
Normal skin contains roughly 70% of water. This balance is fragile and if the water loss is more important than the gain, the skin dehydrates, is uncomfortable and the complexion appears dull.
Our Botanical Beauty researchers studied Aloe vera to understand its exceptional ability to resist drought. The answer is in the composition of its pulp. It is not only rich in water but it also hides many other secrets!
After removing the outer layer of the leaf, the gel is extracted by mechanically pressing the pulp. With its concentration in nutrients (Polysaccharides, amino acids, minerals…), it has shown its efficacy in different areas concerning moisturization:
It is soothing*, improves the barrier effect of the skin* and stimulates microcirculation* which encourages hydration. It also stimulates the renewal of cells and boosts the production of collagen and elastin*, both proteins that guarantee the firmness and elasticity of the skin!
Aloe vera is polyactive and used in many areas from moisturization to anti-acne face care for young skin.
* in vitro tests