Aloe vera gel has been used for centuries to moisturize, heal and protect the skin. Extracted from the aloe plant, it contains 18 amino acids that work together to heal and soothe dry, irritated skin. Aloe is often used under the eyes as a treatment for dryness and wrinkles, and it contains essential vitamins and minerals that help to fight off free radicals that may cause wrinkling.
Aloe vera is said to provide critical moisture to the skin under the eyes. The delicate skin under the eyes can become dry and irritated from cleansing the skin, sunbathing, dehydration and medications. Aloe vera gel may help return moisture back into skin because of its humectant capabilities, and the gel is said to help keep the skin supple and smooth, while providing anti-inflammatory effects that help decrease those puffy under-eye bags.
Aloe vera gel is known to work as a healing agent for dryness, burns, scrapes, blisters, frostbite, insect bites, skin dermatitis and acne. It contains anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties that help heal the skin, fight infection and soothe the infected area. According to an article from TheFreeLibrary.com, aloe vera gel's strong antibacterial and antifungal properties protect against a broad range of harmful microbes. Sunburned skin, including the skin under the eyes, is the most common ailment that aloe vera gel is used for. Aloe may help soothe sunburned skin, while preventing peeling and dryness.
Aloe vera gel can be used under the eyes to prevent crow's feet and dryness. The gel contains vitamins and antioxidants that fight the free radicals and help prevent skin aging. According to Dr. Reuben Titus, aloe vera contains vitamins B1, B3, B6, C, niacinamide, choline and 18 amino acids. These vitamins and amino acids can help moisturize, brighten and tone the skin. The effect may result in firmer, hydrated skin, and a reduction in the appearance of crow's feet.
Christina Dambra is a licensed esthetician with several years of experience in dermatology and cosmetology and holds advanced certification in microdermabrasion, lasers and chemical peels. She specializes in holistic health counseling, with expertise in organic skin care and whole food supplementation. Dambra holds a degree in business administration and is a writer for eHow and LIVESTRONG.