By Mary N. DiZazzo

ALOE ... 2017

Ciao bella,

I realize there have been many articles written on Aloe. But I feel that all of you youth obsessed Beauties should know the latest marvels of Aloe.

With over 500 species of Aloe, Aloe Vera is the most familiar one we know and use. Always a tried and true calming ingredient for sunburned skin as well as an aid in healing wounds. Skin Care is its main hold these days!

These days Aloe is a widely used botanically on skin acknowledging its anti-inflammatory properties, inhibiting part of the immune response that encourages inflammation. It controls blood vessel dilation in inflamed areas as well as producing pain-relieving properties. You could call it Mother Nature’s antibiotic!

In Ancient Egypt, it was known as the “plant of immortality.” They would also hang Aloe in their doorways, protecting them from evil spirits. It is said that Cleopatra and Nefertiti used Aloe in their daily beauty routines. The Mesopotamians, ancient Tibetans, and Romans used Aloe to treat a host of skin conditions. No one can identify the origins of Aloe since its cultivation is so vast.

Also proven is Aloe’s ability to help the appearance of wrinkles and sun-damaged skin! Water penetrates down only two layers of skin, while Aloe Vera juice applied on skin is able to penetrate up to seven layers of the skin. By using Aloe on a daily basis, it will help when services are rendered by a professional. The more hydrated and calm the skin is before a professional service, the better the results. Also, drinking Aloe Vera juice has many healthy benefits, including weight loss.

So hop on the Aloe Vera train and get Beautiful! Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or