Cultivated widely in tropical regions, the use of aloe vera dates back to Ancient Eygpt. It is said that Cleopatra attributed her legendary beauty to the plant. Research carried out on the gel obtained from the heart of the aloe leaf has revealed a large amount of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. In the medical field, it is used to stimulate immune defence systems, detoxify the body and improve the digestion. Thanks to its high content of compound sugars, (polysaccharides) which encourage retention of water in the epidermis, aloe gel is very popular in cosmetics for its moisturising and soothing benefits.