You know how we are all smart grown-up girls who never a) pick at the zits on our face, b) go to the beach without an high SPF protection c) never cut ourselves when shaving ?
Well, we all fail at being smart and grown-up sometimes, at least I know I do, and when that happens there's a product that is natural, cheap and can make miracles: Aloe Vera.
I never investigated it but since Aloe Vera Gel was appearing somewhere and I had vaguely heard it could greatly help with little skin wounds, I got this one at my local drugstore. The 200ml tube was about 3.50€ if I remember correctly - it was cheap anyway.
Aloe Vera comes from a plant and has healing properties on burns, scratches and little skin wounds. You can apply as much as you want and as often as you want.
I have been using this one on my face to help with *cough*spots I had picked at*cough* and I must say it does work: it soothes the area quickly, helps it drying and healing, and I have found that it makes the whole healing process shorter.I have also been using it post-waxing or shaving to soothe the skin, and it works wel. The gel smells good and isn't sticky, and it dries within less than a minute.
I also read Aloe helps with exzema so I'll be trying it as soon as that nightmare that is my Winter skin returns.
Now as I said, I hadn't researched it before buying and it turns out the product I got isn't the best quality. Although it contains 98% Aloe Vera, the remaining 2% aren't very natural and further research has taught me that you should be looking for an Aloe Gel that:
- has the biggest possible percentage of Aloe in it, with a minimum of 98%
- doesn't mention water (Aqua) in the ingredients
- is organic, if possible
- hasn't been pasteurized
- contains less than 0.1mg Aloin
- doesn't contain citric acid, E202 or E211 since these can cause allergie and damage the gel quality
- doesn't contain carbomer, carbopol or parabens but is made of natural jelly like Xantham
Anyway, considering the price and the benefits, I think this is definitely worth keeping as a staple in the skincare drawer.