Aloe Vera Soothing Gels

Aloe vera has been talked about for ages for its multiple uses and amazing benefits. Known as the plant of immortality by the ancient Egyptians, aloe vera has always been used for it’s amazing healing properties. It is composed of 96% water, organic and inorganic compounds, Vitamins A, B, C and E, and acemannan – an important complex carbohydrate that allows nutrients to nourish, and relieve cells from toxins.

Aloe vera has the ability to reach the cells on the epithelial level of the skin to deeply nourish and treat them. This is the main reason why it has been so effective in healing skin. It’s high levels of Vitamin C, E and Beta carotene enable its nourishing and anti-aging properties. Aloe vera comes in a very light, gel-like consistency that quickly sinks in to your skin and moisturizes it without your skin feel greasy or sticky, making it suitable for those with oiler skin types.  As the skin absorbs the gel, your skin immediately feels refreshed and soft to the touch.

Aloe vera gels have become a holy grail product that I simply can’t live without, especially during Dubai’s hotter months. The gel can be used in so many different ways:

  • A body moisturizer,
  • Acne treatment,
  • Face mask,
  • Eye mask,
  • Sooth & treat minor burns (including sun burns) and cuts,
  • Treats hair fall,
  • Hair mask etc.

I like to slather the gel on right after a shower, or throughout the day when my skin feels dry. However, I tend to reach out for it more during the hot summer days as a quick pick me up. It’s scent and soothing sensation work wonders and immediately leaves me feeling fresh and awake 🙂

I’ve also previously used the gel to treat minor burns that I got while cooking or ironing clothes. The gel surprisingly helped sooth the pain as well as sped up the recovery process. Another thing I noticed is that if you immediately apply the gel after you get a burn, and follow up religiously, the scar fades away within the time it takes for it to heal ( how awesome is that 😀 )

For skincare, aloe vera can be used in so many ways. You can use it on its own as a soothing and hydrating face / eye mask, or you could combine it with other ingredients found in your kitchen. I’ve tried it on its own on days where my skin feels hot and not too great, and I’ve also used it as a main ingredient in homemade acne treatment masks. Here are some ways you could use your aloe gels courtesy of NDTV

  1. Aloe Vera for Dry Skin – Take some aloe vera, a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk and a few drops of rose water. Blend this mix till you get a paste. Apply it and leave in for about 20 minutes or so.
  2. Aloe Vera Scrub – Grab half a cup of fresh aloe vera gel, a cup of sugar and two tablespoons of lemon juice. The sugar will help exfoliate and scrub off dead skin, the aloe vera will deep clean the skin and the lemon will help fade out scars and tan. Stir the three ingredients together and use it to scrub both face and body.
  3. Aloe Vera for Acne – Take some aloe vera gel, blended walnuts with a flour like consistency and honey. Aloe vera’s healing properties coupled with the anti-oxidants from honey will leave you with smooth and clear skin.
  4. Aloe vera for Sensitive Skin – Grab some aloe vera gel, cucumber juice, yoghurt and rose oil and blend them to a paste. Apply and leave for around 20 minutes, then rinse it off.

Aloe vera is also known to promote healthier hair. The presence of proteolytic enzymes in aloe vera helps to repair the scalp’s skin cells. Applying aloe vera to your hair on a regular basis results is softer, shinier, healthier hair. It can also be used to treat an itchy scalp and reduce dandruff. I like to apply the aloe vera gel on my hair right after a good hair wash. Its cooling properties soothes my scalp, and its gel like consistency gives my hair a healthy shine while maintaining its natural curls.

Where do I get my Aloe gels from?

Korean brands like The Face Shop and Nature Republic always have a great supply of aloe vera gels that come in various shapes, size and forms. The ones I’ve used so far come in a rather boring plastic container with 300 ml of aloe vera gel.

Which is the best company to get it from?

Honestly, it really doesn’t matter or make a difference. They all work equally as well in my opinion and I usually go for a brand that is more accessible aka The Face Shop. However, just in case you’d like to know the more about the two:

The Face Shop: JEJU Aloe Fresh soothing gel:

  • Contains 99% aloe extract from Jeju
  • It is formulated without paraben, benzophene, animal oil, mineral oil and artificial coloring
  • Contains alcohol
  • The gel is transparent in color and absorbs pretty well.
  • Has a light, fresh scent
  • Container comes with 300 ml
  • Cheaper than the Nature Republic, however, I can’t remember how much I got it for.

Nature Republic: Aloe vera gel:

  • Contains 92% aloe extract
  • It is formulated without paraben, animal ingredients, benzophenone, artificial coloring, diozanechlorphenesin, mineral oil, formaldehyde and sulfate.
  • Contains alcohol
  • The gel is transparent in color and absorbs just a tad quicker than The Face Shop aloe gel
  • Has a light, fresh scent
  • Container comes with 300 ml
  • Retails for AED 52 on Desertcart ( sign up using the link to get AED 25 to spend on your first purchase )

Have you used Aloe gels before? Let me know how you like to use them, and how they’ve helped you!

 

 

Comments (5)

  1. Tonia Naimoli September 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Hi there! This blog post couldn’t be written much better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I am going to send this post to him. Fairly certain he’s going to have a very good read. Many thanks for sharing! lords mobile talent guide

  2. Fariha September 14, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Ah I was wondering if I should get this for my acne! Great review!

    • Yusra September 19, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      It works great for soothing irritated areas in general, for example – I learnt from experience that it helps to heal wounds faster esp burns and cuts. Also during summer, you can use it as a body moisturizer rather than a lotion ( you will feel less sticky during the day ). Would definitely recommend as a general product but I noticed that it doesn’t make the acne disappear all together 🙁 Reduces the redness and irritation caused by acne, but doesn’t get rid of them.. Hope this helps you and so sorry for the late reply, I thought I had replied earlier :p

  3. Bianca February 4, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I did look up quite a few aloe vera gels before buying one since my skin does not react well with alcohol. One that did work wonderfully for me is Holika Holika’s 99% aloe vera gel. It comes in a very cute aloe vera bottle as well! 😊

    • Yusra February 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Yes, Totally agree with you! The Holika Holika Aloe Vera bottles are so cute 😀 How did you find the Aloe gels?

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