The Best Benefits of an Aloe Vera Skin Routine
By Alison Clay, Licensed Cosmetologist & Esthetician
Aloe vera is a huge trend right now in the natural skincare world. With summer just around the corner and those itchy sunburns lurking too, I want to go over some basic benefits of aloe vera and which products I recommend for different skincare needs.
The benefits of aloe vera for your skin
Everyone has heard how good aloe vera gel can be for your sunburn. It cools the skin and helps reduce the inflammation, stinging, and itching associated with mild burns. But did you know that it can also:
- Form new cells
- Repair your skin
- Relieve pain
- Soothe irritation and inflammation like eczema and psoriasis
Ultimate moisturizer for your skin
Aloe vera is a great moisturizer for sensitive and oily skin types. This is because it’s actually made of mostly water, so it helps hydrate without leaving that greasy, icky residue. Plus, it locks in moisture, acting as a glue for the top layer of your skin cells. Thus, it holds in the moisture to create a more smooth and soft finish to your skin. This is true for both your face and your hands!
Did you know that aloe can help fight against acne? Aloe vera is an antibacterial product that contains salicylic acid, which helps exfoliate the skin and unclog pores. Plus, as an added bonus, its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce those dreaded oil waves.
Smoothe signs of aging
If you’re trying to slow the signs of aging, aloe vera can be your best friend. Aloe produces a lot of collagen and elastin fibers, which work together to decrease and prevent wrinkles. In addition to that, there are two key ingredients that help your skin stay soft and bright:
- Zinc – Acts as an astringent in your skin to tighten pores
- Vitamins C and E – Protects your skin against free radicals
Finding the right aloe vera for your skin
At this point, most people would wonder where to start when looking for the best aloe products out there. As a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician, I recommend looking for aloe in its purest form, or at the very least, avoiding anything that has alcohol, fragrance, dyes (aloe vera should be clear, not green!), natural oils, or essential oils.
To get you started, here are some great options:
- Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel ($20)
- S.W. Basics Aloe Vera Powder Packet ($8)
- Grow Your Own an Aloe Vera Plant with this guide from Get Busy Gardening
If you have any questions about aloe vera or other skincare products, you can schedule a complimentary consultation with us by calling 513-791-9474 (option 2). You can also read our other skincare blogs for more beauty tips.