The Real Deal About Aloe Vera

AGE-OLD REMEDY – Aloe vera, sometimes called “the plant of immortality,” needs no introduction. For many years, the plant has been extensively used and hyped over in skin-care products. Mostly, in the form of gels. Many of these claim that applying Aloe vera gel into the skin can treat acne, heal your wounds or reduce radiation damage.

But here’s the thing. There’s little scientific evidence that aloe vera can actually do those things. That said, Aloe Vera Gel is not totally useless for the skin. It still contains a high content of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, etc that is beneficial—and safe—for the skin. Mainly, aloe vera gel is acclaimed by many for its soothing and hydrating properties. Though not as well as a regular moisturizer, aloe vera gel can also moisturize the skin. Some evidence shows that topical use of aloe products can be helpful for certain rashes, while several studies show that it is an effective treatment for first and second degree burns. But just don’t expect aloe vera gel to perform inexplicable things, like heal your wounds.

Undoubtedly one of the most famous aloe vera gels out there, Nature Republic’s Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel provides a refreshing feel to the skin and gives it a moisturizing effect. It can also be mixed with a few drops of facial oil to make it into a moisturizer. As an added plus, it also provides greats soothing for men’s aftershave.

Innisfree’s Aloe revital soothing gel contains 93% extract of Jeju organic aloe flesh, which can help soothe the skin damaged from UV rays and heat. At the same time, it provides moisture and strengthens the skin barrier. Like most aloe vera gels, it can be used on all areas that needs to be moisturized, including the hair, face, arm and legs.

Containing 96% aloe vera juice, Sensatia Botanicals’ Aloe Vera Botanical Gel features a blend of gotu kola leaves and lavender oil. Altogether, it can calm inflammation, build collagen and improve circulation. In addition to the skin, this multipurpose gel can also maintain nails’ health and be used as a hair mask, which helps promote hair growth and eases itchy scalp.

Photography Denny Tjan
Styling Primawan Hakim
Grooming Linda Kusumadewi
Model Hugo Tenorio/Gustav Models

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