With so many natural skincare ingredients on the market today, it’s not easy to figure out which ones make good on their promises and which don’t live up to the hype. And without a doubt, one of the biggest natural skincare ingredients out there right now is aloe vera. Rich in more than 75 nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, potassium and magnesium, it’s easy to see while some may be calling aloe skincare’s miracle ingredient. From face masks to moisturizers, you might say we too are believers in the soothing powers of this century’s old natural ingredient.
Soothes and Calms
Based on its natural ingredients, Aloe is best used for soothing itchy, inflamed or red skin. For those suffering specifically with chronic skin conditions such as rosacea or eczema, products that include aloe can help manage the symptoms and prevent flare ups. It’s also known for is moisturizing benefits, even when it comes to oily and sensitive skin thanks to anti-inflammatory properties, and can work wonders managing dry, flaking skin during the winter months.
Clears Things Up
Combine the healing properties of aloe vera with the anti-bacterial benefits of the plant and you have a natural acne fighter. It’s soothing, healing properties not only go a long way in reducing breakouts and redness in the skin, but some studies show aloe can also help heal acne scars. In addition, research shows aloe may boost the effectiveness of acne treatment medications, because when applied topically it can play a part in reducing the bacteria that causes acne. Give your acne-prone skin a healing head start with a detox clay mask that contains aloe. It will help purge the pores, soothe and promote healing.
Fights Fine Lines + Wrinkles
No matter what your skin type, we all are looking for that fountain of youth ingredient. So, can aloe vera make you look younger? The truth is, aloe has been shown to increase collagen and hyaluronic acid production in the skin which helps it generate new cells and retain moisture. This could lead to wrinkles looking less noticeable, and the skin looking smoother, supple and youthful.
When it comes to anti-aging skincare, a chemical peel should be part of your regular skincare routine, and one that includes aloe will not only help remove age spots, acne scars and some wrinkles over time, but soothe and bring the skin back to life. Choose a peel that perfectly balances glycolic acid gel with alpha hydroxy acid to refine skin’s surface and promote cell turnover while using aloe to provide soothing moisture and protection from further damage.