The eternal question about homemade beauty recipes - does it really work or not? Especially when it comes to aloe - the most popular (for many more since school times) indoor plant. Surely, you have seen, or maybe you yourself made masks and gels from the juice of aloe leaf. BeautyHack.ru asked the cosmetologist why the plant is so popular in the beauty industry, and what is more effective - natural formulations with it or the presence of aloe extract in the products of well-known brands.
cosmetologist at the TORI Clinic of Aesthetic Medicine
- Aloe is widely used in the composition of not only cosmetic, but also wound-healing agents, since it has emollient and moisturizing properties, helps to accelerate skin regeneration when it is damaged, for example, by UV rays. Also, the extract of this plant is often added to the composition of products with antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, aimed at anti-aging effect. In this case, aloe vera smoothes wrinkles, makes the skin smoother and more even.
Aloe is one of the rare ingredients in cosmetics that is suitable for absolutely all skin types and has practically no contraindications. In rare cases, there may be an individual intolerance to the plant in the form of an allergic reaction. It is quite simple to test it - before using any product with aloe vera, test it on your wrist: if the skin does not have a rash or redness, then you can apply the product to any other area of the skin.
Why folk recipes with aloe don't work
- You should not expect the same effect from folk recipes with aloe as from a cream, - Ksenia Zubenko continues. - Aloe juice is rich in polysaccharides - substances that can retain moisture (like hyaluronic acid), which, when applied in pure form, form a film that tightens the skin. The same happens, for example, when using gels, which are 98% composed of aloe juice (some Korean manufacturers are now producing similar ones). Therefore, in any case, after natural juice or a similar gel, you will still have to apply a moisturizer or nourishing cream to the skin. But adding aloe juice to the water for washing is possible, but after that it is also necessary to use professional care products.
BeautyHack has collected best-selling aloe-vera products, which are definitely ahead of popular recipes in properties.
Aloe Relaxing Cream, It's Skin
The cream of the Korean brand It's Skin is suitable for sensitive and problem skin. In addition to aloe vera, it contains extracts of cucumber, watermelon and avocado. The product moisturizes and soothes, evens out the tone and slows down the aging process.
Price: 1135 rub.
Balancing face cream Equlibria Balancing Cream, Naobay
Naobay cream is designed for combination to normal skin. Extracts of aloe, cinnamon, acai, calendula, vitamin C and almond oil in the composition restore the balance of the skin, moisturize, nourish, and protect from the harmful effects of the environment.
Price: 1755 rub.
Eye patches Aloe Soothing Essence, Holika Holika
Holika Holika hydrogel patches made from aloe essence, as well as Centella asiatica, lemon balm, seaweed, mandarin, bamboo stems and pearls, moisturize, soothe and cool tired skin around the eyes.
Price: 2090 rub.
Mist for the face Ultra Balancing, Ultraceuticals
Ultraceuticals Mist can be used as a toning lotion or to set makeup. Thanks to its natural composition of aloe vera, green tea, vitamin E and witch hazel, it soothes, moisturizes and cools the skin. A find for the summer!
Price: 2590 rub.
After sun gel for face and body, Ligne, St Barth
Universal gel with aloe and mint is suitable for daily care (especially after sun or shaving) for both women and men. The product has regenerating, moisturizing, anti-aging and cooling properties. The texture is instantly absorbed and can be the perfect base before using the cream.
Price: 3120 rub.
Gel for face and body Natural Aloe Vera Gel, Christina
Natural gel Christina, developed by cosmetologist Christina Miriam Hahari from Poland, is designed to restore skin damaged by the sun, wind, temperature changes, burns or insect bites. The agent is applied locally, it accelerates healing and further protects against adverse external factors.
Price: 2900 rub.