Thursday, 2 July 2015

Ingredients 101: Aloe Vera



Natural or Synthetic: Natural

Origin: Aloe vera (aka the 'wonder plant'), is a short-stemmed shrub that produces two substances, gel and latex

Location: Aloe vera is cultivated all over the world, largely in the Caribbean and Southern USA

Beauty Benefits: Aloe vera has been used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century, thanks to its healing properties. It is also a popular skincare ingredient because it's able to treat a multitude of skin issues, ranging from dry skin to sunburn.

The natural ingredient is great at treating acne, as it contains anti-inflammatory properties, heal skin and minimises scaring and soothes skin. Now when I say it soothes skin, I mean it; aloe vera is able to reduce irritation and pain from skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness. Aloe vera is also very moisturising and is packed with antioxidants, helping to protect skin from environmental damage. If that isn't enough, this skin saviour also does a good job at reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

Warnings: Aloe vera is considered safe to use topically

Found in: zk'in Hydrating Mist 120ml (£22.95 lovelula.com). This certified organic mist hydrates the skin instantly, leaving it soft and refreshed. It contains aloe vera, lavender water and seaweed extract and it smells gorgeous! It is a summer skincare must, thanks to its ability to target UV damage!

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