Thursday 22 August 2019

Ingredients 101 | Aloe Vera


Aloe vera (aka the 'wonder plant'), is a short-stemmed shrub that produces two substances, gel and latex. It is cultivated all over the world, largely in the Caribbean and Southern USA.

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 - named Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract - 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, heals skin, minimises scaring and soothes. Now when I say it soothes skin, I mean it; aloe vera is able to reduce irritation and pain from skin inflammation, blistering and itchiness. Aloe vera is also very moisturising and is packed with antioxidants, helping to protect skin from environmental damage. It is considered safe to use topically and, if that isn't enough, this skin saviour also does a good job at reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

Aloe vera is the main ingredient used in Masque Bar's Aloe Vera After Sun Bio Cellulose Mask (£4.99 ASOS). It is an ultra moisturising mask that helps to soothe and hydrate sun burnt skin - perfect for taking on holibobs! What I love about this mask is that it isn't another skincare product boasting about the inclusion of an ingredient that doesn't actually appear that heavily. Second to the expected 'aqua', Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract is the highest ranking ingredient on the list.

The translucent, green tinted mask applies relatively well for a sheet mask and, most impressive of all, stays on the skin perfectly for the 30 minutes required. The mask peels off of the skin easily with no pain or problems. Skin feels instantly soothed and nourished. It is the perfect post-sun pick-me-up!

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