Before I dive into skincare, let’s all just take a moment to thank mother nature for having mercy on us and finally easing up on the bone-chilling weather. It’s not crazy cold today! Hurrah! I don’t know about you, but I can tell whenever spring is near simply because I notice an immediate difference in my skin. I’m already less flaky, less irritated and haven’t been needing to apply layer upon layer of oils and creams and such in order to keep myself from looking like a shedding reptile. Do you guys notice an immediate difference when the weather changes? Let me know!
Moving along, today I want to share with you a natural remedy that really helped me to get through this winter. Aloe Vera gel! It’s not just for sunburns; it has so many wonderful healing properties that makes it the perfect fix for numerous skin issues.
1. It’s the perfect moisturizer – especially for those of you who have oily, acne-prone skin. It’s anti-inflammatory, making it great for taking away the redness that comes with pimples. In addition, aloe vera gel moisturizes without making you look greasy, so it’s great during the day when you want to apply makeup right after. It’s almost like a primer!
2. It heals Irritations – I tend to suffer from eczema in the winter, and aloe vera is one of the first things I turn to when I need relief. It helps to reduce dryness by moisturizing the skin, and it’s soothing properties help to reduce itching and discomfort. It is incredibly healing. It’s also great for psoriasis and minor blisters.
3. It fights aging – aloe vera contains tons of beneficial vitamins and minerals, including vitamin c, vitamin e, and beta-carotene, all of which help to keep your skin youthful. It penetrates deeply into the skin, promoting wound healing, lessening fine lines and wrinkles, and evening out skin tone.
4. It heals scars – Because of it’s powerful wound-healing properties, aloe vera is also incredibly effective when it comes to reducing scars. You could use it on stretch marks, or use it to heal the dark marks you may be left with from past acne. I find it to be absolutely amazing when it comes to fading post-acne hyper pigmentation.
And there you have it. Aloe vera is absolutely amazing for nearly any skin concern, so I hope you give it a try and love it as much as I do. Now, here’s the thing. I suggest only purchasing organic aloe vera from a health store (unless you can get your hands on the actual plant). You want to make sure that you’re buying aloe vera with a high concentration of aloe vera juice to ensure that it is effective. Lily of the Desert makes a great aloe vera gel, as does Aubrey Organics. You also want to avoid aloe vera gels that contain unnecessary fillers, chemicals or fragrances.
What do you guys like to use aloe vera for?