In my previous post about the MISSHA Premium Aloe Soothing Gel Review & Analysis of ALL Ingredients I mentioned I’d tell more about how I use aloe vera gels in my skincare, so this is what this post is all about!
Aloe vera gel is definitely a staple in my skincare product arsenal – you’ll see why when you read this post. The ways to use aloe vera gels are numerous thanks to the amazing skin healing and rejuvenating properties of aloe vera plant juice and extracts as well as the lightweight texture of the product. Let’s get started!
Before I begin, let me premise this post by saying that I’m not a skincare or medical professional – I’m a regular skincare product consumer and use this product in the ways that suit me and my skin the best. The effects of using this product can differ for everyone, so the main purpose of this post is to share my experience.
By all means, the best is always the juice of the aloe vera plant for all of these issues! In fact, aloe vera plant has even more uses (it can be consumed, etc).
This is how I use aloe vera gel skincare products:
Nourishing cuticles. My cuticles get dry immediately if I skip hand cream for one or two days. Taking biotin as a part of my skincare routine helps a lot with this issue, but during colder months I find aloe vera gel to be an extremely helpful product. After having shower, I generously apply aloe vera gel on my cuticles and let it sink in for a few minutes, then rub the rest all over my hands. Heals little cracks very quickly and nourishes cuticles very well.
Soothing dry scalp and moisturizing hair. I have a full dry scalp routine and my favorite products that help me keep this issue at bay and aloe vera gel is something that I used occasionally to soothe the scalp. After shampooing the hair, I’d apply the gel on my scalp and hair and leave it for 5-7min, then rinse with lukewarm water. My hair felt very soft and smooth afterwards, while my scalp felt refreshed and moisturized. This product didn’t make it to my routine, but as an emergency item I still keep it in mind.
Healing hands & feet in winter. I have 6 pairs of warm gloves and always forget to wear them outside, which results in extreme dryness. To solve the issue, I use aloe vera gel as a hand mask and apply it for around 10-15min at night – the next day hands feel soft and the cracks heal. Also helps if you’re working in an environment with dry air (I used to work in such office and couldn’t go a day without thick hand cream).
For dry feet, I apply a very generous amount of the gel and put silicone ‘socks’ on for an at least hour – it helps the gel absorb and relieves the dryness very effectively.
Calming sensitive skin. I have very sensitive skin that is also prone to allergies, so whenever I use some new product that doesn’t suit me and get irritation, aloe vera gel is my savior. I simply cleanse my skin very well and then apply the gel – it has cooling effect and soothes the skin.
Healing cuts and scrapes, but especially cat scratches. In our house, aloe vera gel has the status of first aid item. Whenever we get some minor trauma, such as small scrape or cut, we immediately disinfect the wound and then apply a generous amount of aloe gel on it. I’ve also found that it works wonders on cat scratches, but it must be applied immediately after the scratch is inflicted. As a rule, cats have all kinds of nasty stuff on their claws, so scratches don’t heal very quickly. With aloe vera gel, they heal on me within one day, while the redness is gone within an hour.
Healing light burns. I’m not talking serious burns, but ‘accidentally touched a hot oven tray for a millisecond’ kind of burns. A thick layer of aloe vera gel helps a lot here – it’s cooling and prevents the skin from swelling.
Target puffiness in the under eye area. I rarely get puffiness in under eye area, but one thing I know for sure: refrigerated aloe vera gel targets them better than any under eye patch. My current aloe vera gel already has a cooling ingredient in it, but the effect is much better if I put the gel in the fridge for half an hour before using.
I often see suggestions to freeze aloe vera gel into cubes and then swipe it on the skin, including face, to reduce redness and swelling. After a thorough research, I can’t recommend this method at all because it can aggrevate the symptoms of rosacea. Besides, even if a person doesn’t suffer from rosacea and has just sensitive skin, extreme cold from ice cubes can do more harm than good (like they did in my case, causing blood vessel dilation on my cheeks).
Quicker breakout healing. Aloe vera extract is the champion of skin regeneration. I find that applying it on a pimple helps reduce swelling and speed the healing process up a lot.
The best aftershave. I almost always get razor burn after shaving. Over the years, I’ve managed to find the most suitable razors and shaving products to minimize the razor burn, but it occurs anyway, even if a little bit. Aloe vera gel has been a life-saving product for me – I apply a thin layer of it immediately after rinsing the shaved area and the next day no razor burn at all! If I take my time and apply it even 10min later on already dry skin, the effect isn’t that great – moisture helps any skincare product absorb much better (that’s why toner is an essential part of Korean skincare routine).
By the way, aloe vera gel works very well after waxing too, but I prefer to use products that both calm the skin and prevent ingrown hair, so it’s not my no.1 choice after waxing.
After threading. I use threading to get rid of the hair on my upper lip (aka mustache) and the next day I always get tiny little pimples. By all means, I always prep the skin before threading to disinfect and remove oil from the area, but still I used to get some degree of breakout after the procedure. Applying a thick layer of aloe vera gel immediately after threading calms the skin and reduces redness and swelling, while also reducing the risk of breakouts the day after.
Healing sunburns. My skin is a tough cookie when it comes to tolerating the sun, but if I’m outside for a long time in the summer, I usually get redness. Here aloe vera is one of the best treatments – it’s cooling and has all the right ingredients to reduce the negative effects of UV light. By all means, it only happens when I don’t have access to SPF, which is always the way to go to protect the skin from UV light.
For DIY face & body masks & scrubs. Aloe vera gel is a great product to have because it can be easily mixed with other products to create any masks. Mixed with ground coffee and/or sugar, it can give you the best body scrub. It can be also added to clay masks and charcoal masks to enhance skin rejuvenating and healing processes. The lightweight texture of the gel makes it very easy to mix in any mask or scrub.
Hope you found it helpful!
Have you ever used aloe vera? As always, feel free to share your experience in the comments!
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