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Is aloe vera a good moisturizer?

NC Fiction’s fanciful question…I recently made a discovery after throwing out garbage bags full of old/useless products that all of the products that work for me contain aloe barbadensis . I have been searching for awhile now for a good moisturizer to no avail. I started using aloe vera on my skin to wipe my face at night and my skin became clearer and brighter! I read that Aloe Vera can be moisturizing though so my question, since Im tired of looking for a moisturizer, is this… Would using aloe vera on my face be considered more like a toner or anti-inflammatory or a moisturizer? Maybe both? If it is moisturizing, is it moisturizing enough to use for the rest of my 20s?

The Right Brain’s response:

We’ve written before that aloe actually works. However, the ingredient is not magical – it has to be delivered from the proper formulation, at the correct concentration, and then left on the skin for it to have a chance to have a positive effect. So be careful when you jump to the conclusion that the products that work for you all have aloe, therefore it must be the aloe that providing the benefit. There are other variables that you need to take into consideration.

Not all aloe is equal

Some skin moisturizers that use high levels of aloe are your best bet for having an effect. For example, Jason Natural Cosmetics Aloe Vera Super Gel is a likely candidate because it’s almost pure aloe vera and it’s left on the skin. Other the other hand Methods Foaming Hand Wash with Green Tea Aloe is unlikely to deliver any aloe benefit since there’s less in the formula and, more importantly, it’s rinsed away.

You should also realize that while aloe can be good for your skin it doesn’t provide the kind of heavy duty moisturization benefits that your skin needs when it’s really dried out.

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  • kertrina faucher May 7, 2015, 6:59 am

    I use it every month for excellent hair and it always makes my hair look fresh ,lushus ,shiny and beautiful. My friends think that I put moisture in my hair. It even looks longer. My hair is combed to perfection.

  • Carlie April 11, 2017, 11:17 pm

    I have started putting essential oils in with my pure aloe Vera gel that are good for the skin. I wash my face, and apply after. Aloe is a great moisturizer and it is also really good for acne scars, while oils like tea tree are good at fighting acne.

  • Ida November 20, 2017, 8:56 am

    Benton Aloe Propolis soothing gel is really good! Ingredients list: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propolis Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Betaine, Arginine, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Allantoin, Acrylates / C1,0-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer.

    I couldn’t find out to post a question btw. The button from your instructions video didn’t show up even though I am registred and logged in – anyway I wanted to ask if you would look into The Ordinary from Deciem. Are their formulations good? I’m using their retinoid in squalane and their vitamin c in silicone. And is squalane any good?

    Best, Ida