How To Incorporate Aloe Vera Into Your Skincare Routine
For when your skin needs to calm the eff down.
To the ancient Egyptians, aloe vera was lauded as the ‘plant of immortality’ and was believed to hold the secrets to beauty, health and eternity. While that might have been over 2,000 years ago, this resilient plant is still making headway today. If we’re honest, it’s probably found its way into many skincare routines thanks to a last minute rush to your local pharmacy after a long day out in the sun.
And yes, while aloe vera is widely and traditionally used to reduce inflammation and soothe and hydrate sunburnt skin, it’s not the only way this much revered ingredient can be adopted into our modern day skincare regimens. Aloe’s soothing and nourishing properties makes it a savvy addition to under eye products, masks, mists and cleansers.
So, if you don’t happen to have an aloe vera succulent potted nearby, don’t fret because we have you covered. Here, we share 10 of the best aloe vera infused products to incorporate into your skincare routines all year round.
Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask
We couldn’t help but notice that winter is coming. So, for the chilly months ahead look to Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask for inflamed or irritated skin. Not only is it infused with aloe, the formula relies on calendula to soothe and hydrate dry and irritated skin.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber And Green Tea
Aloe vera in mist form makes for the perfect humectant and base layer for all your hard working skincare that follows. The Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, cucumber and green tea feels invigorating on dull skin. Use it before your moisturiser or serum and re-apply throughout the day for hydrated, dewy skin.
SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub
For instantly softer and smoother skin opt for SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub. The formula itself is super gentle and uses silica to target congestion by drawing out impurities, and refines texture without causing microtears. Best of all, you won’t be left with rubbery dry skin as aloe and glycerin replenish hydration.
Esmi Skin Anti-Inflammation Mint Gel Booster Mask
Nothing screams aloe vera like a green jelly textured gel! The Booster Mask not only benefits from aloe vera but it also draws on mint and broccoli sprout extracts which are rich in natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Created for irritated, acne prone skin and inflamed skin the ingredients combine to shut down inflammation and breakouts. Not to mention it’s a great addition for laser treatment aftercare (think repairing trauma).
Cetaphil Soothing Gel Cream With Aloe
Cetaphil’s Soothing Gel Cream With Aloe is a hard hitter whether or not you’ve been in the sun. If you find you’re on the drier side, here, aloe eases sensitive skin’s irritability while also supplying long-lasting moisture. While allantoin stimulates healing and protects the skin from external aggressors (think: wind, cold and sun). Let this moisturiser calm your skin barrier, prevent inflammation and improve your natural moisture barrier function.
Patchology Moodmask Press Reset Soothing Sheet Mask
Alongside aloe vera, Patchology’s Moodmask Press Reset Soothing Sheet Mask contains seaweed extract, shisandra berry and hyaluronic acid that not only hydrates but leaves behind a layer of antioxidant protection against free radicals. If you find your skin is in need of a thirst quencher, pop this on for 10 minutes for plump, smooth skin and remember—like any other sheet mask—to make sure you pat the excess product onto your decolletage after removing. We want all the nourishing benefits of course!
Alpha H Balancing Cleanser With Aloe Vera
If a non-foaming cleansing lotion is your thing, look to Alpha H’s Balancing Cleanser With Aloe Vera. The milky, gentle texture is able to remove all traces of makeup without stripping the skin and also highlights vitamin E which assists in repairing UV damage and all over skin tone.
Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel
Made from fermented aloe pulp, the Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel is a great fighter if you’re looking for a pure aloe gel for multi-use purposes. Not only does it soothe crispy sunburn, the gel can also be used as a 1o minute spot treatment or as a refreshing face mask. You’ll also find that the formula is not too sticky or fragrant.
Sephora Collection Vitamin Eye Masks
Sephora Collection’s Vitamin Eye Patches are an instantly hydrating addition to any sheet mask stash. Packed with aloe and vitamin E this duo reduces puffiness and replenishes parched skin. The eye masks essentially feel like a shot of hydration for the fragile under-eye skin. They’re also fragrance-free making them perfect for those who have sensitive skin and watery eyes. Expert tip: pop them in the fridge for extra cooling.
Standard Procedure Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel
We’d be the first to admit that sunburn still happens, and occasionally it catches us off guard. The Standard Procedure Aloe Vera Moisturising Gel is a great way to soothe inflammation and redness, and prevent transepidermal water loss. Not to mention it will keep you feeling cool through all the heat.