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Using Aloe As A Go-To Skin Cleanser

Woman with aloe vera Those who have seen the movie, “The Campaign,” may remember the bumbling Will Ferrell character, Cam Newton attempting to recite the Lord’s prayer: “Our Father, Art, who is up in Heaven. Aloe Vera be thy name.” Although Cam may have been a little off base, it might not be that surprising if one were to find out that aloe vera is indeed included in the holy recitation. After all, aloe vera has quite a resume. It has been mentioned in the Bible, hailed by Mahatma Gandhi for helping him survive his fast, and praised by Christopher Columbus upon his landing in the New World.

In fact, the ancient aloe vera plant has been credited with everything from clearing up acne to assisting with digestive problems to fighting cancer and, as if this wasn’t enough, it now appears that aloe vera can add a new title to its impressive list; cleanser.

Protecting the Skin
The skin is the largest organ of our body and comprises our outermost, protective layer. This means it is an easy target for pollution, free radicals, and dirt which end up taking their toll, which is why women and men spend so much money and time on products and procedures to reverse the effects. The most basic of these products are cleansers.

Many products have been designed to clean skin, but some people are not so fond of the ingredients that some of them use, and find themselves bewildered by the unpronounceable ingredients on the product label. For those of you looking for an alternative, aloe vera, or products with aloe vera, may be just the solution.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera
Ok. Let’s take a closer look at this miraculous plant. Aloe vera is packed vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that can relieve skin and digestive complications and protect the body from free radicals, bacteria and inflammation. It also contains mucopolysaccharride, which locks in the skin’s natural moisture leaving it hydrated and fresh. Here are three ways to use it on your skin.

  1. Mix a half teaspoon of milk with a tablespoon of brown sugar in a cup. Let sit until the sugar no longer has a grainy appearance. Using a spoon, peel the aloe vera gel from its leaves and add it to the mixture. Spread the concoction on your skin allowing it to seep in for five minutes before rinsing with water.
  2. Spread the plant’s gel directly on the skin without combining it with any other ingredients. The gel can be applied as an overnight mask which should be washed off in the morning.
  3. Mix two smidgens of turmeric, a teaspoon of milk and two drops of rose water. When it turns to a pasty consistency, throw in some fresh aloe vera gel and stir it until it blends in completely with the paste. Apply the mixture to your neck and face and leave it on for up to twenty minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Tip: Drain out yellow sap and wash off leaves before removing the gel from the plant.

If you tried any of these, we’d love to know how it went! Do you think we should add aloe vera to the Lord’s Prayer? Please drop us a line and let us know!

Top Summer Skin Care Ingredients

Woman enjoying the summer sun

Like your wardrobe, your skin care products most likely rotate depending on the season. For some, this is not a problem at all and changes in climate do not affect the skin at all. But, for most of us, a change in season requires products that target the specific skin concerns associated with that season. Perhaps the most common problem associated with summer skin is oil production. The rise in temperature can actually melt the sebum that is in your pores, making your skin look like an oil slick. The other major concern associated with summer skin is the level of sun protection. You should definitely be using sun protection year-round, but it is a must have for the summer months. Vine Vera has rounded up the most important ingredients to look for to keep your skin looking its best during the hotter months.

Woman applying sunscreen.

SPF
Okay, we already said it but it bears repeating, you should be using an SPF all year long not only in the spring/summer. But, with the sun being out for longer periods of time, it is especially important that you use a product that contains SPF. Depending on the type of sunscreen you prefer (chemical versus physical) the SPF ingredient you should look for will change. The most common, and beneficial, SPF ingredients to look for in summer skin care products are titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone and oxybenzone. Often, products contain a mixture of many SPF ingredients in order to provide broad-spectrum coverage. For summer, try looking for a mattifying sunscreen to help control your oil production. A great way to make sure you don’t forget your SPF is to buy a moisturizer with SPF of 25 of higher built in.

Salicylic acid molecule.

Beta Hydroxy Acid
Using a BHA (salicylic acid) can help minimize the amount of oil clogging your pores. A BHA exfoliant penetrates the pore and removes built-up skin cells that also clog your pores. This helps cut down on breakouts experienced during the summer. If properly formulated, BHA exfoliants can also drastically reduce, or eliminate, blackheads while also fading discoloration from sun damage or post-acne marks. This is a product that is great year-round for those with oily skin, but benefits those with normal to dry skin in the summer as well. Aim to use your BHA exfoliant two to three times weekly. There is one caveat that comes with using a BHA: though removing skin cells helps reduce breakouts, it also does remove a bit of added sun protection as it reveals new skin. This means that it is even more critical to be using a product with SPF.

Aloe vera plant on a wooden table.

Aloe
Even if you are diligent with your sunscreen use, applying with plenty of time to sink in and reapplying every two hours, a burn is a possibility. Aloe is an excellent ingredient for soothing sun- burned skin. That isn’t it’s only purpose though. Aloe is a natural anti-inflammatory and may help wounds heal more quickly. You can go straight to the source for your aloe needs, or, you can look for moisturizers with aloe or grab some aloe vera gel for sunburn relief.

Though your skin care needs are likely going to change from season to season, you don’t have to overhaul your entire bathroom counter. A few products with beneficial ingredients is all you need to help your skin deal with a change in climate. And we’ll say it again, even though it’s listed on here as a top summer ingredient, you should use an SPF every day of the year.

Vacation Beauty Recovery

Vacation is one of the absolute best things about summer. You get a few days to get away from your busy life and to indulge in activities, foods and experiences that bring you pleasure. However, all of this hedonism can wreak havoc on your skin. Add the potential for a completely different climate and you may experience some seriously stressed skin when you return from your vacation. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this list of ingredients to look for to aid in your vacation beauty recovery.

Woman drinking water

Water
Yes, it’s not technically an ingredient in the way we are suggesting, but it is important that you hydrate yourself from the inside out. Drinking water flushes toxins out of your systems helping to clear your skin. Many beauty experts swear by drinking a warm cup of lemon water every morning to maintain beautiful, blemish-free skin. Simply boil a bit of water and wait until it cools to a comfortable temperature. Then squeeze half of a lemon into the water and enjoy.

Aloe vera moisturizer

Aloe
Aloe is especially beneficial if you find that you’ve returned from vacation with a bit too much sun. Aloe have natural soothing properties and decreases irritation, inflammation and redness. You can look for an aloe vera lotion, gel or simply tear a leaf off of a fresh plant and cut it open to use pure aloe vera.

Rose oil in a bottle

Rose
Rose essential oil is another ingredient that helps soothe stressed out skin. You can use rose essential oil on your skin using a carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba, or you can look for rose in other formulations. Rose water is a popular way to calm down skin and is available in convenient spray forms that you can mist over your skin as many times a day as you need to.

Closeup of the witch hazel flower

Witch Hazel
You may already have this in your beauty routine as witch hazel is a popular natural toner. Witch hazel provides antiseptic properties which will clear up any acne caused by bacteria you may have encountered on your trip. Additionally, witch hazel decreases inflammation and calms redness.

Hyalorunic acid written on a tablet.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient for post-vacation skin. Travel, particularly by plane, can dry skin out and hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient to help re-hydrate your skin. Hyaluronic acid adds moisture to the skin, but more importantly, it significantly increases the skin’s natural ability to retain water making sure your skin stays moisturized.

Vacation is without a doubt one of the greatest parts of summer and is something you probably look forward to all year. And when you return from vacation, there’s enough stress to deal with without your skin being one of them. Keep as much of your regular skin care and beauty routine going while you are on vacation to help reduce stress to your skin. While you can’t prevent all of the skin problems that may come with getting away for bit, you can definitely remedy them when they occur. And don’t forget the sunscreen to protect against burns and other skin problems such as signs of premature aging.