Sk:n Aloe Vera Gel
My mom has an aloe vera plant, and most of the time I just want to put it out of its misery, as despite being a hippy and an environmental activist, she's not exactly green-fingered. She bought it once to soothe mosquito bites in the humid summers of Japan and to be completely honest, for me, it did sod all. You can imagine my associations with aloe vera weren't exactly positive.
However, my opinions have changed dramatically since I've tried sk:n's "aloe vera in a tube" (as opposed to "dying brown shambles in a terracotta pot"). I don't particularly have sensitive skin, but I have a massive issue with breakouts under the skin that are incredibly uncomfortable, sometimes itchy and even painful. Being a horrible person that I am, I sometimes cannot help but start touching it, scratching it and god forbid, squeezing it. Spot treatments are great, but they don't exactly help with 'coping' - they deal with the 'healing'.
This is where this sk:n Aloe Vera Gel becomes a godsend. It's basically a clear gel that you can apply whenever and wherever your skin needs calming. And I don't know how it does it, but I can only describe it as like feeding ice cream to a crying 5 year old - everything goes silent.
As soon as I rub it in (and I do this in a long, massage-y kind of way so it completely absorbs and doesn't leave any residue - and it's superb because with enough care it can completely sink into your skin), all of a sudden, my itching has stopped, my redness has gone down, I don't feel any pain and literally - it's like time has stopped. I'm not even exaggerating (okay maybe I am).
Either way this has been an absolute saviour for the night time, because maybe it's just me but these spots seem to get really angry and naggy at night. Sometimes I even apply it under my make-up in the morning because it doesn't have any greasy residue or any effect on my make-up. I imagine my touching and itching of the spots really never helped the process of healing so I'm hoping with continued use of this stuff, my skin has more room to do their "thang" and heal the spots.
To be honest, I haven't used this in any other capacity than for my spots, but I imagine most people are more aware of the functions of aloe vera than I am, and have probably already thought of ways they could use this (sun burn? rashes? shaving burns?). I can't vouch for whether it will work for you or not, because as with anything, I can only tell you about what it did for me. But for me, I cannot rave about this enough.
It's incredibly affordable at £8 for 100mL tube, so it's definitely worth trying out (and it's available online at sk:n's website or in larger Boots stores). I whole-heartedly believe that for as long as I have spots I will continue to buy this. In fact, I'm going to buy one for my mom so she can put that bloody plant out of its misery i.e. give it to my nan. (I do love my mom really, but she did not inherit green fingers.)
What are your experiences with aloe vera?
Any favourites from sk:n? :)
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