So, it appears you guys like to take the natural route every once in a while. Faux Product Review 7: Apple Cider Vinegar is one of my best performing blog posts with Faux Product Review 5: Heritage Store’s Rosewater as runner up. As a result, I present to you a secret ingredient that has been used for thousands and thousands of years: Aloe Vera.
Note: I don’t know how long Aloe Vera has been around, I was just trying to draw you in.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plan species with uses that range from agricultural and medical to skincare. Some people even use it for decoration but those people are weird. Everyone knows their primary function is for skincare.
Any way, Aloe Vera has a host of uses:
- Makeup remover
- Eyebrow gel
- Shaving cream
- Hand sanitizer
- Eases skin inflammation, eczema, psoriasis and bug bites
- Eliminates acne, oily skin, dark marks and pigmentation
- Prevents wrinkles
- Promotes hair growth
- Abates bad breath and reduces plaque
- Softens dry feet
- Heals burns
- Treats mouth ulcers and canker sores
- Acts as an antioxidant and antibacterial
- Alleviates constipation
- Lowers blood sugar
If you haven’t guessed by now, I use it for skincare. Whenever I burn my face from wax that’s too hot (when I’m removing my beard), I apply Aloe Vera after. Whenever my face is irritated and irrational, I apply Aloe Vera overnight. Usually, the inflammation is gone by morning. I’ve been sleeping in it for a week straight to control oil, inflammation, and pissy little pimples. Note: If you have dry skin, don’t use it excessively but I’m oily so it’s all good.
Another note: Please use organic Aloe Vera that should be available at your local natural grocery store. Some people actually buy the plant but ain’t nobody got time for that. You want to aim for 99% Aloe Vera. Also, the gel should not be green, Aloe Vera is clear. I’ve been using Lily of the Desert from Whole Foods Market and don’t remember what I paid for it but am fairly sure it wasn’t over 10 bucks.
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