What exactly is aloe vera gel used for?
Aloe vera has many ingredients, so its functions are also multi-faceted. We have heard more about the main functions of moisturizing, soothing and calming, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and promoting wound healing.Can I use aloe vera directly for skin care?
The function of aloe vera is not equal to the function of aloe vera skin care products
Aloe vera paste or aloe vera capsule is to heat and evaporate the aloe vera leaf juice and boil it into a light yellow-green thick paste. This is the concentrated essence and has a therapeutic effect.
If the active ingredients in aloe vera skin care products are not added in sufficient amounts, the effect is difficult to guarantee, which is just a concept claim.
For example, fresh aloe vera leaf juice is translucent light green, and most of the aloe vera gel skin care products on the market are colorless and transparent, because the content of aloe vera leaf juice is low.
Aloe vera gel touted as the “universal gel”
Taking aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory and sterilizing properties as an example, a large number of experiments have confirmed that aloe vera can reduce inflammatory responses and inhibit some bacteria. Therefore, when you have acne, you can use aloe vera skin care products to assist in drug acne treatment; however, aloe vera is only a supporting role, and it is not realistic to rely on it to treat acne.
Another example is the after-sun repair and soothing and calming effects. If you feel red, hot, hot, itchy, painful, or swollen after sun exposure, you can use ice water to wet the compress to achieve a calming effect. The effect of aloe vera gel is almost the same.
Even the moisturizing effect of aloe vera is mentioned here. The moisturizing effect of high-content aloe vera is equivalent to glycerin, so why not directly add glycerin with lower cost and better effect? Therefore, glycerin or other polyols (such as butanediol) are often essential in aloe vera skin care products, in order to enhance the moisturizing effect.
Therefore, the fact that aloe vera has many functions does not mean that aloe vera skin care products have many functions. Aloe vera gel is touted as “universal gel”, which is actually the result of exaggerated propaganda. This “panacea” does not exist.
Can I use aloe vera directly?
Is it okay to squeeze fresh aloe vera leaves and apply it to your face?
This approach is not advisable! Because the components of aloe vera are very complex, some components will cause adverse reactions to the skin, such as itching, redness, swelling and other phenomena after use.
There is a saying on the Internet that fresh aloe vera contains aloe-emodin (also known as aloe verain), and it is this ingredient that causes adverse reactions such as contact dermatitis on the skin. At present, there is no literature to confirm this statement, but fresh aloe vera juice cannot be applied directly on the face, it should be applied in a small area behind the ear, and then gradually expand the application area if there is no adverse reaction
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