Ingredient Spotlight:The Amazing Aloe Vera Gel

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Benefits of Aloe Vera GelWith summer in full swing, my skin care cabinet would not be complete without my bottle of Mountain Rose Herb’s Aloe Vera Gel.  I use this big bottle for everything from sunburns to treating IBS discomfort!   Did you know that aloe is fabulous for acne and anti aging?

Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. This is just one of the reasons why I spread it on thick, after a strong exfoliation! Aloe allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.   It is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal!  You can see why it’s excellent for acne.

Aloe contains antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin C and E.   These are amazing qualities that make aloe excellent for moisturizing and anti aging!  While I don’t find aloe to be moisturizing enough on it’s own (for drier skin types), it can be added to a carrier oil or a moisturizer for added benefits!

Aloe Vera Gel

Uses for Aloe Vera Gel:

  • Excellent, soothing aftershave
  • Add essential oils to make a skin serum
  • Add to moisturizer for a healing boost (I find it heals dry legs while the moisturizer delivers moisture!)
  • Treats cuts and burns
  • Soothes bug bites to relieve pain and itchiness
  • Excellent leave in conditioner.  It even detangles!
  • Ingest to help lower cholesterol
  • Ingest to promote proper digestion (a great tool when battling IBS)

Aloe is truly a super plant! 

The thing about aloe is that most brands, while they claim to 100% pure aloe, they couldn’t be more far from it!  One popular brand in particular claims to be pure aloe vera, but when you look at the ingredients you’ll find triethanolamine, tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), carbomer 940, tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea added to the aloe.   Uhhhhhh, really?  It can be really hard to find pure aloe, unless you are growing your own aloe plant and extracting the gel yourself!

I always use Mountain Rose Herb’s Aloe Vera Gel.  It’s pesticide free, and comes from the inner fillet of the leaf which is where it is most potent.  Their aloe comes from certified organically grown aloe vera plants.  In fact, it’s so pure, you can drink it!

The MRH gel contains 99.7% pure organic Aloe Vera, and natural preservatives and stabilizers consisting of Potassium Sorbate, and Citric Acid at a percentage not to exceed 0.3%.

Another reason I love MRH’s aloe because it’s not sticky.  It goes on smooth, sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave a tight, uncomfortable layer of product.  I always avoided aloe due to how uncomfortable it was when applied to sunburns, rashes or dry skin.

DIY Recipes that contain Aloe:

Sunburn Relief Spray

Firming Eye Serum

Skin Clearing Serum

Lavender Silky Body Wash

French Green Clay Detox Mask

All Natural Hair Detangler

Diaper Rash Spray

Did I mention how affordable MRH’s Aloe is?  An 8 ounce pump is only $4.25, and 16 ounces is only a dollar more!!  Click on the ad below to check it out!

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

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