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Beauty dictionary: how aloe juice works in cosmetics


Aloe juice is most often added to cosmetics for dry and dehydrated skin. By its effect on the epidermis, it is often compared with hyaluronic acid. What properties does it have and what else can it be used for?

One of the most popular products of Korean cosmetic brands is a multifunctional gel. It is made from snail mucin, watermelon or tomato extract, bamboo or citrus pulp. But the most popular is aloe gel. One jar replaces body, face and hair care products. It can be added to hair masks, used instead of a moisturizer and for the prevention and treatment of sunburn. Aloe juice is used to make the gel: hundreds of brands around the world add it to their beauty products. We understand what caused its popularity.

How is aloe juice obtained?

Aloe juice is often sold in pharmacies, but we would not recommend using it for regular skin care. Alcohol is added as a preservative, and it dries out the skin and destroys the protective lipid layer. To get 100% organic juice, you need to break in your hands or cut an aloe leaf. Under the green skin is a thick and viscous transparent juice with a slight smell. In the production of aloe gel, this juice is mixed with gelling agents and preservatives, and then evaporated to make it even thicker.

Why is aloe added to cosmetics? 

The most common moisturizer in the world is hyaluronic acid, which is a polysaccharide. Thanks to polysaccharides, hyaluronic gel has a high viscosity. Just like aloe, right? Aloe juice is also rich in polysaccharides. They retain moisture in the deep layers of the epidermis, prevent its evaporation. In this, aloe juice is indeed considered the main competitor of hyaluron.

Aloe contains enzymes and antioxidants, as well as vitamins A and C. Thanks to them, it has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, helps to heal microdamages and superficial inflammation. Aloe cosmetics are ideal for home skin care after peels and other salon treatments. It quickly relieves redness and irritation. 

A close acquaintance with aloe-based cosmetics can be started with Aloe Vera Gel with Mint from St.Barth. A light cooling gel made from aloe and mint oil pleasantly cools (which is especially valuable in the heat), moisturizes, and restores the top layer of the skin. The gel can be applied to prevent sunburn.  

Beauty dictionary: how aloe juice works in cosmetics

However, aloe vera not only restores the skin after the use of acids, but also goes well with them. The gel makes the action of the drug with acids softer, suitable for sensitive skin. Herbivore PRISM AHA + BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum gently exfoliates skin and evens out skin tone. 

Beauty dictionary: how aloe juice works in cosmetics

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