In today’s Ingredient Spotlight, we’re going to talk about a heavy-hitter in the wellness world: aloe vera.
Everyone knows to slather on aloe vera when you’ve had a long day at the beach and your skin is tight, dry, and starting to show signs of a burn. After all, there’s nothing more ahhhhhhh-inducing than gently rubbing aloe into a fresh sunburn.
But did you know that aloe vera leaf juice has a variety of properties that make it healing and nourishing (especially to dry skin), even when you haven’t hit the beach?
Aloe vera isn’t just for irritation or dryness, either. While topical aloe is a common use for this plant, plenty of people drink the juice or introduce it into their diet in other ways. In fact, aloe has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant.
Let's get into the benefits of aloe for skin, how to use it in your routine, and more.
So What is Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Exactly?
Aloe vera juice is the liquid that's extracted from the leaves of the aloe vera plant. This liquid is known for its soothing and moisturizing properties, which is why also it's a popular ingredient in many skincare products. But why is it so great for dry skin? Let's dive in!
Benefits of Aloe Vera for Dry Skin
First of all, aloe vera leaf juice is incredibly hydrating. It's packed with water, which means that it can help to plump up skin and give it a more youthful appearance. Plus, aloe vera juice is a natural humectant, which means that it can help to draw moisture into your skin and keep it there.
Aloe vera leaf juice is also packed with vitamins and antioxidants that can help to nourish and protect the skin.
- For example, it's rich in vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production (aka the protein that keeps your skin looking firm and smooth)
- It's also loaded with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect skin from environmental damage
Aloe Vera Juice in Your Skincare Routine
So, how can you incorporate aloe vera leaf juice into your skincare routine? Well, there are a few different options. You could look for products that contain aloe vera as a key ingredient — think cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and even face masks.
Another common way to use aloe vera juice is on its own, not as an ingredient in another product within your routine. Simply apply a small amount to your skin after cleansing and toning, and let it sink in before applying your moisturizer.
(One thing to note — pure aloe vera juice can feel sticky on skin, so if you’re not a fan of that texture, it’s best to opt for products that contain aloe rather than pure aloe vera juice.)
There You Have It: The Low Down on Aloe Vera Juice
Within the Covey routine, we include aloe vera juice in our award-winning First of All Cleanser and other products in our line because it’s packed with antioxidants, all while offering refreshing and effective water-based hydration delivered straight to the skin.
Overall, aloe vera leaf juice is a hydrating and nourishing plant byproduct that soothes skin and stimulates collagen production.
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