We know that Nature has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to skincare. That’s why we use a range of natural ingredients in our products, including Aloe Vera. We take a closer look at its origins, the benefits of aloe vera and how to incorporate it into your skincare routine.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is just one of the 400 different types of aloe, and is part of the lily family. It’s a type of succulent, which means that it can store water for a long period of time – either in its leaves or its roots. This is essential to its survival, as the plant is typically found in hot, tropical climates. While the gel in its leaves are 98% water, the other vitamins and minerals found in the gel make it a sought–after ingredient by skincare enthusiasts (that’s us!).
What are the benefits of Aloe Vera for your skin?
It’s a natural moisturiser
Aloe vera is absorbed very quickly by the skin, it draws and locks in moisture to provide instant hydration. It leaves skin feeling nourished, soft and supple, without the greasy residue that other synthetic moisturisers can leave behind.
It has anti-inflammatory properties
Aloe vera is great for soothing irritated skin because it contains choline salicylate. It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a good treatment for skin conditions, and it has antiseptic qualities that can help to prevent infection and speed up the healing of wounds on the skin’s surface. It also supports the production of collagen, which promotes skin cell renewal, in turn reducing the appearance of scarring.
It can help to reduce the signs of ageing
Aloe vera gel contains Vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights free radicals caused by air pollution and UV radiation. Applying antioxidants topically can help to slow down the processes which break down the proteins in the skin – such as collagen fibres – caused by free radicals. This will help to keep skin looking plump and fresh, reducing the appearance of fine lines and other visible signs of ageing.
How to incorporate Aloe Vera into your skincare routine
As a naturally nourishing ingredient, aloe vera is perfect for those with sensitive skin. Burt’s Bees’ Sensitive Skin Regime offers a range of products with a soothing blend of aloe and rice extract, as well as cotton extract, to provide everyday, natural hydration.
Use our Sensitive Facial Cleanser for a deep clean that will gently moisturise, while removing stubborn dirt, oil and makeup. Our Sensitive Daily Moisturising Cream will leave skin feeling nourished and hydrated, while its concentration of Cotton Extract shields from potential irritants. Follow with the Sensitive Eye Cream, a lightweight, hypoallergenic formula that will naturally moisturise the delicate skin under the eyes, hydrating while minimising irritation.
In the evening, use Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Toweletttes with Cotton Extract to gently wipe away dirt and makeup from your face, allowing it to moisturise and soothe the skin. Before bed, apply the Sensitive Night Cream to infuse your skin with moisture overnight, so that you wake up with smooth, supple skin each morning.