You probably already know about Aloe Vera as a remedy for sunburn.
This water-rich plant can be found in most after-sun care products - and with good reason. Its cooling, hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties make it excellent at calming red, over-heated skin.
But this all-natural ingredient has much more to offer a man’s skin than just soothing the red bits where you forgot to apply sunscreen!
Read on to discover six more benefits for your skin of using aloe vera, and why we've included it in all of our men's skincare products.
Then we’ll show you the easiest ways to incorporate aloe into your daily skincare routine to reap those benefits and leave your skin looking healthy and glowing.
Why is aloe vera so great for a man's skin?
Firstly, Aloe calms and soothes irritated skin, especially after shaving
There’s no denying that shaving affects the quality of your skin. It makes your face and neck more sensitive, and the act of dragging a blade across your skin can cause irritation and nicks, creating scar tissue, increasing dryness and badly affecting the protective barrier function of your skin.
That's why we added Aloe to our PROTECTIVE SHAVE CREAM.
Aloe Vera soothes your skin and repairs the damage of shaving. At the same time it calms any redness and rehydrates your face and neck, ensuring a smooth, pain-free shave every time.
Due to its phytosterol content, Aloe Vera will calm and soothe irritated skin, reducing any redness that might have been caused by shaving.
In Ayurvedic medicine it has several medicinal uses, including being used to effectively relieve the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema.
It's also great for soothing the delicate skin around your eyebrows after tweezing, or waxing, in that area.
It helps clear up acne
Aloe Vera is an excellent and gentle skin cleanser and a great natural remedy for acne and breakouts.
The gel is anti-microbial, meaning that it reduces the presence of bacteria.
Aloe works on several levels.
Firstly, it contains antiseptic compounds that protect your skin from the bacteria which can cause infection and inflammation. Secondly, it contains glycoproteins which reduce any inflammation and redness, and polysaccharides that stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
Research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that if you are already using a topical prescription acne treatment, applying Aloe gel will make the treatment more effective in reducing acne.
It’s the anti-microbial qualities of Aloe that made us include it in our DAILY FACE WASH.
Men’s skin tends to be oilier than a woman’s skin. The sebaceous glands are more numerous and more active in a man’s skin, making you more prone to acne and blemishes.
The best way to avoid any skin problems, and to keep your face looking clean and fresh, is to wash your face twice a day.
AM – to clean away the build-up of oil and dead skin cells that have accumulated throughout the night, and stop them from clogging your pores.
PM – to remove the general grime of pollution and bacteria that we all come into contact with during the day, as well as any oil that has accumulated on your skin.
We included ingredients in our men's Daily Face Wash like Aloe and Tea Tree Oil, that also has anti-microbial properties – to purify your skin and help to prevent any acne, while reducing inflammation.
The Tea Tree Oil also regulates excess sebum production, so that your face won't look oily or shiny.
Our Daily Face Wash will make sure that your skin is always looking really fresh and healthy, and because it also includes Glycerin your face won't feel dry or tight.
For more on how to wash your face the right way, including how to choose the best face wash for your skin type, check out “Clean: The Best Way To Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh And Healthy”.
Aloe restores smoothness to your skin
Long known for its rich moisturizing properties, Aloe Vera improves the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness. It softens the skin but without making it greasy, or clogging your pores, so it’s perfect if you have oily skin too.
Our HYDRATING DAILY MOISTURIZER includes Aloe because it's so effective at softening and hydrating your skin. But, more importantly, it doesn’t leave your skin looking shiny.
Moisturizing your face every day keeps your skin healthy and functioning properly, as well as looking its best and avoiding signs of aging.
And everyone can benefit from moisturizing - even if you have oily or acne-prone skin. It makes sure that your face always looks healthy and hydrated.
Aloe keeps your skin looking younger
As well as hydrating your skin, Aloe Vera improves elasticity. It encourages collagen and elastin repair, making your skin appear smoother.
It also contains several anti-oxidants, including Vitamins A, C and E and Beta Carotene, that help improve skin’s firmness and texture. These anti-oxidants neutralize the aging effects of harmful free radicals, protecting against the appearance of fine lines.
We wanted our Hydrating Daily Moisturizer to be the best anti aging moisturizer for men out there, so of course, we had to include Aloe in the ingredients!
For more on the best ways to stay looking young, and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles, see "Look Younger: Your Complete Anti Aging Plan".
Aloe has regenerating and healing properties
Aloe is excellent at regenerating and healing the skin, particularly any small nicks you may get during your shave. It speeds up cell reproduction, allowing skin to heal quickly and with minimal scarring.
Applying our HYDRATING DAILY MOISTURIZER, with aloe vera, post-shave will ensure that your skin is always looking smooth and calm after your shave.
It's also effective at minimising any scarring from acne, and an excellent moisturizer for sensitive skin too.
It's anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial
Aloe Vera’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties act as a natural remedy for acne.
And these same properties protect your skin from infection and prevent any irritation when you shave.
Aloe vera is especially effective at calming razor burn and soothing inflamed ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
We’ve also added purifying Tea Tree Oil to help reduce any redness, razor burn or irritation.
And, of course, Aloe Vera to soothe your skin.
This luxurious, nourishing formula leaves your skin beautifully smooth, clear and hydrated following your shave.
Head on over to 'Shop the best skincare routine for men' and benefit from the amazing properties of Aloe Vera included in all of our skincare products.
Your skin will be glowing with good health!
And that's not all...
Researchers are also beginning to unlock the health benefits of drinking Aloe Vera in juice form, or taking it as a food supplement. So far it has shown to be helpful in improving digestion, boosting your immune system and maintaining oral health. It may also help to lower cholesterol.
The best ways to use it
Straight from the plant
In gel form
You can also buy the gel ready extracted. Try to find one that is pure and extracted straight from the leaf.
The bottom line?
We never assume that just because an ingredient is natural that it is automatically safe and effective. But in the case of aloe vera, this is definitely an ingredient that is very safe, offers so many benefits to improve a man’s skin and deserves to be part of your daily routine.
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