Aloe Vera is a natural miracle worker for skin. My grandparents have Aloe Vera growing in their garden in Cyprus and whenever my skin felt slightly burnt, dry or irritated, I’d squeeze the juice out of the leaves and within minutes, it would soothe the problem away.
So it comes as quite a surprise that more skincare brands don’t tend to use aloe vera in their products. It’s such a soothing added ingredient and it smells so fresh and awakening, I am a little confused as to why we don’t see it more often.
One brand that DOES use it however is The Body Shop – in keeping with their mantra to use all natural, fair-trade and sustainable ingredients (you can always rely on them). Their Aloe range consists of a number of skincare items including my favourites – the Soothing Day Cream, the Calming Facial Cleanser and the Soothing Gel. Catering for even the most sensitive of skin types (mine included) the products are really gentle, but thorough in what they aim to do.
The Calming Facial Cleanser for instance takes off all traces of make-up (although I’d recommend something further for the eyes) without leaving you with that horrible red, dryness. The Soothing Cream is ideal for dabbing onto problem areas, either under or over your moisturiser while the Soothing Gel is a go-to product for any skin issues (such as dryness, redness, burnt or chapped areas).
The packaging is fairly plain and simple – but often the best things are those that do the job with no frills attached.