Did you know that most commercial brands of after-sun and sunburn relief lotions are mainly made of water and methylated spirits?
They may give off the impression of cooling the skin due to the tingling effect of the alcohol, and the “refreshing” psychological effect of the added fragrances and green colours, but they actually contain relatively little aloe vera.
In its pure and natural form, the pulp from the aloe vera plant is very effective treatment for sunburn, cuts, scrapes, wounds, stings, bites and other minor skin irritations. It has been used thus since ancient times, and is so reliable that even hospitals use aloe vera on burns victims to this day. It really is nature’s miracle plant – it soothes, cools, anaesthetises, sterilises, and reduces inflammation for a speedy recovery from sunburn and other types of burns. In addition, aloe vera gel can moisturise the skin, helping you avoid the peeling normally associated with sun damage.
Sunburn, if left untreated, can put you at greater risk for lupus outbreaks, cold sore outbreaks, and other skin damage such as wrinkles and brown spots. So if you do get burnt, it’s essential to treat it as quickly and effectively as possible.
However, in order to work effectively, health experts agree the aloe vera gel has to be FRESH, in high concentrations, and as pure as possible.
Let’s look at some of the ingredients in commercial aloe vera after-sun lotions found at a local Coles supermarket. Labeling laws require ingredients to be listed in descending order of weight, so if you really want to know what your product is mostly made up of, you only need to look at the first three or four ingredients.
As you can see, in these popular brands the main ingredient is simply water, followed by Alcohol Denat, i.e. Methylated Spirits (denatured alcohol). Alcohol is skin-drying and therefore the last thing you want on your skin when trying to soothe sunburn. Aloe vera is included, but in lower amounts than both the water and alcohol.
In addition, by adding artificial colours and fragrances, these cheap products try to “trick” your mind into feeling refreshed. But with the mixture of alcohol, artificial colours and fragrances, it’s a miracle if the natural plant gel can stay fresh enough to have any effect at all!
The natural alternative
Unlike the other brands above, in Forever Living’s Aloe Vera Gelly, the main ingredient is pure, stabilised aloe vera gel. The other ingredients exist in very small amounts so this product is essentially identical to the inner leaf of an actual aloe vera plant. This product contains no alcohol, artificial colours, or artificial fragrances.
Forever Living’s patented aloe stabilisation process allows us to put the pure aloe vera pulp into the tube without reducing its purity, denaturing it or damaging its natural properties. Imagine squeezing the pulp directly from the plant itself. This is the closest you can get! And because our stabilisation process is patented, we can guarantee that you won’t find the same purity in any other aloe vera product!
This product is great value for money in that it ACTUALLY WORKS. By paying a little more for the quality of the product, you are guaranteeing that it has been produced in a way which is environmentally sustainable and also, the fresher and purer your product, the more likely it is to heal sunburn quickly.
What’s more, unlike some cheap competitors, our product is grown without pesticides, Genetic Modification, or animal testing so you are helping not only your sunburn, but also the earth. Click here to learn more about our quality guarantee:
More benefits of using Forever Aloe Vera Gelly
1. Relieves stings and bites
If you live in a place where sunburn occurs (e.g. Australia), then chances are you also may come into contact with mosquitoes and other bitey-stingy things!
Aloe vera contains a concentrated mix of essential oils, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, glycoproteins, polysaccharides, anthraquinones, lectins, and anti-inflammatory fatty acids. Scientists believe all these compounds contribute to Aloe Vera’s effectiveness for treatment of burns, wounds, insect bites, and rashes.
Adverse skin reactions to insect bites and stings from mosquitoes, biting flies, ants, gnats, noseeums, bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, scorpions, centipedes, and other insects are caused by histamines in the body. Histamines rise to the skin’s surface to battle the irritating toxins left in the skin from the saliva or stinger that penetrates and seeps into the skin’s surrounding dermal layers. The itching, redness, swelling and pain that follows an insect bite or sting can be alleviated by applying Aloe Vera’s soothing gel to the area.
2. It heals minor wounds and scrapes, and minimises scarring
Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. Forever Aloe Vera Gelly also contains Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol) which also promotes healing and is anti-scarring.
3. Safe to use on problem skin such as acne, eczema etc
Because it is a non-oily moisturiser, aloe vera does not clog pores. This makes it the perfect moisturiser for people with problematic, dry, oily or acne-prone skin.
Forever Living is officially endorsed by the Eczema Society and has been anecdotally supported for various other skin conditions.
Aloe vera gel can be used by men as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving. It’s also perfect for people with dry itchy skin conditions and cracked heels.
4. It fights ageing
Aloe vera increases the body’s production of collagen and elastin, the fibres which help your skin stay plump, elastic and wrinkle-free. So the more you use, the younger your skin can look!
Aloe also contains a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
Aloe increases the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. It’s also an emollient, helping to soften and soothe the skin. It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through capillary dilation.
Click here for more information about our aloe-based skin care range – all products in the range contain aloe vera as their main ingredient!
6. It lessens the visibility of stretch marks.
The skin is like one big piece of elastic that’ll expand and contract as needed to accommodate growth. But if the skin stretches too far, too fast (due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss) the elasticity of the skin can be damaged. That’s what leaves those unsightly stretch marks. These marks appear due to minor tears in the layers of the skin caused by sudden and excessive stretching. Aloe vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds.