I actually don't know if I would buy this product again, but for the price and the amount, I really can't complain. What I DO complain about is how FOTE gel seems to make my pores MASSIVE. I think this is with any aloe vera gel, but the FOTE is worse because something it it (maybe one of the preservatives) makes my eyes sting! They water up and it is TERRIBLY unbearable for the longest time. If I only use a little bit in certain sections, the stinging goes away after a couple of minutes. If I use it all over my face, I HAVE to wash it off.
Ick. Try Lily of the Desert Gel instead if FOTE makes your eyes sting (I've heard that this is a common complaint).
I prefer natural aloe gel (where that is the only ingredient pretty much) but it is pricey.. this is the next best thing i think
I put it all over my body and face and I dont get the irritation.. but that is just my skin.
When I shower I use a body brush and olive oil and scrub away from head to toe.. no soap. A few days a week I will scrub using the brush with a mild soap but then follow with the olive oil and brush.
When I get out of the shower I "dab" but don't rub off all that oily wetness.
I put a huge glob of aloe on my face until it is sticky and shiney (wet hair pulled back). I just let it sink in. Then do my body with the aloe. I then take a soft wash cloth (dry) and massage in the aloe on my body which is now mixed with the left over oils from the shower.
By now my face has absorbed all the aloe.. so I apply another big fat glob to my face. While that is sinking in I put lotion on my body (mainly for the scent factor as I like the smell of lotion so one that smells really good).
The second application of the aloe is now all sunk in on my face.
I dab a light moisterizer or a light serum and then apply makeup.
After I get dressed and hair is done.. makeup is done.. I take a little more aloe and rub it between my fingers into a thin layer.. look in the mirror and do a big smile so I can see all the wrinkles pop up like on my cheeks around the eyes and I dab on top of my makeup another light layer of aloe.
Im a fanatic with skin care products and this combo of olive oil and aloe is the cheapest most natural thing Ive come across.
I have very very very dry skin and I'm now baby soft all over. I just love it.
Just wanted to say if this gel irritates your skin with redness or bothers you with fumes- the Lily of the Desert is a much better choice- it has no scent, just smells like a clean gel with a tiny hint of aloe (how it really smells, not a made up aloe fragrance). I much prefer that brand to this. It works great as a moisturizer and doesn't leave a layer on my skin.
Looooooove this stuff! It's great for just about anything and leaves my skin soft and smooth. I use it as face moisturizer when I run out of my usual Neutrogena.
I love Aloe Vera gel! It really improves my skin tone and helps heal my blemishes, cuts, or scrapes. The only thing I don't like about it is that the fumes really irritate my eyes. Also, the gel leaves a thin layer of film on my skin once it dries.
Thus, I am thinking of either getting GNC aloe vera gel capsules or an aloe vera plant in the future.
Everyone should have a bottle of aloe vera gel around. I use this for sunburns and mosquito bites (makes it stop itching right away!). I also use it on my face, but not alone. Plain aloe vera gel makes my skin feel very tight and dry, so I mix a dab of it with my daily moisturizer and it's all good. It seems to calm and restore my skin.
UPDATE (1/13/08): I've been using ACV as a toner at night and it has really calmed down my skin and made it less dry/dehydrated. Therefore, using aloe vera gel alone provides enough moisture for me (my other moisturizers all ended up clogging my pores! =( ). It's very soothing and refreshing, so I'm giving it 5 lippies instead of 4.
this is definitely a staple in my medicine cabinet and should be in everyone elses too! it has so many good uses. i use it on burns and it immediately stops the burning and stinging. it also helps the burn heal faster, i think. i use it after shaving as a lotion and also as a shave gel and i never break out in itchy rashes after shaving like i used to. i mix some in with my facial moisturizer for extra calming on my acne prone skin. and when my face is extra pissed at me, i just use it straight up as a moisturizer and it doesn't break me out or clog my large pores. the only reason i don't like to do that, though, is because if you get it close to your eyes it can make them water and sometimes my face feels a little sticky after i use it; but it works so well that i can live with that. i use it as a spot treatment on my zits and it really helps reduce the redness. i don't really think its such a miracle product for healing acne but it definitely makes any blemishes less red. and the list goes on and on. i know a lot of people can't use it on their faces, but its definitely worth it to buy it for burns. sunburn, steam burns, heat burns, etc-rub a little aloe vera on it and it stops burning and hurting instantly. i will never go a day without it! i've even gone so far as to growing my own aloe vera plant-the pure gel is awesome.
I originally purchased FOTE Aloe Vera Gel to relieve the blistering pain and discomfort of a sunburn (btw, it worked really well to cool and soothe my skin), but now I'm using it for my blemishes. I used to use C&C Persa-Gel 10, which was working alright, but I HATED the fact that the benzoyl peroxide bleached several towels, pillowcases, sheets, and t-shirts. I've been using the aloe gel on my blemishes for the past couple days, and it seems to work just as well as BP. It shrank the size and redness of blemishes, and rendered them less painful. Plus, I don't have to worry about bleaching anything else! (FYI: I bought FOTE during a BOGO sale at RiteAid, which makes it an even greater buy!)
A definite staple in my bathroom is Fruit of the Earth's Aloe Vera Gel. I run like mad to Wallyworld as that seems to be the only store I can find it in Canada. Great for soothing sensitive skin, shaving, after sun, healing scrapes and assorted boo-boos. Also have added it to my Aspirin mask with success. A tad sticky on first application. So reasonably priced, non-irritating and versatile. Great for adults and kids alike. Highly recommend.
I was hoping that this would be my HG moisturiser (and primer) for my sensitive, oily (yet also flakey) and very breakout prone skin. I was very pleased with the extra staying power it gave to my foundation, as well as the firming and toning effect it had on my skin. But alas, after a few weeks of using this I broke out (and it was definitely this that did it). Also emphasised (and I think created!) dryness on my forehead, nose and cheeks. Dammit! So frustrating that I can't find a moisturiser that doesn't clog my pores! Had high hopes, but unfortunately does not deliver for me. However, for those with oily skin who don't have dryness or don't get clogged pores with almost any cosmetic they use, this would be great. Just not for me :(