I just bought this and there are only two ingredients. 99% Aloe and 1% carbomer. I am so ecstatic over my skin right now I'd like to share with you what's been working. It's nothing fancy, I've tried that stuff and its no good for me.
My skin was terribly congested a few weeks ago, clogged pores would transform into puss filled white heads over night. i experienced my first few cysts & thats unusual just so irritated. Between the mario badescu glycolic cleanser, acne free 10% benzoyl peroxide cream (loaded with nasty ingredients), & salicylic acid pads. Then i would cake the bumps with make up forever hd foundation. Just exasperating the problem. If you want your acne to heal liquid foundation is a no no.
This is what cleared me up...
-Morning & Night-
-WHITE VINEGAR (go over face with a soaked cotton ball, getting a new ball every time it gets soiled, until all face make up is off). This softens the plugs (they will turn white-ish), almost reminds me of your fingers softened by the bath.
-NOXEMA while plugs are softened apply a generous layer of original cleansing cream, leave on for your shower (or steam face for 10 mins to open pores) After, remove with warm wash cloth. Dont srub the skin if some plugs still remain. It will take a week or so. You will see results.
-WHITE VINEGAR again, diluted this time to 3/4 vinegar, 1/4 water.
-ALOE. Aloe as a moisturizer will combat redness & irritation. As well as keep the skin soft & pores clear.
I use Lily of the Desert 99% aloe gel ( i would recommend a pure aloe gel from a health foods store)
I ditched the liquid make up. I only use sheer cover. The ingredients aren't pore clogging & it has SPF. All I wore on my face to Florida & it kept me protected.
This made my skin beet red and took forever to calm down. I read on the Skin Board that aloe was good for irritated skin so I bought this, hoping it would calm my skin. Within seconds, my skin turned red and became tight and dry. I obviously reacted to something in here. Went straight to the trash.
This is the only aloe vera gel that I can use. It's not fragranced, its almost completely pure and it doesn't irritate my skin. I use aloe vera gel for everything! I took a bottle of this with me to Brazil to deal with sunburn and boy am I glad I did! I got a crispy sunburn one day, but I piled this aloe gel on when I got back to my hotel... miracle healing!! I was able to go in the sun a couple of days later (with better sunscreen).
I use this after my 25% TCA peels to help heal and keep my skin cool and comfortable. I put this on as my moisturizer in summer, and I use this before moisturizer in winter. I get eczema and it helps to heal that up much faster. The only thing with this aloe gel lately is that I feel that it leaves a film on my skin (I use it a LOT) but this is easily washed off, of course.
This is the best of the best in aloe gels. I've purchased probably 20 to 30 bottles of it since I've discovered it, I always carry a small container of it with me, or the full bottle when I travel. For someone with sensitive skin and lifetime skin problems, this has been a lifesaver!!
I love Aloe Vera Gel. I have very pale, sensitive skin and live in a tropical area. Tropical acne, sunburns, heat rashes. You name it, I get it. I like to use aloe vera gel on my face and body in the morning mixed with some oil. My face recipe is:
3/4 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
1/4 tbsp Jojoba Oil
5 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
After toning and my vitamin c serum, I use this as a moisturizer. It works out great on it's own and under makeup. My body recipe is:
2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 tbsp Distilled Water
1/2 tsp L-ascorbic Acid
10 drops Licorice Extract
10 drops Raspberry Extract
I dissolve the l-ascorbic acid (vitamin c) in the water, then mix everything together. I keep everything that I use with aloe gel in it in the fridge. I like it because it keeps it fresh, but it also feels very refreshing in the morning. It soaks in right away and leaves my skin soft, radiant, and soothed. I also use aloe vera juice with a bit of witch hazel as my toner. Aloe is a wonderful thing in all it's forms! Would definitely recommend.
This is my moisturizer. It is amazing for reducing acne and making skin soft and smooth. HOWEVER: at the beginning, you will feel like your skin is actually dry from this. Keep using it. My skin was dependent of moisturizing oils and such to feel comfortable. After using this for a week, my skin was soft and supple and not oily but not dry. Perfect. This changed my skin.
NOT A MOISTURIZER, BUT A MOISTURIZER-SEALANT. On it is own it will be too drying, however it seals lotions very well, particularly oily lotions that can take a while to sink in; somehow it makes the skin absorb the oil faster and without a slick texture or residue. Also, it makes your skin feel soft. I also find it wonderful post-waxing, it cools and soothes the skin. I honestly enjoy that cool sensation very much. It doesn't irritate or break my skin out (though it did not help my acne either). Another thing it is good for: REMOVING EYE MAKEUP. It just picks it all up. Whenever I break an eyeshadow I tip q-tips into the aloe and just lightly touch the eyeshadow to the aloe and . . . it just all sort of clumps together and leaves nary a speck behind. Even on fabric! It isn't a completely 'organic' product but I can live with that. Raw aloe smells and just does not keep well. I also like that they changed the packaging; the snap lid no longer snaps so loudly, though it smells a bit plastic now too.
[Note: The product here has a thickener & non paraben preservative but is still listed as 99% natural. I only said I would not buy this product again b/c I want to look for a product that is as close to 100% aloe vera gel as possible other than the plant itself.]
Can't beat the cost. I got this at whole foods 8 oz. for $4. Also I like that this product has multi uses. I use is as a neutralizer post chemical skin peel, hair & skin moisturizer (mixed with oils). This really soothes my skin post peel (b/c aloe has anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory properties). This also adds some shine & makes my fine hair so soft w/o weighing it down. I recently learned from fellow MUA's that this can be used as a primer & I can't wait to test this use as well :)
FYI - the ingredients for this product have changed. It no longer has silicone and isn't completely clear anymore. Personally, I love the change in formula. I find it to be more soothing and moisturizing. Its a great basic skin treatment for irritation, and works a light moisturizer. I mix it in with my hair gel, and I get wonderful definition for my curls, and have even used it alone on my hair in a pinch.
What it Claims:
"Lily of the Desertís 99% Aloe Vera Gelly is free from artificial color and fragrance, and provides relief from sunburns, minor cuts, burns, insect bites, cold sores, rashes, and other skin irritations. It can also be used as a soothing moisturizer for sensitive skin."
Claims - True or False?
1) Free of fragrance: False.
2) Good for sensitive skin: False.
3) Provides relief to skin issues: False.
Comes in a cheap, clear squeeze bottle with a flip cap. It can sometimes squeeze too much out of the packaging, but it isn't a big deal. Clear packaging allows you to see what is left of the product. Overall, normal cheap packaging, no frills and no serious issues. Packaging has likely changed since the posting of this review and the original purchase.
Consistency and Scent:
It is definitely of a gel consistency, quite thin as well. Would easily slip and "melt" if left on the skin and not spread out. The scent and texture reminded me of hair gel actually, minus the sticky. Comes out clear, goes on with a slightly wet sensation and has a bit of a greasy watery feel as it's being applied. It also has a noticeable alcohol-like scent, which thankfully did not linger.
Bang for your Buck:
A 4oz bottle cost me about $5.00CAD. If used regularly, it could easily last up to a year since not much is needed. Yearly cost will vary with how often it is used.
A cheap aloe gel that can be used on the body without issue, but would not recommend it for facial use, let alone to moisturize. It really had no soothing effects on my skin, and in fact irritated my face quite a bit and caused some seriously painful nodules. I'd recommend an actual aloe plant over this gel. - pros: cheap, decent packaging.
- cons: drying, irritating, caused some painful acne, didn't help much with existing irritation.
Overall Rating: 2/5
Packaging Quality: 4/5
Would you buy this product again: No.
This is wonderful. I LOVE love LOVE it. I have the big hard bottle, not the squezze tube. Paid nine bucks for it, totally worth it! Unlike Walgreens fragrance free aloe vera, this doesnt sting my eyes, it even tastes nice. Super soothing, it mattifies my face and moisturizes it as well. This has done wonders for the condition of my skin, Any time my skin is sensitive I put aloe vera on, I also mix it with my moisturizer to prevent shininess and even use it as a sort of mattifying primer, and on my hair. No complaints!