Trader Joe's • Aloe Vera Gel • Lotions/ Creams
|Would buy this product again.||88%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is one of my absolute favorite products. I'm afraid to use other aloe vera gels because I like this one so much. I use it to rejuvenate my curly but fine African-American hair between washes as well as using it on my face (after washing, after my serum, before the argan oil). I also use it as a body moisturizer under coconut oil during the summer. I have excema on my arms, which notoriously requires extra moisture, and aloe vera gel does a wonderful job providing that, even on its own. It also smells great. My only qualm is the packaging. I hate large squeeze bottles so I transferred the gel to a small glass jar. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention how cheap it is - as of this writing it's $2.99 for a 12-ounce bottle.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
You guys. You guys. You guys.
This aloe vera gel is a game changer. I started using it everyday on my fickle face. I'm talking oily, sometimes white head ridden, tired and stressed face. That's my face. It can suck. But not with aloe vera. Slather it on after you moisturize. You'll be confused for a bit. I know I was. Walking around, touching my face, reprimanding myself for touching my face, but ultimately basking in the delight of my soft, supple, dreamy feeling skin. Who knew my face could feel like a clean baby butt?
Well, you do now. Really though, in all seriousness. It's cheap and so nourishing. My makeup goes on so much smoother (it's my new primer) and my breakouts from my phone are gone and healing. Is it this much of a miracle? I think so. Could it have less chemicals? Yeah, you could go pure which is nice too, but for this price it's great for now.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I love aloe... I use body lotion with aloe, face serum and moisturizer with aloe, etc. I also use it on my bikini area after shaving to ward off bumps and ingrown hairs. I think it has some great healing properties that calms troubled skin and makes it soft and supple. That said, I have found one particular use for this product that makes it a total HG for me: I use it in my hair. I work in a climate-controlled laboratory that is dehumidified 24/7 and leaves my hair feeling like a dry, brittle, static-y, tangled-up rat's nest. Not pretty. I only minimally use heat tools on my hair and I don't dye it often and yet my hair looks as damaged as a bleached and fried mess. I massage about a dime-sized amount of this gel into the ends of my hair (dry, not wet) and add more if needed, then brush it through. The result is healthy-looking, calm, glossy hair that's resistant to static... a serious life saver! This stuff is NOT oil or a silicone-based serum so it won't make you hair look greasy at all, and it's not even a styling gel so it won't make it crunchy either. Instead it just gets absorbed into the hair and makes it soft and healthy. I even take the bottle with me to work and use it as needed. SO... moral of the story, if you have frazzled hair, live in a dry climate or work in a lab like I do, use this!! You can thank me later :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
So first of all, let's me say this: aloe vera gel is an AMAZING skin-saver. I put in on my skin as a mask over night and by the morning, my skin is hydrated, refreshed and glowing, with all traces of acne disappeared. I don't know what I'd do with out it!
But with that said, especially if you are putting Aloe Vera on your face, you probably want to go with a more natural product. I was excited to see that Trader Joe's sold low cost, natural -looking Aloe Vera Gel, but when I took it home, I found that it made my skin incredibly itchy, which doesn't usually happen with Aloe Vera Gel. It even made parts of my skin break out in hives. Yeesh. I don't like to waste things, so since I can't use it on my skin, I've been using it after shampooing as a conditioner, and rinsing it out. I have fine, curly hair, and I have to say that it leaves is soft and manageable with great body and shine. But I still wouldn't recommend it.
Another word to the wise- this brand contains methylparabens; this decreases your skin's tolerance to sunlight and can lead to increased skin aging and DNA damage. Even if it helps in the short term, using it long term may be putting your skin at risk :-/ It might be better to just pay a little bit more for a better product. I get the large bottle of the Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel and it lasts for ages. A much better product.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This single product has 100% changed my face and how my makeup looks and I would never have discovered it without Makeup Alley! I have tried all primers known to mankind and everything would either not work at all, sort of work, or initially work and then break down and leave my face so oily, with makeup sliding and looking like a total mess.
I was searching for yet again, maybe something different to try, and came upon this aloe vera gel. Since I already had a bottle of it in my medicine cabinet, I immediately tried it and have been hooked ever since.
This is how I use it to control oil, minimize look of pores, allow makeup to look fantastic, and highly improve quality of skin: 1)wash face, 2)tone with witch hazel, 3)put on facial lotion, 4)put on aloe vera gel all over face and neck, 5)put on primer, 6)put on foundation.
This has been my routine and I know I will never stray from it because the results are so dramatic and it literally has been what I have been searching high and low for, to only find a bottle of it already inside my home!
I get so many compliments on my skin, and more importantly, I feel confident during the day that my face looks nice and I don't have to worry anymore about wondering if my nose area foundation is coming off, or if I was sweating in the sun and it is smearing all over the place.
I also can now use up my collection of foundations I have purchased over the past year in search for the best one. This gel now allows me to use any foundation and any powder with ease and without fear of what my own facial oil will transform it into.
I also use it at night, sometimes, as a treatment, either before facial lotion or alone. My face has never looked so great! It also gets better the more you use it.
The bottle is HUGE and inexpensive, too. I haven't tried any other brands because I have this gigantic bottle, but I have a feeling any aloe vera gel would work the same if the ingredients are similar.
This has truly changed my life and I am so happy for MA and the people who post here with tips! If you have oily skin and struggle with finding a combination of products that actually work and have spent your hard earned money on expensive products, please try this. At the least, you are left with a bottle of aloe vera gel, which is handy to have around anyway.
THIS IS MY PERSONAL MIRACLE PRODUCT!!!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Green
Aloe vera gel is such a great beauty tip to reduce redness, shrink pore size, fight irritation, and combat the effects of the sun (sunburns and peeling)
I bought this at trader joes for around $3 and it feels very cool and calming when applying. I apply a small quarter size amount evenly all over my face and it feels very tight at first. Do not let this scare you- it is getting deep down into your pores and reducing inflammation.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
In general, I find aloe vera gel to be excellent for my skin, and I like the Trader Joe's brand mainly because it's easily available and doesn't seem to have any irritating chemicals in it. It's not very moisturizing, which is why I only use it in the morning, under my foundation- it keeps my skin matte, helps my foundation stay, and prevents any cakiness. I've also noticed that between this, my AHA cream, and turmeric face masks, my acne scars are much much lighter- unnoticeable under some powder, really.
Plus, for the price, it's fantastic. I don't remember how much I paid, but it was definitely under ten bucks, and it's been six months and I'm not even halfway through the bottle.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight Eyes: Blue
Why didn't I find this sooner?!
This, surprisingly, makes an excellent mattefying primer. I wouldn't say this works with all foundations, but paired with my CG Natureluxe, they are a match made in heaven.
I used to not like the idea of a primer. The main purpose of a primer was to fill in your pores so your foundation wouldn't, however... Why would I want to fill my pores with even MORE chemicals? So I looked for natural primers, and heard that aloe vera gel makes a great primer. And indeed, it does. It dries fast though, so you need to work quick. I suggest blending into the skin in sections. Definitely wear moisturizer underneath, because this is very drying! My foundation stays matte WAY longer with this. It gives my make up something to stick to. This is affordable, natural, great for healing acne, and does the job wonderfully. Whats not to love?
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
Multi-fuctioning, great for your skin and most of all, cheap! (I think this was something like $2-3 for the whole big bottle).
I like how light this gel is, it sinks into my skin super quickly. However, even on my oily skin, it provides veeeeery little hydration. (Taking off one lippie for that.) I was hoping it would replace my summer moisturizer, but I can only use it that way (alone) the hottest, most humid of summer days. Otherwise I do need to follow up with another lotion, especially if I am applying this right after cleansing.
Like all mainly-aloe products, this is great for your skin if it's irritated, swollen or sunburned. One great use I found for it is to rub it all over my palms and then pat it all over my skin before I sleep. It definitely sooths my skin and also helps my skin feel soft and smoother in the long run. I firmly believe that aloe is one of those natural, miracle-workers on skin, so I'm trying to find even more ways to encorporate this into my skin regime.
However, I'm taking off another lippie because this stuff burns my eyes and I have no idea why. I have to pat really carefully around my eyes or otherwise I start tearing like I cut an onion or something. :(
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Overall, I like the aloe vera gel as a cheap alternative to the 100% natural aloe gel.
I usually mix an essential oil or attar (rose, kewra, sandalwood) with a generous dollop of the aloe gel and apply to my arms and legs after bathing. It helps keep the skin hydrated and soft. It did not do much for alleviating my sunburn, though.
Just wish the gel did not have so many parabens and TEA/DEA chemicals in it! For the price, it is a good, generous quantity.