Aloe Vera for Skin (Ingredient Focus Series 1)

Arguably, the aloe vera is the most commonly used and the most beloved ingredient in cosmetics. Generally, they are used as soothing, moisturizing and anti-irritation ingredients in the cosmetics. Most of its effects are due to the rich phyto-chemicals in the A. vera juice. Many of us already know of A.vera’s moisturizing property. Arguably, Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Soothing Gel is one of the most successful aloe vera products in K-beauty industry.

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Other brands such as Holika Holika and Skinfood also introduced soothing gels based on aloe vera. There are multiple research on moisturizing, emollient property of aloe vera, but many of the researches contradict to each other. However, it is known that aloe vera contains substantial amounts antioxidants such as α-tocopherol (vitamin E), carotenoids, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), flavonoids, and tannins (Radha, 2015.) Other molecules such as salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory property, and other phyto-chemicals such as pyrocathecol or p-caumaric acid.

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Today, in the Ingredient Focus Series, I have brought 4 aloe vera sheet masks. The good news is one of them is $1 mask. All four of them have different composition in their list of ingredients.

1.       Tonymoly aloe Mask Sheets

Tonymoly’s Aloe sheet has decent amount of aloe vera extract (7,000ppm). Betaine and hyaluronic acid intensifies moisturization, witch hazel extract soothes your skin.

2.     Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet

Three layered cellulose sheet promote penetration of the essence to your skin. Deep sea water and sodium hyaluronate moisturizes your skin.

3.     Skinfood Beauty in a food mask Aloe

While aloe vera deeply moisturizes your skin and portulaca oleracea extract calms down irritated skin and prevent breakout.

4.     Leaders Aloe Soothing Renewal Mask

While witch hazel and aloe vera soothe irritated skin, decent amount of hyaluronic acid and betaine deeply moisturize your skin. Palmitoyl tripepetide-5 is added for firming property as well.

 

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Radha, M. H., & Laxmipriya, N. P. (2015). Evaluation of biological properties and clinical effectiveness of Aloe vera: A systematic review. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine5(1), 21–26. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcme.2014.10.006

Surjushe, A., Vasani, R., & Saple, D. G. (2008). ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW. Indian Journal of Dermatology53(4), 163–166. http://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5154.44785

Fox, L. T., du Plessis, J., Gerber, M., van Zyl, S., Boneschans, B., & Hamman, J. H. (2014). In Vivo skin hydration and anti-erythema effects of Aloe veraAloe ferox and Aloe marlothii gel materials after single and multiple applications. Pharmacognosy Magazine10(Suppl 2), S392–S403. http://doi.org/10.4103/0973-1296.133291

Lawrence, R., Tripathi, P., & Jeyakumar, E. (2009). Isolation, Purification and Evaluation of Antibacterial Agents from Aloe veraBrazilian Journal of Microbiology40(4), 906–915. http://doi.org/10.1590/S1517-838220090004000023

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