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Everyone, at some point in their life, has probably had to use aloe. Maybe it was when you were a child and conveniently “forgot” to reapply your sunscreen—or it’s been a staple in your skincare routine for longer than you can remember and you use it to help clear up acne or calm other skin conditions.
At Hanalei, we believe in strong, healing ingredients that have multiple benefits. That’s why we formulated our Island Aloe Gel. If you’re still not sure what aloe vera is, it comes from the aloe vera plant. The plant itself has three layers that are made up of 99% water and 75% active ingredients.
Aloe has become a staple in a lot of skincare routines, but still has other uses. It can help with digestion (though we don’t recommend ingesting without speaking to a doctor first), promote oral health, and a plethora of other effects. Here’s our top five uses for skin scare:
2. Use the Island Aloe Gel to sooth sunburns or any other irritating skin conditions. It works well to also calm bug bites, psoriasis, eczema, and lichen planus. Hydration is key with these conditions.
3. Aloe has antibacterial properties and salicylic acid, which is key to preventing acne. It’s also anti-inflammatory, so you don’t have to worry about your skin being irritated if you use the Island Aloe Gel to spot treat acne.
4. Cold sores are never fun to deal with. Surprisingly, aloe can help. Aloe vera contains proxies that help fight fungi, bacteria, and viruses that cause the sores. Due to this, aloe can help speed up the healing process.
5. Besides helping soothe sunburns, aloe is probably most popular for slowing the signs of aging. Aloe helps generate more collagen and fibers that result in skin looking less wrinkly. Zinc, a component of aloe, tightens pores and antioxidants prevent unknown bodies from damaging the skin.
So, if you’re wondering why you shouldn’t just go and buy a bottle of aloe vera gel, we need to point out a few special surprises that our Island Aloe Gel has in store. Besides traditionally being known to contain naturally regenerative properties that help balance the appearance of redness and uneven skin tone, our formula is a blend of aloe and papaya enzymes. These are infused with vitamins A, C , and E, which cools and moisturizes the skin without making the skin greasy, which traditional aloe can.
The formula is designed to be lightweight and can also be used as a makeup base. Your skin will stay supple throughout the day and maintain its even skin tone. While this product can be used throughout the year, at Hanalei we lather it on daily during the summertime to cool down and refresh our skin from the elements.
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Melissa Hedges currently resides in Colorado with her two chihuahua mixes, Pele and Siggi. In her free time, she's scoping out fancy brunch spots, playing with makeup, spoiling her dogs, and co-editing CEO, a literary magazine. Find her on Instagram @hedge