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Aloe Vera sneaks in to more products by the day!
Member Name: SoadFan
Date: 13/02/12, updated on 13/02/12 (60 review reads)
Advantages: Is promoted as being soothing and healing
Disadvantages: May not suit everyone
~Get used to Aloe Vera! Its popping up everywhere!~
Aloe Vera seems to be included in so many different products these days that we have almost come to expect it to be in wide range of so called health care related products. Yet when thinking about writing this review of Aloe Vera, I was still surprised by the fact that quite number of every day products I have been using recently and over the course of the last few years have had Aloe Vera in them. From products including paper tissues to skin creams, hand gel to toilet roll, it really does seem that Aloe Vera has been included specifically by product manufacturers, as the widely promoted healing and soothing properties of this succulent plant are great selling points, which may offer customers a range of potential benefits.
~My experience of using products containing Aloe Vera~
When it comes to thinking of exactly how Aloe Vera has either helped or hindered me, I must say I find that rather hard to define. As mentioned, I have used such a number of products that have included Aloe Vera that I haven't always stopped to think seriously about whether they have really helped me. It goes without saying that when something such as this has been widely hailed as being a soothing, healing remedy, the inclusion of it in an every day household product will seem like an attractive proposition, (which is why I have ended up using so many products with it in).
There are those who question just how effective Aloe Vera really is and this may be something that would effect its future inclusion in such products should it prove not to be as useful as many now feel it is. As far as I am concerned, I feel that I have used quite a diverse range of products containing Aloe Vera, with no adverse side effects that I have noticed and as such I will continue to do so at this time. I have been using a hand wash which contains this on a regular basis for a number of months and have found that the effects are always good, with my hands remaining soft and smooth as well as nice and clean after having used the product. Whether it is the Aloe Vera that has worked its magic or whether the product itself contains other ingredients that have been of help I really cannot say.
I have also used some Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturising Body Gel in recent times and found that to be a very nice easy to use product, which both smoothes and softens skin with no adverse effects that I have experienced. This particular product contains pure Aloe Vera which was marketed as being very cooling and soothing and to be honest I must say that in use I have found that to be the case. Again this could be down to the Aloe Vera, or it could be that the rest of the ingredients in the product are beneficial. Either way I have liked using the product and would do so again.
There are a number of uses of Aloe Vera that are widely promoted and I have in the past used after sun skin care treatments that have contained the product as I hoped it would help to cool, and take care of my skin. I really cannot be 100% certain that the use of the Aloe Vera itself had any additional effect when compared to an Aloe free after sun product, although I did feel at the time that the treatment cooled my skin well enough. As mentioned I have bought/ used a good range of products that have included Aloe Vera such as tissues and toilet rolls and found them to be nice products to use. I have also used lip balms that contain this and have found them to be quite effective.
On balance it seems based on my experience of Aloe Vera in use in a wide range of products, it has been of some benefit, although I cannot quantify exactly how effective it has been as it has been mixed in with other ingredients. I would look towards buying products that contain Aloe Vera in future as I have had no reactions or issues when using those I have tried so far. As far as rating Aloe Vera in terms of its benefits, I feel that a mid way 3 star product rating would be fair, as whilst it seems to have been pleasant and stable in use I cannot really say it has worked wonders.
Summary: May be worth a try
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