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      11.09.2013 21:40
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      A must to treat burns and scalds, plus lots of other uses.

      The Product:

      Holland & Barrett Certified Aloe Vera Gel Bio Active Skin Treatment

      Size: 200ml

      About Aloe Vera:

      Aloe Vera is a succulent plant containing a pure inner gel. The gel of the Aloe Vera Barbadensis has been used for centuries to improve and maintain health and beauty. Natural Aloe Vera Gel is a bitter tasting natural gel that can be used both internally and externally in its natural form and is a product in many beauty products. Personally, I use it in soap making, on burns and anywhere healing or cleansing is required. This review, however, is about a specific Aloe Vera product.

      Ingredients:

      "99.9% Hand Filleted Organic Aloe Vera Gel"
      The other 0.01% is preservative and stabilisers made up of"Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid."


      Why I Buy Aloe Vera Gel:

      A few years ago I was introduced to Forever Living Products. Forever Living is a firm that produces and markets Aloe Vera products on a global scale. Through their introduction package I learnt about the "almost too good to be true" claims and uses of Aloe Vera. What I did discover is that most of the claims are true, well they work for me. Their products are expensive, however, and Aloe Vera products are now widely available from high street and internet outlets. I have for a number of years been buying my big tube of gel from Holland & Barrett.

      Holland & Barrett Claims:

      "Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel Bio Active Skin Treatment is made using 100% pure Aloe Gel, independently certified by the International Aloe Science Council, capturing the maximum activity of the Aloe Vera Barbadensis plant. The Bio Active treatment gel can help soothe, moisturise and soften dry skin. It can be applied to stretch marks, dry or chapped skin and skin irritations."

      Holland & Barrett Warn:

      "If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medications, please consult a doctor before use.

      For external use only.

      Avoid contact with eyes.

      Do not use if sensitive to any of the ingredients.

      If skin sensitivity or redness occurs discontinue use.

      Keep out of reach of children.

      Store in a cool, dry place"


      The Holland & Barrett Gel carries the Aloe Certified for content and purity logo and the Aloe Vera HFMA standard logo and is marketed as a bio active skin treatment.

      The Tube:

      The Tube is surprisingly large and therefore represents excellent value for the price paid. On opening the top down style screw top lid, the gel is easily squeezed out of the small hole. The gel is clear and practically odourless. You only need a small amount for application and the gentlest of touches is all that is required.

      To Use:

      Simply squeeze a little onto your fingertips and rub onto the place required. Aloe Vera gel is quickly absorbed and leaves skin feeling fresh and pampered.

      How I Use Aloe Vera Gel:

      First of all I keep an Aloe Vera Barbadensis in my kitchen to use the fresh gel on any burns.

      I keep a tube of Holland and Barrett Gel in my bedside cabinet and its uses are limitless. Anywhere that needs healing I apply some gel, such as:

      Burns
      Blisters
      Grazes
      Shaving Rash
      Sunburn
      Sore Chapped Lips
      Cuticle Hang Nails
      Shingles Rash
      Rubs

      I also use it for minor ailments on horses, dogs and chickens with fantastic results.

      Due to its bitter taste it works very well as a cure for feather pecking, a vice that hens sometimes develop, especially in the winter when they are cooped up for longer. The gel puts off the biter, whilst actually conditioning the skin and feathers on the bullied chicken. This is a fabulous use that I have discovered and been promoting amongst chicken keepers that is particularly useful for organic flocks where traditional medicines cannot easily be used.


      Clinically:

      Since the late 1990's Aloe Vera impregnated dressings have been used by UK ambulance services as an initial treatment to burns. I was a burn patient treated by a motorcycle paramedic with such a dressing. He only had two in his pack and the area's that the gel was used have healed successfully. A third area that could not be treated, is still scarred. Fortunately, for me not badly, but if I needed proof of the value of the gel that would do it, but I was already a fan.

      In Conclusion:

      Like so many natural products there are few trials into the real benefits of Aloe Vera Gel, this is because the big pharmaceutical companies will not spend money on trials for something they cannot own.

      Like many similar products this Aloe Vera Gel is marketed for external use only and as such I cannot advise you to use it internally. However, I have used this natural product on mouth ulcers and nasally to block pollen and avoid hay fever. I used it when I had an ear infection after swimming with outstanding results.

      There are no known contraindications.


      Would I Recommend Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel:

      Yes, I have used Aloe Vera in various forms for many years now and the Holland & Barrett Gel for about 10 years. As a natural first aid treatment for minor rubs and scratches it helps fast healing and has proven to me time and time again its worth. As a treatment for burns and scalds I believe it is second to none. If I have sore lips, I apply some at night and in the morning they are fine and healthy to face the day.



      Price and Availability:

      I buy mine in store at Holland & Barrett, a tube lasts a long time and unlike some lines, it does appear to be available in all stores. At a normal price of £6.99 it is occasionally included in their 1p offers and buy one get one half price. So naturally, that is when I aim to buy.

      Thank you for reading my review of one of the many Aloe Vera products I use.

      Always check the label when buying Aloe products to check you are getting the real deal!

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        26.03.2012 09:56
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        skin gel

        I first purchased Holland and Barret's Aloe Vera gel many years ago when recommended by a friend to soothe an annoying and itchy blotch that had appeared on my hands. I have since repurchased several times and used to treat other such ailments as well as to just keep my hands soft and cared for.

        A 200ml tube of this currently costs £5.99 in Holland and Barrett (but it is also currently in a 'buy one get one half price' promotion - March 2012). The tube is a plastic squeezy tube that stands on it's green cap - so when you want the gel, it flows out quite freely. The gel itself is clear and colourless and a little tacky to the touch. It is also fairly odourless, with just a slight scent to it, which I would describe as 'fresh'. The gel is 100% Pure Aloe Gel.

        The gel absorbs quickly into your skin and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy at all. It is cooling and soothing on the skin. I have used this to treat dry patches of skin and sore, red patches and it has been cooling and calming on it. I have also used on sunburn, which it has cooled instantly and felt very soothing. It adds some moisture to the skin but perhaps not as much as specialist moisturising creams.

        I like the fact that this is completely natural and works well on my irritated skin. It feels gentle and caring and not chemical at all. A tube of this also goes a long way as you only need a small amount to treat quite a large patch of skin. Applied to sore or itchy patches of skin, I find it works well to remedy the skin and certainly relieve the itching. I usually apply every few hours and this is sufficient to keep the skin moisturised and reduce irritation.

        Overall, a very good natural gel that can help to relieve sore patches of skin. Recommended.

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          23.02.2012 11:41
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          Works a treat on my husbands psoriasis tormented skin

          Regular readers of my reviews will know that I have been on a neverending search for solutions to my husbands problems with psorisis. He suffers terribly from it, and it's always worse in the winter with less sunlight getting onto his skin, and has permanent big red, angry, flakey patches on his legs and back. The poor thing is forever tormented, not only by the itching but by me telling him off for scratching it, and our bed sheets frequently end up dotted with blood where he's scratched himself in his sleep.

          To try and ease his torture I'm always on the look out for different lotions and potions and have tried MANY over the last few years. We've tried allsorts, from doctor prescribed to over the counter to supermarkets own brands via all things natural promising fantastic results. Unfortunately none of the ones we've tried have been very successful, only easing the itching for an hour or so at the most, which has been good for me as I get all the leftovers to use as body lotions, but not so good for poor hubby.

          Since joining Dooyoo I've been reading reviews for various creams and lotions that have all sounded promising and a few weeks ago came across reviews for this aloe vera gel. Whilst most people from here had reviewed it as a sunburn cooling solution it sounded as though it might be worth a try in our case too. My husband also recently started on Evening Primrose Oil supplements in an attempt to combat the psoriasis internally, but the aloe vera gel sounded like it might help ease the external symptoms at the same time. As the supplements can take months for you to notice any difference I decided to get him some of this gel in an attempt to alleviate his suffering whilst he waits for the capsules to (hopefully) take affect.

          I have to admit I didn't research the different brands and varieties of aloe vera gel available, I just picked up a tube of the Holland and Barrett version as I happened to be passing the store in town one day. At £5.99 for a 200ml tube I didn't think it was too badly priced, especially considering it claims to be 99.9% pure aloe vera, which is a much higher content than others I've seen since. It's also available in a 100ml tube for £3.55 (currently on at £2.55 special offer) but I knew that if it did even 10% of the cooling and soothing that it claimed to do my husband would get through a lot of it so I invested in the larger tube.

          The tube itself isn't particularly exciting but to be honest, in most cases I'm not particularly bothered by packaging and in this case especially it really wasn't even a consideration. It lives under our coffee table as my husband is extremely forgetful (the other day he got off the sofa to make a coffee, went into the kitchen, was gone for a good 5 minutes and still came back without having made a coffee!) so at least if it's there in view there's more chance of him remembering to use it, or of me remembering to remind him to use it (or throw it at him violently if he starts scratching again!). Whilst it does nothing to enhance the decor of our living room, nor do I mind it being visible either, especially now that we've seen the results of using it...but more of that later and back to the tube. The fact that they've used mainly green on the packaging serves to emphasise - in my eyes at least - that it is almost totally a natural product and makes you feel better about using it...I'm particularly averse to him using chemical filled creams on his psoriasis as I don't see that they could be helping very much with all that un-naturalness and astringency.

          The first time my husband used this gel, he'd just showered and applied it liberally all over the affected areas on his legs (pretty much all of his right shin and most of his left one too). It was easy to use as it had a flip-top lid so he didn't need to worry about getting the lid screwed back on again with his hands coated in gel. The gel itself doesn't really need much explanation I think, it's the consistency of a gel! And is easily squeezed out of the little hole at the bottom of the tube. It has a pleasant fragrance, slightly herbal but is in no way overpowering and it doesn't linger too long, which is no bad thing really...it smells green if you know what I mean!?! He sat back with his trouser legs rolled up to wait for it to dry, but, despite the fact he used quite a big (at least 2 x 50p piece size) dollop on each leg, he was amazed how quickly it absorbed into his skin.

          He said more or less straight away that it felt really cooling on his skin and that it felt "nice" (which, believe me, is high praise!) but, as he's tried so many other things in the past he still didn't hold out much hope that it would work in the long term. How wrong he was!

          I noticed pretty much immediately that he was scratching a lot less. I don't think he realises how much he does scratch at his legs as he does it automatically and subconsciously, but from my vantage point next to him I can tell you it's normally a lot! At least every few minutes on average at a guess. But once he'd applied the aloe vera gel he settled back and wasn't reaching for his legs at all. After an hour or so I asked him how his legs were feeling and he said "oh, I hadn't really thought about them, but yes they do feel quite soothed and they're not really itching". Just for him not to have been bothered by it for an hour was a miracle in itself, not just for his skin but for my state of mind...I know he can't help it, but his scratching drives me crazy!! After a few hours he said he could feel his shins starting to itch again, so he applied some more gel before bed and, again, felt the affect immediately.

          He's now been using this aloe vera gel for about 3 weeks and the difference to his skin has been remarkable. No longer is he tormented by the continuous itching of before and the huge patches of red skin are no longer flakey like before. Whilst his skin is by no means cured in any way, this gel was never an attempt to cure the problem, just to ease the torment he suffered from the symptoms and it really has done that. So, although the affected areas (he's now using this gel on the patches on his back too as it worked so well on his legs) still look red, they don't look nearly so angry, he suffers hardly any itching and the flakiness has almost all gone.

          Whilst I don't want to hail this gel as a miracle cure for the symptoms of psoriasis as it almost certainly won't work for all sufferers, in my husbands case it really has been a god send and has made a vast difference to his life. Although an application of the gel doesn't last a tremendously long time and he has to apply it 3 times a day, he doesn't mind this at all as it soothes his skin so much and I don't even have to remind him to use it, he does it automatically. As he uses it so often the tube has almost all gone now and we'll soon be needing to restock. Now that we know it works we'll try and be a bit cannier about when we buy it and look out for Holland and Barrett special offers and use Quidco for cashback too, so all in all it should work out to be quite an economical solution to a problem which has tormented him for a long time!

          So, for me, this Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera Gel gets a huge 5 stars...now, if only they would start making a gel that would magically stop him from chewing his fingernails my life would be complete!!!

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            12.02.2012 02:10
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            A lovely gel. Inexpensive too!

            We've used this in our family for quite a few years now, especially during the winter when hands get more dry. Nowadays I mix things up a bit by trying out more products since I've become increasingly less brand loyal and more curious about trying out new products!

            ~~Product Description~~
            (Holland & Barrett) Produced from 100% Pure Aloe Gel. 99.9% Soothing Hand Filleted Organic Aloe Vera Gel. This colourless gel absorbs quickly to leave no greasy residue. Full-strength formula won't stain clothing or fabrics. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

            ~~Current Price & Additional Information~~
            These can be bought from Holland&Barrett for £2.55 (normally £3.55) 100ml; £5.99 for the 200ml. The packaging, as seen on the website, is different now to the one in the pictures. The new packaging is just a more 'jazzed up' version with lime green design.

            ~~Ingredients~~
            Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Organic Aloe Vera Gel), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol.

            ~~My Thoughts~~
            It comes in a really convenient squeezy tube, but is probably a bit too long for the handbag. The gel description is accurate with the product coming out clear and quite think. When you put it on your hands it has a nice somewhat cool sensation. After rubbing your hands it feels more watery, but surprisingly it absorbs into your skin really quickly. It's non-greasy and not at all messy, especially since it's clear so even if you happen to squirt some on your clothes it won't be noticeable. One small squirt is pretty much enough to cover your hands nicely. The great thing is even with this amount, it leaves them feeling and looking noticeably hydrated. The smell is also pretty natural (aloe vera) as you would expect it to be. Sometimes I use it on dry elbows as well, which has been pretty effective.

            ~~Overall~~
            Definitely a really lovely product that I enjoy using. Obviously the fact that it's made from 100% pure Aloe gel is another big plus. This gel is really just plain and simple; even the packaging reflects this. If you want something really basic, effective and not too pricey, this is pretty much perfect!

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            03.01.2012 00:10

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            99.9% natural aloe vera gel, soothing and moisturising

            Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera Gel is one product I always have in my home or my handbag, summer or winter. I am a big advocate of natural products, and they don't get more natural than this one. In the summer, it makes an excellent aftersun and is also fantastic for soothing the itch and irritation of insect bites, while in the colder months it can help soothe dry winter skin. Having pale skin, I find I can be easily irritated by beauty treatments such as threading or waxing, and this gel goes a long way to soothing the ensuing redness, especially when it is chilled. Another way I use it is to mix it with my liquid foundation, as it gives a lighter effect, stops the make-up looking "cakey" and keeps my skin soft and moisturised. In short, I wouldn't be without this product, I find it more effective than other skin products that retail at several times the price.

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            07.07.2011 15:53
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            an essential item for the first aid kit

            After Boots, H&B is probably my favourite shop! I was pleased to hear that they are starting a loyalty card but it is only on trial in some shops at the moment, when it is rolled out nationwide i will be the first one in the queue!

            I have a couple of tubes of Aloe Vera on the go at home - top tip, buy it during their sales. This is one of the products that always gets included in the sale so don't buy at full price unless you have to.

            This is a product that has many uses. I keep one of my tubes in the kitchen as i find it invaluable as a soother for burns. If you pop some on as soon as you burn it takes the heat out of it. I also continue to apply thereafter to help reduce scarring and it seems to do a decent job. it is also good on scratches or anything else that causes you a sting or itch.

            In the bathroom, I use Aloe Vera to take the heat out of any spots. You know the ones that start to burn before they hit the surface - Aloe Vera again helps to take the sting out of them. I sometimes find that the cooling effect sometimes keeps the spot small or at least reduces its impact. After the spot is gone, if you find you still have a red scar, then I find that Aloe Vera can help take the redness out and reduce the scarring.

            I don't find it useful as a moisturiser - i use it more for first aid than beauty and it does a brilliant job at that. I have tried it on my face when i have been caught shot with my usual face cream but i found it left my face feeling tight and uncomfortable and not particularly soft.

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              12.11.2010 18:59
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              Good but not - in my opinion - a market leader for this type of product

              Holland & Barrett Aloe vera gel is the 'in house' Aloe vera product stocked by the high street chain of health and wholefood shops. It comes in two sizes of tube - 100ml and 200ml, with the larger version usually costing approximately £5. I've noticed lately that the large tubes are quite often on some kind of promotion, where 'BOGOF' or get the second tube half-price, or some such.

              The gel comes in white 'squeezy' tubes designed to stand up on their wide-based (green plastic) screw caps. The Holland & Barrett gel is in looks and texture identical to the various other brands of Aloe gel I've tried: it's a clear, water-based gel with little or no smell, and a 'gel-like', non-greasy, non-sticky texture.
              As outlined in my other reviews for the other brands of Aloe vera gels, we always have this product in the house as my partner uses it in place of shaving gel as he finds it's better for his sensitive skin. Where I've fallen down lately is in the use of this particular product for first-aid reasons. Fresh Aloe vera gel, taken directly from the plants, has a traditional reputation as a substance that'll promote healing of cut or otherwise damaged human skin - and having one of these plants growing in a pot on my windowsill, I can confirm that it really does seem to help with minor cuts and scrapes - especially the type of fresh grazes where the upper layer of skin had 'peeled' and the cut that's left is 'oozing liquid' - but not properly producing blood. I find these type of abrasions often are a bit tricky to heal, but fresh Aloe vera gel from the plant seems to rapidly sort them out, by somehow making them become 'dry' so that they can start to heal properly.

              While the gel in the tubes isn't promoted as something to put in your first aid kit, I recently put some on an infected fingernail I had and it certainly didn't help, and may have made things worse. I don't know if the batch I used from the tube had 'expired' past the sell-by date: as we have recently been getting multiple tubes on the Holland & Barrett promotions, some have been lying about in the airing cupboard perhaps for too long and it's possible I put some out-of-date gel on my hand. Either that or the type of infection I had in my fingernail was just too bad: it has resisted applications of TCP, Dettol and neat surgical spirit to date, but I definitely thought that slathering the Holland & Barrett gel onto it at the outset made a bad situation slightly worse.

              Given this recent experience, I would be leery about applying commercial Aloe vera gel (from tubes) onto broken skin in future. Its best use is probably as a soothing agent for eg. sunburn, where the skin is a bit minorly inflamed but not broken or deeply damaged. This is of course what it's sold for and my problems with it have resulted entirely from my use of it for a purpose for which it wasn't entirely intended in the first place.

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              03.08.2010 22:45
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              brilliant gel for skin

              I had some ipl sessions a little while back and was left red faced and burning from the laser. The therapist applied some aloe Vera gel onto my skin straight after treatment and she promised me it would help to cool and sooth my skin and recommended I buy myself some for home and apply it for a few days to help my skin heal.

              As my burnt face would have scared small children I got my friend to pop into Holland and Barretts to pick me up a bottle.
              The gel is made of 99.9% pure Aloe Vera and has a thick clear consistency in a 200ml bottle. As it is so pure it isn't scented and the smell is very natural smelling if that makes sense. It is kind of earthy and you can really tell it is made from a plant but it's subtle and not overpowering.

              When I first applied the gel to my skin it really cooled the burning sensation and took a lot of the redness out of it within in minutes. I was really impressed with this and every time the burning came back a little gel soon got rid of it again.
              The only problem I have with the gel is that when I apply it, it leaves my skin feeling really sticky and closes my eyelids shut which feels uncomfortable. It also doesn't seem to absorb like a lotion would and you can definitely feel how it leaves a layer on the top of your skin which takes some getting used to.

              The next morning I was amazed to see how good my skin looked, I wasn't sure if this was due to the ipl or the Aloe Vera but I decided to continue using it after my skin healed and it was definitely the Aloe Vera. It seems to take the grease out of my skin and makes it glow so I now use it regularly at night as a rejuvenating product which is a really nice side effect.

              It is such a versatile product and can be used for so many things. In summer it is great for using after a day in the sun to take the heat out of your skin and condition it and if you get sun burn it is fantastic for speeding the healing up.
              It also works wonders on insect bites helping to take the itch out of them and if I apply it before bed I don't get bit nearly as much so I think there may be something in the Aloe that they don't like.
              In winter it works great on dry flaky skin and really helps with any dryness and really makes my skin feel better after being out in the wind.

              I paid £2.99 for my bottle of Aloe Vera from Holland and Barretts, the normal price is £4.99 but it's nearly always on offer especially in summer. I personally think it is a brilliant product that works so well on healing skin and making it look lovely and recommend it to everyone.

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                15.02.2010 15:58
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                Incredible product at a great price.

                This Aloe Vera Gel is one of the best products I have ever come across.

                I have personally used it as a cleanser, moisturiser, anti-acne treatment, scar reducing treatment, skin soothing treatment, and an after sun.

                When you first see this product in the shop window of Holland and Barrett, it's hard to imagine this being anything beyond a health gimmick, but trust me it really does work. It's usually featured in the shop's special offers, and I got my last tube of this stuff for £2.99.

                Yes the packaging is boring. No it doesn't come from Clinique or Clarins or any of the luxurious beauty houses (which I absolutely adore by the way). But it's really cheap, and really natural. It can be used by men, women, children, even your cat or dog!

                The fact is, Aloe Vera has incredible healing properties which are renowned throughout the world. You can even buy Aloe Vera juice, which is said to heal you from the inside.

                This powerful stuff is used as the main ingredient in many expensive lotions and potions. In this format, it's very versatile and all natural, containing the highest concentration (99.9%) of Aloe Vera that I've ever found on the high street or the internet.

                Personally, I couldn't justify spending £45+ on small pots of so-called "miracle creams" that contained Aloe Vera, some questionable chemicals and not much else. Why bother when you can have this for £4.99 or cheaper? I would also recommend this above any Aftersun product on the market, and many cleansers if you have problem skin. It's absolutely ideal for anybody suffering from a skin irritation or other complaint and it really calms inflammation.

                This Aloe Vera Gel lasts ages and I like the smell which is very earthy. I know that some people aren't too keen on this smell, but what's the point in pumping synthetic fragrance into a natural product?

                So... what did this product do for me, apart from cost very little and seriously compete against the big players of the beauty industry?

                First off, I used it every night to calm my very inflammed, acne-ridden skin. I'd tried loads of other products, antibiotic gels, antibiotic tablets, vitamin and herbal tablets etc. Nothing had worked. After just a week, the difference was incredible. My spots had gone down and people couldn't help commenting.

                All I did was apply it liberally at night (it stung a little while my skin was getting used to it but it wasn't too bad), let it dry like a mask and wash it off in the morning. My skin also felt really hydrated once it was washed off. I noticed that it acted like a cleanser too.

                I tried wearing it under foundation, but this made my make-up look blotchy so I wouldn't advise doing this.

                I've also noticed that as it rejuvinates the skin, this product also helps to fade scars without leaving the skin greasy or oily. In addition, I've read that Aloe Vera has anti-aging properties too.

                In summary, this IS an amazingly good, natural product. I've read that it may take a while to work for some people but it is really worth sticking with.

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                Good product for certain skin problems

                There seems to have been a recent resurgence in popularity of Aloe Vera products. It was over the course of the last month or so that I had 3 or 4 people mention using the product to me... after 28 years of having never heard about it. Regarding the gel, it does wonders for your skin I was told. Especially for flaky, dry or sore skin conditions I was told. I suffer from mild Psoriasis and having a slight allergy of doctors and the militant remedies they prescribe, I thought I would give this a go to see if it helped.

                Before getting onto results a little about the product. The one I bought came in a 200 ml tube at £4.99 from Holland and Barrett. The packaging is as you would expect from them - it looks friendly and homeopathic and advertising in huge lettering that the tube contains 99.9% organic Aloe Vera gel. I wonder what the 0.01% is? There is a list of other ingredients on the back which i assume make up the remaining minuscule percentile. The gel itself is clear and has a faint scent reminding me a little of hospitals.

                So, have I found the miracle cream for my ailments? Honestly, no. I could say that it has improved but I think that may be psychosomatic. It does however work on very mild dryness or chapping (and apparently burns but I've not tested this) so in these instances is very worthwhile. Guess I may need to get over my iatrophobia and find something that will work.

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                  I'm keeping the tube for when my last child gets chicken pox!

                  Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera gel was reccommended to me when my children had chicken pox. My husband went to buy some; he was a bit worried that he'd get the wrong stuff or not be able to find it, but he came back to say that Holland & Barrett had a huge pyramid of the stuff on display in the window. The town was in the grip of a chicken pox outbreak at the time!

                  --- What is it? ---
                  It says it is "99.9% hand-filleted organic aloe vera gel". You'd think it was edible with that description but I wouldn't advise it. I think the point is that it has a lot of very pure aloe vera in it.

                  --- What is the bottle like? ---
                  It comes in a 200ml tube which is good as you need a lot. It is one of those squeezy tubes that stands on its lid, so it is easy to get the gel out. It could have done with a flip-open lid rather than a screw-off-and-lose lid.

                  --- What is it like? ---
                  It is a clear gel. The gel is fairly liquid but doesn't run away. It smells very faintly of something quite neutral and not unpleasant - aloe vera presumably. It rubs into the skin easily but can leave the skin feeling slightly sticky. It is very cool and soothing. It doesn't stain if you get it on clothing.

                  --- How do you use it? ---
                  For chicken pox, you plaster masses of it all over the spotty child. You can't rub it in as that would break the spots but you can just smooth it over.

                  It is also for use on dry skin, chapped skin, irritated skin, sunburnt skin - etc.

                  --- Does it work? ---
                  My children would come and ask for it regularly. It certainly seemed to help them get off to sleep at night when their skin was at its itchiest.

                  --- What does it cost? ---
                  It costs £4.49 for 200ml, only in Holland&Barrett shops. Or £2.99 for 100ml.

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                    19.03.2009 20:34
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                    The Gel provides relief for senstive skin that has been irritated by sun.

                    If you enjoy exploring natural or homeopathic remedies, how they work and what they contain then Holland and Barrett is the place for you. I often pay them a visit, the sales assistants are pretty genned up on the stores products and more often than not if you give them some background information then one of the staff will be able to point you in the right direction.
                    I will be the first to agree with anyone who says that natural healing doesn`t come cheap but it far outweighs having to take prescribed medicine if it is something that you can easily and safely treat yourself. Naturally if there are any concerns at all then you should always visit your own GP.

                    Our problem is that the Other Half is very fair skinned and every year without fail as soon as the British summer sun starts to shine he develops patches of pink scaly skin which inevitably end up feeling sore. No matter what factor sun screen we use ( usually one containing UVA and UVB ) the sun takes an instant dislike to his skin.
                    This has nothing to do with vanity, I suppose that you would say that he is unlucky and just has super-sensitive skin.
                    More often than not he ends up with sore skin after summer gardening sessions, so rather than put up with the discomfort we have managed to find a natural remedy to ease the problem.

                    Aloe Vera Gel was a new one on us, I had heard of Aloe Vera before but I didn`t have a clue that the gel could provide relief for skin that had been irritated by sun.
                    Last year I started off buying the smaller 100ml tube which worked out at £2.99, when we realised that it was capable of taking the sting out of sore skin we went back to Holland and Barrett and bought the 200ml tube at £4.49.

                    Holland and Barrett have chosen a simple plastic tube for their Aloe Vera gel. no fuss, no nonsense, which helps keep the prices of their goods low.
                    Aloe Vera gel can be used before going out into the sun or after you come in from the sun, that is your choice.
                    The gel can be used anywhere on your body, if you want to rub gel into your skin after you have got dressed then you don`t have to worry, the gel doesn`t stain clothing.
                    The Aloe Vera gel is clear and has very little in the way of smell attached to it, a good point because it allows both male and female to reap the benefits.
                    You can afford to apply the gel liberally because as it sinks into the skin it just vanishes leaving no greasy feeling or stickiness.
                    The gel is absorbed into the skin quickly and as well taking care of any skin that has been irritated by the sun it also provides nourishment and an inbuilt moisturiser in the form of Vitamin E.

                    Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera Gel doesn`t stop the sun burning the skin, you still need to use a good sunscreen. But if you have been unlucky enough to have been blessed with very sensitive skin then it certainly helps to ease any irritation caused after prolonged exposure.
                    Aloe Vera Gel will be going down on my shopping list again very soon.

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                      03.02.2009 23:35
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                      Fab organic prod.

                      Why i chose this product:
                      Im always doing stupid things such as burning myself on my straighteners or touching the grill. Its common knowlege that Aloe vera plants soothe a burn, but my plants were taking a beating due to my clumsiness. Then I heard about Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera Gel.

                      Where to find this product:
                      Pretty obvious really, any high street Holland and Barrett stores.

                      Cost:
                      Around £4.99 for 200ml of product.

                      Packaging:
                      a squeezy tube with a screw top lid. Printed on the front is a pic of the aloe plant.

                      Shelf life:
                      12 months.

                      Product Description:
                      This product is created from 100% pure Aloe gel, capturing the maximum capacity of the Barbadensis plant. This product is a bio active skin treatment which can be used to help soothe, moisturise and soften dry skin. It can be applied to stretch marks, dry or chapped skin and skin irritations.

                      How to use:
                      Apply liberally to the skin and repeat as often as needed.

                      Other information:
                      For external use only.

                      Product Performance:
                      This product works exactly like the plant and certainly soothes any minr burns, including sunburn. This product is also fantastic for curing dry patches of skin quickly. Gel is thick and cool and smells like the aloe plant. Tip: keep product in the fridge if you have space for an added coolness during application.

                      Recommendation:
                      a definate good product which is worth keeping around.

                      Links;
                      www.hollandandbarrett.com

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                    Soothes skin irritated by over-exposure to the sun / Quick absorbing /