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~ Why I Bought It ~
I had been wanting to try this product for a while now but seeing as I already had lots of other skin care products I decided to wait until I had used most of them up. I finally got around to buying it last month and was excited to try it as I've heard nothing but good things about it.
~ Price ~
I paid £4.50 for my 200ml bottle which isn't too expensive but it definitely isn't cheap either. The retail price is around £6 I believe but this depends on where you buy it from.
~ My Opinion ~
I was quite surprised when this arrived as I wasn't expecting such a large tube! The tube contains 200ml of gel but it is quite a large tube and it looks like it holds much more. The tube is made from a soft, easily squeezable plastic kind of material and it stands upright on its green flip lid.
The tube is well designed and the bottom half is transparent and there is a picture of an aloe vera plant on the front. There is also the brand name and product name written in green writing on a white background on the top half of the tube. Also on the front of the tube there is two small, round logo's, one of which says that the product is certified by the international aloe science council. The other one simply says that the product is made with organic aloe vera.
The words 'cooling, soothing and moisturising' are also written on the front of the tube in white writing on a dark green background. The back of the tube has lots of information on it - it explains that the aloe vera gel is produced from pure aloe vera inner gel which captures the maximum nutritional activity of the aloe vera barbadensis plant. As well as this it lists the natural activities, beneficial properties and directions for use. There's also the ingredients listed right at the bottom in tiny writing.
Upon flipping up the lid I was pleased to see that the dispenser hole is not too big. As the bottle is very easily squeezable though, a lot of product does come out at once despite the dispenser hole not been too big so I have to be quite careful not to squeeze it too hard else it all comes out at once. The product is a thick, clear gel which has absolutely no scent to it and it has a very lightweight, almost watery texture while still having a gel like consistency. It is easy to spread over my skin and the gel isn't too thick and it is not at all sticky. It doesn't really need to be rubbed into my skin as it absorbs in so quickly and absolutely no residue is left - just a very slight wet feeling which dries in no time.
The gel gives my skin an instant cooling sensation which I really like, and it will definitely be a product that I will be using regularly when I next go abroad as an aftersun lotion. Despite the cooling sensation though I can't say that my skin feels particularly moisturised, and it just makes my skin look a little damp for a few seconds and then it's completely absorbed. For people with normal skin this will be fine but for someone like me who has extremely dry, sometimes quite flaky skin it is no where near as intensive enough and I felt the need to apply some thick, moisturising body butter after using it as my skin felt just as dry as it did prior to using it unfortunately.
The gel is described as soothing so I decided to use it when my eczema flared up, which was a big mistake as it made my skin even itchier and although it did provide a cooling sensation it also made it sting like crazy so I wouldn't recommend using it on broken skin. The gel is great for providing a cooling sensation but it doesn't really do anything else (for me, anyway) so I feel a little disappointed to be honest.
~ All in All ~
I'm a little disappointed as this is not as moisturising as I thought it would be and I still need to use my body butter almost immediately afterwards to moisturise my skin so using the gel seems a little pointless. It does have a really nice light texture though which feels cooling and refreshing on my skin but it doesn't really do much other than that so I will only be giving it three out of five stars.
As long as I can remember I always had skin problems. I really have a sensitive skin and it gets
irritated easily and becomes really red. It flares up by time and I never knew what to do with it.
Some products only seem to make it worse while others don't have any effect. Until a friend of mine
advised to me use Aloe Vera product.
Aloe Vera comes from a plant and is pure natural. I heard about this before but never knew what it
was about. In this Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera Gel is 99.9% pure high grade organic Aloe Vera and it
is mend as a moisturizer for your skin. It doesn't come cheap with the 5 pounds for a tube of 200ml
but more than happy to spend it. The product claims it can be used for stretch marks, scars dry,
chapped skin, sun burn, skin irritations and minor burns" with soothing, restoring, moisturising, and
The gel is a tick sticky gel and doesn't seem to be like a normal moisturizer. It looks more like hair
gel and it feels the same when you put it in your hands. When you rub it on your skin you can feel a
layer forming and it doesn't absorb. It does have a great effect. The gel feels cold and smoothing and
I can feel my skin becomes less irritated. After say 10 t 20 minutes I can even tell the redness is gone
and it feels a lot better. I normally leave it on for a while so that the skin that completely calm down.
As for the other product claims I'm a bit unsure since it's not a moisturizer. Since it didn't use it for
anything other than my redness and irritated skin I can't judge about it. For what I use it for it's a
great product and worth the fiver!
For various reasons we always have a tube or two of Aloe Vera gel in the house. It has to be said that I pick these up pretty indiscriminately - a number of different companies all make a variety fairly similar, and similarly-packaged / priced Aloe vera gel products, and what I buy essentially depends on which health / whole food shop I've most recently been to.
Aloe Pura gel is the brand I find most often stocked by smaller / independent health food shops. It's sold in wide-based, screw-top squeezable plastic tubes - designed so they stand up on the screw-cap end - and you get a big 200ml tube for £5. The tube is semi-transparent (it's also got a pattern of the slightly spiny, strap-like Aloe plant leaves drawn on the outside) and through it you can see the actual gel, which is effectively clear. The contents have very little smell, and a pleasant cooling 'gel-like' texture. The gel itself is a plant product, so it's water-based, and isn't sticky or greasy to touch. If left to dry out completely, it'll form a semi-peelable 'film'.
What Aloe gel is used for is basically soothing skin irritations. It can be applied to cuts and scrapes, insect bites, sunburn, chapped skin, etc. and I believe some people also recommend it for applying during / after pregnancy as a treatment / preventative for stretch marks. The gel is effectively the pure 'jelly' extracted from the insides of succulent Aloe vera leaves (I think it's got a tiny bit of preservative or other necessary additive in to extend the shelf life), Aloe vera being a plant that naturally happens to contain a number of chemical compounds that have a healing / soothing effect on human skin. The better brands of Aloe vera gel - of which this is one - are almost pure leaf extract, in this case the product being advertised as being 'paraben free'. I'm not sure which health scare the additives-to-cosmetics parabens were recently involved in but I suppose they have some nefarious characteristics or other that make a product better for their absence.
I find the gel useful for minor first aid applications, but the main reason that we always have some in the house is that my partner uses it instead of traditional shaving gel / cream as he finds it is 'kinder' to his skin. It has a fairly long shelf-life even once opened and is an excellent product to have 'on standby' in the house.
Aloe Vera is such a powerful skin treatment that it has to be my number one product for problem skin.
I have really sensitive reactive skin and I am never sure when it is going to flare up so I always try to remember to have a tube of Aloe Pura Aloe Vera gel in my fridge in case I need it.
Aloe Pura is a gel that contains 99.9% pure high grade organic Aloe Vera and costs around 5 for a 200ml tube. 200ml is not that much for a fiver but because it is so good I am going to say it is completely worth it.
The contents of the tube are a thick clear gel that has a slight grassy smell and to me it even looks pure. Once the gel is rubbed into hands to apply it does become a bit runny so you need to be careful or else you could end up losing half of it to the floor.
As I mentioned I have horrible skin that can be fine for weeks then react to something and go red and painful. This gel really helps with calming my skin down and helping neutralise the redness. As soon as I apply it the gel instantly feels cool on my skin and helps take some of the heat away from my face and I can literally feel my skin calming down.
The company market this as a moisturiser but I am really unsure as to why they do that as it really doesn't moisturise. When you apply it the gel actually forms a layer on the skin and is tacky to the touch and a little tight feeling especially on the eyes . I personally wouldn't even leave the house wearing this gel as it really doesn't absorb well and people would be able to see it on your skin. I find it more like a mask where I leave it to dry on overnight and then wash it off in the morning.
Once it is washed off my skin does feel and look good and it seems to actually clean my skin out as it looks a lot clearer.
As it is so cooling and soothing it makes a fantastic after sun lotion and is much better than any shop bought product at taking the sting out of your skin and helping to protect it. Again though with it only being 200ml it won't last very long if you are slapping it on all over your body a couple of times a day.
The tube also claims that it can help stretch marks and scars but I am sceptical at how it would do this if it doesn't absorb that well. Personally I think it is best just to use this as a calmer for irritated skin whether it be sunburnt or just aggravated as this is where this product really excels.
Aloe Pure Gel claims to be an "intensive skin care treatment" suited for use on "stretch marks, scars dry, chapped skin, sun burn, skin irritations and minor burns" with soothing, restoring, moisturising, and nourishing properties. Before I begin I advise you to ignore these statements. They're not falsehoods per se, but they are highly misleading and likely to lead to confusion. This is not a product which will instantly soften your dry parts on application. It isn't a moisturiser in the way you'd assume. Intensive, it is not.
The main benefit of this is the upkeep of healthy skin, not a quick fix moisturiser.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant (i.e water retaining) found in arid areas of N. Africa and S. W Asia. The gel is extracted from inside the fleshy leaves, it is this which contains the water and prevents dehydration of the plant. Hence, this gel is a water based products and not lipid based like most moisturisers. There isn't really a scientific consensus on the healing properties of Aloe vera, but the is some scientific evidence that it has skin restorative properties.
I have quite a few skin...imperfections, so I'll focus on those for this review. I have used Aloe vera gel on my whole body regularly for several months so I think any differences should be noticeable by now.
I have a multitude of scars, some old, some older, some smooth and some ragged. I have to say Aloe vera doesn't do anything to them. But, I think there might still be something in that claim. I know that Bio-oil works best during scar formation, so Aloe vera might do the same for new skin damage. Besides, what possible change could happen to old scars anyway?
Yup, I have these also. Visibly I can see no difference, there has been a gradual fading of colour but this isn't sped up with the gel. What I do notice is my skin feels more uniform in texture, the stratch marks feel less...*ahem* saggy...much firmer. More like the rest of my skin.
DRY CHAPPED SKIN
As I stated before, the gel isn't an intensive moisturiser and when I get really dry patches I still need something lipid based, not water based, to make those instantly soft. However, long term I've noticed I'm less prone to dry patches and my skin is soft with fewer imperfections and I've also noticed I'm less prone to post-shaving issues.
I can't really comment on this one, I have fair skin, prone to sunburn so if there is a hint of sunlight I won't go out without sunblock on. Considering it's effectiveness on skin irritations I'd make a guess that it would compete well with after sun products.
Aloe vera gel really comes into its own here. It is cooling (even more so if kept in the fridge) and instantly soothes many skin irritations. I am prone to allergies to certain things (like latex), also living in Scotland I face my fair share of midges (and then some!) and living in the country provides frequent exposure to stinging nettles and the gel is effective for all of those. It's not so much a cure as it is a temporary relief allowing you to forget and ignore the irritation. There are claims that Aloe vera speeds up the skins recovery from such irritations but I can't neither confirm nor debunk the claims.
As with the irritations, the coolness of the gel is highly effective in soothing a burn, but perhaps no more so than holding the affected skin under a cold tap.
Instructions say to "apply liberally to the skin". I rub it in a bit and when it starts to feel tacky let it dry or absorb or whatever it actually does, I'm not sure if it sinks in or not... "Liberally" is a word I don't like when it comes to skin care, and I've found one of these 200ml tubes will last two to three weeks (at most) if used on the whole body 5 days out of 7. This wouldn't be much of a problem except it usually costs around £5, giving around £10 per month. Compared with shea butter which costs me £5 for 250g which lasts a few months, it's not the best value, however this is not a product flaw, simply the nature of the natural gel. I just wish it was a little cheaper. In saying that, I'm sure many people happily pay far more than £10 per month on skin care so this might not be an issue to many of you!
IS IT BETTER THAN A MOISTURISER?
Yes and no. It keeps my skin happy with regular use, is quick to use and doesn't need much rubbing in. But not instantaneous so I keep a small amount of shea butter close by for dry patches. It is multi use which is a plus. The gel itself I'd give 5 stars, but this product only gets 4 because it's claims are plain silly and it's perhaps a little bit pricey for a "pure" product.
99.9% Aloe vera gel, 1% preservative, which can be forgiven because without the 1% it'd not last too long...
© L Wade 2009.
I LOVE ALOE VERA!!!
And this being 99.9% pure aloe vera is great :) it contains around 20 amino acids, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, enzymes, vitamins, polysaccharides and nitrogen.
Which basicly mean its great to keep your skin healthy, and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects.
Making this gel awesome on cuts, bruises, to protect skin from the after effects of the sun, dust, smoke, exhaust fumes,
it also hydrates dry, rough or skin overly sun-exposed daily and to prevents wrinkles ,nappy rash and would even help to heal scars and skin infections, and can be used everyday on eczema and psoriasis to relieve the symptoms.
Also helps in increasing circulation of blood.
Aloe plants have been used worldwide for more than 3,500 years.
They are sometimes called desert lilies which look alot like cacti (cuctus) and there are more than 200 varieties.
Aloe vera means, true aloe, in Latin, is the most widely used and most effective of all the aloe plants.
I've used this gel after waxing my legs and eyebrows, it was cool and soothing and it disappeared into my skin nicely leaving it soft and smooth.
The smell was just like most Aloe Vera product i like the fact no perfumes have been added to change the smell.
Only a little product was needed as it went along way. I thought it would be more sticky but it was fine.
Most people think that products should sit on the skin and if they disappear they apply more, this however is not the case, the product should be absorbed into the skin to feed it, if it just sits on the top chances are its bulked up with petroleum and wont do any good at all.
Aloe Vera naturally absorbs in to all 3 layers of the skin which even a lot of modern expensive creams simply cant do, because the composition of an aloe vera plant is similar to the human body and shares many of the organic qualities that the human body does. Most creams would only absorb in to the top layer, absorbing into all 3 is rare and makes the results more long term.
Id quite like to try the aloe vera sun lotion which i have just seen on the screen to my right when im on holiday next haha!
Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera Gel is an intensive skin care treatment which moisturises, softens, and helps to restore dry and damaged skin. It can be applied to stretch marks, scars, dry, chapped skin, sun burn, skin irritations and minor burns.
I have used this bio active gel on my skin where I have had stretch marks or dry skin from psoriasis. It is cooling and refreshs the skin. I usually apply it before bed or after a shower to leave my skin feeling moisturised for the rest of the day. I will be taking this on holiday with me as it will work wonders on sun burns and rough skin.
Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid.
A 200ml tube costs around £4.99 depending on the shop, which I feel is a bargain as it lasts for a few weeks if used sparingly. As you can see from the picture, the packaging is a soft tube with a green lid. The 99.9% stands out most which lets the customer know what a natural and organic product this is!
A great gel for rehydrating the skin. Much better than most lotions which contain various amounts of perfumes and other concoctions. Definite 5 stars and a recommendation for all those with skin conditions.
I used to think of aloe vera gel as more of a after sun as a pose to a daily mosturiser. I tried it when i saw it in my parteners stash of lotions and potions had i had ran out of moisturisers so just grabbed this and slapped it on. This is a organic aloe vera gel with antioxidant vitamins A,C and E. It is produced from 100% pure aloe vera inner gel which give you all the goodness from the aloe vera barbadensis plant.
It can be used for near enough everything including stretch marks (who would have thought it) scars, dry chapped skin, sun burn and other minor burns so stocking this in the cupboard could be very handy! It is made with 99.9% aloe vera, leaving not much room for additional rubbush found is some others and even says on the bottle free from purfumes, colours and unnecessary additives.
I love using this after shaving really cools the skin and with so many uses it should definatly be in the cupboard.
I buy it from holland and barrett for £4.99 for a 200ml tube which i thinks really reasonable for what it is.
Would deinatly recommend sotcking this up, you never know when you might want it!
This aloe vera gel is derived from the aloe vera plant, as the name suggests.
When the aloe vera plant is cut and the fleshy stem separated, a gel like goo is exposed. This gel, almost 100 % of it, is the main ingredient used in this product along with essential ingredients added to make it into a usable cream like gel.
It is colourless, perfume free and suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin.
It can be used for many skin conditions, including dry skin, eczema, minor burns, sunburn and stretch marks.
The gel itself has a calm and cooling effect on the skin. It absorbs into the skin easily without leaving the skin feeling greasy.
I found regular application of the gel helped alleviate the itchiness that occurs with severe eczema. Obviously, everyone is different and it may not work like this for everyone. But IF there is a slight chance that this may help, it is worth trying. Especially since it is available at around £5 for a 200ml tube.
Highly recommended. Regular applications are advised, as it tends to dry out due to it being grease free. Still worth every penny.
As far as I'm concerned, Aloe Vera is a completely necessary part of a household medicine cabinet. It is anti bacterial, anti itch, it helps damaged or burn skin to regenerate more quickly. In short, the skin is the biggest organ of the body and the deeply penetrative aloe aids skin recovery.
This product is 99.9% pure organic aloe vera. The other 0.1% is for stabilizing ingredients - to stop the gel going off -because pure aloe does and quite quickly! You could grow an aloe vera plant indoors and cut of the cactus-like leaves for an instant skin remedy however, I believe the healing properties of aloe grown in the hot sun (Mexico, the caribbean) is more potent.
Aloe is often called 'the burns plant' because its action on burns is its most celebrated property. Sunburn is ill advised - but put aloe on the affected area and you will certainly notice an improvement in the morning; you really should not go on holiday (in the sun) without it.
Aloe has a bitter taste - but it is not poisonous and you can drink the drinkable products which are good for the skin on the inside. I use this gel on ulcers in my mouth or for the odd bleeding gum to aid healing.
I think it would be good for dry skin - but only if a barrier layer of thick cream was applied to the skin after the gel (so it is kept in).
Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera Gel comes in 200ml tubes, will cost you around £4 a tube, depending where you shop, and it is meant to soften your skin, and help with dry and damaged skin.
To be honest I didn't find it all that effective personally. I didn't really like the smell all that much, and when I applied it to my skin the gel was okay but I just didn't feel that my skin was much improved in terms of helping with dryness in the areas I'd hoped it might.
I really DO like that it is paraben free, and I also like that it is intended for many uses, not only dry skin, but also can be applied to insect bites, burns (presumably only minor burns!), and can help with sun burn. I must admit that as yet I've been unable to test it's suitability for the latter, as I haven't been bitten (only amatter of time if I hang around the pond for a while though - mossie heaven), I'm not cooking (take-away night!), and there's no sun.
So for dry skin I'm not overly impressed. Maybe it will be useful for the other things it suggests, still, at least it's organic.
Full ingredients (from label) are:
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Inner Gel*), Acrylates/C10 -30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid.* Organically Grown.
A paraben-free gel suitable for stretch marks, scars, dry, chapped skin, sun burn, skin irritations and minor burns.