Aloe Vera is a common succulent with over 3000 different varieties. It has been used for thousand of years as a treatment or food.
These days, it is an extremely popular skincare ingredient – especially in Korean Beauty products.
STYLE STORY investigates why Aloe Vera makes such a good addition to K-Beauty products and talks some of our favourite finds containing Aloe!
WHAT IS ALOE VERA?
Aloe Vera herb is a succulent seed belongs to Asphodelaceae family. It’s found all over the world and has been used for centuries to aid in the treatment of burns and scars.
It contains almost 20 vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C & E, 8 different proteins and has both antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
WHY ALOE VERA?
Aloe Vera has moisturising and emollient properties that make it perfect for inclusion in makeup and skincare products.
Due its high content of natural vitamins, Aloe Vera works well to relieve stress, rehydrate, and soften the skin’s outer layer. In addition, it helps protect skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Aloe Vera is often used to treat dermatitis, stretch marks, wounds and burns.
ALOE VERA IN KOREAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Aloe Vera has been extremely popular in K-Beauty products for several years now, and is commonly included in formulas to treat everything from flaky or dry skin to oily skin, sunburn and acne. It’s soothing, cooling effect makes it especially popular in summer products.
You’ll commonly find Aloe Vera in K-Beauty products:
For Sensitive Skin
Because Aloe Vera soothes and calms, it is perfect for sensitive skin. Try B-LAB I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Natural Cleansing Water, which is jam-packed with 92.858% of pure, organic Aloe Vera.
To Treat Acne
Aloe vera gel contains two hormones, Auxin and Gibberellins, that provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce skin inflammation.
This makes it perfect for acne prone skin, as assists to prevent further scarring. Our favourite acne-busting K-Beauty product with Aloe Vera? Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum.
To Fight Ageing
Aloe Vera’s natural beta carotene, Vitamin C and E content can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep it hydrated to reduce the visible signs of ageing. We love Tosowoong Pure Aloe Mask.
To treat Dry Skin
Aloe Vera works perfectly to rehydrate dull, dry skin, and masks containing Aloe Vera work particularly well – try WHEN Simply When Snow Song Mask.
To treat sunburn
Aloe Vera’s powerful healing activity helps with sunburn, acting as a protective layer on the skin. Its nutritional and antioxidant properties help skin heals quicker.
To prevent sunburn in the first place, try The Face Shop Oil Control Sun Cream, which also contains soothing Aloe.
On Oily Skin
Aloe’s ability to moisture without giving a greasy feel makes it perfect for anyone with oily skin. Try Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner.
To Lessen Stretch marks
Aloe vera gel can help hide the stretch marks left by a sudden expansion of skin (caused by pregnancy, weight gain etc).
To lessen the visible signs of stretch marks, try Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel.