You probably already know about Aloe Vera as a remedy for sunburn.
This water-rich plant can be found in most after-sun care products - and with good reason. Its cooling, hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties make it excellent at calming red, over-heated skin.
But this all-natural ingredient has much more to offer a man’s skin than just soothing the red bits where you forgot to apply sunscreen!
Read on to discover six more benefits for your skin (other than just sunburn relief) of using aloe vera.
Then we’ll show you the easiest ways to incorporate aloe into your skincare routine to reap all of those benefits and improve the condition of your skin.
Why is aloe vera so great for a man's skin?
Aloe calms and soothes irritated skin, especially after shaving
There’s no denying that shaving affects the quality of your skin. It not only makes your face and neck more sensitive, but the act of dragging a blade across your skin can cause irritation and nicks, creating scar tissue, increasing dryness and badly affecting the barrier function of the skin.
We added Aloe to our Protective Shave Cream to help soothe and repair the damage of shaving whilst at the same time calming any redness and rehydrating your face and neck.
You can find more great advice on getting a perfect, comfortable shave in our article here: " 9 helpful tips on how to ensure a pain-free shave".
Due to its phytosterol content, Aloe Vera will calm and soothe irritated skin, reducing any redness that might have been caused by shaving.
In Ayurvedic medicine it has several medicinal uses, including being used to effectively relieve the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema.
It's also great for soothing the delicate skin around your eyebrows after tweezing, or waxing, in that area.
It helps clear up acne
Aloe Vera is an excellent and gentle skin cleanser and a great natural remedy for acne and breakouts.
The gel is anti-microbial, meaning that it reduces the presence of bacteria.
It works on several levels.
Firstly, it contains antiseptic compounds that protect the skin from the bacteria which can cause infection and inflammation. Secondly, it contains glycoproteins which reduce any inflammation and redness, and polysaccharides that stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
Research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that if you are already using a topical prescription acne treatment, applying Aloe gel will make the treatment more effective in reducing acne.
It’s the anti-microbial qualities of Aloe that made us include it in our Daily Face Wash.
Men’s skin tends to be oilier than a woman’s. The sebaceous glands are more numerous and more active in a man’s skin, making it prone to acne and blemishes.
So we wanted to include ingredients in our Daily Face Wash, like Aloe and Tea Tree Oil, that have anti-microbial properties – to purify your skin and help to prevent any acne, while also reducing inflammation and encouraging new skin growth.
The Tea Tree Oil also regulates excess sebum.
For more on how to wash your face the right way, including how to choose the best face wash for your skin type, check out “Clean: The Best Way To Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh And Healthy”.
Aloe restores smoothness to your skin
Long known for its rich moisturizing properties, Aloe Vera improves the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness. It softens the skin but without making it greasy, or clogging your pores, so it’s perfect if you have oily skin.
Our Hydrating Daily Moisturiser includes Aloe because it is so excellent at softening and hydrating your skin. But more importantly because it doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or shiny.
It can help to lessen the effects of aging
As well as hydrating your skin, Aloe Vera improves elasticity. It encourages collagen and elastin repair, making your skin appear smoother.
It also contains several anti-oxidants, including Vitamins A, C and E and Beta Carotene, that help improve skin’s firmness and texture. These anti-oxidants also neutralize the aging effects of harmful free radicals, protecting against the appearance of fine lines.
It's also reduces inflammation so its great for improving puffy under-eyes, especially if you've had a late night.
We wanted our Hydrating Daily Moisturiser to be the best anti aging moisturizer for men out there, so of course, we had to include Aloe in the ingredients.
Aloe has regenerating and healing properties
Aloe is excellent at regenerating and healing the skin, particularly any small nicks you may get during your shave. It speeds up cell reproduction, allowing skin to heal quickly and with minimal scarring.
Applying our Hydrating Daily Moisturiser, with aloe, post-shave will ensure that your skin is always in the best possible condition. It is also very effective at minimising any scarring from acne, and excellent for men with sensitive skin too. Check out our "Life Enhancing Guide to Calming Your Sensitive Skin" for more on this.
It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial
The same properties which help to clear up acne also protect the skin from infection and prevent any irritation when you shave. Aloe vera is especially effective at calming razor burn and soothing inflamed ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
In addition to Aloe Vera, our Protective Shave Cream is enriched with Glycerin, Shea Butter and Apricot Stone Oil to ensure a smooth, protected shave which will leave your face and neck nourished and in excellent condition.
Head on over to "The BEST SKINCARE ROUTINE for MEN: why less is more" where we breakdown a ridiculously easy daily skincare routine that lets every man benefit from the amazing properties of Aloe Vera.
And that's not all...
Researchers are beginning to unlock the health benefits of drinking Aloe Vera in juice form.
So far it has shown to be helpful in improving digestion, boosting your immune system and maintaining oral health.
The best ways to use it
Straight from the plant
In gel form
You can also buy the gel ready extracted. Try to find one that is pure, and extracted straight from the leaf. Amara Organics make an excellent version.
The bottom line?
We never assume that just because an ingredient is natural that it is automatically safe and effective. But in the case of aloe vera, this is definitely an ingredient that is very safe, offers so many benefits to improve a man’s skin and deserves to be part of your daily routine.
If there’s anything we’ve missed, or you have more questions about the benefits of aloe vera, please leave them in the comments below. We love to hear from you!