***This gel has another variation – MISSHA Premium Cica Aloe Soothing Gel, full review for it here.
I love aloe vera – both the plant and as ingredient in skincare products. I’ve used the juice of aloe vera plant to cure everything from tiny wounds to skin rashes and chemical burns. In my experience, there’s just nothing better for my skin than the real aloe vera plant juice. However, I currently don’t have the plant at home and when I did have it, I needed a whole leaf for only few days of use on a small area. This means that I’d have to chop aloe vera plant regularly to use it as skincare product. This is why I turned to Korean aloe vera gels – they are convenient to use and often contain additional ingredients that are good for skin.
I’ve tried many of them, including Nature Republic, Holika Holika, and the SAEM, but this post is about the gel I’m currently using and have been using for the past 8 months – MISSHA Premium Aloe Soothing Gel. My skin type is sensitive and I’m very prone to different irritations & allergies. This gel is 95% aloe vera leaf juice, but what about the other 5%? In this post I’ve analyzed ALL ingredients of this gel, so you’ll know for sure whether it’s safe or not. Let’s start!
Right away, let me premise this review by saying that with my overly sensitive skin and the ways I intended to use the gel, I was choosing with real precision. I’ve studied several aloe vera gels by main ingredients and this one was the best one. I’ll give you a bit of an insight into the ingredients as well – it can be helpful if you’re on the hunt for an aloe vera gel.
What I expect from aloe vera gel? Moisturizing effect, calming effect, healing (skin regeneration) effect, anti-inflammatory effect. Just posted about the 12 common and not-so-common ways I use aloe vera gel – make sure to check it out!
What the product promises? Rich moisturizarion, soothing, calming.
Price: I got it for around $15 in a multibrand store. I usually buy Korean skincare from Jolse (my unboxing #1 & #2) and the version with that additional Centella Asiatica Extract is sold for $8.86 – that’s where I’ll be repurchasing it.
Packaging: large plastic jar with stickers that indicate the ingredients (click to enlarge the image in a new tab):
Another great plus here is that Missha doesn’t test on animals.
FULL INGREDIENT LIST ANALYSIS:
Please keep in mind that I’m not a chemist or cosmetic industry professional to be able to truly evaluate the ingredient list. The goal of this ingredient list analysis is to merely find out which ingredients do the ‘magic’ in this product. Feel free to research the ingredients yourself if you feel so inclined.
I’ve seen several times different indications that this product contains Ethanol (alcohol), but it’s not true at all! The ingredient lists online probably confuse Ethanol with Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, which is actually a safe cooling agent that is gentle to skin. Let’s take a look at other ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (95%) & Water – self-explanatory
Glycerin – non-toxic ingredient that moisturizes and softens
Dipropylene Glycol – solvent and viscosity decreasing agent
Allantoin – soothes, moisturizes, promotes healing, improves dullness, rejuvenates the cells (read more here)
Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate – gentle cooling agent, as mentioned above
Aloe Vera Leaf/Sucrose Ferment Filtrate – soothing and anti-inflammatory agent derived from alie vera plant
Glacier Water – minerals help soothe the skin and regulate pH balance
Saussurea Involucrata Extract – anti-inflammatory extract of a rare herb from Himalayan mountains, helps reduce redness, outbreaks, and swelling
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – anti-inflammatory, healing, soothing
Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract – aka the extract of the ice plant or halophyte plant, works as anti-oxidant
Sodium Hyaluronate – salt of hyaluronic acid, wrinkle reducer, helps make the skin more plump and moisturized. This compound is even more easily absorbed into the skin than hyaluronic acid
Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract – moisturizing ingredient derived from desert sand verbena
Butylene Glycol – conditioning agent and humectant that maintains the moisture in the skin by covering cells
Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract – toning and conditioning agent
Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract – extract of guava fruit, rich in anti-oxidants and minerals
Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract – skin protector, firming, anti-oxidant, anti-aging
Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract – moirturizing extract, contains minerals and vitamins that help the skin
Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer – safe texture exhancer, helps stabilize the product and give it smooth pleasant feel
Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract – skin conditioning agent and anti-oxidant
C12-14 Hydroxyalkyl Maltitol Ether – softens and soothes the skin, prevents water (moisture) loss from the skin
Hydrolyzed Corn Starch – draws moisture from the surroundings and makes it available for skin, when applied on dry skin, it moisturizes the skin
Tromethamine – low-hazard buffering agent & fragrance ingredient
PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – safe surfactant: it helps water mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away, leaving skin and hair clean
Hydroxyacetophenone – synthetic antioxidant and skin-conditioning ingredient
Potassium Hydroxide – pH modulator
Ethylhexylglycerin – preservative, a preservative enhancer, a surfactant, a deodorizer, and a skin-conditioning agent
Carbomer – safe thickening & emulsifying agent
1,2-Hexanediol – safe preservative and moisture-binding humectant
Beta-Glucan – soothes and calms irritated skin and as an effective anti-ager to firm and plump fine lines and wrinkles
Sucrose – natural sugar that helps condition and moisturize skin and protect it from pollutants and toxins
Polyglutamic Acid – absolutely safe naturally-occurring biopolymer often produced with fermentation of Bacillus subtilis (B.subtilis) bacteria that hydrates and nourishes the skin, can be successfully combined with hyaluronic acid (read more here)
Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract – anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
Clyceryl Caprylate – stabilizer derived from natural vegetable oils, restores the oils of the skin, regulates the skin moisture and acts as a humidifier to the skin
Disodium EDTA – protects the consistency of the product, generally considered safe because it’s not well absorbed by the skin
Chlorphenesin – synthetic preservative, prevents growth of bacteria and fungi in the product. Due to very low concentrations in cosmetic products considered safe
Fragrance – one of the common irritants in skincare products, especially for sensitive skin
Overall, the ingredients are safe and the only serious risk is the fragrance. I am often allergic to fragranced skincare products, but this one didn’t cause any irritation at all. It’s worth mentioning that this gel doesn’t contain any alcohol or other potentially drying ingredients.
Texture, Scent, Effect & My Review After 8 Months Of Use
Texture: lightweight watery gel that doesn’t melt when touches the skin, but absorbs very quickly (click to enlarge the image in a new tab):
Scent: fresh scent typical for aloe vera gels and other aloe vera products (sprays, etc). Reminds me a little bit of cucumber scent, but in a good way
Effect: when applied, this gel definitely provides that immediate coooling feeling, which is especially great for sunburns, burns, cuts and scrapes, and skin irritation (like chafing or razor burn). The gel definitely does everything it promises and more.
Efficiency: I use it only when needed (after shaving, when I burn myself, etc). For 8 months of use I still have 1/3 of the jar. I’d say value per use is high.
Would I repurchase? Definitely yes! This gel has great ingredients, can be used for many purposes, and is my best remedy in many situations.
Have you ever tried aloe vera gels? If yes, what was your experience? As always, I’ll be waiting for your comments below!
See you in my next post about all the different ways I use aloe vera gel!