Aloe vera gel is a staple in my skincare/makeup bag at all times. It saved my skin countless times and, even though I have aloe vera plants at home, I always have a jar of aloe vera gel on hand. I bought this gel to replace my Missha Premium Aloe Soothing Gel that I reviewed earlier and, low and behold, liked this one even more.
What I expect from aloe vera gel: moisturizing effect, calming effect, healing (skin regeneration) effect, anti-inflammatory effect.
The product promises moisturizing effect, soothing and calming effects.
Price: I got it for around $7 in a multibrand store on sale.
Packaging: large plastic jar with a sticker with the ingredient list (click to enlarge the image in a new tab):
The gel has a protective transparent lid to prevent leaks:
Important! Missha doesn’t test on animals.
FULL INGREDIENT LIST REVIEW:
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.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (95%) & Water – self-explanatory
Glycerin – non-toxic ingredient that moisturizes and softens
Dipropylene Glycol – solvent and viscosity decreasing agent
Propanediol – a glycol that can enhance the absorption of ingredients (source)
Butylene Glycol – conditioning agent and humectant that maintains the moisture in the skin by covering cells
Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract – extract of guava fruit, rich in anti-oxidants and minerals
Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract – soothes irritation and boosts cell renewal
Laminaria Japonica Extract – moisturizing ingredient that helps eliminate toxins, improve skin tone, and prevent skin pigmentation and discoloration
Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract – moisturizing ingredient derived from desert sand verbena
Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract – skin protector, firming, anti-oxidant, anti-aging
Centella Asiatica Extract – is considered to help skin cell production and collagen synthesis
Cetraria Islandica Extract – forms a moisturizing film on the skin
Leontopodium Alpinum Extract – aka edelweiss extract, providing antioxidant and skin-soothing benefit for skin
Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract – anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
Algae Extract – conditions, hydrates, softens and detoxifies the skin, replenishing essential vitamins and minerals
Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract – skin conditioning agent and anti-oxidant
Chlorella Minutissima Extract – skin conditioning agent, antioxidant
Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract – toning and conditioning agent
Beta-Glucan – soothes and calms irritated skin and as an effective anti-ager to firm and plump fine lines and wrinkles
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
Hydrolyzed Corn Starch – draws moisture from the surroundings and makes it available for skin, when applied on dry skin, it moisturizes the skin
Hydrolyzed Collagen – moisturizer and humectant
Sucrose – natural sugar that helps condition and moisturize skin and protect it from pollutants and toxins
Tromethamine – low-hazard buffering agent & fragrance ingredient
1,2-Hexanediol – safe preservative and moisture-binding humectant
t-Butyl Alcohol – anti-foaming agent, adstringent, antimicrobial agent and solvent, also is known to cool and tone the skin (source)
Disodium EDTA – protects the consistency of the product, generally considered safe because it’s not well absorbed by the skin
Allantoin – soothes, moisturizes, promotes healing, improves dullness, rejuvenates the cells (read more here)
Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer – safe texture exhancer, helps stabilize the product and give it smooth pleasant feel
Carbomer – safe thickening & emulsifying agent
Tripropylene Glycol – safe solvent
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
Potassium Hydroxide – pH modulator
Propylene Glycol – used to absorb and maintain water in cosmetic products
Chlorphenesin – synthetic preservative, prevents growth of bacteria and fungi in the product. Due to very low concentrations in cosmetic products considered safe
Fragrance – added to create a pleasant scent and/or mask odors that naturally occur in products
I’m honestly taken aback by the amount of extracts that this gel contains – 13! That being said, both natural and synthetic ingredients can cause negative skin reactions because everyone’s skin is different.
Texture, Scent, Effect & My Review
Texture: extremely lightweight and watery, the gel starts melting immediately when it touches the skin:
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. The scent does linger on the skin for some time after application, but it’s very faint
Effect: when applied, this gel definitely provides that immediate cool moisture feel, 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. Also, it doesn’t leave a sticky film on the skin, which is my personal pet peeve.
A little story: me and my husband were making a small batch of home wine not that long ago and developed contact dermatitis from grape juice (it’s pretty acidic). Apart from the medical treatment we’ve used this gel several times a day to soothe the itching and redness and it worked like a charm. Of course it didn’t cure the rash, but it definitely helped a lot.
Efficiency: there’s a lot of product in the tube, but it’s very efficient – a tiny bit goes a long way.
Would I repurchase? Definitely yes! It’s same amazing as the Missha Premium Aloe Vera Gel and it’s great that I can use either of them with equal success
Have you tried Missha aloe vera gels or aloe vera gels in general? If so, what was your experience?
See you in my next post!