The best aloe vera gel

This article will discuss what aloe vera gel is as well as my vote for the best aloe vera gel.

What is aloe vera gel?

Aloe vera gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf. Another part of the aloe plant is aloe latex, Aloe latex comes the plant’s skin  color. Some aloe products are made from the whole crushed leaf, so they contain both gel and latex. Aloe vera is actually a type of cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It can grow in dry hot climates in the United States.

Aloe vera history

According to the NIH,

“Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Known as the “plant of immortality,” aloe was presented as a funeral gift to pharaohs.”

Aloe leaves contain antioxidants such as beta carotene as well as vitamins including, A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E. It’s also rich in choline and folic acid which makes aloe vera gel a great skin emollient.

Are you looking to buy the best aloe vera gel?

Let’s discuss some points first.

The best aloe vera gel would avoid pesticides

The best aloe vera gels would avoid ingredients that have been exposed to pesticides, look for organic brands.

The best aloe vera gel would have safer preservatives

It’s not possible to buy an Aloe vera gel that is 100% pure unless you are getting it fresh from the plant. The aloe you buy over the counter will need to contain a small amount of stabilizers and preservatives. That being said, if you are planning on placing aloe vera gel all over your body you would want to opt for safer ingredients as your skin absorbs many of the ingredients you place on your skin.

What are some of the preservatives used in aloe vera gel

Potassium sorbate – Has an overall score of 3 and is low on the EWG hazard rating scale.  Some people feel there is a petroleum odour. They may also experience  flushing and reddening of face when sorbates are used in leave on products. Almost all of the aloe vera gels reviewed were preserved with potassium sorbate.

The best aloe vera gel would avoid additives

Aloe in its natural state is watery. Carrageenan is a thickening agent used in some aloe vera formulations to make a “gel”

The Environmental Working Group gives Carrageenan a safe, low-hazard rating of 1 on its Skin Deep Database. The World Health Organization also looked into Carrageenan in 2014 as it is used in infant formulas and deemed it safe up to 1000mg/liter. It is probably too large of a molecule to penetrate the skin but if you are able to use the liquid without additional ingredients you are better off.

The best also vera gel would avoid added fragrance

According to Environmental Working Group, “The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.”

Fragrances is a general term. The manufacturer does not have to specify what their fragrance is according to  trade secrets. Unfortunately, some companies used synthetic fragrances referred to as phthalates which have several health concerns.

The FDA‘s website lists the  “Fair Packaging Labeling Act” (FPLA). This law protects the manufacturers. They do not have to share all their ingredients. The manufacturer cannot be forced to share their “trade secrets.” Fragrance and flavor formulas are complex mixtures of many different natural and synthetic chemical ingredients, some of which may be harmful.

Aloe vera gel has a distinctive smell, and there’s no point in adding any fragrance to it. Aloe vera shouldn’t have a stale or unpleasant smell.

The best aloe vera gel does not have color additives

The best aloe vera gel is clear, there is no need to color aloe vera gel

My vote for the best aloe vera gel

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

This Aloe vera gel by Seven Minerals comes in a 12 oz dark amber bottle. The amber packaging helps prevent breakdown of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are great at helping repair damaged DNA but they breakdown when exposed to ultraviolet light.Try to purchase products that have protective packaging.

The manufacturer states it contains 100% natural and organic Aloe vera.

The ingredients include, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Seaweed extract  which is used as a natural thickener, Citric acid (to stabilize pH), Ascorbic acid  which is Vitamin C and Potassium sorbate which is a preservative. No parabens, chemicals, fragrances, alcohols or colors have been added to this product.

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel has a natural smell which I did not find offensive.

The gel absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a sticky residue.

Seven Minerals aloe vera gel uses seaweed as a thickener, the manufacturer does not use Xanthan gum or Carrageenan which can leave a residue on the skin that may become sticky.

The company offers a 100% money back guarantee If you don’t see results. I like when companies offer this money back guarantee, they are standing by their products.

There are several recommendations from the manufacturer. They include,

  • a  patch test prior to applying the aloe vera gel all over your body. A patch test is a good idea with any new product, you would not want to spread a product all over you body then realize you are allergic to it. people can develop allergies to anything, it is best to be safe.
  • Shake the bottle well before every use.
  • Apply directly to the skin and let it air dry for best results especially if you are putting make-up over aloe vera. 
  • Seven Minerals Aloe vera Gel does not require refrigeration.
  • Seven Minerals Aloe Vera is for external use only.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation or redness occurs, please discontinue use.

The manufacturer suggests that seven minerals Aloe Vera Gel can be added to regular essential oils, massage oils, daily facial care products, shampoos and hair conditioners.

Aloe vera gel can be used in several ways

Aloe has been used to treat burns and acne, it has anti-bacterial effects.

  • Aloe vera has been shown to help heal burns.
  • Aloe vera gel can be used as a make-up remover
  • Aloe vera can be used as a facial wash. It can be used alone or made with a combination of other ingredients.

For acne prone skin Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel, 1 tsp of almond milk and 1 tsp of lemon juice.

For dry, aging skin mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera with 1 tsp of shea butter. Massage until soft then wash and rinse.

  • Aloe vera can be used as an exfoliator. Mix 1/4 cup of aloe vera with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, gently exfoliate the facial skin.
  • Aloe vera gel can also be used as a Shaving cream.
  • Aloe vera can also be used as an aftershave to prevent razor burn.
  • Aloe vera gel can be used to treat dandruff as it hydrates the scalp.
  • Aloe has been used to help moisturize the skin.
  • Aloe vera has been used to reduce  dental plaque, it can be used as an oral rinse.

According to Web MD,

best aloe vera gel“Evidence shows that applying an aloe extract 0.5% cream three times daily increases healing rates in men with genital herpes.

“According to the NIH,

“There’s some evidence that the topical use of aloe products might be helpful for symptoms of certain conditions such as psoriasis and certain rashes.”

Drinking aloe vera gel

Aloe latex has been used as a laxative when taken orally but there are some health concerns.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “taking 1 gram a day of aloe latex for several days can cause kidney damage and might be fatal.”

According to the the NIH,

“Aloe latex contains strong laxative compounds. Products made with aloe were at one time regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives. In 2002, the FDA required that all OTC aloe laxative products be removed from the U.S. market or reformulated because the companies that manufactured them did not provide the safety data necessary for continued approval.”

According to Web MD,

Taking aloe latex by mouth is possibly unsafe at any dose, but likely unsafe when taken in high doses. Aloe latex can cause some side effects such as stomach pain and cramps. Long-term use of large amounts of aloe latex might cause diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss, and heart disturbances. Taking aloe latex 1 gram daily for several days can be fatal.

In addition, there are reports of drug interaction when taking oral aloe vera.

Digoxin (Lanoxin) which is used to treat an irregular heart rate can interact with aloe vera as oral aloe vera can lower potassium levels.

Oral aloe vera may lower blood sugar levels, those people on diabetic medications need to be especially careful as they may develop very low blood sugars.

There is even a concern for cancer. Animal studies showed  “oral consumption of nondecolorized whole leaf extract of aloe vera found clear evidence of carcinogenic activity in male and female rats, based on tumors of the large intestine. This is thought to be secondary to aloin which is removed in the decoloring process.

Take home message, aloe vera can be used on the skin to help with hydration and burns, oral consumption is not recommended

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