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6.09.2015

Guest post: H-aloe-llujah



I always ask my friends for advice when it comes to my blog. Are there any topics they think I should cover, anything I should improve and even things I should never mention. Having one of those moments (meaning, complete lack of ideas) I turned to my friend Kirsten. She started this whole rave about aloe vera and how much it helped her. This sparkled an idea in my head and here you go, my first ever guest post! Back to you Kirsten…
All of my friends are blessed with skin as smooth as a baby’s butt. Yours truly has, however, been struggling with an acne-prone skin since, well, forever. Just like everyone who suffers from sensitive skin, I’ve spent a lot of money on expensive creams, toners and other products, often without much improvements. But I have seen the light, I found the Holy Grail, the solution to all of my life problems (or at least one of the biggest ones)!

Introducing, Aloe Vera. Not some sort of superfood or a liquid from a special plant that only grows in the rain forests. Nope, the solution is much simpler. Allow me to explain.

Aloe Vera is a plant that, contrary to belief, is a succulent, and not a cactus. It has been used for medical purposes for many years and has been called ‘miracle plant’ and ‘plant of life’ – so intriguing, right? The most common way to use Aloe Vera is to heal sun burns or to smooth irritated skin, mostly incorporated in creams and body lotions. The reason for this is because Aloe Vera has the ability to treat injured skin. As acne is basically your pores getting infected with bacteria, sweat and other dirty stuff, Aloe Vera is believed to ‘cure’ acne prone skin as well.

For treating acne with Aloe Vera it is important to use pure Aloe Vera gel. I just bought a couple of Aloe Vera plants at IKEA, which only cost me €6 (note: she lives in Belgium, therefore, euros). Every morning and evening, I incorporate Aloe Vera gel into my skin care routine. I still use my usual face wash and toner, but instead of using a day or night cream, I use pure Aloe Vera gel. And let me tell you, the results amazed me!

After 3 weeks of using Aloe Vera gel I notice that my skin is less infected. There has been a significant decrease in acne popping up on my skin and it feels much cleaner. Aloe Vera gel should help in fading scars as well, which I haven’t noticed yet as this process usually takes longer. There is no other product, how expensive it may be, that has had these results on my skin in such a short period of time. I am not claiming that it works on everyone that has acne prone skin. But for €6 for two plants, it is definitely worth the try, no?

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