Is Aloe Vera Good For Dry Skin in Winter?

When we think of Aloe Vera, we often envision sunny beaches and soothing relief from sunburns. However, this natural wonder has many uses that make it good for skin beyond the summer months. As winter sets in, the cold, dry air can wreak havoc on our skin, leaving it scaly, cracked and red. This is where the natural hero of the skincare world, Aloe Vera gel, steps in to save the day.


Why Aloe Vera Gel is Good For Dry Skin

Aloe Vera gel is renowned for its hydrating and healing properties, making it a perfect companion for your winter skincare routine.

Here are some ways to use Aloe Vera gel to keep your skin healthy and glowing through the colder months:

1. Deep Hydration

Winter air is notorious for stripping moisture from your skin. Pure Aloe Vera gel acts as a powerful moisturiser that penetrates deeply to hydrate and nourish your skin. Unlike many commercial moisturisers that sit on the surface, Aloe Vera gel is absorbed quickly. 

Apply Aloe Vera Gel at night under your moisturiser.

2. Soothing Dry, Irritated *Skin

The combination of cold air outside and heated air inside during winter can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. Aloe Vera gel's anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe and calm irritated skin, providing relief from itching and redness.

3. Healing Cracked Hands and Feet

Our hands and feet often bear the brunt of winter's harsh conditions. Applying Aloe Vera gel is good to help soften cracked, dry skin, restoring its natural smoothness.

Massage aloe vera gel into your feet before putting on warm socks - works great at night time.   Or apply to hands and then put gloves on.

4. Protecting Sensitive Skin

Aloe Vera gel forms a protective barrier on the skin, shielding it from harsh environmental factors. This is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin, or with cuts and abrasions.

5. Reducing Eczema and Psoriasis Flare-ups

The winter season can exacerbate conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Aloe Vera gel's anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties are particularly good for skin in cold weather to help reduce flare-ups and provide relief from itching and discomfort.


Are All Aloe Vera Gels the Same?

Many commercial Aloe Vera gels are diluted with water, synthetic alcohol, and other additives that can dry out your skin and negate the benefits of Aloe Vera.

These gels often contain minimal amounts of Aloe Vera, reducing their effectiveness. In contrast, Biome's Organic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel is 80% aloe vera, and 20% sugar cane-derived ethanol.


Why Choose Biome's Aloe Vera Gel

Biome's Organic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel stands out from the rest:

  • Organic Aloe Barbadensis Gel: Biome's gel contains pure, organic Aloe Vera, which is known for its superior healing and moisturising properties.
  • Organic Aloe Barbadensis Extract: This extract enhances the gel's potency, providing even more benefits for your skin.
  • Organic Sugar Cane-Derived Ethanol (20%): Unlike the harsh alcohols found in many commercial gels, this ingredient is gentle on the skin and helps to preserve the product naturally.
  • Xanthan Gum: This natural thickener ensures a smooth, easy-to-apply consistency without the need for synthetic additives. 

Breakdown of the Ingredients in Other Aloe Vera Gel

Here is an example of how consumers can be led to believe a product is "fresh aloe vera leaf" when it in fact contains petrochemical-derived synthetic preservatives and polymers.

Thursday Plantation Aloe Vera Gel

Here we explain what the ingredients in Thursday Plantation Aloe Vera Gel are made from.  As we see so often, brands promote what the product is "free from" but not what it is not free from! 

  • Why say on the one hand it is "free from mineral oil" but on the other hand, not say "contains petroleum-derived ingredients"?
  • Why say "free from synthetic fragrances" but not say "contains synthetic colours and preservatives"?


    Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Carbomer 940: Carbomer is a synthetic polymer made from acrylic acid, which is derived from propylene, a petrochemical.  It is blended with the Aloe Vera juice to improve texture and stability.

    Sodium Hydroxide: Produced through the electrolysis of saltwater.

    Propylene Glycol: Petrochemical-derived. It is made from propylene oxide, which is derived from petroleum.

    Diazolidinyl Urea: Petrochemical-derived. It is a synthetic preservative that can release formaldehyde, made from a series of chemical reactions involving petrochemicals.

    Disodium EDTA: Petrochemical-derived. It is synthesised using ethylenediamine, formaldehyde, and sodium cyanide, which are all derived from petrochemicals.

    Methylparaben: Petrochemical-derived. It is synthetically produced, typically from petrochemical sources, although it can also be found naturally in some plants.

    Allantoin: Typically not petrochemical-derived. It can be extracted from the comfrey plant or synthetically produced, often from urea and glyoxylic acid, which can have petrochemical origins.

    Propylparaben: Petrochemical-derived. Like methylparaben, it is synthetically produced, generally from petrochemical sources.

    Citric Acid: Not petrochemical-derived. It is naturally found in citrus fruits and can also be produced through fermentation.

    Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): Not typically petrochemical-derived. It is usually produced through the fermentation of glucose.

    Potassium Sorbate: Potassium salt of sorbic acid, which can be synthetically produced but not from petrochemicals.

    Sodium Benzoate: Petrochemical-derived. It is synthesized from benzoic acid, which is derived from petrochemicals.

    047005, 042090, C115985: Colourants - according to the TGA report for this product: Brilliant Blue FCF, Quinoline yellow, Sunset yellow FCF.


      Choosing Biome's Organic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel can provide you with a more natural and potentially less irritating product, especially important for those with sensitive skin or those looking to avoid synthetic chemicals in their skincare routine.

      Biome Organic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel - 100ml


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