When people ask me why I’m so wild about natural skincare, I have one word for them: dry skin. I’ve struggled with painfully itchy, red, inflamed skin my whole life. If you’re a lucky duck swimming through life without this chronic pain in the derriere, count your stars because 75% of adults just in the U.S. suffer from it. To give you the an overview:
- Weather. Skin tends to be driest in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels plummet. But the season may not matter as much if you live in desert regions.
- Heat. Central heating, wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces all reduce humidity and dry your skin.
- Hot baths and showers. Taking long, hot showers or baths can dry your skin. So can frequent swimming, particularly in heavily chlorinated pools.
- Harsh soaps and detergents. Many popular soaps, detergents and shampoos strip moisture from your skin as they are formulated to remove oil.
- Other skin conditions. People with skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis are prone to dry skin.
Me & my dry skin have had some unforgettable times, like when every inch of my body (except maybe my toenails) were itchy and scaly. Or, when summer came and my beach-day attire consisted of jeans and long-sleeves. I tried everything the doc ordered- steroid injections, antihistamines, anti-itch drugs, prescribed eczema lotions… but relief was either minimal or worsened by horrible side effects that made my dermatologist’s gallery wall of degrees seem too ironic.
Did you know that dry skin & eczema is caused by structural defects in the outer layer of skin (the epidermis)? Instead of being a good, protective barrier that keeps our body safe, the epidermis soaks up the toxins like a world-class sponge. And those toxins are what aggravate our immune systems and cause flare-up reactions underneath the skin.
The root of the problem isn’t on the skin, it’s beneath it.
Using cortisone cream or regular moisturizers to cure dry skin & eczema is like painting a junky, old car that barely runs. Fresh paint makes it look a little better on the outside, but the underlying issues haven’t improved. Thankfully, plants have such profound effects on healing skin conditions, prescriptions aren’t necessary. What eczema-friendly plant possesses this skin savvy magic? Just that tropical, spiny lily we’ve been using on sunburns since we were kids.
Meet my skin therapist, Dr. Aloe Vera…
Aloe Vera is something of a miracle plant – it’s a qualified superfood with a gel inside that’s good as gold. Its’ clear jelly is one of the most biologically active and healing ingredients in nature. But just what makes that sticky stuff so soothing?
- 75 active vitamins A, B, C, D,& E, saccharides, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, lignin, saponins, and salicylic acids
- 20 minerals
- 200 phytonutrients
- 20/22 amino & fatty acids
- 8/8 essential amino acids
They work synergistically to:
- Support the immune system’s ability to strengthen the skin’s barrier against toxins
- Regenerate and repair skin cells
- Hydrate deep below and on the surface
- Soothe itchiness, dryness, redness, and resist infection
I came across Aloe Infusion’s all-natural face and body cream on Amazon. I liked them better than the other brands because they use the highest grade of aloe vera. They also infuse their cream with complementary co-healers like Manuka honey, Jojoba Oil, Green Tea, Shea Butter, CoQ10, Kukui Nut Oil, and more.
It was worth a shot.
I rolled up my sleeves (literally) and got to testing. Right away, I knew I’d found the answer to my itchy, scratchy prayers! I fell in love with how quenching and cool the cream felt when I rubbed it in. Hydration was instantaneous and it absorbed right away. I was impressed that it didn’t leave me greasy, either. (I tried coconut oil once and it left a thick, oily film on my skin for hours).
I’d compare the cream’s consistency to a finely whipped gel that’s been chilled in the fridge. When I put it on, it’s like a burst of cool hydration without the weight of a heavy cream. It’s obvious that there’s no harsh chemicals, fragrances, or irritating ingredients in this product because it feels so gentle.
As for my dry skin and eczema, itchiness was the first thing to subside, followed by dryness and cracking. My skin was entering recovery mode! The next morning, I noticed a huge difference in my skin color and texture. The redness had faded and the raw spots were firming up. The cream was doing way more than helping my eczema. It was giving me a soft, silky glow that I’d always dreamed of having.
You know a products going to be good when you can appreciate every ingredient that’s in it.
I’m obsessed with Aloe Infusion because they use 100% organic, high quality, plant-based ingredients. The company uses the Aloe Barbadensis Miller strain, which is the finest, most potent, expensive grade of the 2200 variety of the Aloe Vera plants. It might cost them more to make, but it’s clear to see that they value their customers’ relief over anything. The Almighty Aloe isn’t the only star, though. Here’s a glimpse at the cast of super-characters:
This “active honey” rapidly clears infection and reduces inflammation. It also stimulates new cell growth.
Kukui Nut Oil
It’s coconut oil’s superior, as it won’t leave you greasy or clog pores. It’s significantly rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that lock in moisture.
Turns out, you don’t have to drink it to reap the benefits. When applied topically, green tea flushes out toxins from the skin, energizes skin cells, and boosts elasticity.
Eczema sufferers all over the world are going wild for Aloe Infusion’s Face & Body Cream. Check out these Amazon reviews!
Beware of store-bought creams!!
If you compare Aloe Infusion to aloe gels in the supermarket, there’s a huge difference in the quality of ingredients. Store-bought brands use the lowest grade of aloe vera, synthetically made vitamins, and cheap fillers, like water, alcohol and propylene glycol (the main ingredient in antifreeze). That’s bad news for everyone’s skin! The problem with them are the side effects like burning, redness, itching, and peeling. They accelerate your skin’s aging process (yikes!), stop deep hydration, and counteract aloe’s healing effects. Lastly…. antifreeze? On my skin? HOW IS THIS FDA APPROVED!
There must be 24k magic in my Aloe Infusion container. I can’t believe how quickly my skin transformed – you bet I’ll be sticking with this brand for life. We reached out to Aloe Infusion and managed to get our readers an additional 25% OFF! This gives it a price tag of just $39 on their 9oz bottle (it’s usually $50!) I use their products once in the morning and once at night and proudly strut around with hydrated, healthy, radiant skin all day. I can confidently say that Aloe Infusion changed my life. Try it, you’ll be so happy you did!!