For whatever reason my news feed has been buzzing lately with posts on “start your day with lemon water if you want beautiful skin.”
No offence peeps, but that is soooo 2012. We’ve been sipping warm lemon water for years because we know how awesome it is. But what about this other elixir that beauty bloggers have been talking about?
People keep claiming the many benefits of aloe juice for skin, but are they legit? Let’s dig into it.
What Does Aloe Juice Have to Offer?
There’s a reason why green juices are so good for our skin and bodies. Greens are full of vitamins and minerals that fuel our bodies with the good stuff it needs to repair and regenerate cells.
But does aloe juice pack the same punch as all your juiced greens?
Aloe juice is packed with vitamins like B, C, E and folic acid. All of these vitamins help to boost your immune system and you know what they say about a happy immune system…umm, healthy body.
A healthy body doesn’t necessarily mean clear, sexy skin though.
Now, traditionally speaking we use the gel from aloe for our skin. So many of our favourite DIY’s use aloe vera gel because it has incredible moisturizing and healing properties.
Sunburned skin? Aloe gel.
Dry, itchy skin? Aloe gel.
Makeup remover? Yep, you guessed it – aloe gel.
So, can aloe juice do the same thing?
Unlike aloe gel which is found in the center of a cracked aloe leaf, aloe juice comes from the green outer shell. Up until 2002 it was most commonly used as a laxative, but the FDA pulled it based on safety concerns. Yikes.
Now besides making you poop (eww!) aloe juice has been found to have blood thinning effects.
So, what does this have to do with your skin?
As it turns out – absolutely nothing.
There is zero scientific research to prove any benefits of aloe juice for skin.
So What Should You Try Instead?
If you want to have beautiful glowing skin, just go back to the basics. Try this beauty routine instead:
Step One: Kick off your mornings with some warm lemon water. It will help flush toxins from your body and wake you up without the sometimes negative side effects of coffee.
Step Two: Cleanse and exfoliate your face and body regularly. For daily cleansing I’m hooked on my DIY activated charcoal face scrub, but I give myself a weekly microdermabrasion run down with Microderm MD to keep things fresh and smooth.
Step Three: Moisturize EVERYTHING. If you want to keep it au natural for your body you can smooth on 100% coconut oil. I don’t like t on my face though – it makes me breakout – so I swap between Pai Skincare, Lifecell and some homemade anti aging cream recipes.
Step Four: Drink plenty of water throughout the day and exercise regularly. Cash in on high quality sleep. They don’t call it beauty rest for nothing! And finally…
Step Five: Give up nasty habits like smoking and excessive drinking. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good glass of vino or a margarita, but everything in moderation.
If you follow these 5 simple beauty steps then you won’t fall victim to false marketing like the so-called benefits of aloe juice for skin. Creating beautiful skin is a lifestyle choice.
Now tell us – what are your top beauty secrets for gorgeous skin?