Galactic Aloe Vera Gel | Made with Organic Aloe Vera | 7 Oz
Aloe Vera Gel, every shaver's secret weapon!
Our Galactic Aloe Vera Gel is Clear, non-sticky, pH balanced, oil free, and glycerin enriched. It's no mistake that aloe vera made our Galactic Line of daily shave products! I mean, everyone should have this stuff in their den. Much like its sister product Galactic Witch Hazel, Galactic Aloe Vera has a million and one uses! But first and foremost, it's natures aftershave...duh.
Vegan ~ Soy-Free ~ Gluten-Free ~ Alcohol-Free ~ Paraben Free ~ No Mineral Oil ~ Phthalate-Free ~ Formadehyde-Free ~ Propylene Glycol Free ~ Cruelty Free ~ No Added Color
Seriously, I have kept a bottle of this stuff in the fridges since I was a teenager growing up on the beach. There was nothing like the instant cooling effect it had on my sun burnt skin!
Many years later I would take a tip from my younger self but rather than slosh it on after a day at the beach it now crossed over to treating, cooling and healing my freshly shave skin!
But What is Aloe Vera?
The Aloe vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties. The name Aloe vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “vera” in Latin means “true.” 2000 years ago, the Greek scientists regarded Aloe vera as the universal panacea. The Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality.” Today, the Aloe vera plant has been used for various purposes in dermatology.
Aloe vera has been used for medicinal purposes in several cultures for millennia: Greece, Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan and China. Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their regular beauty regimes. Alexander the Great, and Christopher Columbus used it to treat soldiers’ wounds. The first reference to Aloe vera in English was a translation by John Goodyew in A.D. 1655 of Dioscorides’ Medical treatise De Materia Medica. By the early 1800s, Aloe vera was in use as a laxative in the United States, but in the mid-1930s, a turning point occurred when it was successfully used to treat chronic and severe radiation dermatitis.
Active components with its properties: Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.
Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.
Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats.
Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways and few are antioxidants.
Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannans/polymannose). These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate, and the most common polysaccharides are called glucomannans [beta-(1,4)-acetylated mannan]. Acemannan, a prominent glucomannan has also been found.
Anthraquinones: It provides 12 anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives.
Fatty acids: It provides 4 plant steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol. All these have soothing properties to help calm irritated skin.
Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins that help in wound healing and have soothing action.
Others: It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lignin, an inert substance, when included in topical preparations, enhances penetrative effect of the other ingredients into the skin. Saponins that are the soapy substances form about 3% of the gel and have cleansing properties.
You're probably wondering why you don't already have some this on hand, right? Do yourself a favor and grab a bottle today...thank me later!
Directions: As I mentioned above, I recommend keeping Aloe Vera Gel in the fridge which will make for a crisp, instant cooling aftershave balm! Apply immediately over freshly shaven skin. You may also want to slap some on your face before bed too as a nightly moisturizer. Also great for an itchy beard! To be honest, the uses for aloe are endless, get creative! I have even seen Aloe Vera Gel used as a styling hair gel!
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol
pH: 6.0 - 6.5
No Mineral Oil
Propylene Glycol Free
Cruelty Free ~ No Animal Testing