I’ve often wished that I could find just one miracle skincare product that would require absolutely minimum effort. This is in spite of (or probably because of) my spending lots of time and money researching and searching for products that everyone else swears by but do nothing for me. But just in time for the new year, I’ve found the closest thing to a skincare miracle: South Korean brand Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Soothing Gel.
In spending time researching expensive formulas and the companies that blather on about science and futuristic technology, I kind of forgot that simplest is often best. Aloe vera and, more notably, coconut oil are currently enjoying a jolt of popularity for this reason, and let’s be honest: these products are often much cheaper too. I suppose I could just buy an aloe plant, but I’m lazy. Not that money is even an object. The gel is barely US$15 for 300ml. I’ve been using it for about two months now, and it’s hard to tell that I’ve even touched it.
So aside from the fact that the gel appeals to my laziness and my wallet, what does it have to offer? Short answer: everything.
And I mean everything. To be honest, I was pretty skeptical, since for me the word “gel” brings to mind awful, crunchy late-90s/early-00s hairstyles. But on the recommendation of YesStyle’s Beauty Editor, I tried it. The tub of gel has a slight aloe scent, which is expected and pleasant. After cleansing my face with a tea tree face wash and then using a tea tree toner, I applied a fingertip-full of gel to my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. It did feel sticky as I applied it, but it just lasts a second before it’s absorbed into the skin. It leaves my face feeling light, fresh and not sticky at all.
As a bonus, I pat a little into the bags under my eyes, and I’m so happy to see that the puffiness has diminished. I don’t pay much attention to my pores, so I don’t really know if the aloe’s doing any miracle work there. But overall, my face looks fresher with a more even skintone. Basically, I look less like death on early mornings, which is all I really want.
More bonuses. I also use the gel on my elbows and the skin around my fingernails to combat dry skin and the results have been totally satisfactory. I haven’t used it as a hairstyling agent yet, but the fact that it helps moisturize hair and stimulate hair growth is making me think about it. I’m also happy that it comes in such a large tub, because with just lemon juice, avocados and a few other ingredients, I can make my own shampoo, conditioner and face masks.
I’ve only been using the aloe gel while the weather’s been relatively cool here, but I have a good feeling that the light and quick-absorbing gel will hold up against the heat and humidity of Hong Kong without making me feel greasy. And there’s no doubt that I’ll be stocking up when beach season comes back.
The YesStyle Beauty Lab rating: ***** (5 out of 5 stars)