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To Aloe or Not to Aloe, that is the Question, Part 2

You’re trapped indoors because of the combination of a New York winter and this stubborn, stupid virus, and you’re bopping about the Internet. How else did you come across our blog at Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal? Welcome.

Usually, we’re all about laser hair removal in this space, but we also help our patients with skin care tips. In the fall, for instance, we addressed how to care for your skin in the dry that is winter in the city.

In January’s first blog we delved into aloe vera. We’ve all heard about it for skin care, but most of us have no idea why it’s valuable. So, we listed five reasons aloe vera is something your facial skin will love. For January’s second blog, let’s get into five more reasons why your facial skin loves this succulent (no it’s not a cactus).

Frostbite

OK, you were up at Mad River Glen and it was one of those Vermont days. Now you have a spot of possible frostbite on your cheek. While frostbite is an emergency situation if you have a serious case, for many of us we don’t know if a spot on a cheek or hand is frostbite (it’s probably not, or it’s maybe just approaching frostbite). For relief, put some trusty aloe vera gel on it when you get back to the lodge.

Cold sores

If you’re prone to developing cold sores, it’s thought that aloe vera may help treat the herpes virus that is behind your sores. Apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to your cold sore twice a day.

Eczema

If you have eczema, winter can be doubly irritating due to the dry indoor air and itchy clothing. The moisturizing effects of aloe can help alleviate your dry, itchy skin. If you have seborrheic dermatitis, aloe helps alleviate that, as well.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis, like eczema, can create inflamed, itchy skin. Aloe vera gel twice a day can calm the areas affected by the flareups.

Inflammatory acne

No one has heard of this, but if you have raging, inflammatory acne that is showing itself in pustules and nodules, aloe vera can help. Apply some gel with a cotton swab directly to the pimple three times daily.

OK, the most potent form of aloe vera is directly from the plant itself. But we don’t all have an aloe plant hanging out next to our Boston fern. Over-the-counter products work just as well and are just a little easier to come by. When looking for a good product, read the ingredient list. Grab the aloe vera gel that lists aloe as the main ingredient. For most of the skin ailments we described this month, the way to go is aloe vera gel, not aloe vera extract.

Now you’re an aloe vera expert, and you killed some time learning about it trying to fill the bazillionth day trapped inside, thank you very little, COVID-19! Well, we’re still here, as well, helping people just like you put laser energy to work getting rid of their unwanted hair. Why not give us a call and let us put our 12, count ‘em 12, lasers to work removing your unwanted hair? Call us at (212) 750-2000 to set up a consultation.

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