Product Review: Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly – Wonderful for Family Skin Care
It was only 8:00 a.m. but already the temperature that overcast morning at Fort Myers Beach in Florida had climbed to 102°F. I smelled like coconuts from the sunscreen Mom lathered on before she, my sister and I set out in search in conch shells buried in the golden sand. We were only out for two hours. The surf was rough so we stayed out of the water, which meant the sunscreen hadn’t been washed off my skin. Darkening skies meant a major storm was on its way, but you can’t keep an eight year old (me) and a six year old cooped up in a hotel room on. We visited a snake farm to learn how medicines could be made from venom. I got to wear a black and gold python around my neck. By mid-afternoon I was crying in pain, but not from anything the snake did. My shoulders had erupted with second and third-degree blisters. Little sis had the same. It felt like liquid fire on my skin. And when those bubbles burst… I’m certain our screams woke up some giant squid asleep in a cave in the deepest part of the sea.
The local pharmacist advised my mom to apply Aloe vera gel (along with Vitamin E once the blisters broke). But it wasn’t Aloe in a bottle that he told her to use: “That green, packaged gunk won’t do a thing. Go get a plant. Break the leaf and squeeze it right onto the blisters.” That was back in 1978. And while I still see green-dyed Aloe on the drug-store shelves, I’m really glad we have more options to choose from for organic, pure Aloe vera. One product in particular I was especially pleased to find is the Aloe Vera Gelly Soothing Moisturizer by Lily of the Desert. It’s a wonderful choice for anyone who wants a crystal clear, pure organic Aloe vera product for a multitude of skincare purposes.
Aloe Vera is a Medicinal Power Plant
Aloe vera is a medicinal plant with thick, short-stemmed plant that stores water in its leaves. It is well recognized by its thick, pointed green leaves, which can grow to about 12-19 inches (30-50 cm) in length. Each leaf is plump with a tissue that stores water, which contributes to the familiar pulp that oozes from the leaves when cut open. Within the pulp there are more than 200 different biologically active substances in the Aloe plant. The pulp contains most of these compounds, including amino acids; antioxidants; vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E; and the minerals sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chloride, and traces of magnesium and zinc.
The pulp is often used in pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic products. Aloe can be taken orally for its digestive health benefits, but we’re going to focus on Lily of the Desert’s product for topical application for skincare. Much research exists showing the benefits of using Aloe for burns, wound healing, hemorrhoids, psoriasis, sunburn, frostbite, inflammation, osteoarthritis, and cold sores. It also can be applied as antiseptic and as a moisturizer. The FDA first approved Aloe vera ointment as an over-the-counter medication for skin burns back in 1959. Researchers continue to investigate new medicinal uses for this amazing plant.
Family-friendly Uses for Aloe Vera Gelly Moisturizer
Lily’s Aloe Vera Gelly has many uses and is good for every member of my family. I love that it is clear, silky to the touch, goes on smooth and doesn’t make my skin feel taut or dry after application. Skin feels silky to the touch once the gelly is absorbed—and it absorbs quickly. When my daughter returned from a Six Flags amusement park with sunburn across her upper back, the gelly glided onto her skin providing instant cooling. We have a host of other skincare concerns that come up—from abrasions and burns to outbreaks of eczema and, living in New England we frequently succumb to Old Man Winter’s Curse of horridly dry skin—and Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly Moisturizer has exceeded expectation for all of them:
- Soothes acne flare-ups
- Heals minor eczema outbreaks
- Reduces irritation from insect bites, abrasions, minor cuts
- Cools and heals sunburn and other types of burns
- A primer under makeup
- Night-time skin moisturizer (alone or with a few added drops of Vit E or Rose Hip Seed Oil)
- Added as an ingredient to homemade herbal masks and to conditioner.
At home, we keep the 12 oz. bottle on counter. I carry the 4 oz. tube in my purse. It’s a fantastic Aloe product from a company that is committed to quality, purity, and the customer’s health.
About Lily of the Desert
Lily of the Desert is a science-driven company that conducts independent clinical studies on its products to ensure that they offer the highest efficacy of Aloe vera benefits and bioavailability of nutrients. “From the field to the bottle,” Lily integrates a thorough quality assurance process for all of its certified organic Aloe vera products. In 2007, the company added a patent-pending concentration of aloe polysaccharides, derived from the inner filet of the Aloe vera plant to all of their products. Called Aloesorb™, this special concentration maximizes nutrient absorption that is so vital to receiving the health benefits derived from using the Aloe vera plant.
Radha, Maharjan H., and Nampoothiri P. Laxmipriya. “Evaluation of Biological Properties and Clinical Effectiveness of Aloe Vera: A Systematic Review.” Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine 5.1 (2015): 21–26. PMC. Web. 14 July 2015.
Review by Karen M. Rider, M.A.
Karen is a contributing editor with Medicine Talk Pro. She has a decade of experience writing about holistic health, wellness, and integrative medicine. Karen holds degrees in kinesiology and health psychology and has training in wellness coaching. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Association for Health Care Journalists. When she isn’t writing, Karen enjoys biking and kayaking with her family and relaxing with a home-brewed cup of organic tea.
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