One unsung skin hero I have in my beauty stash is Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel. It's been with me for quite some time now, but I use it mostly after I come home from vacations with sunburned skin. This one gives my hot and bothered skin instant cooling relief! Because of that, every time I open this jar and use it, the scent reminds me of my outdoorsy beach trips and hikes. Because of the unpredictable but mostly humid weather we're having lately, I find myself using this soothing gel every night for lightweight moisturization.
I know a lot of Korean beauty brands have their own version of aloe gels, but my first encounter is with Nature Republic's. I love how it's so versatile; you can use it on your hair, face, and body!
- Moisturizing cream or mask pack
- Base make-up
- After shave cream
- Hair treatment
- Relax swollen eyes
- Nail essence
- Body care
- Mask pack for relaxing sunburns
Of course, natural is always best, and I'm referring to the actual aloe plant leaves. We had some in pots when I was in grade school, and I remember one time I plucked one leaf out, and aloe juice started oozing out. o_o Had I known back then that it was a beauty secret for healthy skin, I would have rubbed it all over my body. Haha. This product has 92% aloe leaf extract as its main ingredient, which is almost close to nature's best. (Plus points for convenience!)
When you open the main lid, there is a second thin plastic lid with the logo of "Nature Republic" embossed on it. It usually sticks on to the cap, so I ignore it. I am not a fan of this type of packaging if I were to use this product on my face for hygienic reasons. If it came in a tube similar to Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Cleansing Gel Cream, it would definitely be better.
Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel comes in a transparent clear gel - as natural as it gets. I love using it at night since it cools down my skin and moisturizes it without ever feeling greasy. It takes a short while to be fully absorbed, but once it settles, my skin feels hydrated and soft. I use this just on my body (arms, legs, and torso) for happy skin! I use a separate body butter for my feet (particularly heels), since they require a heavier moisturizer.
For the face, I read a tip from Makeup Alley that you can mix this aloe gel with tea tree oil to treat pimples. I'm curious on how it will work out for me, so I might just do that next for when I get my hands on a bottle of tea tree oil.
For the hair, this product can reduce "fluffiness" and the look of dry hair when used sparingly. (Yes, it's not sticky!)
I can tell why this product is Nature Republic's bestseller. I actually received this as a gift last Christmas, where my former Life Group leader from church raved about how this product made her feel very relaxed and helped her to have a good night's sleep, hence the sticky note. ;)
Available at the following Nature Republic stores:
- Festival Supermall – Alabang (1/F)
- SM Megamall (4/F)
- SM City North EDSA – Main Building (2/F)
- Sta. Lucia East Mall (2/F)
- Fairview Terraces (1/F)
- Alabang Town Center (1/F)
- SM City Fairview (UGF)
- Landmark Trinoma & Makati (kiosks)
Also, be wary of unauthorized online sellers since even this product (which already has a very affordable price) has counterfeits. Like Nature Republic Philippines on Facebook for more information.