My family took a trip to Hawaii recently, and of the four of us, two got sunburned on their face, shoulders, and back. I received a light sunburn on my neck. The sun in Hawaii is so intense that you can get a burn even when you are outside on a cloudy day, and it was cloudy on the Big Island almost every day that we were there.
When my husband went to the store to buy some aloe vera gel, I told him to look for a product that contained all aloe vera. He returned to the condo with two products, both of them containing a green colored gel, one that had an added analgesic to deaden the pain. He did the best he could with what the stores had to offer, but nothing can replace pure aloe vera gel. The products he bought were advertised as having “100% pure aloe vera”, but actually had very little aloe vera when I looked at the list of ingredients. The aloe vera they contained may have been 100% pure, but the product itself was not made up of 100% aloe vera (be sure you read labels!).
Now that we are home, I have been using Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly, and in my opinion it is superior to the other products that are intended to sooth sunburned skin. This comes in a clear plastic tube, containing 4 ounces. That sounds small, but it is actually a good sized tube that lasts a very long time (it measures 6″ high). Unfortunately the airlines only allow 3.4 ounces in carry on luggage, or I would have taken this with us to Hawaii.
The front of the tube says that it contains certified organic aloe vera. The ingredients list reads: 99.5% certified organic aloe vera gel, carbomer 940 (an organic thickening agent), vitamins A, C & E. Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly contains no artificial colors, no added fragrance, no animal derivatives, no parabens, and it is not tested on animals.
It claims to relieve sunburn, minor cuts, burns, bites, chaffing, cold sores, rash and skin irritations. It also claims to be a soothing moisturizer for those who have more sensitive skin. Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly comes out of the tube as a clear gel, and when you rub it into the skin you get an immediate cooling effect. It absorbs extremely fast and leaves absolutely no greasy residue, or any type of residue on the skin. I just rubbed some into a bug bite on the top of my foot and the skin looks exactly like it did before I applied the gel.
I use Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly when I accidentally burn my neck or forehead with my curling iron, and it seems to heal the sores just as fast as other burn creams, plus it is pure and natural. I don’t find it quite as moisturizing as a hand lotion, but it certainly is great to have on hand for those cuts, scrapes and burns.
This tube of Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly retails for only $4, and can be found in health food stores, but I found mine tube in the natural foods department of my local Fred Meyer store. It is a medicine chest in a tube, because this is truly great for so many skin ailments, but specifically sunburned skin.