Aloe Vera As A Makeup Primer: Does It Work?
You know by now that it is so important to prime your skin before applying your makeup, right? Sophia explained why in detail long ago. It's an easy way to prep your "canvas", theoretically filling in bumps and providing you with an even surface.
The older I've gotten, the more fed up I've become with brands pouring who-even-knows-what into products. The makeup industry is evolving; just look at the rise of cruelty-free beauty. Questionable (and horrifically-sourced, like mica) ingredients are still everywhere. So, I do my best to not support these companies with my wallet.
Recently, I heard that it is possible to use aloe vera as a makeup primer. And I was intrigued! I used to slather it on after spending too much time in the sun as a kid and it worked miracles. I even later put it on those horrible hormone pimples before I went to sleep and I feel like the gel toned down the pain factor quite a bit.
Guess who tested this beauty bit out? Me! I somehow ended up picking up a freakin' fifteen euro one at the pharmacy, due to a language miscommunication, but I believe that any 100% aloe vera gel will do.
I used to get a huge bottle for less than five dollars in the US though. I'd imagine that every drugstore will have these. Oh, apparently you're supposed to keep aloe vera in the fridge? The more you know, eh?
The verdict? It's pretty sticky at first, which isn't the greatest feeling. However, putting it on before you sit down to "put on your face"—and after you put on your moisturizer, of course—and giving it a few minutes to set really, really helps. You also don't want to put a LOT on. A few drops will do. And dabbing it on and then blending it on with a brush or beauty sponge works better than just smearing it on like a lotion.
And it does what it is supposed to do! I feel like it is a skin-boosting step as well. It's really soothing. I'm sold.
Honestly, it probably isn't quite as effective as something you'd snatch off the shelf, but if you're in a pitch or new to the primer thing, it's terrific. I might mix this with witch hazel, lavender extract and purified water to create a "setting spray" or sorts next week, but we shall see!