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What do you think of when you hear the words Aloe Vera? I’m instantly transported back to my teen years when I’d visit my grandparents in Bal Harbour, Florida. My sister, brother and I spent almost every school holiday and summer break hanging out with all the other kids who were visiting their grandparents as well. We’d swim in the ocean and bake ourselves by the pool, obviously a very different time — we weren’t schooled to protect our skin as much as we now know we should. If we got sunburned — and we always did — we’d break open an aloe vera leaf and apply the cool, green gel that oozed out of it directly on the burn. Nothing felt better than that!
Aloe Vera has been used medicinal
Freshen up summer stressed skin with beauty products that brighten, lighten and repair.
As we leave the fun-filled days of summer behind and welcome the crisp cool days of fall, it’s hard not to notice all the damage done to our skin. Harmful UV rays, pollution, heat and chlorine have left skin with extreme dryness, sun spots, clogged pores, pronounced lines and wrinkles and uneven tone, wishing for a do-over!
“UV light causes collagen breakdown, formation of free radicals and interference with DNA repair,” says NYC-based Board Certified Dermatologist, Robin Borkowsky.