Friday, April 12, 2013

Nerium AD: An Aloe Product (part 4)

I have been talking about Nerium AD all week and have come to the conclusion that it is nothing more than a glorified aloe cream.  The first and second ingredients are aloe. The nerium content has to be very minimal due to nerium's toxic nature. It has protein in it too, but protein molecules are too big to penetrate the skin and they do not fill in lines or stimulate collagen production. Collagen and elastin proteins are used as moisturizers. They are derived from bovine sources.

You don't have to spend $80-$110 to buy a nice aloe product. You can find many aloe products in stores that sell natural products for $10 or less. As I said previously, I like aloe it is very hydrating and soothing for the skin. Aloe leaves contain a clear gel that can be used on the skin. It has a slippery feel and creates a tightening feeling on the skin as it dries. It makes the skin look plumper and healthier. 

Aloe was used 6000 years ago by the Egyptians.  It has been used for years topically and orally as a folk and traditional remedy for a variety of ailments including acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dry skin, dandruff, indigestion and other stomach issues, diabetes, asthma, burns and sunburn. It has anti bacterial, anti viral, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties. It has not classified as an active anti aging ingredient, though.  It may cause irritation in some people. Some people can be allergic to it since it is a plant extract, but that doesn't make it a bad ingredient. People who are allergic to garlic, onions and tulips are more likely to be allergic to aloe. 

Here are  a few inexpensive aloe products that have nice ingredients to soothe and give your skin a moist, hydrated, younger look and feel.

An aloe moisturizing cream from Jason.






Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carbomer, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum)
(1) Certified Organic Ingredient

$8.65 at Jason



Hydrating Serums containing Aloe

Yes to Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum

Ingredients:
VACCINIUM CYANOCOCCUS (BLUEBERRY) JUICE, WATER, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT*, GLYCERIN, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL OIL, ALCOHOL, XANTHAN GUM, ONOPORDUM ACANTHIUM (COTTON THISTLE) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRANT) SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT*, LECITHIN*, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, FRAGRANCE**

$19.99 at Yes to Carrots and select drug and superstores


The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum

Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lanolin, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hydroxide, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract.

$21.00 at The Body Shop.com and Ulta


Antho Unscented Organic Face Serum with Seabuckthorn for Sensitive Skin

Ingredients:
organic aloe oil* , organic jojoba oil* , organic sunflower oil* , organic grapeseed oil* , organic sea buckthorn extract* , natural GMO free tocopherols (natural vitamin E, not synthetic tocopheryl acetate) , * USDA certified organic



John Masters Organic Green Tea and Rose Hydrating Face Serum

Ingredients
Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin*, rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, cocoglucoside, coconut alcohol, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, oryza sativa (rice) extract*, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract*, spirulina platensis (algae) extract*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil*, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower oil, boswellia carterii (frankinscense) resin extract, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, linalool†, geraniol†

$26.00 at John Masters.com

Avalon Organics Essential Lift Lifting Serum

Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Sea Silt Extract, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Dehydroxanthan Gum , Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract(1), Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract(1), Tapioca Starch(1), Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cabin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil , Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract(1), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract(1), Panax Ginseng Root Extract(1), Alcohol(1), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool.

(1)Certified Organic Ingredient

$25.95 at Avalon Organics



An Aloe gel from Millcreek Botanicals

Ingredients

Aloe Vera Gel (Organic) , Deionized Water , Cucumber Extract , Comfrey Extract , Allantoin (Comfrey Root) , Carbomer , Tetrasodium EDTA , Triethanolamine , Oleth 20 , Potassium Sorbate , Sodium Benzoate , Essential Oils

$5.99 at Walgreens.com


I hope my series on Nerium AD has been informative for you!

 Always do a little research before you spend a lot of money for a skin care product that makes big promises.



More in my NeriumAD series:

Nerium Part 1: Nerium Oleander Side Effects

NeruimADPart 2: How does it work?

NeriumAD Part 3: Ingredients

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