STAY CALM WITH BENTON ALOE PROPOLIS SOOTHING GEL

Recently, I have been stepping up my skincare game by reinforcing the Korean 7 Skin Methods (mentioned here), introducing retinoid to my routine as well as stronger Vitamin C and Niacinamide to name a few.  As expected, I am experiencing some irritation and patches of dry skin.  I needed a simple yet soothing moisturiser to restore some calmness back to my skin.  I decided to incorporate Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel into my routine as it seems to fit my criteria.  Having used it twice daily for the last month or so, I’d like to share my thoughts with you today.  Please read on!

What is it?

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is a soothing gel moisturiser.  It is extremely gentle and would suit all skin types.  The product contains only actives and no fillers.  It is also free of any harmful ingredients such as parabens, mineral oil, alcohol, synthetic preservatives or artificial colours.

Active Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propolis Extract, Glycerin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Betaine, Arginine, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

The key ingredients are Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (80%) and Propolis Extract (10%) along with natural extracts and natural preservatives.

Photo via Style Korean

The Benefits

Aloe Barbadensis:  The goodness of Aloe Vera is well known and well documented.  The Ancient Egypts called it the plant of immortality.  On a personal note, I can still recall my auntie cutting off a fresh Aloe Vera leaf to rub against a burn on my skin during my childhood in Vietnam.  She convinced me that it was a skin healer!  Aloe Vera is known to contain antioxidants, Vitamins B, C, niacinamide, fatty acids; it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, as well as naturally occurring salicylic acid.  It has been used to treat acne, hydrate dry skin, banish pigmentation, sooth sun burns and heal wounds amongst many other things.

Propolis: Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce from tree buds sap flows. When they combine the sap with their own discharges and beeswax, they create a sticky, greenish-brown product used as a coating to build their hives, as well as function as a natural disinfectant against bacteria.  As well as possessing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, propolis is a fantastic emollient and has been shown to promote wound healing.

Glycerin:  A humectant which helps skin stay hydrated, soft and smooth.  It strengthens the skin barriers and leaves a healthy glow on your skin.

Performance

I like to use Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel as the last step in both morning and evening routines.  I take a large pea size, pop some big chunks on any active spots or irritations and spread the rest on other areas on my face.  I then carry on with other routines for the next 10-15 minutes, after that I gently dab until the remainder is absorbed into my skin.

As you can tell by the photo above, it’s a transparent gel with such a lightweight feel.  It spreads out easily and gets absorbed really fast without any greasiness or oiliness.  You will be glad to know that the gel does not have any scent to it, great for those with sensitive skin.  It feels extremely soothing.  It can calm the stinging on my skin after Vitamin C serum application beautifully.  Also I love how effective Aloe Propolis Gel can reduce any active inflammation or redness, we’re talking hours here.

There must be countless uses for Aloe Vera Gel (a little like Vaseline) due to its amazing benefits.  I have used it as a soothing face mask and on minor cuts.  I would certainly use it for any sun burns on my next get-away.

My experience

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel definitely soothes and helps with inflammation.  I love how lightweight it feels and the quick absorption.  It hydrates extremely well without any greasy feel nor leaving any film behind.  My skin feels smooth and supple after application.

On some days, I do find that Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is not quite moisturising enough but this can be easily remedied by layering another facial oil on top.  Below is a suggestive routine that I found on Style Korean.  It is recommended that you can use Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream as the next step.

 

In Summary

I’m glad to have Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel in my skincare arsenal.  Although I mentioned it is a simple product yet it’s a powerful one at that.  It has proven to be very useful and versatile.  Furthermore, I definitely will enjoy it even more during the summer months when my skin would get much oiler.  If you have active acne or sensitive skin, it’s worth checking Benton Aloe Propolis  Soothing Gel out.

Pros:

  • Moisturising without being greasy
  • Lightweight, easily absorbed
  • Extremely soothing, reduces facial redness
  • Non-irritating
  • Layering well with other skincare products
  • Very high quality ingredients list – no fillers
  • Suitable for all skin types including acne and sensitive
  • Fragrance free

Cons:

  • Might not moisturising enough for dry skin type as a sole moisturiser

You can find Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel on Style Korean | $19

Have you tried any Aloe Vera skincare products?

Thank you for being here today!

Much love always,

Sandyxo

This post featured a product that was generously provided for review consideration. As always, opinions are my own and unbiased.

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