Olive Oil vs. Aloe Vera for Dry Skin

Both olive oil and aloe vera can be soothing to dry skin.

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Dry, flaky, chapped skin is something you may associate with a sunburn. But falling asleep under the beautiful, blazing sun while reading your favorite fiction novel isn't the only cause for these skin symptoms. If you have naturally dry skin, it's difficult to keep your skin hydrated. Olive oil and aloe vera are natural remedies for softening skin.

For Moisture

As you're making your way through the beauty section at your local store, you're surrounded by aisles and aisles of products. Navigate the surplus of products by focusing on lotions and creams with olive oil or aloe vera. They are both sources of moisture, rich in emollients. Olive oil and products made with olive oil tend to have a more slippery application. Aloe vera and aloe vera-based products typically have a matte finish.

For Anti-Aging

If you want to keep crow's feet on the crow and off your face, these natural ingredients both provide nutrients to your skin. Both are rich in Vitamins A, C, and E -- contributing to wrinkle fighting, collagen boosting and inflammation calming. Olive oil contains essential fatty acids that lubricate skin, while enzymes in aloe vera help exfoliate skin.

For Sun Damage Repair

Sometimes the excitement of a day in the sun -- whether at the beach, the pool, or the park -- is so urgent that you literally run out of the house without sunscreen. After too many hours of unprotected UV exposure, your skin protests by burning, peeling, and turning red. Aloe vera has soothing and cooling properties to calm irritated areas and speed up sunburn recovery. After your skin has healed from surface sunburn symptoms, you can use olive oil to moisturize.

For Sun Protection

While nothing can or should replace your sunscreen, extra protection never hurt anyone. Olive oil creates a protective barrier over the skin, which may offer defense against UVB rays, though more research is needed. Although, aloe vera doesn't provide protection against UV rays, sunscreen formulations include the ingredient for its soothing properties.

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