Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Benefits: Soothing, Hydration
Categories: Humectant, Antioxidant, Plant Extracts
Aloe barbadensis leaf extract comes from the leaves of the aloe vera plant. Components of aloe vera leaf include minerals, polyphenols, and vitamins.
This commonly used plant extract offers antioxidant qualities to defend skin from environmental stressors. Studies also show it delivers soothing properties and serves as a humectant (hydrating agent).
Although aloe is indeed beneficial for skin, its benefits are sometimes over-exaggerated in the world of cosmetics. For instance, some skin care brands tout aloe as an anti-aging cure-all for wrinkles—unfortunately, it doesn’t have that kind of power. That said, it’s still a great addition to see in your skin care products for its research-supported benefits.
Aloe barbadensis leaf extract has been deemed safe for skin care use by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. Usage levels typically range from 0.1–10% in skin care formulas, where it’s often combined with a glycol to improve penetration.