The Saem 99% Jeju Fresh Aloe Soothing Gel Review:
After spending hours online in search of a good aloe product, I settled on this one because of its alleged “99% aloe” ingredient as opposed to the more often 95% or even 92% aloe products I have seen on the market. I just wanted something that was as much aloe-based as I could get because my skin was irritated, dry, and sensitive at the time that I needed it.
- Soothe skin with fresh aloe component
- Naturally moisturize the skin of your face and body
- Fresh, clear, lightweight, and non-sticky gel texture
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ocimum Basilicum Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Viridis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Saccharomyces/Carrageenan Extract/Sarcodiotheca Gaudichaudii Extract Ferment, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Juglans Regia Seed Extract, Avocado Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Vitex Trifolia Fruit Extract, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Angelica Dahurica Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Perfume
How to Use:
Whenever the skin feels dry, dispense an adequate amount and apply gently on your face and body. Lightly pat for absorption.
Side note: This product does not come with a spatula of any kind, but due to the nature of its packaging and hygienic issues, I would strongly recommend using one instead of just your bare fingers. I have personally found that there is enough room between the cap of the product and the clear lid that covers the product to store a small spatula for ease of use.
My Skin Type: Oily-Combo, Acne-Prone
The Saem 99% Jeju Fresh Aloe Soothing Gel Review:
As the name of the actual product implies, the claim that this product should be “soothing” is what caught my attention. I wanted to use something I knew would not make my skin feel any worse than it already had. I moved from California, US to Alberta, CA and my skin took a turn for the worst. It went from virtually perfect to dried out and sensitive due to the very cold and dry weather that my face was not accustomed to. So, I bought this product in hopes that it would be my go-to product every time my face acted up.
With the large amount of product available in this tub, this is definitely a steal, in my opinion. You get a ton of product that seemingly lasts forever. I have had this single tub for over eight months now, and it still has at least a quarter of the product left over.
The product comes in a large, green, see-through tub with an inner clear seal that keeps the product from drying out. The actual cap itself is a twist-off type. The packaging feels sturdy and would undoubtedly be safe if accidentally dropped.
When I first bought this product, the main thing I noticed about it was that it had absolutely no alcohol content as opposed to similar aloe products on the market (I’m looking at you, Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel) which tend to have a very high alcohol content – as high as second on the ingredient list.
Second! Can you imagine the kind of burn you would encounter from something like that? Forget using something like that on a sunburn… I was relieved to find that there were seemingly no irritating ingredients in this product when I ran it through a data analyzer called CosDNA. I also liked that there were many interesting extracts included, such as:
- Glycerin (solvent and moisturizer)
- Melissa Officinalis Extract (anti-inflammatory)
- Avocado Fruit Extract (moisturizer, anti-inflammatory, and emollient)
- Urtica Dioica Extract (anti-inflammatory and astringent)
But the star ingredient of this product is, of course, aloe! The usage of Aloe Vera is versatile, meaning it can actually be used for many skin ailments, such as:
- Bug bites
- Sensitivity or severe dryness
- Small cuts or other wounds
As somebody who regularly suffers from acne, I found this product to be useful due to its amazing healing abilities. Yet because at the time that I purchased this product, when my skin was still adjusting to the cold and dry Canadian weather, I not only had acne to worry about, but I also experienced flaking and sensitivity to many of the products I was able to use just fine back when I still lived in California. So, as you can imagine, I had hoped that this product would be my savior. But was it?
The sad answer is no. Even without the alcohol component, when I put this on my sensitive skin at the time, it did not feel soothing at all. In fact, I was shocked because it actually burned and I had to resort to washing it off of my face. As far as I know, there is nothing in the ingredient list that my skin is particularly sensitive to, which is why I have come to the conclusion that it must be the fragrance in the product – it has a shower-fresh scent to it that is rather strong and can linger for a little while.
I am very torn when it comes to this product. Though the burning aspect seems quite negative, the truth is that when I found a routine that healed my skin barrier, using this product no longer burned. But with that being said, I would not recommend this product to people who are sensitive to fragrances or extracts.
It did, however, make up for the burn I received later on by at least adequately hydrating my skin and healing my acne. And since it is a gel formula, it soaked in nicely without any residue or stickiness. I think people with combo or oily skin would appreciate it for this fact.
I think this product may also work well for those with dry skin that flakes, because aloe is still an amazing healing component. But again, if your face is the sensitive type, especially to strong fragrances or extracts, I would say to look elsewhere. This product definitely seems like a hit-or-miss, but even though it did not work out well in my situation and I will likely not repurchase this product, I think it still may be worth looking into.
Another facet to consider is bug bites and itchiness. At times I used this product when I had bug bites that itched like nobody’s business, it worked quite well. (But would I use this product on a sunburn? Absolutely not.)
My rating for this product would be 2.5/5.
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