- Chrissy Teigen, who is known for her refreshing honesty, got real about her skin issues on Instagram.
- The 33-year-old model and author explained that she has been trying pure aloe vera to soothe her red, blotchy skin, since it “kind of freaks out lately.”
- Aloe vera is known to have a variety of skin benefits, thanks to its abundance of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids.
If there’s one thing everyone can appreciate about Chrissy Teigen, it’s her ability to be real with her fans. The 33-year-old model and author has been pretty candid about everything from postpartum depression to clapping back at trolls—and in a world of “perfect” celebrities, her honesty is refreshing.
Case in point: In a series of Instagram stories yesterday, Teigen talked about how the state of her skin wasn’t ideal. She’s been pretty open annoying skin issues in the past, and even posted a Twitter video of her red, irritated complexion caused by her period last year.
In her stories, Teigen mentioned that her hairstylist, Priscilla Valles, told her to get an aloe vera plant to use on her skin, since it “kind of freaks out lately.”
Teigen then shows the redness on her cheeks, calling them “little red blotchies,” and takes a pure piece of aloe vera and rubs some on her face while her husband, John Legend, and daughter, Luna, do a puzzle together in the background.
There’s a reason her stylist recommended pure aloe: The cactus-like plant is known for its healing properties, thanks to its abundance of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids, Joel Schlessinger, MD, Omaha-based board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon recently told Prevention.
The benefits go beyond soothing a nasty sunburn, too. Aloe vera can relieve skin irritation due to its anti-inflammatory compounds, hydrate the skin, and even help fight acne and exfoliate the skin (since it contains salicylic acid).
Of course, using a pure aloe plant means you’ll get all the good stuff straight from the source—but people with sensitive skin should still be cautious. If you haven’t used aloe vera on your complexion before, do a small patch test on your arm to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction first. No redness or itching? You’re in the clear to give it a shot.
And if you rather just have a quality bottle of aloe vera lying around instead, check out these dermatologist-approved aloe vera gels—they’re the real deal! Then, check out these other amazing uses for aloe.
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