Our Secret Spiky Weapon for Perfect Skin in Paris
In a city where stress, pollution and the late-night lifestyle can easily lead down the path to problem skin, we’ve spent the last six years scouring the streets for a solution.
And then one day, it pricked us:
Fresh organic aloe vera leaves that you can keep in your fridge.
Within one week of putting the gel of aloe vera leaves on our faces, our imperfections disappeared and we had clear skin and a natural glow that puts your Insti filter to shame. It's literally the greatest spiky skin secret we have ever discovered.
Aloe vera contains anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties, reducing the redness of acne and preventing it from spreading. It’s also an astringent that removes excess oil, dirt and dead skin. If you usually use it on your sunburnt skin to promote cell-growth, imagine what it does for non-burnt skin. Regenerates the f out of your face.
The difference between fresh leaves and the bottled variety is the potency. Google can tell you more while saving us the word count.
After cleansing, cut off a small slice from the end of the leaf, split it down the middle and apply the gel to your face.
Problem skin: leave it on all night.
Sensitive skin: wash it off after 5 minutes.
Test it on a small patch of skin first.
Once cut, you have around two weeks before it starts going brown. Store in the fridge next to that old bottle of champagne.
Where to find fresh organic aloe vera leaves in Paris? A needle in a Haussmannian haystack. Leave it to us, we gotcha.
THE SECRET TO PERFECT SKIN IN PARIS
Organic aloe vera @ the Atelier Totum stand:
Marché biologique des Batignolles 75017: Saturday mornings 9h-14h
Marché biologique Raspail 75006: Sunday mornings 9h-14h
It's the stand that has the Sol Semilla superfoods - ask around if you can't spot it
Around 8 euros per leaf
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