Aloe Vera is a miracle plant that needs no introduction. It has been widely used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used it to treat burns, wounds and reduce fever too. Studies say Aloe Vera was a secret ingredient in Cleopatra’s daily regime and she used to apply it on her skin every day. Over the years, it has become a phenomenon of sorts and a rockstar in the beauty industry. If you head over to your neighborhood grocery store, you’ll find it available in every form – gels, pills, beverages and the likes. In fact, now it can be found in anything ranging from dishwashing detergent to yogurt. At some point we’ve all heard about its magic from our grandmothers, mothers, that-friend-who-knows-it-all-about-beauty and beauty experts.
So, why is it amazing for your skin? Some of the reasons are:
- It penetrates the tissue
- It encourages healing of the tissue
- It has antimicrobial properties
- It reduces inflammation
Nowadays, there are many cosmetic brands that are tapping into the wonders of Aloe and making it an essential ingredient in their products. There are many grades of Aloe Vera available in the market and each brand uses different ones. Lexli however uses organic pharmaceutical-grade aloe which is free from impurities.
I tried out their 30-Day Starter Kit which includes travel sized versions of:
- Aloe-Based Cleansing Lotion – 2 oz/60 ml
- Aloe-Based AloeGlyC Renewing Exfoliant – 0.5 oz/15 ml
- Aloe-Based Tone and Balance – 2 oz/60 ml
- Aloe-Based Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 – 0.5 oz/15 ml
- Aloe-Based Night Moisturizer – 0.5 oz/15 ml
It’s a wonderful way to try out products from the brand and see what works for you.
The product claims “The Lexli Starter Kit conveniently packages the four skin care steps together to keep your skin healthy and radiant on the go.
CLEANSING LOTION – Lexli’s Cleansing Lotion features a unique formula designed to unclog pores and remove impurities, leaving your skin soft, smooth and refreshed.
ALOEGLYC RENEWING EXFOLIANT – AloeGlyC combines pharmaceutical-grade aloe and glycolic acid to exfoliate and activate the natural production of collagen – the skin’s natural rejuvenation process.
TONE AND BALANCE – This gentle skin toner contains natural humectants that restore skin pH while hydrating, soothing and refreshing your skin.
NIGHT MOISTURIZER – Night moisturizer works overnight to preserve, replenish and restore skin’s natural moisture level while reviving its tension and firmness.
DAY MOISTURIZER WITH SPF 15 FOR NORMAL TO DRY SKIN – Day Moisturizer conditions and restores the skin while protecting it from environmental factors that cause premature aging, including UVA and UVB rays.”
MY EXPERIENCE WITH LEXLI 30 DAY STARTER KIT
I was a little lost at first looking at the package as there were no usage instructions on the pack. Thankfully they’ve included an instruction leaflet inside which does seem like too much of literature to go through. The kit has generous sized products which lasted me more than the claimed 30 days. The products have a very fresh fragrance which are reminiscent of male products (sort of that cologne fragrance but mild). That may work well for the brand as the products don’t have those typical feminine fragrances and they can pass off as unisex products.
My morning regimen used to include the Cleansing Lotion, Tone and Balance followed by the Day Moisturizer with SPF 15. For the night, the only things that changed were I used the AloeGlyC after the cleanser and before the toner and I finished it off with the Night Moisturizer.
The CLEANSING LOTION felt quite gentle on the skin and didn’t lather as much as a regular facewash would do (which is a good thing). My skin felt quite clean and fresh without being stripped off all the oils and drying it out in the process.
The TONE AND BALANCE felt a little sticky when I initially sprayed it on my face. However, it was fine in a few minutes and left my skin feeling rejuvenated and moisturized.
The ALOEGLYC RENEWING EXFOLIANT needs to be diluted with the moisturizer before applying it on your face. Thank God for that since it smelt horrible on its own (I’m not sure if this was from an old batch or just the product fragrance as such). The brand suggests using it only in the night on alternate days initially, gradually getting your skin adjusted and then using it both in the morning and night. I used it only in the night on alternate days and ended up having a bad breakout. However, that’s apparently normal as that’s what was mentioned on the instructions leaflet. If you have a breakout, it means the product is working! I discontinued usage as my sensitive skin couldn’t take it and I didn’t want to take chances with it smelling funky.
Both the DAY MOISTURIZER WITH SPF 15 and NIGHT MOISTURIZER were non-greasy and lightweight. They were absorbed by the skin quickly without leaving a sticky residue. My skin felt soft and supple after using them. During the day though you might have to reapply your sunscreen if you’re out for a longer duration.
Having used the products for over a month, I did notice the difference it made to the texture and clarity of my skin for the better.
- Improved the overall texture of my skin
- Cleared up my skin
- Funky smell of AloeGlyC put me off
- AloeGlyC didn’t seem suitable for people with sensitive skin as it broke me out
- Packaging seems very pharmaceutical
- No clear usage instructions on the pack
- Ingredient list not present on the pack (its in the instructions leaflet) so you wouldn’t know at a quick glance as to what’s in the products
OVERALL VERDICT: 3.5 / 5
PRICE: $60.99. You get to save 5% with their auto-replenish option.
WHERE TO BUY: www.lexli.com. They ship to continental US only as of now and provide free shipping for orders over $50.
P.S. They have a 90-day money-back guarantee
SOURCE FOR ALOE BENEFITS: www.lexli.com