Is It Safe To Apply Aloe Vera Gel On Your Face Overnight?

I’m not one for exaggeration. I’m quite the opposite; I do everything in moderation – eating, drinking, sleeping, and, of course, taking care of my skin.

No matter the skincare ingredient, product, or routine, I always make sure I follow the instructions to the letter. If it says on the label “rinse it off after 6 minutes,” I will pull out my phone and set the alarm to go off in exactly 6 minutes! I’m like that with whatever I do, and I’m sure many of you are just the same.

So, why should aloe vera be any different? Well, it’s not, there are times where you would want to use it overnight and then there are those where you should rinse it off.

Regardless of its intended use, know that applying aloe vera gel on your face overnight is safe and, in most cases even recommended! But depending on the purpose you’ve used it for, you may not have to rinse it off. For instance, when you apply it on sunburns or any other kind of skin burn, you may have to leave it overnight. While you leave it, it will up and form a seal over the burn.

The next thing you should pay attention to is the list of ingredients. Look for natural/organic aloe vera gel, as others may contain chemicals that could irritate your skin; leaving such gel on your face overnight may cause breakouts, depending on how sensitive your skin is.

And skin irritation due to sensitization may lead to the opening up of your skin surface, permitting free entrance to pathogens.

Can You Sleep With Aloe Vera On Your Face?

Without mincing words, the answer to this question is yes. However, you do not always have to sleep with Aloe Vera on your face.

The amount of time you leave it on will largely depend on the purpose of its application. This, coupled with the fact Aloe Vera should not be applied to the skin before sun exposure, makes night time the best time for slathering it all over your face.

As per safety, Natural Aloe vera is used in dermatology for various purposes. It has about 75 active components, including vitamins, amino acids, sugars, enzymes, saponins, lignin, salicylic acids, etc. Each of these component functions to beautify your skin and give it elegance. Also, they are very safe, non-toxic and skin-friendly.

So you have nothing to worry about. The integrity of your skin is not at stake if you sleep with Aloe vera on your face.

I used to apply Aloe vera gel on my face overnight many times before. And I can say with all sincerity that it is safe, and works well. Leaving it on your face while you sleep is only important to further enhance its penetrability into the skin, for the best results.

Mechanism of actions of Aloe Vera includes:

  • Anti-inflammatory action: Aloe vera acts by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase (COX) pathway. Thus reducing the production of prostaglandin E2 from arachidonic acid.
  • Moisturizing and anti-aging effect: The amino acids content of Aloe Vera, aids the softening of hard skin cells. While its zinc content functions as an astringent. The astringent property of zinc is to tighten the skin pores.
  • Antiseptic action: Aloe vera consists of 6 antiseptic agents, namely, Lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols, and sulfur. These agents, by records, have an inhibitory effect on bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

How Does Aloe Vera Gel Feel On Your Face?

One of the things I love about aloe vera gel is that your skin will absorb it so fast you won’t even have the time to rinse it off!

It might seem like a joke but the first time I used it I was amazed, especially since I have oily skin. I remember, it was late at night and I totally forgot about my new aloe vera gel. I was thinking to myself weather I should apply it or not, since I was so sleepy.

Eventually, I decided to put it on and while I was getting ready for bed, brushing and flossing my teeth, I noticed something strange -  my skin has already absorbed it!

One thing I have to note (what you might notice as well), is when I woke up I noticed a thin film over my face. Since my skin is naturally very oily, I’m not sure how much of it was due to my own skin and if aloe vera gel had anything to do with it. I’d like to hear some feedback from those of you with dry skin, if it happens to you as well.

Anyways, I just rinsed it off and got on with my day.

How many times can I apply aloe vera on my face per day?

Aloe vera is very easy to apply. And as for how many times to use it on your face per day, it is dependent on you and the reason for application.

To moisturize my skin, I like to apply it directly to my face, leave it on for some minutes (10-15minutes) and wash it off with warm water, once daily for few days or when needed.

It’s important to note here is that you should stay consistent and stick to this regime every single day. When I was younger I would often try something for a few days, see that it’s not working and move on to something else. Stick to it, and you will be amazed by the results.

But before you adopt this new skincare routine, make sure you study all the ingredients. If the gel is not natural, there might be some ingredients that won’t go well with everyday application.

I know that natural, especially organic, products tend to cost more, so if you decide to go with a cheaper alternative, keep an eye on possible skin irritation, or intense dryness. If you spot any of these two “symptoms,” it may be time to try a different manufacturer.

Another critical factor is direct sunlight. If your job requires you to be outdoors a lot, exposed to the direct sunlight, you should avoid applying aloe vera gel. Certain skincare products do not respond well to the sunlight, so you better hold off until the evening.

What happens if I apply aloe vera to my face daily?

Though there are some exceptions to the rule (a minority of users who report skin dryness after daily use), applying aloe vera gel to your face every day is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy, vibrant and fresh.

Daily application of aloe vera offers some many benefits; it would be hard to list them all. Nevertheless, I will list a few:

Anti-aging: Also, aloe vera has been said to have anti-aging properties. You are set to begin to look younger than your age by applying it daily. Keep the wrinkles away while making your skin more succulent.

All-round wellness: Aloe vera is also a natural source of antioxidants. And the skin is a potent route of administration. By daily application of aloe vera gel on your face, you enjoy all-round wellness.

Besides, Aloe vera is useful for treating inflammations, relieving pain, and other reactions on your face due to infection. A powerful antibacterial agent, it would help with eczema and sunburn, with consistent daily application.

Promote facial wound healing: this is one fantastic use of Aloe Vera. With your consistent daily application, you can help promote healing of any facial wound. Such wounds may be presented as a skin lesion, skin burns, skin ulcers, facial skin inflammations like acne, etc. Aloe vera gel can carry out this function effectively because of some of its chemical components, components such as zinc, amino acids, mucopolysaccharides, and water.

Records have it that Aloe Vera is very effective specifically for skin burns. In fact, some studies have proved it to be more effective than some synthetic chemical agents like silver sulfadiazine 1% ointment used to treat burns. Thus you can apply it as a primary or complementary treatment for any facial skin burn. You should be assured of faster wound healing.

Another great thing about Aloe vera is relatively cheap and effective, with no record of side effects or adverse skin reactions. The more reason why it is fit for daily application.

How Long Should You Keep Aloe Vera Gel On Your Face?

The amount of time you leave aloe vera gel on your face depends on how you intend to use it. Aloe vera has many functions that benefit the skin. If you want to use it as a moisturizer, apply it on your face to form a thin film. Then, leave it to get absorbed for a few minutes, ranging from 10-15 mins, before washing it off with lukewarm water.

You may desire to use it as a moisturizing mask as well, but this time, you would need a thicker layer of the gel, for the same duration.

Perhaps you want to use Aloe vera gel to clear off your skin blemishes, pimples scars, and the likes. You may have to apply the gel at night and leave it overnight.

For the best result, you have to repeat the routine consistently for days, (up to about 30days).

If you are using Aloe Vera gel for facial wound healing, then you would have to apply it for long periods and consistently for several weeks.

Igor Marcikic
 

I've struggled with acne and oily skin for the better part of my life. Along the way, I've picked up some valuable information, tips, and tricks, which helped me manage my "situation." This website is a way of giving back and trying to help others like me! Enjoy your stay, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments down below. All the best, Igor.

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