When it comes to natural ingredients with bountiful health, skin and hair benefits, aloe vera needs no introduction. Known as the “plant of immortality,” by the ancient Egyptians, aloe vera is one of the most featured ingredients in beauty, skin and hair care products—and for good reason. No longer just your mom’s go-to solution for cuts, insect bites and sunburns, aloe vera (or aloe barbadensis) is one of the plant world’s richest sources of nourishing, rejuvenating and hair- and skin-loving nutrients.
“Scientists have found over 200 nutritional substances in aloe barbadensis leaves,” says beauty and aromatherapy expert Janice Rosenthal, owner of Garden of Essences. “These include proteolytic enzymes that stimulate fibroblast cells in our skin tissue that manufacture collagen and elastin, which in turn restore damaged skin and keep it firm.”
Because of its cell-renewing properties, aloe vera is known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, scars and even stretch marks. It’s also a potent antioxidant, thanks to its high concentration of vitamins A, C and E—all essential in preventing visible signs of aging and hair damage and neutralizing free radicals. Its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits also make it effective in treating acne and other skin and scalp irritations.
Worried the summer heat might do a number on your skin and hair? Fret no more. According to Rosenthal, aloe vera comes loaded with “moisture-boosting” nutrients and natural sugars that are responsible for “locking moisture into the skin and hair shaft, alleviating dryness, preventing brittle hair and taming frizz.”
Ready to experience the wonders that aloe vera can do for your skin and hair? Here’s a list of our top recommendations to get you started.
Featuring the antispetic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of aloe vera and allantoin, this five-star-rated cleanser leaves your face free of dirt, excess oil, makeup and other impurities while keeping it soothed and protected from environmental stressors. Its gentle formula makes it perfect for all skin types, including those with sensitive and acne-prone complexions.
We love the instant freshness that mists give our skin and this aloe vera-infused tonic mist from Peter Thomas Roth is no different. It comes loaded with pro-vitamin B5 to moisturize and clarify skin, aloe vera and allantoin to soothe and hydrate and antioxidants to protect against free radicals. Formulated with safe and gentle ingredients, use this mist whenever your skin needs a quick pick-me-up and get glowing skin with just a few spritzes.
Need some down time to recover after a long and stressful week? So does your skin! Give it some much-needed pampering with this calming and nourishing face mask that’s specially crafted with cooling, hydrating and antioxidant-rich botanicals to keep your skin looking fresh, radiant and youthful.
Whether you forgot to re-apply or put on sunscreen too late, the fact is, sunburn still happens even to the most diligent sunscreen users. Infused with aloe vera, menthol and vitamin E, this non-greasy, cooling and hydrating mist heals and soothes inflamed and sunburnt skin while leaving it soft and smooth to the touch. Running errands all day? Keep it in your purse and give your parched skin some instant TLC.
Keep baby’s skin smooth and rash-free with this ultra-hydrating and extra-gentle aloe vera cream that features calming lavender (great for cooling sunburnt skin.) and moisturizing safflower oil. Best of all, this light, non-greasy cream can also double as Mom’s year-round moisturizer.
Formulated for all skin types, this gentle, nutrient-rich cream body cleanser is infused with botanical extracts, coconut oil, green tea and multivitamins to detoxify and defend your skin from free radical damage. It washes away dirt, excess oil and other impurities while leaving a refreshing and revitalizing aroma, infused with oolong, citrus and lavender.
Say goodbye to bad hair days and say hello to luscious, healthy-looking locks! Enriched with aloe vera and papaya extracts, this treatment spray detangles, smooths and conditions hair, tames frizz and adds shine and protection to your tresses.