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More Than Just a Juice Craze: What Aloe Vera Can Do for Your Skin and Hair

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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.

  1. 1. To Cleanse Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
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    1. To Cleanse Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

    First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser gently clears away dirt, excess oil, makeup and other impurities, calming stressed, irritated skin. Its lightweight, whipped texture transforms into a creamy froth when mixed with water to infuse your skin with essential antioxidants. Allantoin and aloe leaf extract combine in this gentle facial cleanser to cool inflammation and reinforce your skin's ability to resist environmental
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  2. 2. Delivers Instant Hydration: Peter Thomas Roth Aloe Tonic Mist

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  3. 3. To Pamper Stressed Skin: iS Clinical CoolMint Revitalizing Masque

  4. 4. Instant Sunburn Relief: Hampton Sun Hydrating Aloe Continuous Mist Spray

    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.

  5. 5. To Soothe Diaper Rash: California Baby Aloe Vera Cream

    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.

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  6. 6. To Cool Yourself Down After a Long Day: Zents Oolong Ageless Aloe Moisture Wash
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    6. To Cool Yourself Down After a Long Day: Zents Oolong Ageless Aloe Moisture Wash

    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.

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  7. 7. To Condition Dry, Damaged Hair: Dr. PAWPAW It Does It All 7 in 1 Hair Treatment Styler

    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.

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Beauty Reporter

Janeca Racho

With over 10 years of writing and editing experience, Janeca Racho has worked with clients in the fashion, entertainment, food, health and travel industries. An adventurer at heart, she will gladly trade her heels for a good pair of hiking shoes and skip hotels to camp under the stars. She loves horror movies, googling ingredients in her beauty products and backpacking trips with her toddler. Her newfound obsession: nude lipstick.