This week's ingredient of choice is one that you've likely found in a number of your favorite skincare goodies. And, you might have even have used it alone. The magic ingredient you might ask? None other than aloe. Get the full scoop on its benefits below.
The ingredient: aloe vera
Also known as: aloe
Quick take: commonly used to calm skincare ailments such as sunburns, bug bites, and wounds; also a great moisturizer and blemish fighter
Claims to fame: Aloe is probably most commonly associated with big green jars that you see at the drugstore during July and August. Because of its anti-bacteria and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera is an excellent option for cooling and calming sunburns and minor wounds. But, it's ability to penetrate and hydrate the skin with mega anti-oxidants also helps with skin turnover, making it an amazing option for healing.
But, it's benefits don't just stop with burns or cuts. It's a fantastic moisturizer and because it's non-greasy, it can also be a good option for acne-prone skin. In addition, its anti-bacterial properties can also help with breakouts. And thanks to two hormones, Auxin and Gibberellins, and antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C, and E present in aloe, inflammation is reduced and cell growth is encouraged.
Where to find it:
Splurge: Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel ($54)
Ideal for fighting acne, this AHA/BHA-rich cleansing gel utilizes soothing aloe to help with cell turnover and inflammation reduction.
Save: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Lotion ($5.30)
Intense Hydration is the name of the game with Vaseline's calming body lotion.
Paired with invigorating and antioxidant rich matcha, aloe is a key ingredient in these cleansing and hydrating facial wipes.
How do you use aloe? Let us know the best way you use aloe to help your skin!