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How to Use Aloe Vera On Your Face And Why You Should

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Using aloe vera gel as skincare may sound weird at first. After all, the first thing many of us think of when we think of aloe vera is those vicious sunburns we got when we were kids. Back then, aloe vera came out of an oversized bottle from the nearest drugstore. But nowadays, aloe vera is finding its way back into skincare products, and with good reason. “In addition to being an exceptional skin soother, aloe vera is a humectant with many beneficial properties,” explains dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD. “It’s rich in antioxidants, hydrating and conditioning and helps address skin sensitivity and redness. The cooling, gel texture can reduce puffiness,” he tells IPSY.

Here are a few more facts about using aloe vera on your face and how to incorporate products containing this super ingredient in your skincare routine.


About the Expert:

Howard Sobel, MD, is an attending dermatologist at Lenox Hill hospital and founder of Sobel Skin.

3 Aloe Vera Skin Benefits

This nutrient-packed skincare treatment is so remarkable because of its ability to address an assortment of skin conditions. If your skin is feeling lackluster and dull, aloe vera detoxifies and boosts blood circulation to give you a glow from the inside out.

  • Anti-inflammatory: treats itchiness and irritation.
  • Spot treatment: Aloe vera can be used as a non-irritating spot treatment for pimples and blemishes.
  • Hydrating: Aloe vera acts like a drink of water for the skin’s surface. It sinks into pores and makes skin look plump and dewy.

Here’s How to Use Aloe Vera on Your Face

“Aloe vera is a very mild, non-irritating ingredient that is generally tolerated by all skin types,” says Dr. Sobel. “Make sure to use a high-quality aloe vera that doesn’t contain fillers or alcohol or use directly from the plant to spot treat skin.”

Method #1: As a Face Mask

An at-home aloe vera face mask is great for treating inflamed skin. When you add the antibacterial and moisturizing properties of honey, it makes for an extra calming DIY treatment. A honey and aloe vera face mask is also great for de-puffing hungover or stressed-out skin (hey, we’ve all been there). If you wish, add yogurt for its pore-cleansing lactic acid, and grated cucumber for a spa-worthy cooling effect.

Method #2: As a Spot Treatment

Amp up your skin’s blood flow and stop harmful, acne-causing bacteria in its tracks by using aloe vera as a spot treatment for breakouts and blemishes. Apply a small amount to the affected area, leave it on your skin overnight, and wash it away for a brighter, clearer complexion the next morning.

Method #3: As a Moisturizer

As we’ve already mentioned, aloe vera is a gentle and effective moisturizer for thirsty skin. Use the thick sap in place of your moisturizer—and if you need a little extra hydration, slather it on before adding an oil or cream.

5 Aloe Vera Products We Love:

1. TAHNYC Vegan Hyaluronic Acid in Aloe Vera

TAHNYC Vegan Hyaluronic Acid in Aloe Vera

Courtesy of TAHNYC

Be good to your skin with this hydrating, redness-fighting serum. It’s extra effective when used in conjunction with stronger skincare products, like retinol or vitamin C. The vegan formula also improves skin texture, quenches dry skin, and decreases the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines over time.

2. BIOREPUBLIC SKINCARE Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask & Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask

BIOREPUBLIC SKINCARE Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask & Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask

If your skin has seen a little too much sun lately, this calming mask is here for you. Aloe vera juice rapidly absorbs into the skin and renews your glow. Ipsters also happen to love it—@gaagui15 said, “These masks have been the best that I have tried so far! They are filled with aloe and my skin felt so soft and hydrated.”

3. APHRODITE SKIN CARE Olive Oil Deep Cleansing Face Mask

APHRODITE SKIN CARE Olive Oil Deep Cleansing Face Mask

Although olive oil is the star ingredient in this mask, it holds court with soothing witch hazel, detoxifying spirulina, and hydrating aloe vera. Use it anytime you want your pores to feel squeaky clean and ultra moisturized all at once. Ipsters appreciate the effects—@skingirl176 gushes, “Absolutely loved how much hydration this added to my skin!”

4. MINTPEAR Glow (Rosewater + Aloe Vera) Facial Toner

MINTPEAR Glow (Rosewater + Aloe Vera) Facial Toner

Courtesy of MINTPEAR

If you’ve ever questioned the purpose of a toner, listen up. This rejuvenating toner swipes away residue left behind after cleansing, all while tightening pores and balancing your skin’s pH. The base of soothing organic aloe vera and glycerin blends with rose distillate to gently prep skin for serums and moisturizers.

5. JEJU:EN Sleeping Mask Aloe Gel & Hylauronic Acid

JEJU:EN Sleeping Mask Aloe Gel & Hylauronic Acid

Feel beautiful while you sleep, and wake up looking exactly the same way. This gel sleeping mask is packed with aloe leaf extract, which strengthens and protects skin. Mineral-rich water from Jeju Island ups the ante on nourishment. One Ipster said, “I love sleeping masks and wash off masks, so this was a great pick for me personally! I am a huge fan of aloe vera, so I was of course happy with this mask :)”

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Article Last Updated November 9, 2021 12:00 AM