Aloe Is the Latest Moisturizing Ingredient to Add to Your Routine

Aloe isn't just for sunburns—it can protect dry hair from future damage, nurse nails back to shiny health, and more. Find our favorite aloe-packed, ultra-soothing products below.

Aloe vera is a resilient plant that's part of the aloe family (it's one of 500 different species!) and thrives in its native tropical climate. Its extract is a formidable beauty ingredient: it soothes, heals, and combats a multitude of issues, especially redness and dryness.


Almost all body parts will benefit from aloe—here are our favorite treatments (some of which are more surprising than others)!

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Makeup Primer

Kat Von D's primer moisturizes and calms the skin with aloe, which creates a smooth canvas for immaculate application.

Lock-It Featherweight Primer by Kat Von D, $32, sephora.com.

Leave-In Conditioner

Comb My Honey Child's conditioner through thick, curly hair to seal the cuticle and keep frizz to a minimum.

Aloe Leave-In Treatment, $13, myhoneychild.com.
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Nail Oil

The finicky skin that makes up your cuticles needs all the nourishment it can get. Dab some of this aloe-rich treatment on it at least once a week.

Nail Treatment Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil by Sally Hansen, $6, target.com.

Eye Mask

Aloe is a powerful healer for the puffy, distressed areas under your eyes. These patches will get rid of dark circles and brighten the sensitive area.

Stress Relief Eye Mask by The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder, $40, sephora.com.
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Shaving Cream

Get a better shave with this natural cream that restores skin rather than strip it of its natural oils.

Face Saving Shave Formula by Port Products, $16, themotley.com.

Face Wash

Little-known fact: when moisture is drawn from oily skin it actually exacerbates breakouts, because dehydrating the face can cause the overproduction of sebum. This cleanser still breaks down grime and toxins, but aloe and vitamin E hydrate and treat acne-induced redness and scarring.

Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser, $24, olehenriksen.com.
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Makeup Remover

Gently remove eye makeup without the risk of hurting your eyes. The aloe will soothe the lash line and lids, and it's especially great for those of us with sensitive skin.

Just Release Me Eye Makeup Remover by Philosophy, $19, ulta.com.

Mist

Get a quick cooling and moisturizing treatment in the middle of a hot day by spritzing this on your face. Your skin will feel refreshed and you will instantly be pulled from the abyss of your midday energy crash.

Hydrating Aloe Mist, $28, hamptonsuncare.com.

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Serum

Splotchy skin is no match for aloe, especially when it's grouped with ginger (an anti-inflammatory) and colloidal sulfur, which combats redness at its source.

Anti-Redness Serum, $36, firstaidbeauty.com.

Pomade

Some hairstyling products can be drying, which causes breakage. But Malin + Goetz's formula uses aloe to restore the hair's natural oils, which protect against damage.

Hair Pomade, $22, malinandgoetz.com.
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