When most people think of aloe vera, they picture the gooey green gel that’s slathered on after too many hours in the sun. Or maybe they recall the funky, spiky plant with long green limbs. But did you know aloe actually comes in many forms, and that the benefits of aloe vera go far beyond relieving sunburn? Check out these nine products to enjoy all that this desert darling has to offer.
Let’s start with the basics: aloe vera after-sun gel. Whether you spent your day in the sun at the beach, by the pool, on a hike or exploring a new city, there’s nothing like red, angry skin to have you reaching for the nearest after-sun gel. If you don’t have an actual aloe vera plant nearby, try this gel. It consists of 98% certified organic aloe vera. It’s also purity certified by the International Aloe Science Council. Use it as an after-shave gel, to soothe dry skin or (of course) to help relieve those painful sunburns. Andalou Naturals Cooling Body Lotion
Andalou Naturals is known for their gluten- and cruelty-free, vegetarian and non-GMO products. This cooling body lotion combines aloe vera with rosehip oil and shea and cocoa butters to nourish, hydrate and soften dry, irritated skin.
For those of us who’d prefer something less messy than the traditional green gel, an aloe spray would be a relief. Luckily, Real Aloe Inc. has a solution. This organically grown aloe vera spray has the same properties as its jelly cousin — just in spray form. Simply mist the area that’s irritated and enjoy the calming, soothing benefits of aloe.
If you’re looking to mix up your shower skincare routine and want to try using aloe vera in a new way, give this body wash a go. Jason blends the hydrating properties of aloe vera and sunflower seed oil with vitamins E and B5. Your skin will feel clean, smooth and happy. Unlike other body washes, Jason’s doesn’t contain paraben or harsh sulfates.
Clearly Naturals describes their aloe vera soap as “a luxurious blend of essential oils and vegetable glycerin.” Simple, soothing and something other than the same ‘ole store-bought soap, this bar is perfect for summer – or any time of year. Bonus: It’s hypoallergenic, too!
This ear wash acts as an alternative to over-the-counter medicinal drops with its unique combination of aloe vera, St. John’s Wort, rosemary and other herbal extracts. It doubles as a supporter of healthier ear canals and promotes healthy pH balance. This product is safe for kids, adults and your furry, four-legged friends, too. Alvera Aloe Herbal Roll-On Deodorant
Many mainstream deodorants and antiperspirants contain harsh chemicals and aluminum to help us stay sweat-free and smelling fresh throughout day. Alvera skips the chemicals and instead uses all-natural herbs and aloe vera to accomplish the same goal. This plant-based deodorant formula is safe, non-irritating and consists of 75% pure aloe vera.
Show your scalp and hair how much you care by using an aloe-vera-infused shampoo. Mill Creek’s aloe vera shampoo combines alow with argan oil and vitamin E to hydrate your hair and return it to its natural shine and luster. Their vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free formula also doubles as a protectant for your hair, keeping it healthier and happier — long after you’ve left the shower.
Who would’ve guessed that aloe vera makes a good toothpaste ingredient? Desert Essence pairs aloe vera with tea tree oil to make their signature peppermint toothpaste. The aloe serves as a soothing agent while the rest of the natural ingredients (including white tea, sea salt, tea tree oil and baking soda) clean, defend and protect your teeth.
These aren’t just any socks: They’re infused with aloe to moisturize your feet while you wear them! Earth Therapeutics notes that they’re “super-socks” that provide your tired toes with plush comfort. For extra moisture, apply additional lotion before you slip them on – then wear them overnight!