Raise your hand if, despite your very best efforts, you’ve managed to get a sunburn this summer. I see you over there, and if I’m being honest, I have to admit that I’m guilty, as well. As someone with very fair skin who lives in the southwestern part of the United States where the sun is particularly harsh, I’m hyper-diligent about liberally applying sunscreen once per hour whenever I play outside. I often wear oversized sunglasses and floppy hats to further protect my skin, and I’m not afraid to keep my cover up on as long as I can just for added protection while at the beach or pool.
With that said, sometimes you miss a spot, and sometimes you have a momentary lapse in judgement and forget to reapply. In these painful, red and splotchy times, your tried and true friend aloe vera is here to help.
A Quick Rundown of Aloe
The aloe plant is a succulent with broad, thick “leaves” that are loaded with a green, watery-meets-gelatinous goop – AKA aloe vera. I’m lucky enough to see the plants growing in the wild where I live, and I always make sure to keep an aloe plant on hand in case of burns. Fun fact: you can actually break off a part of the leaf, squeeze out the green juice, and apply it straight onto your skin to instantly soothe.
Fortunately, for those who don’t have access to the actual plant, there are plenty of aloe vera products that you can buy, as well. Some of these even have the benefit of added ingredients that further soothe, heal and nourish your tender skin.
P.S. While you may think of aloe vera as an ingredient that primarily treats burns, it has also been found to treat skin ailments such as psoriasis. Consider it a might soothing agent that works any time and for many skin types.
Aloe Product Suggestions
Looking for some aloe vera products to add to your beauty cupboards? Let’s start with one of my favorites, SNP’s Cactus 90% Soothing Gel. It comes packaged in an aloe leaf-shaped container, smells powdery and clean, and somehow always seems chilled even when I don’t store it in the refrigerator.
Soko Glam also carries some really top-of-the-line aloe vera products. For example, Benton makes an amazing Aloe BHA Skin Toner and Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel. CosRX’s Aloe Soothing Sun Cream contains SPF 50 in addition to aloe vera, which is great for soothing and cooling the skin on a hot day. It’s incredibly gentle on the skin, making it a real sunscreen contender for people with sensitive and reactive skin types.
If you’re looking for aloe infused sheet masks, you’re in luck. There are plenty out there that utilize this ingredient. One of my favorites is the Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air sheet mask.
Good luck out there in the sun, kids, and remember to lather up, cover up, and rest up with some aloe vera.