Aloe vera has long been touted as an after-sun skin healer for burns and irritation after skimping on the SPF during a long day in the sun. However, aloe vera has a slew of other uses too. From calming redness from irritation to delivering a surge of moisture without relying on heavy oils and other humectants, this, multi-use skin healer is definitely the underrated ingredient missing from your current lineup. Aside from healing painful sunburns and rashes, this secret beauty ingredient functions as an all-natural anti-inflammatory, chock full of skin-loving antioxidants that lifts redness an discoloration, offers non-greasy moisture and refines pores, just to name a few key benefits.

Aside from its vast range of skin-enhancing benefits, aloe vera is also amazing for hair as well. Aloe vera-infused products are especially great for natural hair types, thanks to the plant’s plethora of polyphenols, which block bacterial growth and help strands retain moisture. Whether you use it on your skin, scalp, or strands, aloe vera is one of the best ingredients that offers endless beauty benefits. Ahead, we’ve selected a few of our favorite formulas to try out for yourself.

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