Weekend barbecues. Rooftop cocktails. Impromptu beach trips. There are *so* many opportunities for summer fun in the sun. Unfortunately, this also means more opportunities to get sunburnt.
Even if you bring some SPF with you everywhere (if you’re not, you should be!), chances are you’ll get some sun exposure this summer. Don’t get bummed out.
Keep some aloe vera nearby. Aloe vera is our favorite natural remedy for post-sun skin relief. And no, we don’t mean that bright green bottle your mom used to keep in the fridge.
There are other ways to incorporate aloe vera in your summer skin care routine. Discover the benefits of aloe vera for your skin and what products you should add to your medicine cabinet ASAP.
What does aloe vera do for sunburnt skin?
With antioxidants, nutrients, and natural pain relief properties, aloe vera is the perfect way to soothe your sunburn.
Let’s break it down.
The aloe vera gel from within the plant’s leaves contains lidocaine. This is a natural anesthetic that helps relieve pain and inflammation.
Plus, aloe vera gel acts as a protective, non-greasy layer on your sunburnt skin. Thanks to the antioxidant-rich gel, your skin heals more quickly.
What about that nasty sunburn phase when your skin starts peeling? Aloe vera can help this too. Hydration helps your skin prevent peeling. Aloe vera’s antioxidants, including beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, provide your skin with that much-needed moisture.
When you’ve had a little too much sun, try using our Daily Face Repair. It isn’t just a fantastic daily moisturizer for sensitive or mature skin. Thanks to aloe vera and other calming ingredients like chamomile and calendula, this antioxidant-rich day cream can soothe your sunburn.
Other skin care benefits of aloe vera
You might think of aloe vera only as a summertime staple. Think again.
- Aloe vera can treat minor infections, burns, and wounds
- It acts as a non-greasy moisturizing ingredient (oily skin types rejoice!)
- The antioxidants can reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve your skin’s elasticity
- It doesn’t clog pores or irritate skin
While aloe vera should be your go-to summer skin relief, you can integrate it into your year-round skincare regimen.
The aloe juice in our Chapped Skin Remedy helps repair dry, irritated skin. You can also try the Revitalize Face Oil. It includes natural, antioxidant-rich oils—including aloe leaf oil—that keep your skin moisturized, firm, and vibrant.
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