Everyone has seen (and probably owns) skincare and beauty products featuring aloe vera, the soothing plant ingredient that can help treat anything from rashes to burns. But the plant itself, in its most natural form, probably works just as well as any of the creams that it’s been made a part of.
Though the slightly spindly exterior may not appear particularly soothing, if you break open the leaf, you’ll reveal a world of healing possibilities with the gel inside. Aloe vera gel can enhance the skin and its ability to replenish skin cells, and it is also known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties—meaning it’ll help to heal skin troubles and reduce the risk of infection.
We think it’s the perfect thing to have with you all year round, but start in the summer—use the gel to do anything from cooling sunburned skin and speeding up the healing process to soothing irritations and bug bites.
Pick one up at your local gardening center today!