Most of us associate aloe vera with treating sunburns after a long day spent outdoors—and for good reason. The potent plant is packed with an abundance of vitamins, antioxidants like vitamins E and C and amino acids that help reduce inflammation and moisturize skin.
However, there’s more to the plant besides after-sun care. Aloe vera is a hydrating salve for dry, rough skin, and a calming treatment for any small scrapes, burns and bumps. It also helps to neutralize free radical damage, thanks to those aforementioned antioxidants.
And there’s more: Applying aloe vera to your scalp can help soothe itchiness and remove oil buildup, while locking in moisture and shine to the lengths of your hair.
In short, it’s a gentle but mighty gift from nature that you can easily add to your beauty routine.