Aloe vera is one of the most common skincare ingredients, showing up in everything, from cleansers and moisturizers to masks and exfoliants. While you can use fresh aloe vera on your skin, here we bring the best ready-made aloe vera skin products for different concerns and skin types. Below, we’ve selected the best aloe vera products for the skin, with a comprehensive list that includes all kinds of products to suit all skin types.
1. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask
Because of its reputation as a sunburn remedy, aloe has instant appeal to those with skin that gets easily irritated for other reasons. This gentle, hydrating face mask celebrates that by combining aloe vera with anti-inflammatory calendula extract. The formula is a light gel that should work for all skin types, although it does contain quite a few essential oils to be aware of. Buy it from Sephora!
2. Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner
This is as simple as a toner can get. It’s just water and aloe vera with a bit of preservative to keep things fresh. If your skin is sensitive, this is a wonderful way to load the skin up with hydration just before you moisturize, as the simple formulation is unlikely to cause any dreaded redness. I recommend fitting it with a spray nozzle so you can use it to cool down throughout the day. Get it at Nordstrom!
3. Earth Tu Face Rose + Aloe Facial Toning Mist
If your skin is more tolerant of fragrance and leans just a touch towards oiliness then you will love this beautiful toning mist. It combines penetration enhancing rose water with soothing aloe and pore-tightening witch hazel, making for a formula that simultaneously soothes, hydrates, and firms. The intoxicating blend of floral essential oils in it will definitely put you in a happy mood. You can use it before serums and moisturizers, as well as to refresh your makeup. It is available at Nordstrom.
4. Skinfood Aloe Vera 93% Soothing Gel
This light gel moisturizer really celebrates aloe vera for skin, as it makes up 93% of the formula. The following 7 percent is more humectants and occlusives (including some hyaluronic acid!) to help all of that aloe sink into the skin and stay there. It’s a great night-time moisturizer choice for anyone with oily skin, while for those with dry skin it can be treated like a pre-moisturizer booster. You can find it at Ulta.
5. Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel
Aloe vera juice totally replaces water in this natural cleansing gel, making for a product that is gentle and soothing. It’s a sulfate-free cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of oils but still cleanses thoroughly. It contains ferments and humectants to reinforce the skin barrier and improve hydration, and is fragranced with lavender and rose to help quiet your mind before bed. Order it online from Dermstore!
6. Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner
Supple, soft skin is the goal with this beautiful, all-natural toner. Aloe acts as the base in this formula, holding Coenzyme Q10, which is a potent antioxidant that protects the skin against environmental damage, hydrating hyaluronic acid, as well as some skin-soothing extracts. It’s a fabulous toner for all skin types, especially if you’re feeling a little dehydrated. You can buy it at Sephora.
7. Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel
The skin around the eyes also deserves some of that aloe vera love! This light eye gel also relies on gentle aloe as a base to hold some of my favorite skincare actives, like niacinamide, panthenol, and a variety of anti-aging peptides. The formula also includes caffeine to tighten and squalane to soften. It is sold at Sephora.
8. Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment
I’ve mentioned this wonderful lactic acid treatment before since it is a wonderful chemical exfoliant even for those with very sensitive or dry skin. While helping to resurface the skin, this treatment lotion also gives it a hydrating glow with aloe vera extract, as well as prickly pear and blue agave extracts. There is also a touch of licorice root extract in the blend to brighten the skin. Pick it up from Nordstrom!
9. Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème
You will feel so pampered while massaging this silky pink cream into your skin. Aloe vera for skin shows up instead of water in this formula in order to boost its nourishing ability. It also contains super hydrators like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. To keep the moisture in the skin the cream contains sunflower oil and kukui oil, which make it creamy yet still suitable for all skin types. You can order it from Sephora.
10. Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer
This is another all-natural moisturizer choice for those whose skin cannot get enough of aloe vera. It’s a rich moisturizer that also contains a vast collection of botanical oils, along with skin-soothing calendula and chamomile extracts. It’d be best for those with combination or dry skin. The antioxidant compounds that occur naturally in all of the plant-based ingredients here will help keep your skin looking youthful. Find it at Ulta!
11. Odacité Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème
This moisturizer gives the most intense skin soothing effect since its main ingredients are all extracts that are known for their skin-calming and destressing effects. Beyond the aloe vera extract, this formula also holds flavonoid-rich tea leaf extract as well as soothing calendula. Shea butter helps lock the good ingredients in, and safflower oleosomes give a time release effect that ensures that your skin will still plump all day long. It is available at Nordstrom.
12. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum
If your skin is a little heartier then a nightly glycolic acid treatment is a great way to get it looking smooth and glowing. Glycolic acid, also known as AHA, can be pretty intense, so this formula makes sure to counter that with a whole collection of skin-soothers and hydrators, including aloe vera for skin and grape juice extract. This Drunk Elephant product also contains some salicylic acid to target acne, and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin plump and soft. Pick it up from Sephora!
13. Winky Lux Dream Gelee Hydrator
This cooling gel will hydrate your skin and give it the softest texture possible. It is made with both aloe vera for skin and some stronger humectants like butylene glycol, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. The silkiness comes from ultra-occlusive silicones, which make this gel an excellent overnight moisturizer even in arid climates or a great base for makeup. Give it a try no matter your skin type! You can get it from Ulta.
14. Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Soothing Hydra Solution
When your skin is feeling particularly dull, dry, or irritated, a sheet mask is going to give you the quickest relief. The aloe vera extract in here gives a soothing effect that is boosted by an incredible amount of both traditional and newer humectants. To brighten the skin a bit the formula also includes licorice root extract as well as a range of antioxidant extracts. Buy it at Sephora!
15. TonyMoly Daily Fresh Aloe Mask Sheet
This is another sheet mask reinforced with aloe vera for skin that you can try when your skin needs that extra moisture boost! This mask is just as hydrating, but it also provides some tightening and anti-inflammatory effects courtesy of witch hazel extract. It should work beautifully for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. It is sold at Ulta.
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