Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. An evergreen perennial, it originates from the Arabian Peninsula but grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. The species is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant.
It is found in many consumer products including beverages, skin lotion, cosmetics, or ointments for minor burns and sunburns. There is little clinical evidence for the effectiveness or safety of Aloe vera extract as a cosmetic or medicine.
For such a powerful plant, you better believe there are more ways to use it than to just treat a sunburn. From studies to dermatologists alike, here are the nine best, most unique ways to use aloe vera in your daily life:
9. Treat acne
Aloe vera contains salicylic acid, which can help unclog pores on light acne. When more intense acne, you can try a combination of aloe and a dermatologist-recommended skincare produc