Aloe vera has been used for centuries, and everyone knows that it's good for soothing a sunburn (right?)—but it has many other beauty benefits. And companies are taking notice, producing not just aloe vera gels and skin-care products but drinks like Aloe Gloe Water. (The good-for-you concoction contains the plant’s more than 200 biologically-active amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, all of which are clinically proven to improve not only your skin but cardiovascular health.)
With all of aloe’s benefits, we rounded up our top five uses for the magnificent plant.
1. Use It As a Makeup Remover
Aloe vera, believe it or not, has the ability to wipe away your makeup with just a few simple swipes. All you have to do is add a small amount of pure aloe to a cotton ball and then carefully wipe away your day.
2. Improve Your Wrinkles
“A 2009 study published in the Annals of Dermatology noted that 90 days of internal supplementation with aloe gel significantly improved wrinkling and increased elasticity in human skin,” says Jennifer Linder, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and chief scientific officer for PCA SKIN.
3. Tame Your Brows
Eyebrows “on fleek,” as the kids say. Simply dip a new (not used) mascara wand into some aloe vera gel to tame your brows and make them stay in place all day.
4. Reduce Skin Inflammation
It’s not just acne-prone skin that gets red and irritated. “Aloe helps with inflammation associated with acne since it reduces inflammation and redness, but that would apply to any [skin] condition as well, not just acne,” says Linder.
5. Keep Your Mouth Healthy
“A 2014 study showed that a polysaccharide from aloe helps reduce oral ulcers and the pain associated with them,” says Linder. The plant is also known to help with gingivitis when applied topically since it reduces swelling, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums.