Aloe Vera gel for hair and skin

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Someone recently recommended aloe vera gel to me as a hair gel, especially for hair that tends to frizz (that’d be me!). I was skeptical because I’d tried it for that very thing years ago. But she said to make sure I bought Fruit of the Earth’s 100% Aloe Vera Gel because some aloe vera gels contain ingredients like alcohol that might not be good for my hair.

Closeup view of Aloe Vera gel bottle label

To my surprise, it really worked. It goes in soft, not crunchy, tames frizz and actually helps shape curls a little. Pro-tip: turns out you can grow aloe as a houseplant. Once you learn how to care for an aloe vera plant, you’ll have your own supply of fresh aloe, and it’s easy to learn how to make aloe vera gel.

I decided to test it as a moisturizer, too, and got another surprise. Aloe is not terrifically moisturizing, but it plumps up the outer layer of skin like nothing else I’ve tried, making it soft and elastic. It also soothes breakouts and heals broken skin quickly.

I found I still need a light moisturizer on top of it for my dry skin, but if you have oilier skin, the aloe may be all the moisturizer you need. I have tried a lot of moisturizers that contained aloe in the past, but I’m finding the straight aloe vera gel with or without another moisturizer on top is better. It seems like the aloe vera gel preps your skin to receive moisture, which you can get from humidity (if you’re not in the dry southwest like I am) or from a moisturizer on top. I’m not sure how it works, but my results have been amazing.