Aloe vera is indispensable during the hottest time of the year. But what most people don’t know is that it does more than take your burns from blistering to bearable. Aloe treats daily skin irritations caused by anything from smog to shaving. It also soothes acne and has been known to counteract the signs of skin-aging. Best of all, it’s gentle on all skin types!

Although pure aloe vera, straight from the stalk, is the most effective, modern skincare is giving the age-old plant a new lease on life. Top of mind, we can name 5 aloe gels to add to your routine right now. Game?

RECIPE #1: FACIAL MIST

In a small spray bottle, combine the juice of half a lemon, 1. tbsp. of rosewater, and 1 tsp. of Holika Holika Aloe Gel. Shake. Spray this over your face for a quick and rejuvenating pick-me-up any time of day. Store it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.

Shop Holika Holika’s Aloe 99% Soothing Gel here.

RECIPE #2: FACE MASK

In a bowl, blend equal parts honey and Skin Genie Aloe Gel with a splash of lemon juice. Smooth over your face in an even layer. This mask will pump your skin full of glow-boosting, moisture-replenishing vitamins. After 15 to 20 minutes, rinse off.

Shop Skin Genie’s Double Strength Aloe Vera Gel here.

RECIPE #3: MOISTURIZER AND EYE CREAM

Mix equal parts sweet almond oil and Esfolio Aloe Gel in an empty bottle. Shake thoroughly and apply nightly with clean fingertips. This will help revive weary eyes and can also be used as a sleeping pack. As an added bonus, you may use it as a makeup remover, too.

Shop Esfolio’s Aloe Vera Moisture Soothing Gel here.

RECIPE #4: SHAVING GEL

For silky-smooth skin sans razor bumps, combine one part olive oil with three parts Nature Republic Aloe Gel. Apply the mixture directly to your arms/legs/pits and shave away!

Shop Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel here.

RECIPE #5: LASH AND BROW SERUM

Not only is aloe great for your skin, it also works wonders for sparse brows and lashes. Combine equal parts castor oil and Skinpotions Aloe Gel in a small container with a lid. Shake before use to blend. Apply it nightly with a q-tip or mascara wand to thicken your lashes and/or brow hairs. (Don’t worry, it’s very gentle on the delicate skin underneath.)

Shop Skinpotions’ Aloe Vera Gel here.

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