Back in the day, aloe vera was used to promote hair growth, maintain a healthy scalp, and keep locks shiny. It was, in truth, the kind of stuff our lolas made us use. But with beauty innovations advancing by the minute, good ol’ aloe has gotten a new lease on life, providing the next generation of beauty junkies with even more get-pretty solutions.
When its juices are extracted and cultivated, aloe vera promotes deep-seated hydration, helps heal wounds and burns, alleviates itching caused by insect bites, and protects skin from environmental aggressors. Talk about packin’ a punch! That’s probably the reason beauty brands are pumping out tubs of this cool goo in all shapes and forms. Case in point: the aloe masks from Baroness and Innisfree, the Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner from Zenutrients, this body wash from Ivory. My personal favorites are the spreadable gels, like Tony Moly’s Pure Eco Aloe Gel and Aloe Derma’s Pure Aloe Vera Gel.
Aloe Derma’s version, in particular, was a lifesaver throughout my pregnancy. I tried to veer away from chemical-filled products and went for natural options whenever possible. Whether it was to quell the itchiness of mosquito bites or just for soothing dry skin, this gel was my go-to remedy! (It comes in an easy-squeeze tube—very mommy-friendly.

But as I got deeper and deeper into my pregnancy and squeezed out more and more of my wonder gel, I discovered that it has a few other uses besides keeping me itch-free. Preggy or not, you must try these tricks!

1. AS A MAKEUP REMOVER

When your skin is extra sensitive, the usual makeup removers can feel harsh and even sting when applied. On one such day, I tried using my trusty aloe vera gel to erase my eye makeup—and it worked wonders. Not only did it gently remove all that gunk, it left a cooling sensation on my eyelid as well.

2. AS A BROW TAMER

When you want to look put together but have no patience to put on makeup, grooming your brows does the trick in a snap! To tame my unruly arches, I used my aloe vera gel as a clear brow mascara instead of my usual pencil-and-brow-gel combo. It certainly doesn’t provide the definition of a pencil, but the gel does keep brow hairs neat and in place. Au naturel for I-don’t-care days.

3. AS A SHAVING GEL

For those who shave their legs like me, you know how important it is to keep the process as nick-free as possible. And believe it or not, aloe vera gel can be used as a shaving cream/prep product! I would know, because I tried it! I’m not going to show you the pics (ew), but trust me, the gel will help your shaver glide over your legs while soothing your skin with each stroke.

4. AS A CALMING TREATMENT FOR PUFFINESS

Waking up to puffy eyes due to a late night out or fitful slumber is not a pretty sight. What I do to fight it off? Something really cool. I squeeze aloe vera gel into an ice tray and freeze it into cubes overnight. Then I pop out the aloe ice in the morning and rub it all over my bloated face and bulging eyes. This instantly relaxes me, depuffs my face, and calms my stressed-out complexion. (Told you it was cool).

So, do you know any other uses for aloe vera gel?

Photos by Lyca Puno-Roa