Anyone who’s ever had a sunburn has probably been comforted by the virtues of aloe vera gel; but aloe juice, made by crushing, purifying and filtering aloe leaf, is more than a remedy—it’s an anti-inflammatory toner that also promotes collagen production and restores skin elasticity for younger-looking skin.
A soothing, anti-inflammatory toner and booster.
Aloe vera has long been revered for its cooling and soothing properties. Ancient Egyptian queens, from Nefertiti to Cleopatra, were believed to be devotees. While the gel may already be a staple in your medicine cabinet (sun worshippers, we’re looking at you), the juice, made from pure aloe leaf, is a perfect everyday toner on its own for fresh, firm skin. Or, reach for it anytime you want to add an extra-calming sensation to masks and eye creams.
Use on its own as a toner to balance and protect skin, or to relieve irritation and itchiness from sunburns or stings; keep it cool in the refrigerator and pat on as needed to bring skin a major sigh of relief. Diminish dark circles or puffiness by gently patting it under the eyes. To revitalize and soothe dry and itchy skin all over, add 4 ounces to bath water and slip into bliss. Always follow with your favorite moisturizer or oil.