Aloe Vera


Plant extracts

Aloe Vera description

Aloe vera (also listed by its Latin name of Aloe barbadensis) is a commonly used plant extract that has soothing properties, antioxidant qualities, and serves as a hydrating agent for skin due to its polysaccharide and sterol content. Aloe is a good ingredient, but its benefits tend to be over exaggerated in the cosmetics worlds and more research is needed in regards to its effectiveness for some of the more outlandish or miraculous-sounding claims. In pure form straight from the leaves, aloe vera’s benefits for skin include its lack of occlusion and the refreshing sensation it provides (hence, why it’s in common “after sun” products). *Note:* Some brands use aloe in place of water in their products, but aloe is actually 99.5% water.

Aloe Vera references

  • Giornale Italiano Di Dermatologia, February 2009, pages 85-91
  • Indian Journal of Dematology, 2008, pages 163-166
  • Skin Research and Technology, November 2006, pages 241-246
  • Journal of Ethnopharmacology, December 1999, pages 3-37

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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