Everything You Need To Know About Sunburns and Aloe Vera

The sun is scorching, temps are high, and this summer’s heat waves are showing no signs of slowing down. No matter how much sunscreen you slather on, spending time outdoors can leave behind a painful sunburn that lingers for days. Ready to speed up the healing process? Aloe vera may be the secret.

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The clear gel found in the succulent plant’s leaves has long been known for its healing properties. Folks from various cultures have been using it topically for centuries to heal minor ailments like burns, cuts, and sores.

Why it works

The multipurpose botanical can help heal sunburns in a few different ways. For starters, since aloe extract is mostly water itself, it hydrates the skin and locks in moisture, helping reduce post-sunburn peeling and speed up the healing process. It also contains salicylic acid and anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to soothe and protect the skin. If that isn’t enough, aloe can help stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid production for hydrated, supple skin. Finally, its cooling properties alone can instantly help reduce any discomfort and irritation. Ready to try it for yourself?

Ways to use

If buying an actual plant (and keeping it alive) isn’t your thing, you can find plenty of aloe-infused skincare products—from moisturizers to masks—to keep in your summer skincare arsenal.


Soothe and calm irritated skin with a multi-purpose toner.

Beautylish recommends UMA Absolute Anti-Aging Aloe Rose Toner or Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

Face mist

Sunburn relief is only a spritz or swipe away with an aloe-infused mist you can always keep on-hand.

Beautylish recommends Indie Lee Meditation Facial Mist


Keep sun-exposed skin happy with an aloe vera-infused moisturizer.

Beautylish recommends Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra Grape Water Gel Moisturizer for the face and Dr. Barbara Sturm Aloe Vera Gel for face and body

Face mask

Looking for a way to calm and soothe irritated skin after sun exposure? All you need is 10–20 minutes with the right face mask.

Beautylish recommends Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask or Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-tox Hydrator


If your delicate eye area gets irritated from too much sun, aloe-infused eye patches can be the perfect pick-me-up.

Beautylish recommends Good Molecules Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches