Aloe vera is the inner portion of the aloe plant. It’s made up of 99 percent water and ingredients with potentially anti-viral, anti-fungal, and cell-regenerative properties.
The main benefit of aloe in skincare is its high water content. It hydrates and smooths skin so actives can penetrate the surface more effectively.
Aloe vera gel also contains polysaccharides that encourage skin repair and the formation of new skin cells. Its soothing effects may be thanks to a pain reliever called carboxypeptidase. It also contains compounds, such as acemannan, that suppress inflammation so it could be helpful for inflammatory conditions such as eczema.