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Can You Use Aloe Vera and Sunscreen Together?

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Aloe vera is used as a makeup primer and in conjunction with other beauty products. Some beauty enthusiasts recommend it for moisturizing, while others use it for many other purposes. Given it can go with almost everything, it’s quite natural to think if you could use it with sunscreen. 

The short answer is yes! But it all boils down to how you use these products together. 

Let’s discuss this in detail, starting with what each of these products is made of and then how they work in synergy. 

Understanding the Role of Aloe Vera

The secret of aloe vera is its rich bioactive ingredients like polysaccharides, vitamins, minerals, salicylic acid, etc. The polysaccharides get deep into the skin to bind with water molecules, initiating a hydrating effect. And as a result of a high water content, you get a cooling sensation.  

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The salicylic acid gets into the clogged pores to treat the dead skin cells. When there are new skin cells, you get a better complexion and skin texture. Plus, its antimicrobial properties make it a better solution for acne treatment. Broadly, aloe vera creates ideal conditions for beauty products like sunscreen to perform properly. Applying aloe vera gel on your face is just like cleaning canvas before you start painting on it. 

How does a Sunscreen Work?

When you are out on a hot sunny day, your skin is exposed to the sun’s UVA (Ultraviolet B) and UVB (Ultraviolet B) rays. And that’s where sunscreen comes into play; chemical filters like octocrylene and avobenzone absorb the rays and convert them into heat. The conversion of these rays into heat energy is a defense mechanism that prevents further penetration into the skin. 

The sunscreens also have a few physical barriers, such as zinc oxide, that reflect and scatter these rays, protecting your skin from damage. Plus, the antioxidants neutralize the reactive chemical species and free radicals triggered by the UVA and UVB rays. As the sunscreen repeatedly does this backend action, this is one of the reasons why you need to reapply it after some time.  

How Does Aloe Vera Gel Support the Sunscreen?

So, now that you know the individual functions and composition of each of these products, let us quickly see how they work together: 

  • Aloe vera prepares the hydration base for sunscreen so that it can be spread and sit over quite easily.
  • As aloe vera is power-packed with astringent properties, it aids in skin-tightening, and due to this, sunscreen gets absorbed into the skin. 
  • Aloe vera soothes the skin before applying sunscreen, and this reduces the chances of irritation in sensitive or combined-skinned users. 
  • When aloe vera gel is applied with a sunscreen, a synergistic effect is seen. Researchers found that when a combination of aloe vera gel and titanium dioxide in sunscreen formulations is done, better sun protection efficacy is achieved. 
  • Each sunscreen is meant for different skin types, and aloe vera gel serves as a great companion to them. It doesn’t matter what your skin type is; aloe vera makes sure there is a smooth base for sunscreen. 

How to Apply Aloe Vera Gel and Sunscreen Together?

If you want to apply aloe vera and sunscreen together, you must follow a sequence of steps for the desired results. 

  • Start by cleaning your skin with a cleanser to ensure there’s no residue from other skincare products. Make sure there are no visible impurities on your face, neck, arms, or any other area that is exposed to sun rays. 
  • Take small amounts of aloe vera into your hands to massage your face in a circular motion. If you are directly using an aloe vera plant, take a small scoop. Otherwise, refer to the procedure mentioned in the product. 
  • Once you apply it to your face, allow it to set in properly. As aloe vera gel is lightweight, it will be set within a minute or two.
  • Touch your skin to find out if the aloe vera has penetrated properly. If you feel a thin layer on your skin, it’s done. 
  • Take small amounts of “broad-spectrum” sunscreen in your palms and apply it to the area that will be exposed to the sun. 
  • Now, blend these products gently on your skin with your fingertips for a few seconds. 

You have done it!

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Additional considerations 

Here are a couple of additional considerations that you must adhere to while applying this combination.

  • In case you are going out in the sun for more than two hours, reapply the sunscreen. Use the aloe vera gel at nighttime as well. 
  • If you intend to use any other beauty products after it, don’t start with them immediately. Let the blend sit as a base.  
  • While applying the blend near your hairline, gently tap your fingers around. While the blend isn’t harmful, it’s always wise to protect your scalp from sunscreen. 
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How about an Aloe Vera-Based Sunscreen?

As we know about the synergy of both aloe vera and sunscreen, a product with goodness of both will be even better. Aloe vera-based sun protection creams are made of minerals that aid in collagen protection. 

In such products, compounds such as zinc oxide (ZnO) and titanium dioxide sit on the top to deflect the ultraviolet rays. The best part is that aloe vera sunscreens have a smooth texture and leave no residue on the skin. However, it is a must to consider patch testing for any cosmetic to avoid allergic reactions.

Final words 

Summing up, sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, and aloe vera supports sunscreen in combatting it. Regular application of aloe vera gel can aid in various skin benefits, such as maintaining adequate water content. So, make sure you follow the right procedure to reap the maximum benefits. Even though moisturizing the skin before this is a personal choice, having this defensive combination can get you great results. Further, aloe vera sunscreen can be a good option for those looking for a two-in-one solution. 

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