aloe vera

\ -ˈver-ə How to pronounce aloe vera (audio) , -ˈvir- How to pronounce aloe vera (audio) \

Definition of aloe vera

: an aloe (Aloe barbadensis synonym A. vera) whose leaves furnish a gelatinous emollient extract used especially in cosmetics and skin creams also : such an extract or a preparation composed primarily of such an extract

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a skin cream that contains aloe vera

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Pure aloe vera gel has cooling properties that not only soothe the sting of first- and second-degree burns but also potentially promote wound healing, according to the Mayo Clinic. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 19 Apr. 2019 Buy a product that’s specifically geared to soothe the area (be careful of men’s after-shaves, which aren’t the same thing) or use a mild natural moisturizer like aloe vera or coconut oil to hydrate and protect your skin. Megan Gustashaw, Glamour, "So You Want to Shave Your Bikini Line...," 23 Mar. 2019 Use a moisturizer with aloe vera, soy, or calamine. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s How to Actually Treat a Painful Sunburn," 11 Aug. 2018 For a coda, rhubarb compote with akitakomachi rice pudding, Australian pepperberry meringue and sorbet of fresh aloe vera provided a sweet, refreshing finish. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "How Young Chefs Are Making Their Marks on Hong Kong’s Fine Food Scene," 10 Dec. 2018 My personal fav: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Sooth, which uses aloe vera to lightly moisturize skin. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "4 Brilliant Tricks to Keep Your Spray Tan From Fading so Damn Fast," 23 May 2018 The product contains apricot kernel oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E, and claims to get rid of dull-looking skin. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Judge Heidi Klum Spills Her Secret to Flawless Skin," 18 July 2018 Apply a cream with aloe vera to soothe swelling or caffeine to boost circulation. Melissa Matthews, Woman's Day, "The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine," 24 Aug. 2015 Ten of the shades are satin mattes—smooth (thanks to aloe vera and coconut oil), flat colors with a soft-focus finish. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "If You Buy Only One Palette This Year, Make It This," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of aloe vera

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aloe vera

New Latin, species name, from Aloe + Latin vera, feminine of verus true — more at very entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of aloe vera

: a thick liquid that is produced by a kind of aloe plant and used in medicines, cosmetics, etc. also : the plant that produces this liquid

aloe vera

\ -ˈver-ə How to pronounce aloe vera (audio) , -ˈvir- How to pronounce aloe vera (audio) \

Medical Definition of aloe vera

1 : a plant of the genus Aloe (A. barbadensis synonym A. vera) whose leaves furnish a gelatinous emollient extract used especially in cosmetics and skin creams
2 : an extract of the aloe vera plant also : a preparation composed predominantly of such an extract

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