True or False? Aloe vera is awesome for sunburns:
Ooh, this is a tricky one! Both docs agree that aloe vera is a proven anti-inflammatory. However, there are a few caveats.
If you want to apply it directly from the plant, test out a patch of skin first–Dr. Waldorf said aloe allergies are common. Then put a bland moisturizer on top of it. If you’re buying a commercial product, avoid gel formulations or those containing alcohol–it will sting and dry out your skin.
The verdict: Aloe vera works, but read the label and use sparingly until you see if your skin can handle it.
Now for the derms’ recommendations for idiot-proof sunburn recovery…