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Best aloe vera gel – 5 great options if you want the benefits of the aloe plant in a bottle

Published by Finn Hayden

One of the wonders of the world is that so often, we can turn to nature for our health. Many plants are packed with nutrients which benefit our skin, and companies make millions by harnessing this goodness and turning it into lotions and potions that we can use.

Aloe Vera is an example of a plant which is packed with goodness and which provides a wealth of benefits for our skin, but in order to effectively use aloe vera for your skin it needs to be turned into a gel.

As with aloe vera juice, a high quality aloe vera gel will typically be made from the inner leaf of the aloe vera plant, and the plant used should typically be bioactive and mature to ensure it is packed with as much goodness as possible.

You can buy aloe vera gel from lots of places in the UK, and we thought it would be useful to round up the best aloe vera gel that you can buy in the UK, based on our experiences and on third-party reviews of the products. Let's get into it:

The best aloe vera gel you can buy: a quick overview

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% gel

We're impressed with the aloe vera gel from Fruit of the Earth for a few reasons - firstly, it's 100% aloe vera gel, and the team at FOTE claims that this gel is made using the most concentrated amount of fresh Aloe Vera leaves on the market. On top of this, it's also made without alcohol, fragrance, or colours. It's a very well-reviewed product on Amazon, with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from more than 4000 reviews. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
fruit of the earth aloe vera gel

Dr. Organic

We've featured the Dr. Organic brand a number of times across our website, as this brand produces a number of excellent natural products including a great natural toothpaste. The aloe vera gel from Dr. Organic is another example of an excellent natural product from the brand - the gel is made using a pure organic bioactive aloe vera, which means that the plant has maximum polysaccharide levels when it is processed to be used for the gel. It's 100% vegan and immediately soothes the skin as soon as you use it. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Dr. Organic aloe vera gel

Holland & Barrett aloe vera gel

We always tend to be impressed with the own-brand products from Holland and Barrett, and this aloe vera gel from the health store brand was no exception. It's made using 100% naturally derived ingredients and Certified Organic aloe vera. It's recommended on the Holland and Barrett website that you actually keep this gel in the fridge before using it, which is a great idea as it makes it feel even cooler and nicer on the skin. Learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
Holland & Barrett aloe vera gel

Lifeplan

This aloe vera gel from Lifeplan is 99% pure and made using the inner leaf gel of the Aloe Vera plant. It's free from colourings, perfumes, and parabens, and is 100% organic. The aloe vera plant used to make this gel is bioactive, so it has great polysaccharide levels. This is ideal for use on sunburn and can also be used on dry skin and stretch marks. We were impressed to see that it has an almost perfect rating of 4.8/5 on the Boots website, and that so many of the Lifeplan reviews on Reviews.co.uk mention how good the aloe vera gel is. Learn more and buy it here - boots.com
Lifeplan

Aloe Pura

As with the great aloe vera juice from Aloe Pura, we really like this aloe vera gel from the brand. It's made using the inner fillet of the aloe plant, and the Aloe Vera used to make this gel is also bioactive so it's packed with goodness. This gel had very high ratings across a number of different websites, with a rating of 4.6/5 from more than 100 reviews on the Superdrug website, and a rating of 4.5/5 from more than 130 reviews on the Holland & Barrett website. Learn more and buy it here - superdrug.com
Aloe Pura

Banana Boat

Banana Boat is one of the biggest and most popular aloe vera gel brands in the world, and the products usually appear in the suncream aisle alongside aftersun products. This Aloe Vera Gel from the Banana Boat is simple and pure, and definitely feels like a high quality product. It has an extremely positive rating on Amazon, with a rating of 4.6/5 from more than 4000 reviews. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Banana Boat

We hope this guide helps you to find an excellent aloe vera gel to use for whatever you need it for. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if there are any other aloe vera gel products that you think we should try.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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