I used this mostly as a hydrator in my routine. I have dehydrated and acne-prone skin so this gel wasn't enough to moisturise but it proved to be a fantastic hydrator. To get the full effect, use this gel before applying any product with hyaluronic acid ingredients. Applying the product this way helps ensure that your face stays plump and hydrated. Perfect for dehydrated skin. However, for a soothing aloe gel, I found that it greatly stings on application on irritated skin. Just keep that in mind if you have a compromised skin barrier, if you've picked at your skin recently, or if you have any wounds on your skin.