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Astringent and Moisturizing Properties of Aloe Vera

I remember learning in primary school that aloe vera was a natural astringent but I keep seeing tons of beauty products that have "moisturizing aloe vera" or other such variations. For example I see many lotions for very dry skin claiming to contain aloe vera for this moisturizing effect. I could see how possibly it could "medicate" damaged skin but actually moisturize?

I've wikied this and googled it (searching with aloe vera, properties, astringent, moisturizing etc) and found both stuff claiming that it's an astringent and that it moisturizes (but not both). Does it have both properties? Or is it that companies put aloe vera in stuff knowing that most people have no clue about what the plant really does?
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