Aloe vera gel has been extracted from A. vera leaves and pasteurized at 60 °C to prepare concentrate. The A. vera gel concentrate has been incorporated separately at different doses in the copolymer hydrogel of N-vinylpyrrolidone and acrylamide. The copolymer gel has been found to loose its swelling ability and pH responsiveness, in particular. However the incorporation of A. vera enhances its storage modulus and mean pore size of the hydrogel. Temperature responsiveness also is found to be enhanced with the increase in the A. vera percentage in the gel. An attempt also has been made to correlate the rheological and morphological characteristics of the hydrogels to its swelling abilities. This work is aimed at exploring the possibilities of using the hydrogel in applications requiring protection against harmful UV-C rays. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.