At Her Secret MedSpa, our experts have many tools to help you look your best. Microdermabrasion, facials, peels, photofacials, and other services can diminish the appearance of blemishes, fine lines, sun spots, and other signs of aging. But sometimes, you may be looking for something safe and natural to use on your skin between appointments.
This post describes five natural ingredients that help reduce blemishes and improve the appearance of your skin. In some cases, you can use the product right off the shelf; in others, you should look for products that contain these as ingredients.
1. Coconut oil
This is a product you can use directly on your skin. Coconut oil offers both hydration and anti-inflammatory properties. If you have blemishes as a result of dry, itchy skin or a condition such as eczema, coconut oil may be a good choice for you.
Many products contain coconut oil, but you can also simply buy it at your local grocer and use it on your skin to lock in moisture. It’s soothing and helps your skin work better as a barrier.
2. Green tea extract
You may have heard about the health properties of drinking green tea, but it turns out that it has skin-improving characteristics as well. It can help improve the appearance of blemishes that are a result of sun damage and may offer protection against future sun damage.
Look for sunscreen that contains green tea extract to enjoy the benefits of green tea.
Honey has a long history of being used medicinally — for everything from treating allergies to treating wounds. It has antibacterial properties, and there’s some evidence it may help limit acne outbreaks.
If you choose to use honey to improve your skin, look for honey that is labeled “raw.” It may also be labeled as natural, unheated, or unprocessed. Raw honey contains the active enzymes said to help prevent blemishes.
4. Aloe vera
A beautiful plant, aloe is also a substance with healing properties. It’s an anti-inflammatory, as well, and there’s evidence that it may reduce the size of scar tissue.
Using aloe vera can help heal acne and can help reduce the appearance of scars from prior outbreaks. You can purchase gels or creams containing aloe vera, or you can grow the plant, split open the leaves and apply the gel directly to your skin.
If you’ve ever taken an oatmeal bath, you know how it can soothe itchy, irritated skin. If you have eczema, oatmeal can ease the irritation, and if you have acne, it can soothe inflammation.
The specific type of oatmeal that works best for skin is called colloidal oatmeal. It’s powdered and blends with water to form a paste. It’s often an ingredient in products designed to soothe your skin.
Of course, your skin is unique, and the products that work best for some people may not be the ones that work best for you. We’re happy to make recommendations based on your needs and tailored to your skin type and any issues you may have. Book an appointment to meet with a member of the Her Secret MedSpa team today!