Witch hazel is derived from the bark, leaves and twigs of the witch hazel plant. It has long been used by native Americans for its medicinal properties, and today it is a popular ingredient in many commercial products.
It has become very popular as a natural remedy for many ailments such as infections, inflammation, sores and swelling, and due to this, it makes an excellent addition to your skincare arsenal.
Below are some of the reasons why you may want to have a bottle of this amazing liquid in your home.
One would usually follow up cleansing the face with a toner to get rid of any residue. The tannins extracted from the witch hazel shrub makes it a great astringent which helps to remove excess oil from the skin, leaving it clean and refreshed.
Sunburn can be very painful and if not taken care of promptly, the skin could get worse, and blister and get infected. Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties which soothes the skin, and reduces the swelling and burn. Apply the witch hazel over the affected area with a cotton pad and let it do its magic; it may even save you from the peeling stage.
There are many natural remedies for puffy eyes, such as cucumber slices over the eyes, or a cold spoon from the fridge applied to the eye area. Another great remedy is witch hazel! Just apply it around the eye area to reduce the swelling; be careful not to get it into the eyes though as it could sting.
For those who have a problem with varicose veins, witch hazel can help to ease the swelling and soothe the pain temporarily. Apply the witch hazel on to a piece of cloth and hold against the affected area.
As mentioned, witch hazel is a great toner which helps to remove excess oil and sebum from the skin. Apart from removing excess oil, it also reduces redness and soothes inflamed skin (acne). Use witch hazel to treat acne and prevent flare-ups by applying witch hazel with a cotton pad. If you need it for spot treatment, apply with a cotton bud instead.
Minimises appearance of pores
Open pores are not only deemed unattractive, but are more susceptible to getting clogged. This causes skin problems such as whiteheads, blackheads and breakouts. Applying witch hazel on the skin reduces the appearance of open pores and also removes the excess oil and sebum, which minimises breakouts too.
If you’re looking for a natural anti-ageing product, then add witch hazel to your list of skincare products. Witch hazel tightens the skin, protects collagen, and slows down signs of ageing. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to preserve the skin’s elasticity; keeping you looking younger the natural way.
Do take note that some witch hazel products may contain alcohol, that may be more drying for the skin. If you have sensitive skin, look for those without alcohol, and do a patch test first for any adverse reactions.