Do you ever wonder why your grandmother and mother swear by a certain beauty remedy, such as witch hazel, when it seems so simple and old fashioned compared to today’s fancy lotions and beauty potions? It’s probably because it works. Giving witch hazel a try may pleasantly surprise you and have you stocking your cabinet with it.
Witch hazel comes directly from nature, from the bark and leaves of the plant with the same name to be exact. An inexpensive product, witch hazel can be found in most drug stores and is often used by people as a mild astringent. Using it as a toner after cleansing your skin, and before applying your other products, can lead to some wonderful and immediate results. Using witch hazel on your face can instantly reduce the appearance of large pores leaving your skin looking smooth and fresh. The same properties that can cause it to shrink your pores can also work on reducing puffiness around your eyes reducing the look of tiredness. Some people even claim it helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks and varicose veins as it tightens skin and blood vessels, so it’s not just for use on your face.
If you suffer from breakouts witch hazel can help with that too, reducing oil and cleansing your pores helping your skin to clear up and stay clearer over time. You may also find your acne drying up and disappearing quicker when you do get it. It can also help with your razor bumps, bug bites and general skin irritation thanks to having anti-inflammatory properties, making you not only look better but feel more comfortable as well. It can even be used as a base to make your own bug repellent so you don’t have to worry about those unsightly and itchy spots in the first place.
If that’s not enough to convince you to try witch hazel this timeless product has also been used on bruises, sunburns, postpartum discomfort and hair as well.
Witch hazel comes in either its pure form, or mixed with alcohol. Make sure you pay close attention to the ingredient label so you don’t accidentally make your skin worse instead of better. Pure witch hazel is much more gentle on the skin and won’t cause irritating dryness.
Using witch hazel twice a day, morning and night, can help you put your best, beautiful face (and skin) forward.