Why Witch Hazel Should Become A Staple In Your Beauty Cabinet!
Probably a staple in your medicine cabinet; witch hazel is not some new discovery that we have encountered, in fact it is one of nature’s oldest ingredients used by the native American Indians for centuries. But do we really know what it actually is and what are its uses and benefits? Known for being a multi-purpose natural remedy, witch hazel is extracted from the bark and leaves of the witch hazel plant through steam distillation and it has a myriad of benefits as we will see below…
1 || Soothing Agent
Witch hazel is a staple in any skin soothing treatment and it is used for the treatment of diaper rash, sun burns, and insect bites, and razor burn.
2 || Puffy Eyes
Witch hazel has the ability to constrict blood vessels and thus reduce the appearance of puffy eyes.
Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel De-Puffing Eye Gel
3 || Natural Toner
This is probably the most popular usage of witch hazel as it is known to restore the pH balance of the skin. However, to avoid drying out the skin make sure it is alcohol free.
Que Bella Purifying Tea Tree Witch Hazel Mud Mask
4 || Tightens Pores and Treats Acne
Witch hazel has astringent characteristics that allow it to tighten body tissues and thus minimising the appearance of pores. It also does wonders for acne-prone skin as it clear up blackheads, whiteheads, and low-level acne.
T.N. Dickinson’s Astringent 100% Natural Witch Hazel
5 || Hair Care
Witch hazel is used on the hair to de-frizz, treat dandruff, and add shine. Spray on hair and scalp prior to showering and then wash out.
6 || Detoxing Deodorant
Mix witch hazel with a few drops of lavender essential oil to make a home-made deodorant that is great for sensitive skin or to detox the skin from the effects of commercial deodorants.
7 || Post Childbirth
Witch hazel is typically used as a postpartum healing spray or in the form of pads. It is a staple at hospitals.
8 || Stretch Marks
It is known to treat stretch marks but one has to be persistent to be able to see results. Spraying once a day for a few months should do it.
Madre Labs Unscented Witch Hazel Toner
9 || Bruises and Varicose Veins
Witch hazel compresses are used to minimise the discomfort of varicose veins. Simply soak cotton cloths in witch hazel and apply to affected areas. It can be used in much the same way to treat bruises and help them disappear faster.
Earthwise Witch Hazel Distillate