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Everything You Need to Know About Witch Hazel

Everything You Need to Know About Witch Hazel

The uses for witch hazel are pretty much endless, especially when it comes to skincare. Most commonly applied to the skin or scalp, witch hazel is widely known for its ability to ease inflammation and soothe sensitive skin. Let’s look at what exactly witch hazel is and why we love it so much.

What is Witch Hazel?

Used for centuries, there are many species of this naturally derived product, but the Hamamelis Virginiana is the most commonly used for its powerful medicinal properties. Native to North America, this astringent is known for an array of benefits including its ability to soothe skin and reduce inflammation and is often described as an all-natural toner.

Witch Hazel is harvested from the Hamamelis Virginiana plant 

Benefits if Using Witch Hazel

  • Relieves Inflammation – The natural tannins in witch hazel calm the appearance of red, irritated, and blotchy skin.

  • Reduces Skin Irritation – Witch hazel-based toners have the potential to ease irritation and inflammation.

  • Cleanses Oily Skin – One of the best ingredients for controlling excess oil. As it’s an astringent, it clears up excess oils but doesn’t leave the skin too dry.

  • Fights Acne – Rich in antioxidants it effectively fights bacteria as the antimicrobial properties of the tannins can reduce bacteria growth on acne prone skin.

  • Shrinks Pores – Witch hazel has a rich source of constricting compounds that make the proteins inside skin cells come together, resulting in your pores appearing smaller and skin tone more even.

Witch Hazel is a powerful astringent that cleanses oily skin

Side Effects of Witch Hazel

Most people can use witch hazel safely without it causing irritation, but it can be irritating to people with skin conditions such as Rosacea. It’s important to conduct a patch test before applying any new product to your skin as this will help you identify any unwanted effects or possible reactions. For those with dry skin witch hazel can be too drying, so its best used in a formulation with other skin care ingredients rather than using it in its pure form straight onto your skin.

How To Incorporate Witch Hazel into Your Skincare Routine

As we previously mentioned, witch hazel is nature’s toner, so the best way to incorporate witch hazel into your routine is through a toner infused with it and other skin beneficial ingredients. For those with dry skin, look for products that not only contain witch hazel but skin nourishing ingredients that are going to hydrate your skin like aloe vera or niacinamide.

Toner for dry skin, pH Balance Gel Toner

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