What Is Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a plant. The leaf, bark, and twigs are used to make medicine. You may see a product called witch hazel water (Hamamelis water, distilled witch hazel extract). This is a liquid that is distilled from dried leaves, bark, and partially dormant twigs of Hamamelis virginiana. Witch is an all natural eco-friendly astringent that has countless uses. Today I will be talking about 5 skincare benefits that witch hazel has to offer.
Apply witch hazel as toner to help fight acne inflammation. Use a cotton swab and apply it to your skin before using a moisturizer. It is extremely mild and a great alternative to harsh toners. Many toners on the market do have some witch hazel in them.
Reduce Puffy Eyes
Have tired or puffy eyes don’t worry apply witch hazel on a cold wet rag and apply the rag over eyes closed eyes for 10 minutes. This remedy also works when you’ve been crying.
Until you have a bad sun burn you don’t really know how badly they hurt. Treating a sunburn with witch hazel will speed up the healing time and prevent the infamous skin peeling and flaking.
Soothe Razor Burns
Since witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties in it it’s an excellent product to use to treat razor burns. Apply a small amount of witch hazel to a cotton swab and apply to the irritated skin.
Heal Cuts and Bruises
Applying witch hazel on bruises everyday will heal them a lot faster. The same method works beautifully with cuts and scrapes too.
As with many herbal remedies, certain people, like women who are pregnant or breast feeding, should talk to their physician before using witch hazel. When using witch hazel, let your doctor know if you experience leg swelling, breathing problems, chest tightness or pain, hives, new rashes or irritations, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting or constipation. Most people who use witch hazel will not experience these adverse side effects, but some will, so notify a health official if any problems are noticed.
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