Not too long ago I started using Witch Hazel to help clear up the blackheads that had set up shop on my nose. I had heard through the beauty grapevine that if rubbed directly over blackheads daily for a few weeks, this handy astringent would clear them right up.
I’m not a very patient person, but I don’t always have time to make egg white pore strips and this was such a quick solution. I was surprised to see how quickly it worked and so began my love of witch hazel.
What is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel is a tiny little shrub that produces itty bitty capsule like fruit. The leaves, bark and twigs are rich in tannins, which is a natural astringent that can tighten and strengthen tissue.
Using steam distillation, it is bottled up and sold nice and cheap in your local pharmacy, health stores or on Amazon.
So what’s the best way to use it? Well, how about I give you 10 uses for witch hazel? Yeeaaah baby!
10 Reasons You’ll be Bewitched by Witch Hazel
1. Acne Control
Whether you’re looking for shine control, blemish treatment or blackhead removal, witch hazel has got you covered. It naturally reduces inflammation from painful, red pimples and is effective in toning down shine while maintaining hydration in your skin. As I mentioned above, it also kicks blackheads bulbous little ass to the curb too!
2. Refresh Eyes
From tired looking eyes to puffy, swollen ones all you need is a swipe of witch hazel to wake you up. It will shrink your blood vessels and tighten your skin for a brighter overall appearance.
3. Reduce Varicose Veins
By drenching a clean cloth in witch hazel and placing it over your varicose veins, you can provide relief from pain and even reduce the appearance of them. The anti-inflammatory properties shrink bulging veins, tighten the veins and provide temporary relief from pain associated with them.
4. Heal Bruises
I bruise like a sweet Georgia peach, so this is one of my go-to remedies. Applied 3 times daily to a shiner and you’ve got yourself one heck of a healer. It will even take away some of the pain caused by your bruise and help heal it faster than if you left it alone.
5. Prevent Razor Burn
This is a good one for the upcoming beach season. The anti-inflammatory properties can prevent irritated skin follicles from turning into bumps. All you have to do is apply it before or after shaving. I have sensitive skin so I opt to do it before and after. Works every time!
6. Ditch Dry Skin
Most people don’t associate astringents with hydration, but witch hazel is super effective at locking in your skin’s moisture to prevent dry, flaky skin. Just apply after your shower and you are good to go.
7. Soothe Sunburns
My SPF doesn’t always have my back so sometimes I need to relieve the red. Not only does witch hazel feel cool against the burn, but it also heals the damaged skin and prevents peeling.
8. Refine Pores
Nobody likes saucer-sized pores, so tighten your pores up by sweeping on some witch hazel after cleansing your face in the morning and evening.
9. Treat Psoriasis and Eczema
Unsightly and painful, their pain and visibility can be relieved by adding some witch hazel to a deep moisturizer and applying daily. Though this method doesn’t work quickly, it is more natural and cost effective than pricy prescriptions and creams.
10. Relieve Bug Bites
Take a bite out of bug bite itch with a simple witch hazel spot treatment. It is a great natural anti-itch product and is effective on buggy bites, chicken pox and even poison ivy.
With so many different uses for witch hazel, how will you decide what to use it for?