What is it?
“Witch hazel (which has the species name Hamamelis virginiana), a type of plant native to North America and parts of Asia, is a member of the Hamamelidaceae plant family. Sometimes also called winterbloom, the leaves and bark from the plant are used to make a skin-healing astringent that’s capable of naturally reducing acne, blisters, insect bites, poison ivy, inflammation and much more.” – Dr. Axe
It is a natural antioxidant & inflammatory that can fight off bacteria on the skin causing acne. It reduces the sizes of pores which reduce the extent of clogging pores by dead skin cells, bacteria & sebum.
Applying witch hazel to acne can help slow down inflammation, bleeding and redness and can help speed up healing of scabs and infections.
How to incorporate witch hazel into your skincare routine:
Toner: Witch hazel is sold in toner form by Thayers and it comes with different variations. I personally use the rose water one as rose water is also beneficial to the skin. I apply a bit of toner onto a cotton round and wipe it on my face twice a day after cleansing.
Mask: Some find that using a witch hazel mask if more effective. Prepare 1 tsp of witch hazel & 2 tsp of honey. Mix and apply the paste on to your skin for 15 minutes, then wash with cool water.
Witch hazel can also help with:
- ingrown hairs
- insect bites
- sun damage
- razor burns
- allergic reactions