What is Witch Hazel? Witch hazel is a plant used for skin care and beauty treatments. You can find witch hazel in many stores as a bottle of liquid. This is a mixture of distilled water and witch hazel extract. Witch hazel is also a topical skin care astringent.
Witch hazel comes from a yellow flowering plant. The picture on the left is witch hazel. The twigs, leaves, and bark are used to make medicine. The name witch hazel has nothing to do with traditional Halloween symbols. (although it is fun to think this is something a witch uses.)
Witch hazel has some amazing skin care and beauty benefits. Many people have been using witch hazel for treating skin problems. Here’s some witch hazel uses for face and skin care:
- Skin itching
- Pain / swelling
- Black eyes
- Insect bites
- Varicose veins
- Soothing minor burns
- Loose skin
- Stop bleeding
- Disinfect / fight bacteria
How does witch hazel work?
Witch hazel has a chemical in it called tannins. When you apply witch hazel to your skin, the tannins will help with all the benefits listed above.
Here’s a video I made talking about how I personally use witch hazel for natural skin care:
How to use witch hazel
It’s best to apply witch hazel with a new clean cotton pad or cotton ball and firmly press it onto your skin. You can also use witch hazel wiping the area with cotton pad or cotton ball. Allow the witch hazel to sit on your skin for at least one minute. Ten minutes would have the best results with witch hazel. Do not rinse the witch hazel. For best results, use witch hazel every day on your problem skin areas.
What does witch hazel smell like?
Witch hazel has a strong herbal smell. Witch hazel smells like this because it’s made from the twigs, bark, and leaves of the witch hazel plant. This beautiful plant has a very strong odor.If you would like a full list of witch hazel skin care benefits please read this article.
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