Witch Hazel Uses For Skin Care
Witch hazel uses and benefits for your skin are many and well documented.
What Is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a shrub or small tree that is native to North America. The species native to North America blooms from September-November. This is where it gets its common name of W
Native Americans used witch hazel medicinally in traditional medicine. Witch hazel extract is an astringent. Its many properties are attributed to the high levels of tannins, safrole, calcium oxalate, eugenole, and carvacrol.
Witch hazel is found in many over the counter products that are used on the skin such as shaving products, skin creams, shampoo, and hemorrhoid products.
Of all the many witch hazel uses the main uses are for acne and hemorrhoid treatments.
In this article I want to focus on witch hazel uses for skin care.
How Is It Used For Skin Care?
Witch hazel contains natural constituents that give it powerful astringent, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The powerful properties make it a valuable tool in your skin care arsenal. Using witch hazel for skin care can give you younger looking skin, help you fight acne and also help prevent some forms of skin cancer.
Natural Acne Fighter
Witch hazel has antibacterial properties which can help kill the bacteria that causes acne. By applying witch hazel extract directly to the pimple with a cotton ball you can speed up healing time for the pimple significantly. For an even greater effect, you can use witch hazel in combination with other antibacterial substances such as tea tree oil and coconut oil. This combination has been found to be very effective for treating and even preventing acne outbreaks for some people.
You can also apply witch hazel directly to the skin to decrease the production of excess sebum and to help clean the pores of your skin. Witch hazel can sooth your skin and help to heal irritation.
Help Protect Against UV Damage
Witch hazel contains compounds called tannins and polyphenols that help to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. These compounds protect the skin through their ability to scavenge oxygen free radicals in skin cells. They have also been found to help prevent skin cancer and even cause the death of skin cancer cells from melanoma. (1) With the incidence of skin cancer on the rise, it is great to have a natural substance that can help prevent the incidence of skin cancer and protect against skin damage from oxygen free radicals.
May Help You Look Younger
The astringent properties of witch hazel can help tighten the skin of the face, helping to make you appear younger. It can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as tighten and tone your skin. It can help reduce redness and skin irritation due to its soothing and antioxidant properties.
Instead of using harsh chemical astringents you can use a natural substance that doesn’t use harsh chemicals to get results. It also help to protect collagen so it helps maintain the elasticity of your skin too.
Soothing For All Your Skin
Witch hazel uses don’t stop at the skin of your face. You can use it anywhere you have irritated skin. Use it after shaving to prevent and soothe razor burn. Since it is an astringent it is also useful to help stop bleeding if you cut yourself while shaving. It also helps the nick heal faster.
Use it for minor skin abrasions and rashes to help soothe and heal the skin. Again, you can add Vitamin E oil and your favorite soothing essential oil such as Lavender essential oil to make a soothing and healing natural skin healing mixture.
It is also helpful when those nasty bugs bite or sting you. It can help reduce the pain or itching of bug bites and stings while helping to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Now that you know all the incredible uses for witch hazel extract for your skin I know you will want to keep some on hand for skin care for yourself and your family. Witch hazel uses are so many that it is wise to keep a good supply on hand so you will always have it in case the need arises.