This year, I started incorporating witch hazel into my everyday beauty routine. As a skincare fanatic constantly trying new products daily, I was astounded to learn that a guy friend of mine (who isn’t gay by the way) knew of this holy grail product that I had been living years without! Now, I can’t imagine getting through the day without using it. Honestly, I don’t even know how we got onto the topic, but we started talking about our skincare regimen and this casually came up in conversation. I am so glad it did!
In case you aren’t familiar with witch hazel (just like how I wasn’t a few months ago), applying it on the face comes with heaps of benefits. It is actually a plant native to North America, and the leaves and bark are used to make a skin-healing astringent that works miracles in naturally curing all sorts of skin issues. The best part is, you can get a sizable bottle of it from your local Walmart or Target for just a few bucks! Long gone are the days I’d spend a ridiculous amount of money on a facial toner. I love that this dermatologist recommended astringent is very gentle, making it ideal for morning and night use. It is TOTALLY underrated! In addition to these perks, using witch hazel as a facial toner may be the solution to some common epidermis problems such as…
Like I’ve mentioned several times in my previous beauty posts, I often suffer from hormonal acne a week or two before my period. Calling these pesky pimples annoying would be an understatement. While I still break out here and there, I’ve noticed that witch hazel has helped reduce acne immensely over the months. Witch hazel works to kill germs, soothe, and remove & balance oil on the skin. It has also diminished the appearance of my acne scars, which is amazing because I no longer have to wear as much makeup to conceal these flaws.
I was told that witch hazel can be really drying especially if you use it twice a day as a toner. However, I actually haven’t experienced witch hazel to be overly drying. Instead, it removes excess oil and impurities to balance my skin’s pH level. Since I use it as a toner though, I always follow with a good SPF moisturizer in the mornings, and a rich night cream in the evenings. Just like anything else, everyone’s skin may react to this astringent differently. Overall though, I’d say that it’s a pretty gentle formula and safe to use on all skin types everyday.
Wrinkles & Aging
Witch hazel also has incredible anti-aging properties. If you like to be outdoors a lot, you may want to consider incorporating this into your routine to fight premature aging. Signs like wrinkles, discoloration, scarring, and loss of elasticity can be improved with long-term use. It’s also been proven that witch hazel’s tannins and polyphenols work to protect the skin against cancer, melanoma, and other forms of damage caused by UV exposure. This is great news for those who love tanning by the pool!
Suffer from puffy eyes or itching from a bug bite? Witch hazel may be your new best friend! Along with anti-aging properties, this holy grail tightens the skin, which helps to reduce puffiness. I would be careful with applying witch hazel around the eyes, but it’s totally gentle and safe to use under it and even over the lids. Thanks to its anti-bacterial agents, witch hazel naturally heals the skin and provides instant relief for any insect bites or allergic reactions on the skin.
One of the most commonly asked questions I get is how I keep my skin looking so pore-less all the time. Full disclosure — that’s partly makeup, but witch hazel has minimized the appearance of my pores on the nose and cheeks. With repeated use, witch hazel tones pores and delivers a flawless complexion. If you’re looking to shrink your pores or at least keep them clean & unclogged, using witch hazel as a facial toner will definitely help!
Personally, I have been using Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel. It’s around $5 at my local Walmart and has worked well for me, so I haven’t ventured out to try other brands yet. For those of you wishing to try witch hazel but can’t find the Dickinson’s brand in store, the good news is that even the off-brand astringents supposedly deliver the same effects and are also similar in price. 🙂
What’s a beauty product that you swear by that is also affordable and underrated?