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Why You Should Try Witch Hazel as a Facial Toner

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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 withΒ witch hazelΒ (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…

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Acne

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.

Dry Skin

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!


Inflammation

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.

Large Pores

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. πŸ™‚

What’s a beauty product that you swear by that is also affordable and underrated?

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40 Comments
  • Kenzi || Life of a Sister
    April 11, 2018

    I love my Witch Hazel as my toner! It works great and it’s really perfect for my nighttime skincare routine! I never knew it could reduce your pores, I need to try this in the morning too!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 11, 2018

      Yayyy! I am so glad to hear you love witch hazel too. It’s so good! Works miracles for sure πŸ™‚

  • Briana
    April 11, 2018

    I seriously need to try a new toner! Especially for my pores sake!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      April 11, 2018

      Witch hazel is a game changer! And doesn’t hurt to give it a try since it’s so affordable too πŸ™‚

  • Brielle
    April 11, 2018

    Cheap and easy! Solid choice for a toner especially when it’s alcohol free, not that easy to find.

    Brielle
    http://www.lovethepinkdetox.com

    • Sharon Wu
      April 11, 2018

      So true babe! There’s no reason to not love witch hazel lol πŸ˜‰

  • annie
    April 11, 2018

    Witch hazel sounds like an amazing toner and an affordable alternative too! I need to try it. Thanks for sharing xo

    • Sharon Wu
      April 11, 2018

      It is! You should totally try it and let me know how you like it xx

  • Eileen
    April 11, 2018

    Ahhh your skin is always so flawless I need everything in your bathroom shelfie hahaha. Will pick up witch hazel and try it soon! Xo

    • Sharon Wu
      April 11, 2018

      Aww thanks Eileen! Appreciate it πŸ™‚ I definitely recommend giving witch hazel a try xx

  • Eda Semana
    April 11, 2018

    I swear by witch hazel as well. I love Dickensons!
    xx,
    Eda
    http://luxeandlinen.com/three-rockin-music-festival-outfits/

    • Sharon Wu
      April 12, 2018

      Dickinson’s is the best! Glad you enjoy using witch hazel as well πŸ™‚

  • Katie
    April 11, 2018

    I need to try this! I love the affordable price!!

  • Gita
    April 11, 2018

    I heard so much good things about witch hazel, especially for acne prone skin like mine. Definitely gotta try this out.

    • Sharon Wu
      April 12, 2018

      Yeah, I have acne prone skin as well and this works great for me.

  • Kileen
    April 11, 2018

    Wow that is so awesome!! I definitely need to pick some up and try it!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  • Deborah
    April 12, 2018

    AHH I use this exact witch hazel toner and I love it! I was thinking of switching to the Thayer witch hazel and rose water toner but I need to use this up first before making that decision! Love it!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 12, 2018

      Ohhh! I am so glad to hear that this witch hazel works well for you too. I haven’t tried Thayer personally but have heard great things about that one too… so I might try it one of these days! xx

  • Jessi Malay
    April 12, 2018

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Witch Hazel!! I’ll have to try it finally πŸ™‚

    XO, Jessi
    https://jmalay.com/last-minute-coachella-looks/

    • Sharon Wu
      April 15, 2018

      You’ll have to let me know how you like it! xo

  • Jenny Yang
    April 12, 2018

    I am definitely going to try this–I’ve actually heard a lot of good benefits of doing so!
    xx Jen
    http://lilthoughtswithjen.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      April 15, 2018

      Yes! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it after you try πŸ™‚

  • the eye traveler
    April 13, 2018

    I used to use witchazle back in college. It certainly is a great product!

  • Mariann Yip
    April 13, 2018

    I’m actually a huge fan of witch hazel toner! I discovered this about a year ago and it has been wonderful for my skin!

  • Kyla
    April 13, 2018

    I’ve heard of witch hazel but had no idea what it’s benefits are! I love good old classic coconut oil!
    Kyla
    wanderlustkyla.com

    • Sharon Wu
      April 15, 2018

      Coconut oil is amazing for a moisturizer! I like to follow with this after using witch hazel sometimes πŸ™‚

  • JaNae
    April 14, 2018

    I didn’t know about all of the benefits of witch hazel. Very interesting! I will have to start using the bottle I have

    • Sharon Wu
      April 15, 2018

      I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

  • Taylor Mobley
    April 15, 2018

    I love witch hazel! It’s such an underrated product!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 20, 2018

      I’m so glad you like it too! Seriously underrated but works so well!

  • Andrea
    April 16, 2018

    my mom has been using witch hazel for as long as I can remember as a toner and passed that on to me and I agree it really is amazing.

  • Samantha Mariko
    April 19, 2018

    I used to use witch hazel as my toner a couple years back and I can’t remember why I stopped using it… I should get that back in my routine again πŸ™‚
    xo Samantha

    • Sharon Wu
      April 20, 2018

      Yes girl! Haha it works wonders πŸ™‚

  • Tania Cascilla
    April 20, 2018

    I’ve been hearing about witch hazel for a while. Maybe I’ll give it a try!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 20, 2018

      Yes, it’s definitely worth a try and lives up to its hype!

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