Not many of you have probably thought about using Witch Hazel on your skin for beauty purposes, but if you look closely witch hazel extract is actually listed as an ingredient in numerous beauty products.
This is because its powerful antioxidant and astringent properties are undeniable and are especially known for helping speed-up the healing process, reverse aging of the skin, and stop the cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer.
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The bark, twigs, and leaves of the witch hazel plant are used to extract active properties known as tannins and polyphenols which are added either to water or alcohol to produce distilled witch hazel extract or witch hazel water.
It’s the tannins in witch hazel extract that make it a natural astringent, as they help to remove excess oil from the skin. That’s why it’s considered one of the best natural acne treatments out there and is used in all sorts of washes and treatment gels.
Plants like witch hazel contain a high level of polyphenols; the same compounds used to create anti-aging supplements that help slow down disease. As it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it’s able to battle free radicals to protect against DNA damage.
Now that you know a little bit about witch hazel and how it works, here are some of the reasons you should start using it on your face and skin.
Reverse Signs of Aging
Too much sun on the skin promotes premature aging, and signs like wrinkles and loss of elasticity, as well as discoloration, redness, dryness, and scars. If you want to slow down those signs, witch hazel is one of the best things to turn to.
It also helps protect the skin against cancer, melanoma and other damage that results from UV light, thanks to its tannins and polyphenols which are known to inhibit the proliferation of melanoma cells, helping to protect healthy skin cells as you age.
Chemical products found on store shelves, irritate the skin, increasing dryness by altering oil production, while witch hazel helps protect collagen and skin elasticity.
By combining it with oils known to soothe and protect the skin, like frankincense and evening primrose, you’ll experience even greater results, saving your complexion and helping the skin fight off the effects of environmental stress.
If you ran into that kitchen cabinet or did something else that left a nasty bruise on your face, applying witch hazel three times a day can help speed the healing time to get rid of the bruise faster. The witch hazel helps to heal injured skin, reduce swelling and constrict blood vessels.
Many experts refer to witch hazel as nature’s answer to Neosporin when it comes to healing minor cuts. Use it as you would the famous ointment to cleanse the cut, protect against infection and encourage faster healing.
Got Puffy Eyes?
Puffy eyes are another common skin problem that many people face, it can be caused by allergies, stress, overindulging in alcohol, sun exposure, cigarette smoking and many other factors. The next time you wake up and find yourself with puffy eyes, be sure to have some witch hazel around, and you’ll have a quick fix for that problem.
Witch hazel is known to tighten skin, which helps reduce under eye baggage and puffiness. Just soak some cotton balls with witch hazel, and apply it to closed eyes. Let it remain for five minutes or so, allowing it to soak into the skin.
Repeat one more time for severe puffiness. As it can be more effective if it’s cool, storing your witch hazel in the refrigerator is a good idea, particularly if this is the main reason you plan to use it.