If you have been on the lurk for methods to fine-tune your skin care routine, say, by adding more natural ingredients to your repertoire, you may have noticed that witch hazel is starting to make a significant appearance.
Witch hazel is a natural ingredient that is a key player in a variety of beauty products and is known to improve the overall health of the skin.
What Is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a shrub that is indigenous to the United States. It has been used for centuries as a remedy for a variety of skin ailments linked to irritation and inflammation. This botanical extract is a natural skin healer and cleanser.
Witch hazel can now be found in its pure form at your local drugstore. It somewhat resembles a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Even some over-the-counter (OTC) moisturizers and ointments contain witch hazel, such as those used for bug bites or hemorrhoids.
Witch hazel is touted as a way to treat skin conditions that affect the face in lieu of a traditional astringent or toner.
Skin care experts state that the twigs and bark of the witch hazel plant contain therapeutic constituents that, when extracted and distilled, create the pure, fragrant, natural astringent that has been known for generations as a natural skin care solution. Astonishingly, the witch hazel extract can be good for all skin types.
Best known for shrinking pores and easing inflammation, witch hazel is already out there as a key player in a variety of skincare products. Its unique properties including the amazing anti-viral qualities that are often used as a topical botanical in skin care.
Some Interesting Facts To Know About Witch Hazel For Skin
It provides many skin care and medicinal uses, from makeup removing to sunburn soothing.
Wards Off Signs Of Ageing:
The polyphenols present in witch hazel may help fight premature ageing of the skin. Ideally, witch hazel may have antioxidant effects that help mitigate and prevent free radical damage to the skin from UV rays and oxidizing air pollution. Additionally, its astringent properties can make your skin look firmer.
Australian Tea Tree Face Serum
from Oriental Botanics
contains witch hazel as one of its major ingredients and is a contributor in fighting skin ageing. This is a clarifying and nourishing facial serum for restoring the acne-prone and oily skin to its healthy state. It helps to tighten the enlarged pores and reduces sebum overproduction. As a result, your face stays grease and shine-free for a longer time. It fortifies the protective moisture barrier of the skin that helps to keep the skin supple and soft. Its bioactive constituents help to calm the stressed and inflamed skin. The nutrient-rich serum helps in repairing the damaged skin and minimizes further damage. Natural antioxidants help to protect the skin from oxidative stress that is responsible for speeding up the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Apart from witch hazel being an astringent that decreases oil and redness, the antimicrobial properties of tannins can reduce bacteria growth on the skin. So not only can it show acne bacteria that are the boss, but reduce the irritation that can strike when breakouts do happen.
While certain types of acne (such as cysts and pustules) are inflammatory, witch hazel is possibly beneficial in treating non-inflammatory acne (blackheads and whiteheads) too.
The main purpose of witch hazel for acne treatment is that it can act as an astringent by drying out your acne blemishes, much like other OTC treatments.
One of the most effective acne-fighting products that is enriched with witch hazel is the Oriental Botanics' Australian Tea Tree Face Gel
. This is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy face gel enriched with natural oils and plant extracts for moisturizing and nourishing the acne-prone and oily skin. It is a non-comedogenic gel that quickly permeates the skin without clogging the pores and improves the condition of the stressed skin. It restores the skin's lipid barrier without leaving behind greasy residues so that your skin feels soft and smooth without feeling greasy. Rich in nutrients that help in the regeneration of the skin cells, this face gel helps to repair the damaged skin. It helps to protect the skin from oxidative stress due to exposure to pollution. It has an illuminating effect on the skin and helps in lightening the dark spots and blemishes.
If your T-zone looks more like a pumice stone than skin, reach out for the wonderful witch hazel. It is a type of astringent, which can help tighten up pores or aid in making them temporarily look smaller.
According to skin care experts, as witch hazel is a rich source of constricting compounds, it can make the proteins inside skin cells come together. The result? Well, it temporarily makes your pores appear smaller and help in reducing their appearance over time. You can add products such as toners containing witch hazel to your skin care routine for treating pores on your skin.
We recommend you to try Oriental Botanics' Australian Tea Tree Face Toner
. This facial toner is a vital skincare product for managing the skin's oil production and replenishing the hydration and minimizing the problems of the acne-prone and oily skin. Its clarifying effect rids the skin of product residues and dead skin cells, clears the pores and refreshes the skin. It has a cooling and calming effect and rejuvenates dull and tired skin. Pure essential oils and botanical extracts such as witch hazel are infused in the facial toner to improve the condition of the troubled skin. The pH balancing effect of the facial toner helps to improve the condition of the skin vulnerable to breakouts. It helps to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and smoothens your facial skin.
The natural tannins that witch hazel encompasses may temporarily calm the appearance of red, irritated, or blotchy skin, making it a handy product to have around when breakouts, insect bites, or a pesky sunburn are cramping your style.
Inflammation is a normal immune response designed to protect your body against injury and infection. However, chronic inflammation is thought to play an important role in the development of certain diseases.
Witch hazel is enriched with many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins. It also contains essential antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize free radicals, which are disease-causing compounds that can build up in your body. Therefore, witch hazel could have far-reaching benefits and may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis. According to research, topically applied witch hazel can effectively reduce inflammation and help soothe your skin.
Sops Up Oil
If your skin is feeling greasier, witch hazel can help dry things out. It assists in removing excess oil, hence making it a great option for oilier skin types. You should ensure that you moisturize your skin properly after using it to make sure you don't overcorrect and dry out your skin completely.
Witch hazel is extremely rich in antioxidants and contains tannins. These properties make witch hazel work as a natural astringent on the skin that can help to sop up excess oil. This is why it is such a popular ingredient in toners and mattifying skin care products.
You can try Oriental Botanics' Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Face Toner
. This toner contains witch hazel and is an exceptional skincare product with multiple benefits. It is the product you need to complete your cleansing ritual and for enhancing your skin's ability to absorb moisture and nutrients from moisturizing and nourishing skincare products so that your skin feels and looks naturally beautiful. The face toner effectively cleans the pores and eliminates impurities, pollutants, and toxins that escape the regular soap cleansing. It helps restore the moisture barrier and the normal pH of the skin, which gets disrupted during cleansing. Its pore tightening effect gives the skin a smoother look and helps decrease excess oil production.
Soothes Puffy Eyes
You should be thankful for the anti-inflammatory and astringent properties of witch hazel. According to skin care experts, these properties of witch hazel may help in reducing puffiness and soothing the under-eye area, while also providing a tightening effect.
Oriental Botanics' Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Eye Radiance Under Eye Roller
contains the powerful witch hazel extracts. It instantly hydrates and refreshes the under-eye area and helps the skin retain its hydration for a longer time without a greasy feel. It helps in reducing dark circles, under-eye puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Improves Skin Tone
As witch hazel offers various beneficial properties such as refine the appearance of pores, reduce inflammation, and tighten the skin. This trifecta of perks adds up to a more even skin tone.
It is obvious that you should always wear SPF, but you might miss a spot sometimes. For such rare occasions, witch hazel works wonders to ease sunburn pain. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory powers. It also has a cooling and calming effect, so it will feel great going on.
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