When it comes to our skin, we want nothing less than the best. We need to look our best in order to feel our best. Some people are even willing to spend hundreds of dollars on facial cleansers, toners, and moisturizers to achieve this. But, what if you could attain clearer, healthier, younger-looking skin by using one natural product that retails for under five dollars? The good news is, you can.
Witch hazel is a natural astringent compound derived from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub, Hamamelis virginiana. It is widely known for its natural ability to fight inflammation and kill bacteria, while soothing, cleansing, and healing the skin. But the benefits of this super-shrub don’t end there.
Witch hazel is also known to preserve collagen and skin elasticity just as effectively as those expensive high-end face creams you find in the department store, but without the added chemicals and perfumes. Because of Witch hazel’s protective polyphenols and tannin antioxidants, it also helps to safeguard against skin cancer and melanoma. All this for less than a latte? Yes, please!
While Witch hazel definitely falls within a few of the best natural facial cleansers, it has many other uses that you may not be aware of.
Witch hazel can prevent and heal:
- Oily skin
- Psoriasis or eczema
- Sun damage
- Cracked or blistered skin
- Insect bites
- Poison ivy and poison oak
- Irritated scalp
- Varicose veins
- Razor burn
- Diaper rash
- Allergic reactions
- Bruises and scars
- Stretch marks
To use Witch hazel, simply apply with a clean cotton pad or ball to affected area a couple times daily. If using as an astringent or toner, apply to face and neck with cotton pad or ball after washing. Your skin will be left feeling fresh and smooth, without the tight, dry feeling you get from other more harsh astringents.
Like the idea of using Witch hazel as a facial toner, but would like to fancy it up a little bit? Well, don’t go throwing away those wilted roses from your sweetheart just yet. Instead, combine the rose petals with Witch hazel in a clean glass jar. Cover, and allow to sit for a couple days. Strain the rose petals, and transfer your now rose-infused Witch hazel facial toner into a clean bottle for easier application.
With a myriad of different uses, natural benefits, and extremely low cost, Witch hazel should be everyone’s bathroom cabinet.