Let’s chat: Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) is a powerful shrub native to North America commonly used as a natural remedy for a variety of skin ailments. Let’s take a look at the benefits of Witch Hazel for your skin health and why we have included it in many of our products including our Facial Moisturiser, Gel Cleanser, Spot Assist and Purifying Toner.
- Reduces inflammation
One of the main uses of Witch Hazel is to treat skin inflammation. Whether it is puffy skin, under eye bags, or inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, products that contain Witch Hazel are an effective anti-inflammatory remedy and are a natural way to soothe and reduce inflamed skin.
- Reduces Acne
Two of the main causes of acne include excess oil and inflammation. As we have just learnt, Witch Hazel is a powerhouse when it comes to reducing and treating skin inflammation. Another benefit of Witch Hazel is that it effectively removes excess oil from the skin, therefore reducing factors that lead to breakouts. Witch Hazel also acts as an astringent by drying out acne and blemishes which results in breakouts not sticking around for as long... so great right?!
- Tightens Pores
Did you know that at age 25 your collagen production starts to decline… and just continues to decline?!? Crazy.. we know! As the skin ages, it also loses elastin – which is the key element that is responsible for the elasticity of your skin. When your skin starts to lose its ability to stretch and bounce back, it starts to sag and makes your pores look larger. Larger pores generally makes your complexion look uneven and dull. Witch Hazel contains compounds that encourages the skin cells come together, helping reduce the size of pores and helps to tighten the skin.
There are so many other ways to help reduce the signs of ageing and to wind back that ageing clock, for more information, read our blog on the ‘7 ways to reduce the signs of ageing’.
- Soothes Burns
Less of a skincare ritual, however it is a great tip to know that Witch Hazel has the ability to soothe and treat minor burns! From sunburn and chemical burns to irritation/burns received from shaving, pop some moisturiser on that contains Witch Hazel to soothe and treat the inflamed area.
If you’re looking for a natural remedy to help with inflammation, acne and reducing the size of pores, keep your eyes peeled for skincare products that contain Witch Hazel. This little powerhouse shrub has you and your skin covered!