By Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP
If you’re looking to clean up your facial skincare routine, try adding in witch hazel as a toner after you wash your face.
This natural astringent is naturally anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce redness from acne, psoriasis, eczema and sun burn. Its antioxidant properties help slow the signs of aging, speed up the healing process, and can help fight cellular damage.
Witch hazel can reduce the bacteria growing on the skin, slow oil production of your pores, and even halt the development of pesky breakouts. Apply some directly to developing pimples to calm the irritation.
Personally speaking, I’ve battled with all forms of acne since puberty. I’ve tried absolutely everything to clear my skin. While changing my diet and focusing on nutrient-dense whole foods has improved my skin, I’ve seen even more of a change since I started utilizing witch hazel every day, morning and night.
After rinsing my face with warm water and a wash cloth, I apply the witch hazel to a cotton pad and wipe my entire face, jawline, and neck with it. I then apply tea tree oil (diluted in a carrier oil) with a Q-Tip to any red spots or pimples. Sometimes I will follow with my Oil Cleansing Method oil, but only a few times a week.
Using the witch hazel and tea tree oil has greatly reduced the amount of breakouts I’ve had, the redness from scarring, and the overall look and feel of my face. It’s softer and more even-toned now. I was hesitant to try yet another natural skincare product, but honestly it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I’ve tried a few different brands of witch hazel including Dickinson’s, Up & Up (Target), and Thayer’s (with aloe). All have worked very well, but I like the Thayer’s since it does have the aloe which makes my face feel less dry afterwards.
Bonus: Witch hazel is a great natural remedy to have on hand! It’s is also useful for calming poison ivy, insect bites, ingrown hairs, and razor burn.
Have you ever used witch hazel? What’s your favorite use for it? Share in the comments below!
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Donna Stephens, BCN, CNHP, LDHS
Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP