There are many uses for witch hazel. Some of them you may have heard of and some of these may be new to you. To start, you need to know where witch hazel comes from. Witch hazel is actually a plant. The leaf, bark, and twigs are used to make a medicine that you can purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy or discount store. It is used in certain prescription medications too, but today we are going to discuss some everyday uses for witch hazel. Keep reading to learn about 7 uses for witch hazel.
1. Facial Cleansing
One of the more common uses for witch hazel is facial cleansing. Many women use witch hazel as a key part of their daily beauty routine. By putting a little witch hazel on a cotton swab, you can clean your pores and remove excess oil. I may try this after my current facial wash runs out.
Witch hazel is also an effective acne treatment. The properties of witch hazel not only help clean the skin, but they also help shrink pores and work as an antioxidant. You can dab it onto acne affected areas up to three times a day. Yay! No more white crusty acne cream to make my pimples stand out even more.
3. Minimize Scars and Stretch Marks
Because witch hazel can help tighten up skin, many women use it to fade the appearance of scars and stretch marks. It works by tightening up the excessive skin around scars and stretch marks to give them a less noticeable appearance. Has anyone tried this? I would love to know the results.
4. Diaper Rash
Some moms use witch hazel to soothe their baby’s diaper rash. It works by cleaning the skin, keeping it dry and treating the rash with its antioxidants. It's an old wives' tale that really works.
5. Bags under the Eyes
It makes sense that witch hazel could be used as an eye cream, since it is so effective at tightening up loose skin. It is also one of the main ingredients in hemorrhoid cream, which many women already use for eye cream. I will say that the idea of using witch hazel from the bottle sounds more appealing than hemorrhoid cream from a tube.
6. Heal Cuts and Scrapes
You no longer need to spend the extra money on antibacterial cream for cuts and scrapes. Not only will it clean out the wound similar to rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, it will also help speed up healing. Wow, this might save a lot of extra room in my first-aid kit.
If you are one to get razor burn after shaving around your bikini area, you might want to try witch hazel. It is said that the anti-inflammatory properties will relax the sensitive hair follicles and prevent irritation and itchy bumps. Share this information with your male friends too. They can use it on their face after shaving.
As you can see, witch hazel has many practical uses for everyone. What are some of the ways you use witch hazel? Which of these uses surprised you? I would love for you to share with us your own experiences with witch hazel! It sounds like a great product to keep around the house for many uses.