Looking for something to shrink your pores and ease inflammation on your skin? Say Hello to Witch Hazel.
Witch Hazel, a shrub indigenous to America, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae.
The extracts from the leaf and bark of this plant as well as its water are used as astringents which help to tighten the skin. Most commonly applied to the skin and scalp, Witch Hazel is widely used to soothe skin and act as a toning agent.
Let’s delve further into what this plant can do.
Giving full credit to its powerful anti-microbial properties contained in tannins, research suggests that Witch Hazel may be useful for the treatment of acne by reducing bacterial growth on the skin.
It acts as an astringent which causes your tissues to contract in order to shrink pores, while also soothing your skin and relieving inflammation.
Witch hazel is a natural facial cleanser capable of controlling excess oil. As an astringent, it is commonly used to remove oils on the skin or to treat razor bumps, symptoms of poison ivy, dandruff etc.
Used as an astringent, Witch Hazel helps to naturally tighten the skin and make it look firmer.
When skin proteins are tightened, they come together to form a protective covering that promotes skin healing.
Witch hazel contains polyphenols which may help fight premature aging. It also possesses antioxidants which help to neutralize and prevent free radical damage to the skin from UV rays and other air pollutants.
Witch hazel contains gallic acid and tannins, powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation.
When applied topically, witch hazel can effectively reduce inflammation and help soothe your skin. It is also useful in treating inflammatory-related issues, such as acne and eczema.
Now that you've passed witch hazel 101, shop Anne’s Apothecary’s Witch Hazel here and give the ingredient a try for yourself.