Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with Witch Hazel. It just feels so nice as a toner on a freshly cleaned face. I had tried it before but never really worked it into my daily routine. But now I’m feeling like a true convert. Have you ever used Witch Hazel as a toner?
Intrigued by the notion that there might be other uses for this magic elixir, I decided to do a little research. Turns out folks on the internet are claiming there’s not much Witch Hazel can’t do. And I’m super down to try out these ten…
- Facial Cleansing – Cleans skin pores and dries up excessive oil without totally drying out the skin. The ability to dry out blemish areas while still moisturizing sounds like a dream come true for my combination skin.
- Acne Treatment – Similar to how I use Witch Hazel as a toner, apply to problem areas with a cotton ball. How does it help? Witch Hazel has strong astringent and antioxidant properties because of a high tannin content.
- Under-eye Bag Relief – You know the ol’ beauty hack of hemorrhoid cream to tighten up the bagginess below your eyes? Know what’s an ingredient in stuff like Preparation H? Yep, Witch Hazel.
- Heal Bruises Faster – This one I gotta try since my legs are pretty much perpetually banged up.
- Treat Cuts or Scrapes – Witch Hazel can be used as a substitute for rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide when cleaning a wound.
- Soothe Sunburn – Thanks to anti-inflammatory properties, applying a washcloth soaked in Witch Hazel to a sunburn is a great way to lessen healing time. Plus, it can reduce peel-y, flaky skin down the road.
- Natural Deodorant – I’ve noticed Witch Hazel as a main ingredient in some of my favorite store-bought natural brands of deodorant but it never occurred to me to use it to make my own.
- Relieve Itchy Bug Bites – Again, Witch Hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties come to the rescue! Just apply a soaked cotton ball to the bite.
- Household Cleaner – I found a ton of recipes that incorporate Witch Hazel into cleaning solutions. Seems it’s great for bathrooms, chrome fixtures, mirrors, and even mopping floors!
- Jewelry Cleaner – And on it’s own, it can be used to gently clean jewelry.
Alright peeps…which of the ten are you itching to try?
P.S. Baking soda is similarly amazing with a million uses. Here’s how to use it as a face mask!