Due to its numerous health benefits, witch hazel is a favorite amongst seasoned and novice skincare enthusiasts. In the 21st century, it has grown in popularity as a component in many skincare products, with benefits ranging from preventing acne to managing more serious skin issues like psoriasis.
In this article, we'll examine several advantages of witch hazel and how you can use it in your personal regimen. Whether you're dealing with breakouts, dryness, or simply looking for a natural way to improve your skin's overall health, witch hazel may be the perfect ingredient for you. So, let's dive in and learn more about this versatile plant extract!
What is witch hazel?
Witch hazel is a multipurpose plant that has been used for generations as a natural treatment for a variety of ailments. It is well-known for its cosmetic benefits but has also been used in ancient and current medicine traditions to treat the skin. There are numerous varieties of witch hazel, and each has its own special advantages.
The North American witch hazel (hamamelis virginiana) is the most prevalent kind that we use today. We get all the good stuff we need by extracting the plant's liquid from its leaves, twigs, and bark. Due to its high tannin content, American witch hazel is a potent astringent that is easily accessible.
Different kinds of witch hazel
Witch hazel comes in many different shapes and sizes. However, other witch hazel species can also be found in Asia and Europe, and they each have their own use cases and benefits.
Hamamelis mollis AKA Chinese witch hazel grows in several regions of China and Japan. In traditional Chinese medicine, the entire plant is used for medicinal purposes as well as ornamental value.
Another variety of witch hazel is the Japanese hamamelis japonica. The extract from Japanese witch hazel isn’t commonly used for medicinal or cosmetic purposes, but for aesthetic purposes. Its large and bright yellow leaves make this variety unique in its beauty.
What are tannins?
Tannins are a type of naturally occurring polyphenol compound found in witch hazel. They are responsible for witch hazel's astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an effective remedy for various skin conditions.
When applied topically, tannins function by tightening the skin and narrowing the blood vessels - thereby decreasing inflammation, and assisting in the regulation of oil production.
Moreover, tannins contain antioxidant qualities that aid in shielding the skin from free radical damage brought on by environmental stressors like pollution and UV rays.
More benefits of witch hazel
As aforementioned, witch hazel has astringent properties, but what does that actually mean? Without getting too scientific, we will explain why this is important when purchasing skincare products.
Astringent characteristics describe a substance's capacity to tighten and firm the skin by limiting the size of the pores and blood vessels. This process can improve the general texture and tone of the skin, lessen pore size, and reduce oiliness. Astringents are frequently included in toners, cleansers, and other skincare products to help the skin feel renewed and refreshed by removing extra oil and pollutants.
Unlike some astringents, which can be harsh and drying, witch hazel is gentle and soothing. It can actually help to rehydrate your skin as well as keep it moisturized for longer. Witch hazel is a great choice for those who have dry or sensitive skin.
Witch hazel is known to reduce inflammation and pain associated with insect bites, bruises, and minor burns. Its numbing effect can provide temporary relief from painful conditions like psoriasis, razor burn, and eczema. Additionally, it's effective in reducing swelling and redness caused by sunburn.
Our favorite witch hazel products
Our new Rosewater and Witch Hazel Purifying Toner is a must-have in any skincare routine! With the addition of geranium essential oil and licorice root, it purifies and gently tones the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and renewed.
We've also included beautifying rosewater, aloe, and lavender, which soothe and calm the skin, providing vital moisture that promotes perfect balance. Best of all, it's sulfate- and paraben-free, so you can feel good about the ingredients you're putting on your skin.
Why not add one of our luxurious Effervescent Bath fizzies to your relaxing end of week bath time routine? This "bath bomb" (we hate that term) includes jojoba oil and silk proteins to provide an intensive moisturizing experience that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. These are now available in 12 different essential oil blends you can try!
Witch hazel is an incredibly versatile and wholesome ingredient that can offer numerous positive benefits for the skin. In this post, we have highlighted several compelling reasons why you should consider adding it to your cart and start reaping the rewards.
If you're already familiar with witch hazel and have been incorporating it into your skincare routine, we'd love to hear about your experience. Do you have a favorite way to use it? Let us know in the comments below!