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Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana

Wonderful Skin Health Benefits of Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a natural plant extract derived from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana).

Traditional use of witch hazel for skin

It has been used for centuries for its various health and skin benefits. Some of which include:

Witch hazel as a skin toner

Witch hazel acts as a natural astringent, tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of pores. It can be used to remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities from the skin, and leaves it feeling refreshed and moisturised[i].

Natural anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel

Witch hazel contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects, making it useful for soothing irritated or inflamed skin. It can help alleviate conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and insect bites[ii].

Antioxidant protection from witch hazel products

The presence of antioxidants in witch hazel helps protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that contribute to ageing and skin damage. So, with regular use of witch hazel, you can help maintain the skin's youthful appearance[iii].

Witch hazel offers relief from skin conditions and minor injuries

Witch hazel has been used to alleviate symptoms associated with certain skin conditions. It can help reduce itching, redness, and swelling in conditions like sunburn, razor burn, and minor cuts or scrapes[iv]. See our minor injuries article for more.

Witch hazel for soothing eye care

Witch hazel can be used as a gentle eye rinse or compress to help reduce puffiness, redness, and irritation around the eyes. It can provide a refreshing and soothing effect[v].

Witch hazel for scalp and hair care

Witch hazel can be used as a natural remedy for scalp conditions like dandruff or an itchy scalp. It helps balance oil production, soothes the scalp, and promotes hair growth[vi].

Witch hazel features in some of our favourite products for great skin:

Green People Foaming Face Wash (100ml)

Speick Men After Shave Lotion (100ml)

Bathing Beauty Pop Fizzy Foot Reviver (200g)

Green People Oy! Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash (100ml)

Cautions for the use of witch hazel

While witch hazel is generally safe for most people, it is important to keep in mind that individual reactions may vary. It is advisable to perform a patch test before using it on a larger area of the skin and to consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist if you have any specific skin concerns or conditions.

Always choose a high-quality, pure witch hazel product and discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur.

Avoid direct contact with the eyes and be mindful of its astringent properties, which may cause dryness or discomfort.

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