Amazing Benefits Of Witch Hazel For Skin

By: Rima Chowdhury

If you have never heard about the benefits of witch hazel on skin and hair, then you should seriously consider reading this article till the end.

Witch hazel is extracted from a medicinal plant, which has a long history of being used in several skin care problems.

Witch hazel contains medicinal properties that makes it an effective ingredient to be used on skin and hair. Common names of witch hazel include striped alder, spotted alder and winter bloom.

Over the years, the benefits of witch hazel oil have been explored and here we mention to you some of the common benefits of witch hazel.


1. Beneficial In Treating Stretch Marks

Witch hazel oil works as a miracle in getting rid of stretch marks on the skin. By regular application of witch hazel oil on the stretch marks, you can get rid of them completely. Apply some oil on the targeted area and then keep a towel soaked in warm water on the marks. Leave it on for some time and then wash off with lukewarm water.


2. It Helps To Deal With Itchy Skin

If you have dry and itchy skin, witch hazel should be your best friend because it helps to treat the itchy skin condition easily. It is helpful in getting rid of the itch from chickenpox, eczema, poison ivy, and bug bites. Make a solution of witch hazel oil and lavender oil to apply on your skin. Leave it on for some time and wash off with lukewarm water later.


3. Tightens The Pores

Due to astringent properties found in witch hazel, it helps to tighten the pores of the skin. Due to the tannins found in witch hazel, it can be used as a toner, as it helps to tighten the pores by removing the excess oil and bacteria from the skin.


4. Speeds Up Healing Of Acne

Witch hazel oil is a natural acne-fighting ingredient which helps to heal acne, remove dirt, oil, and debris from the skin and also prevents acne scars on the face. Witch hazel oil is mild and due to the astringent properties in it, it is extremely useful to be used on the face. Apply some witch hazel oil on the acne and allow it to dry by its own. Wash off with water later.


5. Helps To Treat Minor Cuts

Witch hazel oil is extremely useful in cessation of bleeding on the skin and it also speeds up the healing process of minor cuts on the skin. Due to alcohol present in the witch hazel oil, it helps to work as an effective agent for treating minor cuts and wounds. If you have minor cuts on the face, take a cotton ball and dab some witch hazel oil and apply this directly. Apply some pressure, so that the oil can stop the bleeding completely.


6. Slows Down Ageing Of Skin

Due to loads of antioxidants found in the witch hazel oil, it helps to prevent ageing of the skin. Also, the tannins present in witch hazel oil help to kill free radicals in the environment, which lead to premature ageing of the skin. Remove makeup and wash your face with water. Then, apply some witch hazel oil with the help of a cotton ball and wash off after some time. You can also add witch hazel oil to your favourite moisturiser, so that it helps to slow down the ageing process of the skin easily.


7. Treats Sunburns

There can be nothing worse than observing your radiant and glowing skin turn dull and tanned. When the sun damages your skin, witch hazel oil can come to your rescue. Mix some witch hazel oil with aloe vera gel and apply it on the sunburned skin. It helps to prevent your skin from getting tanned further and also gives you smooth and bright skin.


8. Helps To Deal With Psoriasis On Skin

Psoriasis is a condition when your skin turns extremely dry and flaky. It helps to reduce inflammation and swelling on the skin easily. Take some witch hazel oil and combine it with glycerine. Now, apply this on your face and massage for some time. Glycerine is natural humectant that helps to draw moisture from the air, thus keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised.

Read more about: witch hazel, skincare
Story first published: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11:00 [IST]
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