Confession time: I’m addicted to my witch hazel skin toner. I just love how it makes my face feel! But lucky for me, there’s a lot more going for it than that. In fact, there are numerous witch hazel uses for skin care beyond just daily cleansing and toning. Its powerful astringent and antioxidant properties can improve acne, rashes, eczema, and signs of aging. It’s also great at soothing skin after shaving and exposure to the sun. Let’s look a little closer at a few of these issues and how you can get your skin looking brighter, tighter, and clearer in a matter of days.
How to Use Witch Hazel as Toner and Cleanser
The astringent properties of witch hazel make it a great toner and a natural cleanser for your skin. For the best skin-tightening and toning benefits, apply witch hazel directly to your skin, then let your skin dry naturally. Using witch hazel as-is provides you with a simple option for most daily skin care needs.
To remove makeup, and excess oil and heal dry skin, dab areas lightly with a cotton ball dampened with witch hazel. Let your skin dry naturally. If you have sensitive skin, witch hazel is an excellent occasional replacement for your normal cleanser. You can rinse your face after cleansing it with witch hazel or let your face air dry to tone your skin.
Witch Hazel for Acne
Witch hazel is also a natural solution to heal acne and reduce the occurrence of breakouts. It reduces inflammation, soothes wounds, speeds healing, helps reduce the growth of bacteria on the skin, and stops oil production. It’s also a safer alternative to commercial acne treatments, and you can boost its blemish-busting power by adding 10 to 15 drops of tea tree essential oil to three ounces of witch hazel.
Apply a small amount of the mixture to blemishes with a facial pad, cotton ball, or cotton swab. This mixture is safe to use on your face and also suitable for treating acne in other areas, such as your back.
Try storing the mixture in your refrigerator to soothe the irritation and redness that commonly accompanies blemishes. You can use lavender essential oil instead of tea tree if you prefer a milder, sweeter scent, but avoid using undiluted essential oils on your skin.
Witch Hazel for More Youthful Skin
If you are looking for a simpler, more affordable anti-aging product, witch hazel is the solution you need for younger-looking, healthier skin. Witch hazel’s toning properties make it the perfect base for anti-aging products. It also protects cells from damage and disease, reduces redness and puffiness, and helps preserve elasticity.
To make a gentle anti-aging toner to replace commercial vitamin C serum, add a teaspoon of powdered vitamin C to a half-cup of witch hazel. To give the anti-aging toner soothing properties, try adding a teaspoon of aloe vera to the mixture.
Witch hazel already blended with aloe vera is also available for purchase. It’s a great base to create your own wrinkle-fighting, skin-soothing blend. The skin-soothing properties of aloe and witch hazel are perfect for treating skin irritations. But skip the vitamin C in favor of more aloe when creating a skin-soothing blend.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own serum:
Witch Hazel for Sunburn Relief
You can make your own treatment for sunburn and minor skin irritations with witch hazel and aloe vera. To cool and soothe sunburns, mix two parts witch hazel with one part aloe vera into a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well before each use, and spray sunburned skin with the mixture as often as needed. You can store the spray bottle in the refrigerator to make the sunburn treatment more soothing.
Witch Hazel Uses for Skin Rashes and Irritations
Witch hazel provides nearly instant relief from skin irritation caused by poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Its anti-inflammatory, soothing, and wound-healing properties noticeably reduce the irritation and healing time of rashes, bug bites, and other skin irritations. Try pouring witch hazel directly onto the rash to reduce symptoms like swelling, itching, and redness. Repeat the treatment twice a day until the rash is gone.
How to Use Witch Hazel for Eczema and Psoriasis
To manage the symptoms of eczema or psoriasis, combine one part neem oil and seven parts witch hazel in a small bottle. Apply the mixture twice daily for symptom relief.
A blend of equal parts aloe vera, glycerin, and witch hazel is ideal for managing the dry, flaky skin associated with psoriasis. Apply the mixture to the affected areas twice a day, or use it more often if your symptoms are bothersome.
You can even add witch hazel to this Bentonite Clay Mask for Dry Skin, or any other product or recipe, to relieve general dry, flaky skin not associated with any diagnosed condition like the ones above.
Here’s what to use for relief:
Witch hazel has many properties that keep your skin looking healthy. And it’s a versatile addition to your skin care routine. While it’s easy to use witch hazel as-is on a cotton ball, blending it with other ingredients lets you create a range of customized skin care products that suit your skin type perfectly. Use these simple tips to get healthy, glowing skin with simple, natural ingredients.