Astringent has received quite the bad rap, and in many cases, rightfully so. Many astringent toners of the '90s contained high levels of ethanol alcohol that was dangerously harsh on skin. Nowadays, we have more options when it comes to toners as well as natural plant-based options, like witch hazel. Witch hazel, a natural toning ingredient, rode the clean beauty wave and is now popular again in the beauty community. But, what exactly is witch hazel? And, does it actually work to fight acne-ridden skin? New York City-based dermatologist Robyn Gmyrek answered all our questions about the buzzy beauty ingredient.
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8 Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel
Today, we have hundreds of different beauty products available to us — acne washes, toners, scrubs, etc. There may be no plant more beneficial to your skin, as research showcases the many advantages witch hazel provides. Other benefits include naturally reducing blisters, insect bites, poison ivy, inflammation, hemorrhoids, toothaches and much more. It can also help stop cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer, while preventing signs of aging and speeding up healing. When it comes to the products that you apply directly to your skin, you always want to treat the surface of your body how you would the inside: Avoid as many chemicals and toxins as possible. How can witch hazel do so much? High levels of healing active ingredients reduce inflammation, cellular damage and swelling, while also soothing wounds.
7 Ways Witch Hazel Can Improve Your Skin, According to Dermatologists
Show less If you're looking for a natural way to care for your skin, use witch hazel in your skincare routine. Because witch hazel has astringent and antibacterial properties, it can soothe irritated or inflamed skin. Spritz witch hazel toner on your face or brush it directly onto blemishes. Mix witch hazel into aloe vera gel and spread it on sunburned skin.