I get that Witch Hazel sounds like an ingredient someone would use to make a special potion. But it’s actually a medicinal plant that has tons of different uses.
I first came across Witch Hazel when my dad started using it religiously to cleanse his face. I don’t usually turn to my dad for beauty advice, but he sure hit a home run this time! Witch Hazel has been around for centuries, and is one of the only plants approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
One of my favorite brands is Thayer’s Witch Hazel, which is super affordable and available at Amazon, The Vitamin Shoppe, or in most drugstores for under $10. You can even get it for less at The Vitamin Shoppe when you use a discount at checkout.
Here are just 5 of the ways you can use Witch Hazel:
1. Help cure acne.
Witch Hazel is one of the best natural acne treatments out there, because it works as an astringent and disinfectant. These properties mean it can help cleanse your skin without drying it out, and it will get rid of bacteria that can contribute to breakouts. Some people also report that it makes your pores look smaller. Another benefit is that Witch Hazel can reduce swelling and inflammation, which is totally helpful if you end up with those painful, red bumps.
Every morning and night I soak a cotton pad in Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel and apply to my clean, dry face in a circular motion (making sure to avoid the eye area). It leaves my skin feeling extra clean and fresh!
2. Make an aspirin toner.
I think that the Thayer Rose Petal Witch Hazel is a great toner on its own. However, if you are suffering from acne (or oily skin) and are looking for a great home remedy, try making an Aspirin Witch Hazel Toner. Aspirin has many beneficial uses besides just curing a hangover headache from last night’s wine-filled Wednesday. Aspirin is a natural source of salicylic acid and offers unique anti-inflammatory and exfoliation benefits.
Create an easy-to-use facial aspirin toner by dissolving uncoated aspirin tablets in the Rose Petal Witch Hazel and applying to your clean, dry face using a cotton pad. Make sure to avoid the area around your eyes and lips! Here’s how to make it:
1. Add 5 or 6 uncoated aspirin pills to an empty travel-sized bottle. Snag some cheap ones using a Container Store coupon code!
2. Fill the bottle up with Rose Petal Witch Hazel; I like the rose one since it has Vitamin E, but you can use any Thayer’s version.
3. Shake the mixture. The aspirin will start to dissolve into tiny crystals. Each time you use it, shake the bottle, pour it onto a cotton pad, and apply it to your skin.
3. Refresh your skin.
Living in Southern California, I spend a lot of time outdoors and am always looking for great ways to keep my skin hydrated when I am away from home. My favorite thing to do is fill up a travel-sized spray bottle (like the ones I mentioned above from the Container Store) with Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel, and spritz it on my face after yoga. It’s also great to help cool me down on a hot day at the beach! You can fill up mini-sprayers to keep in your purse or locker for a great mist that refreshes, soothes, and hydrates.
4. Get rid of under-eye bags.
Another magical use of Witch Hazel is to reduce puffiness under your eyes. If you’ve been crying up a storm or just didn’t get much sleep, Witch Hazel can eliminate those terrible bags. It works to shrink blood vessels and tightens the skin (which is why it’s used in Preparation H cream, another under-eye bag-eliminator!).
5. Soothe razor burn.
Witch Hazel is great for helping to soothe your irritated skin if you have razor burn. If you are extra prone to razor burn, try Thayer's Witch Hazel After Shave, which is formulated with aloe vera to help soothe irritated skin. Apply after you shave, using a cotton pad or dry wash cloth. You’ll definitely notice a difference!
As your dedicated Beauty Geek, I’m committed to letting you know about the greatest products out there. So, I had to let you in on the little secret of the many uses for Witch Hazel. You can thank me later!