THE SCEINCE BEHIND WITCH HAZEL
I wanted to talk about Witch Hazel and why I started to work with it. I have large pores on the cheeks of my face which I have always been self conscious about since my teens. I do feel a bit vain typing this but over the years i have tried so many lotions and potions and wasted so much money with no result. I’ve tried everything from scrubs to pore fillers. I also have dry skin so wearing ,make up has always been a nightmare. I could never wear foundation until my thirties because it would sink in to my pores and make them look bigger as well as aggravate my dry skin and make it flake. Very unsightly.
I have always been lucky and had clear skin just the occasional black head and my pores. Getting older and trying to focus a bit more on self care I decided to learn about skin types and what category my skin type fell into. My research led me to Witch Hazel so I HAD to try it.
Now, by no means is this a miracle cure and I do not claim it to be but it has truly helped me by cleaning my skin and tightening my pores. I absolutely swear by it and wanted to make it available to other people. It took a good month before it was noticeable and then it took a further year to perfect my skin care routine. I’ll list it in the next paragraph before I get into the science part just in case it helps anyone.
I do this morning and night with a weekly exfoliation and on the rare occasion I have a social life I Dermaplane.
I wash my face with water only, I then follow with Micellar water, then Witch Hazel. I apply them with reusable cotton pads I usually buy from Etsy. I then use a Vitamin C serum and then moisturise with a moisturiser (I actually really like Aldi’s day and night creams, they are cruelty free so cheap as well!) Now I’m a bit older I use one with an SPF in and regret not caring about that earlier!
I don’t usually wear make up day to do just a winged eye and mascara but If I am going to wear make up i will apply a facial oil before i moisturise and then apply make up. Finally after all of those years I am actually happy with my skin and can wear make up without shedding like a snake!
Also a tip for dry skin… I’ve found hand creams and night creams work so much better for my skin, they seem to be just that little bit more creamier. I usually switch to a hand cream for my face during the winter months. It sounds weird but it works for me!
Now I’ll continue with the science behind Witch Hazel, Its actually really interesting and i’ll add some do’s and don’ts too.
Witch Hazel is an alcoholic extract from the leaves, flowers and bark of the Hamamelis tree. One of natures best astringents, there is probably no better tonic or toner for skin care preparations. my blend can be used as an post shave treatment, it shows mildly styptic properties as well as helping to reduce razor burn and swelling through its cool soothing sensation. It can also be used as toner or in place of a cleanser. It is particularly beneficial for oil and problem skin through its more gentle properties.
For example, witch hazel extract acts as an astringent, meaning that it cleanses your skin and tightens your pores. Witch hazel has also been used for hundreds of years to soothe irritated skin and help heal minor wounds.
Witch Hazel is a useful and beneficial addition to your skincare regime. It is an excellent cleanser. It can help remove dirt and grime and it also works well as a makeup remover. Witch Hazel is particularly suited to those with oily or combination skin. It can help remove excess oil (a major cause of breakouts).
Many people naturally have oily skin, but a build up of too much oil can lead to a shiny appearance, clogged pores, and acne. Witch hazel can effectively remove excess oil from the skin, which is why it is useful in those who have acne.
While there are no formal studies on witch hazel as a treatment for acne, we know that people with acne tend to make more oil than other people, and that oil contributes to breakouts when it gets trapped in the pores.
Washing your face with soap can help remove surface oil, but because witch hazel is an astringent, it can get into your pores and clean more deeply.
To clean out oil-ridden pores, it’s best to apply witch hazel after washing your face. Use a cotton or reusable pad to avoid getting oil from your fingers on your face.
It’s also important to moisturize your skin after using witch hazel, as overly dried out skin can cause your body to produce even more oil.
However, witch hazel isn’t for everyone and may not work well for certain skin types. Witch Hazel may not be suitable for those with very dry skin as it can make the skin dry out even more.
Witch Hazel is a well-known astringent. Thanks to its astringency powers, it is extremely popular to use as a natural toner, ideal for using after cleansing to keep skin feeling fresh and bright. It is a versatile product
As you age the collagen in your skin breaks down. As a result, the skin loses elasticity and starts to sag. This sagging makes your pores look larger, giving your skin a less smooth appearance. Though nothing can permanently shrink your pores, using witch hazel can make them look smaller.
When using witch hazel to tighten pores, it’s best to put it on your skin after washing your face and before applying any products like makeup.
Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective remedy for skin irritation, like from skin conditions such as hemorrhoids, diaper rash, and eczema. That’s why many skin products like ointments and lotions include witch hazel as a key ingredient.