5 Ways To Use Witch Hazel For Perfect Skin

Find out why everyone is raving about this essential oil with these helpful tips.

April 26, 2016
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Witch hazel is one of those ingredients we always hear people raving about for its beauty benefits. So how does it work? In short, the plant's leaves, bark, and twigs are often used in various potions to ease skin irritation and remove dirt and grime. 

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“Witch hazel extract can be good for all skin types,” says David E. Bank, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist based in Mount Kisco, New York. One word of caution, though—going overboard can strip away the protective oils on the surface of your skin, says Bank. So keep that in mind when you're applying it. That being said, there are a few tried-and-true ways to incorporate witch hazel into your beauty routine. 

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1. Remove Your Makeup

Yep, witch hazel can be used to take off your makeup and it's pretty darn effective at that. We like this recipe from Hello Glow, since it also uses a few other natural add-ons to really do the trick. A quicker option: Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths ($5, Amazon).

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2. Fight Grease

“I would suggest using [witch hazel] as a toner for those with normal to oily skin,” says Bank. Simply dab a few drops onto a cotton round and rub it over your face after you’ve cleansed—you can even add it to one of these DIY Facial Cleansers For Every Skin Type. You can also try a product like Wildcraft Balance and Refresh Toner ($18, Rodale’s) which contains aloe as well.


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3. Prevent Razor Burn

Witch hazel's anti-inflammatory properties might be a blessing for your bikini line. It works well at preventing bumps from forming around your hair follicles and can help heal any you already have too. Stock up on a big bottle of the stuff—like Thayer’s Unscented Witch Hazel ($8, Amazon)—so you always have it on hand and utilize it as relief especially if you discover any one of the 7 Types Of Bumps + Blemishes You Should Never Try To Pop

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4. Relieve a Sunburn

Obviously, you should always wear SPF but we all miss a spot sometimes. For those rare occasions, witch hazel works wonders to ease sunburn pain—since it has some amazing soothing properties.

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5. Calm Poison Ivy

Since witch hazel provides sunburn relief it makes sense that it does the same for poison ivy too. A little bit actually helps to reduce the itching and swelling from this irritating plant.

This article was originally published on Women's Health.