Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Top Tip Tuesday

In my battle against my oily skin, one of the things I read was worth trying as an astringent was witch hazel. I have only been using it for a few days but I have to say already I am delighted with the results. It is soaking up my face slick like a dream and just leaves it feeling firm and plump without drying it out. ( as with any of the tips here if you experience any discomfort when using it, please do stop!)

Native Americans used it as a treatment to ebb the pain, swelling, bruising, & bleeding of external injuries. The bark has been taken by mouth to cure colds and fevers, dysentery, colitis & diarrhoea. Today it is topically used as good astringent and haemostatic, which means it can mitigate irritated skin, to reduce pore size, make-up remover, to reduce bags under eyes and help to stop minor bleeding. Witch hazel is also an effective ingredient in some eye-drop medications like Optrex.

1. Spot and Blemish Control.

Witch hazel can reduce the inflammation on a pimple. Some people claim daily use helps with acne, and witch hazel can be found in many Over the Counter treatments as it is not harsh or abrasive. I dab mine on to a cotton ball and apply over my face like a toner before moisturising.

2. Eye Bags

Some people say that the application of Hemorrhoid cream to those little baggies under your eyes can take them away. It’s not an old wives tale. One of the magic ingredients in a product like Preparation H is witch hazel, which helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess. Talking of Haemorrhoid's...

Soothe and Reduce External Hemorrhoids

Not only does witch hazel tighten skin, it’s also a good anti-itch remedy. By combining witch hazel with aloe, glycerin or petroleum jelly and rub it on external haemorrhoid's, you will reduce itching significantly and dry up most bleeding.

4. Varicose Vein Relief

Soak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs, which are propped straight out, to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.

5. Heal Your Bruises

If you bang your leg or arm and are left with a nasty bruise, a thrice-daily dab of witch hazel can help speed up the healing time of the bruise.

6. Soothe Razor Burn

The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel stop itchy bumps from forming up around your irritated hair follicles. Apply before or after shaving, it should certainly have an impact on your itchy red skin.

7. Treat and Soothe A Nasty Sunburn

Healing damaged skin is one of witch hazel’s specialties. But as sunburn is also a type of skin inflammation, witch hazel is ideal for treating this too (despite swelling not being obvious). Treating sunburn with witch hazel will lessen healing time and prevent the infamous skin peeling and flaking.

8. Treat Dry Skin

Especially useful after showering, witch hazel can lock in the moisture in your skin. By applying witch hazel immediately after showering, you are locking in the moisture that has just soaked into your skin.

9. Use to Heal and Soothe Various Cuts and Bruises

Many chemists and pharmacists refer to witch hazel as nature’s answer to Neosporin. Applying a dab of it will cleanse the cut, protects against infection, and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks.

10. Insect Bites

With it’s anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel is ideal for treating bug bites. Just dab a little on the affected area.

11. Refresh Tired Eyes

NOT by squirting witch hazel in them, but by soaking a clean rag in witch hazel and cold water and placing the cold compress over your closed eyes. After 10 minutes, your eyes should be refreshed, and any redness should be gone.

I am so excited to have found it as it works wonders for me, anyone else a fan of the witch?



  1. Wow who knew it had so many uses! I have used sport treatments with witch hazel in it but maybe I'll try to find the bottled stuff! x

  2. Definitely need this for #1 and #2 - sounds like a winner!


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