You may have heard your grandmother touting the beauty benefits of witch hazel but ignored her advice. The age old beauty remedy is back en vogue again, and it can do so many things!
Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Whether you got a fresh new wax or decided to get your bikini line summer-ready with a razor, witch hazel's calming properties will help soothe irritation that might get in the way of your smooth, soft legs. Simply apply witch hazel to a cotton ball or pad, then to the affected areas to prevent shaving or waxing irritation.
Reduce The Appearance Of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are a natural sign of aging that comes with childbirth and stress on the body. But just because they're natural doesn't mean you have to have them! Temporarily reduce the look of varicose veins for that big night out by applying witch hazel to the affected areas with a cotton pad several times throughout the day. In addition to looking better, your legs will feel better, too! Witch hazel's anti-inflammatory properties reduce the pain and swelling associated with stubborn varicose veins, according to WebMD.
Speed The Healing Of Bruises
There's nothing quite like getting a bruise before a big event. Don't worry, that leg-baring dress doesn't have to stay in the closet! Witch hazel helps constrict blood vessels, which will promote the healing of the bruise. If it's a bad bruise, you'll want to get started with this remedy several days before the big soiree.
Deodorant For Sensitive Skin
Do store bought deodorants irritate your sensitive skin? Give witch hazel a try! When combined with essential oils, witch hazel can be a powerful and effective way to stave off the stink. Try this witch hazel, frankincense, lavender and lemon concoction from blogger Jenni Raincloud.
Calm A Sensitive Stomach
Witch hazel can be taken orally, too. It can be ingested to soothe diarrhea, according to WebMB (just make sure whichever brand you buy is plain witch hazel without scent). For a tea which will soothe the tummy, simply combine 1 tbsp each of chamomile and mint, with 1.5 tbsp each of dried witch hazel and thyme. Then, steep the ingredients in 3 cups of hot water.
When your skin needs a little pick-me-up on those hot summer days, witch hazel comes to the rescue. Get glowing with a combination of oils, aloe vera, rose water and witch hazel from A Beautiful Mess. Alow and witch hazel are two powerful ingredients, according to Livestrong. Put it all in a fine mist spray bottle for maximum hydration with minimal damage to makeup.
Homemade Baby Wipes
These can be used on your baby or on your face! Baby wipes are known for their gentleness, but for extra-sensitive skin, you can make your own with witch hazel, castille soap and essential oils, as Wellness Mama describes. Mix it all up and pour over heavy duty paper towels, then store in a sealed container. Brilliant!
Soothe A Sunburn
The same properties that makes witch hazel an effective treatment for bruises and varicose veins also makes it an incredible way to treat a sunburn. Gentle yet effective, witch hazel can be applied directly to the burn or mixed in with a bit of natural aloe vera for a one-two punch that will reduce swelling and help the healing process begin. Mom 4 Real uses witch hazel, vitamin E and essential oils on her kiddos to help relieve the sting of the sun.
Want to get clear, smooth, beautiful skin? Watch this video to learn how to make a facial toner using witch hazel!
Far From Witchcraft
Witch hazel's potential to heal and help skincare woes is well-documented. Grab a bottle and start experimenting with your beauty routine, because there are very few ways you can't use this old time cure-all.