Hale Cosmeceuticals performs extensive R & D to formulate our products that, no doubt, are staples in your skincare routine. But, there are some natural remedies and applications that can enhance your skincare regimen for optimal results. Among these natural skincare powerhouses is witch hazel.
Witch hazel is a plant extract from the witch hazel or hamamelis plant, which is native to North America. Witch hazel has been used for centuries to relieve pain and swelling, and more recent research tells us why—it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory. Witch hazel is also an antioxidant. And these properties together deliver some amazing skin health benefits.
Much of what makes acne breakouts so insufferable is because they are so noticeable. The redness is caused by local inflammation, a reaction to the bacterial infection that defines acne.
Witch hazel can be applied directly or in a spot treatment or cream formulated with it to the breakout area. By reducing inflammation, witch hazel helps reduce the tenderness and conspicuousness of zits and pimples.
Witch hazel is an antioxidant like vitamins C and E. When incorporated into your regular skincare routine, it can help neutralize free radicals to minimize and mitigate damage at the cellular level. Over time, witch hazel’s antioxidant activity may be noticeable in improving skin elasticity, so you see fewer lines and wrinkles.
Ever wonder why your skin gets red and sensitive after sun over-exposure? Because it’s inflamed…and what better treatment than a natural anti-inflammatory?
Witch hazel can be added to a lotion containing aloe for enhanced soothing.
Witch hazel has astringent properties, which means that it tightens skin. When gently applied under your eyes, puffiness is diminished without over-tightening or residual dryness.
So, what if you have under-eye circles but no bagginess? Witch hazel will still work to make you look more rested and youthful. Those circles are caused by blood seeping close to the surface from damaged capillaries. Witch hazel’s astringent and anti-inflammatory properties help stop the bleeding and repair the vessel damage.
Sensitive skin affects up to 40% of people. Sensitivity is usually inflammation-related, although what causes the inflammation is often unknown. But, you don’t have to know why your skin is irritated or inflamed to get relief from witch hazel application.
Witch hazel can both reduce redness (appearance of sensitivity) as well as reduce itchiness and irritation (feelings associated with sensitivity).
Another benefit of witch hazel is that it can complement most skincare products without side effects. For instance, you can use witch hazel as a toner before application of your favorite Hale Cosmeceutical serums and lotions or combine a splash of witch hazel to your current body cream.