Ran out of toner at the last minute? Looking for something more “natural” and cheaper to use? WITCH HAZEL!!! However, I need to share with you that witch hazel SHOULD NOT be used by people with dry or extremely sensitive skin, since it can cause irritation. Witch hazel in itself is an astringent. The benefits of using it on the skin include; relieving inflammation (on those painful pimples and cystic acne), tightening pores (which excessive sebum is the culprit of), and helping with razor bumps (ditch the alcohol). By cleansing your skin of excess oil, it can also help reduce acne if you are acne prone. Witch hazel is rich in tannins. Tannins is a natural plant compound with powerful antioxidant properties that can help protect your skin against damage. Depending on how your skin responds, you can use it anywhere from twice a week to every day. Of course no two people are the same so it’s good to be mindful of how your skin is reacting to it.
How to apply?
Adding witch hazel to your skincare routine is relatively simple…. Just substitute it where you would normally apply your toner. For those that are new to the skincare world, let me help you out. Your skincare routine should look a little something like this:
- Wash your face with a cleanser and rinse it off
- Add a few drops of witch hazel to a cotton ball and apply it to your face
- Apply your serums
- Apply your moisturizer
- Apply your skin oil to seal it all in
- Apply SUNSCREEN (this is something that should be done every single day!!
Now, I’m not saying this exact routine is for everyone. This was just a generic layout to assist you with knowing where to insert the witch hazel / toner. A little goes a long way so do not drench that poor cotton ball, lol. Also, those that suffer from acne and blemishes on their bodies, you can also apply it on any part of you that deems it necessary. Do away with that MYTH of putting toothpaste on it…. That’s not good for the skin! Stick to naturals! Let’s have happy and glowing skin and take care of the issues at hand!