Most people are familiar with Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Water). Derived from the leaves and bark of Hamamelis plants, people have been using Witch Hazel to treat skin conditions for centuries.
A widely accepted remedy for rashes, inflammation, wounds, sores, acne, psoriasis and eczema to name a few, Witch Hazel has even been approved by the FDA for use as an ingredient in over-the-counter medicines.
The properties which make this all natural plant compound so effective as a curative make it the Earth’s Best (IMO) All Natural Toner.
Toning is a really important part of skin care and probably the first step we cut out of our daily regimen to save time. Maybe that’s because commercial toners fail to produce real results?
Witch Hazel is a powerful Astringent, Anti-inflammatory and Anti-oxidant. These properties alone give it the ability to tighten skin and reduce swelling; the result we are looking for when we treat dark circles and swelling under the Astringents also help to rebalance the skn’s PH. the PH is unbalanced, the skin is susceptible to breakouts, rashes and combination skin.
Anti-Oxidants are what make a skin care product “anti-aging”. Free radicals are toxins that attack the skin, causing damage both topically and on the cellular level. These toxins come from the environment, medications, foods that we eat and even from skin care products that contain chemicals. Free radicals cause premature wrinkles and other signs of aging by damaging skin cells and the skin’s ability to heal itself. Anti-oxidants eradicate free radicals.
Catechol tannins are a naturally occurring ingredient in Witch Hazel which help remove excess oil from the skin. Regular use of Witch Hazel can control blackheads since the astringent capability helps to shrink pores and the tannins help regulate oil production.
Add in Witch Hazel’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties and skin infections naturally diminish.
With nothing added to it, Witch Hazel has the ability to re-balance skin’s PH after cleansing, moisturize, deep clean and close the pores, control bacteria to diminish breakouts, treat and heal skin conditions and prepare the skin for moisturizing. In short, this plant based compound does everything that a toner is supposed to do.
For a couple of dollars, isn’t it worth a try? I buy T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel from Amazon. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjD0sbpuqrJAhVHFj4KHTS8AA4QFgiFATAK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDickinsons-Astringent-Natural-Witch-Hazel%2Fdp%2FB00016WW8Q&usg=AFQjCNGKQkRQGK1-zoEa6kUkNGic2jA4aw&sig2=Z0ykfiw_7QGdIUse5epmNw&bvm=bv.108538919,d.cWw
Let me know what you think. 🙂