According to Pinterest, witch hazel is currently enjoying an impressive resurgence. Last year, the number of searches for the ingredient increased by a whopping 305%. Why? Well, it has some pretty impressive anti-inflammatory and blemish-busting powers that could help ease a multitude of beauty concerns.
Also referred to as Hamamelis Virginiana on the ingredients list, you most likely associate witch hazel with the on-the-spot treatments you used as a teenager to help ease those red, swollen hum-dingers that appeared on your forehead or chin overnight. But, the ingredient can be utilised in other ways…
What are the skin benefits?
Essentially the crux of its power is in its ability to mop up any excess oil, which is why it is regularly used in anti-blemish skincare formulas. Cue 31st State’s Spot Control Gel, it’s an advanced version of the blemish busting formulas you used as a teenagers and gets rid of the spot without drying out the surrounding skin. If you regularly battle with an oily T-zone, incorporating a witch hazel cleanser, toner or face cream will make light work of a greasy sheen.
However, if ingrown hairs are a problem then it can also help reduce and prevent them. Likewise if you wake up with puffy under eyes, then witch hazel can help ease the inflammation. Dry, itchy scalps and dandruff can also be relieved by massaging a small amount of witch hazel into the roots of your hair and scalp before shampooing.
It could be an ingredient to pack in your suitcase this summer too. In 2010 a study in the Journal of the German Society of Dermatology found that witch hazel can help to ease sunburn.
Shabir also added the ingredient into the Ful.Vic.Health Fulvic Acid Nail Cream to help reduce any excess moisture than can encourage bacteria to breed and result in fungal infections. For the same reason it is included in Margaret Dabbs Foot Cleansing Wipes too.
What about the health benefits?
Witch hazel has been used to help relieve the pain and itching of external hemorrhoids. While some people might tout the benefits of ingesting small amounts of the ingredient to help ease sore throats, no scientific study has proven the value of using it internally.
With the rise in interest around witch hazel though you can be sure that more research will come. In the meantime, there are plenty of uses for this natural ingredient.