One product that I can’t live without this week, or probably any week? Witch Hazel
Seriously. Witch Hazel is amazing. Do you know how many different things you can use it to help with? The answer is SO MANY. I started using it everyday a few weeks ago when I was having a horrible reaction to a mosquito bite and my mom suggested I try it. Not only does witch hazel soothe inflammation and itching (as in bug bites) but it also has beneficial properties for these six common irritations and many more.
- It’s a natural astringent This means that it is great for removing impurities from your skin, including dirt, makeup and oil that face cleanser may leave behind. And since it has antibacterial properties along with the ability to reduce irritation and inflammation, it’s great for treating existing blemishes and preventing new ones. Not only that, but it refines pores while helping to retain natural moisture. To be honest, it’s sort of a miracle skin care product.
- Use it to stop bleeding Witch hazel naturally tightens skin and promotes faster healing so it can be applied to minor cuts and scrapes to stop bleeding (and bloody noses.)
- Soothe a sore throat Gargle to decrease inflammation and soreness. Just be sure to fully rinse your mouth and brush your teeth. Make sure to never swallow the witch hazel.
- Cool down a sunburn Soak a clean washcloth in witch hazel and apply it to the sunburn. Let this sit for 10 minutes and remove.
- Fade bruises, scars, and stretch marks Witch hazel applied to bruises can help to fade discoloration and speed up the healing process of any underlying damage. It works to lighten the color and tighten the skin which can make stretch marks less visible.
- Rashes, bug bites, and stings Because of its drying and anti-itch power, witch hazel can be used to counter the effects of skin-irritating plant compounds like poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac in addition to bug bites, stings and even diaper rash.