When it comes to skincare, witch hazel is an oldie, but a goodie. This affordable, plant-based product can help reduce acne and inflammation, and improve overall skin health. If you’re not already using it, it’s time to stock up. Your skin will thank you.

What is witch hazel?

Witch hazel is a plant native to America. It grows pretty high – up to 16 feet, and its colorful and spider-like flowers give off a spicy fragrance. Witch hazel has been used for hundreds of years. In fact, Native Americans are said to have used it to treat both skin sores and ulcers long before it became a trendy beauty item. 

Calm acne with witch hazel

Thanks to the astringent properties within witch hazel’s tannins, this simple plant has anti-inflammatory properties, according to this study. Simply dab it onto the flare up to help reduce blemishes.

Witch hazel as a skin cleanser

Because witch hazel can fight bacteria and germs, you can also use it as a cleanser. Consider using it in your evening skincare routine, before applying your nighttime moisturizer. 

Get dermatitis relief

Research shows that the anti-inflammatory actions of witch hazel can provide relief for dermatitis when it’s applied directly to the affected skin area.

Shrink large pores

Because witch hazel acts as an astringent toner, it can make large pores look smaller, giving you an even and smooth complexion.