Witch hazel has been known to offer a number of health benefits, including its ability to treat diarrhea, fevers, colds, insect bites and even cancer. However, it can do a lot more than that. In fact, it has a place directly in your skin care regimen. Here are a few reasons why:
Revive Your Tired, Puffy Eyes.
One of the worst looks in the world is when you wake up in the morning, walk into the bathroom, look into the mirror and see those under-eye circles and bags under your eyes. They're awful. How in the world can you go into work today? All you need is a little bit of witch hazel to restore the natural beauty of your eyes and be able to face everyone with no problem. Soak a couple of small pads in some witch hazel and place them on your closed eyes for roughly five minutes. The natural astringent will reduce the puffiness and eliminate the under-eye baggage and circles.
Diminish (and Possibly Eradicate) Your Unappealing Varicose Veins.
Because it is a natural astringent, witch hazel also has the ability to diminish the appearance of those unsightly varicose veins that seem to be cropping up everywhere. Over time, with continued use, they may disappear completely. To use the witch hazel, you will need to soak a cotton ball or cotton pad in it and place it on the affected area a few times a day for at least five minutes at a time. You can do this until you are satisfied with the appearance (or disappearance) of the veins.
Treat Your Acne.
No one wants to have to deal with a pimple, especially on the day of a first date or a big interview. However, at the first sign of a breakout or a pimple forming, instead of trying to pop it, you should just apply witch hazel to it. Simply soak a cotton ball or pad in a little bit of witch hazel and dab it onto the affected area. Dr. Axe says the witch hazel can be more effective if you treat use it in combination with coconut oil, apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil.
Relieve Your Black Eye.
While you hope you never get one, you never know when you may end up with a black eye. When makeup can't do the trick to cover it up, witch hazel may be able to help. To treat your black eye, soak your cotton pad or ball in the witch hazel and apply it to the black eye for up to 10 minutes. You can also use a cloth if you don't have a cotton pad or ball. Try to repeat two or three times daily.
If you have a more serious skin problem, visit a dermatology clinic in your area.