Have you heard of Witch Hazel? It is the new ingredient people are looking for in their products to treat skin troubles! Witch Hazel is derived from the leaves and bark of Hamamelis Virginiana a type of shrub that is native to North America.

The reason people have become reliant on witch hazel is due to its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. It causes astringent this is when your tissues contract and help pores shrink. It is often applied to scalps and areas that suffer with conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis to soothe them with its gallic and tannins properties.

If we look in more detail you will really be able to see the benefits;

Fights Acne – Directly applied to the skin after cleansing or steaming for maximum effectiveness it prevents bacteria from entering the pores because it causes the tissues to contract shrinking your pores.

Alleviates Scalp Sensitivity – Scalp sensitivity can be caused by several factors, ranging from cosmetic hair treatments to dermatological conditions such as psoriasis. Applying a bit of witch hazel to your scalp before washing your hair may help treat scalp sensitivity and provide relief from symptoms such as itching and tenderness. It’s also sometimes used a natural remedy to relive symptoms of other scalp issues such as dandruff.

Soothes Sore Throat – It can used to calm inflammation of the throat by reducing swelling, decreasing pain and dry excess mucus.

Protection Against Skin Damage – Studies showed that tannin’s can act as a barrier prevented inflammation causing substances from entering your skin cells and witch hazel helped neutralize harmful free radicals and prevented the spread of skin cancer cells as well as slow tumour growth.

Wards off Infection – It has also been seen that witch hazel may be beneficial in fighting certain types of viral infections. Tests have shown that the tannins in witch hazel exhibited antiviral effects against both influenza A and human papillomavirus, for this reason witch hazel is often applied topically as a natural remedy to fight cold sores and relieve symptoms.

If you are having troubles with your skin this is widely spoken about topic in the beauty world and is definitely worth a try; products such as Witch Naturally Clear are a good brand to test.

The Witch Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash will exfoliate and break down to penetrate pores removing the dead skin cells and trapped dirt.

There is also the Kaeso Beauty Facial Mask which is formulated to reduce excess oil and remove impurities. This mask helps revitalise the complexion leaving skin looking more radiant.