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What Is Witch Hazel? Plus, 7 Ways to Use It in Your Skin Care Routine

Carina Wolff
Writer and expert6 years ago
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close up of witch hazel plant

Whether you’re someone who suffers from breakouts, has dry skin or can’t get rid of that pesky razorburn, witch hazel can come to your rescue. Although the name makes it sound like a potion that would be brewing in some creepy castle basement, witch hazel is actually a common ingredient that’s found in many skin care items—and for good reason. The natural astringent compound can be used to treat many skin issues.

Witch hazel (pictured) is actually a plant native to North America and parts of Asia, and the leaves and the bark of the shrubs are used both alone and in combination with other products to help remedy the skin. “Witch hazel has long been recognized worldwide as a popular and effective remedy to clarify skin and shrink pores,” says holistic health practitioner Claudia Matles. It has a long history of use in the beauty industry.”

Top 7 Skin Care Benefits of Witch Hazel

    Carina Wolff
    Writer and expert
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    Carina Wolff is a health and wellness writer based out of Los Angeles. She graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism and psychology. When she’s not writing, doing yoga or exploring mountains and beaches, she spends her time cooking for her healthy food blog, Kale Me Maybe.