The Benefits of Witch Hazel

witch-hazelWhat’s so great about witch hazel?

Read on to learn from Ashley Allen, LA, the benefits of witch hazel, which happens to be the first ingredient in Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser:

One of the most popular uses for witch hazel in skin care is to fight acne. It has strong astringent properties, absorbs oil from the skin, and fights the bacteria that cause acne, which is why you’ll find it in many cleansers, acne formulations, and aftershaves. The nice thing about it is that it’s not over-drying, so even those with sensitive or mature skin who are dealing with acne can use it. The same reasoning applies for those with eczema and psoriasis, as it helps control outbreaks without further irritating skin.

The extract has high levels of tannins, which exhibit the astringent properties, but also offer antioxidant protection. Tannins are organic plant compounds also found in tea and wine and are reputed to have all sorts of health benefits, from anti-inflammatory action to anti-ulcer activity. It’s thought that these tannins help protect against sunburn and photo-aging, as well as against bacteria and skin infections. The tannins, flavonoids and resin in witch hazel have the ability to constrict blood vessels, which makes it perfect for treating hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and even puffy eyes. In fact, some small studies have found that witch hazel contains polyphenols and other components that help repair damaged blood vessels under the skin. Witch hazel creams are frequently used for postnatal perineum tearing, to restore vaginal health after childbirth, and to prevent or treat minor diaper rash.

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