When trying to relax your mind, always remember to relax your skin too. You might know this already, but toner is one of the most essential steps in any skincare routine, as it’s the key to balancing the skin’s pH levels. If you’re feeling especially oily, toner is the way to go. However, with so many toners out there, you might not know the secret ingredient that should be in any toner you pick out—witch hazel. The benefits of witch hazel are innumerable and necessary for obtaining a beautiful, even complexion.
No More Irritation and Inflammation
Witch hazel is especially great for soothing and relaxing the skin, which can significantly reduce any irritation or inflammation present. Although inflammation is a natural response for your body to have when protecting against infections and injuries, having it regularly is a bad sign and probably one you want to get rid of ASAP.
Fortunately, witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties, such as gallic acid and tannins, so if you have issues such as psoriasis or eczema, witch hazel can help. Other benefits of witch hazel include antioxidants that prevent free radicals, which will help your skin stay away from elements that cause diseases and other bodily ailments. If you skin conditions relating to irritation, such as erythema, witch hazel has been shown to suppress the symptoms and redness very effectively.
Speaking of inflammation and irritation, did you know witch hazel is amazing for your pores? Research suggests that this powerful extract can treat acne when it’s applied to your face after cleansing or steaming your skin. Because this ingredient is an astringent, the benefits of witch hazel not only include soothing your inflamed skin but also shrinking your pores by causing your tissues to contract. Through this, the bacteria that infects your skin is less likely to get trapped in your pores and cause breakouts. It’s no surprise that many skincare products for fighting acne and oiliness contain witch hazel.
The Key Ingredient for Damage and Infection
Like we mentioned before, witch hazel is chock-full of tannins—a plant compound that naturally protects your skin from damage and free radicals that cause skin cancer. Because tannins act as a barrier, they effectively prevent harmful substances from getting into your skin cells, so over time, your skin will repair itself more and more, resulting in less skin damage. Topically, witch hazel can also prevent viral infections, and people frequently use it for cold sores or calming down symptoms of infections.
Our favorite skincare line, Pure Muddy, has an incredible Witch Hazel Extract to balance your skin and make it look the healthiest it’s ever been. The Pure Muddy Facial Serum with Hyaluronic Acid is also formulated with witch hazel to tighten your pores and even out your skin tone. By working in tandem with aloe vera extract and green tea extract, the witch hazel in the serum can help your skin immensely. We highly recommend you incorporate this secret to beautiful skin; the benefits of witch hazel are endless.
At Mahima, we focus on total body wellness, not just fancy massages. We want to help you in whatever physical, mental, and spiritual needs you have, including your skin! Schedule an appointment at our office as soon as you can, as we would love to meet you.