BY SNEHA BHARDWAJ | DKODING MEDIA
The monsoon is here! In India, monsoon means love, rain-drenched landscapes, romantic drives, and cozy evenings with loved ones. But along with that the rain also brings a barrage of skin problems which can be downright uncomfortable.
This is the season of oily and patchy uneven skin, frizzy hair and skin Infections. Now the question arises what to do, how to do and can we maintain our skin this season and the series goes on. So many questions yet one answer, follow a good care routine for your skin with the help of Witch Hazel.
Witch hazel is a North American shrub and a Natural remedy that is derived from the bark and leaves of plant Hamamelis virginiana. It’s just amazing with medicinal properties, best known for shrinking pores and plays a vital role in a variety of beauty products.
Now let’s look at how Witch Hazel can prove to be godly for your skin.
Sops up oil :
Witch Hazel acts as a Natural Astringent and removes excess oil from the skin. Since in monsoon season most people’s skin gets oily so in order to prevent so witch hazel is best. Because it is extremely antioxidant-rich with tannins which soaps the extra oil and in the long run it may prevent blemishes as well.
Tightens the pores and reduces inflammation :
Since witch hazel is a rich source of constricting compounds and also contains natural tannins. So it helps in tightening pores and reduces inflammation which is highly caused in monsoon.
“Witch Hazel makes the proteins inside skin cells come together”By Deborah Longwill a dermatologist and founder of Miami Center for Dermatology.
Improves skin tone :
Like summers, monsoon season also affects skin tone. In order to maintain a proper skin tone witch hazel can be used as it’s properties varies from refining the appearance of pores to tighten the skin. And this thing adds a perk to an even skin tone
Fights Acne :
Monsoon brings a lot of skin infections and rashes but don’t worry because witch hazel is there. The antimicrobial properties of tannins present in witch hazel help in reducing bacteria growth on the skin. So not only can it show acne bacteria who’s boss, but reduce the irritation that is caused by it.
“The natural Tannins present in Witch Hazel makes it a handy product to have around when an insect bite or even helps in removing pisky sunburns” Many dermatologist believes this.
Soothes puffy eyes :
Because of the moisture present in the surroundings during monsoon, sometimes eyes get puffy. But thanks to anti-inflammatory and astringent properties of witch hazel which helps in reducing puffiness and soothe the under-eye area.
Bonus point :
In addition to this, witch hazel can be a great post-hair-removal agent, which can be great to apply after shaving any part of the body and this goes for both women and men. Because it has the ability to stop bleeding from cuts or nicks. So you can apply witch hazel as a post-wax anti-inflammatory topical cream.
These Witch Hazel brands are highly recommended to use and you can feel the difference.
1. BOSCIA ROSEWATER MIST WITH WITCH HAZEL: It is best for a quick, dewy refresh for dull or tired skin and you can buy it from Sephora or Ulta at $24.
2. SWAN WITCH HAZEL: It’s a kind of the best budget buy only at $8 from Amazon.
3. ST. CLARE ALCOHOL-FREE WITCH HAZEL: You can easily buy it from Amazon buy at $15 and it is best for its extra soothing feel and wonderful scent.
4. DICKINSON’S ORIGINAL WITCH HAZEL REFRESHINGLY CLEAN TOWELETTES: Best for traveling, available at Amazon and Target for $6.
5. BELIEF WITCH HAZEL HERBAL EXTRACT TONER: You can buy it from Sephora at $28 and its best for Hydrating and clarifying skin after cleansing.
6. QUINN’S ALCOHOL-FREE WITCH HAZEL: This is of $15 at Amazon who’s magic has been known to clear even the most stubborn cystic blemishes.
7. MARIO BADESCU WITCH HAZEL & ROSEWATER TONER: It’s best known for post-cleanse glow boost at $14 from Amazon and Nordstrom.
8. OLE HENRIKSEN GLOW2OH DARK SPOT TONER: Buy it from Sephora at $28 for its lemon sugar scent and tingly, refreshing feel.
9. T.N. DICKINSON’S WITCH HAZEL ASTRINGENT: You can buy this alcohol-free formula at $4 from Amazon and Target.
10. THAYERS ALCOHOL-FREE ROSE PETAL WITCH HAZEL WITH ALOE VERA: The best way to clean your skin at $7 from Amazon and Target
To say that this plant is versatile is the understatement of the century.