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This is why Witch Hazel is brilliant for your skin

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 14/03/2019 Roanna Day
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Witch Hazel, an ingredient derived from a plant that grows in North America, is cropping up in beauty products thanks to its soothing, calming effect on skin.

Searches for Witch Hazel have spiked on Pinterest and beauty brands are releasing more and more products with the wonder ingredient in.

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Why is Witch Hazel good for your skin

There are numerous benefits to using Witch Hazel on your skin, Healthline lists: relieving inflammation, reducing skin irritation and fighting acne as three of the biggest. No wonder people are clamouring to use it.

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It's Witch Hazel's anti-inflammatory powers that make it so good for treating spots and acne.

"It acts as an astringent, causing your tissues to contract to help shrink pores, while also soothing your skin and relieving inflammation.

This may prevent acne-causing bacteria from entering your pores. For this reason, witch hazel is commonly added to many over-the-counter acne products and is especially useful for individuals with oily skin." Healthline

Why Witch Hazel is good for your hair

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Witch Hazel is also used to help soothe angry, irritated scalps. One study showed that using a shampoo that contained witch hazel was effective in reducing scalp irritation, perfect for those with sensitive scalps.

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"It’s also sometimes used as a natural remedy to relieve symptoms of other scalp problems, such as dandruff and dryness." Healthline

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There are numerous other benefits attributed to Witch Hazel, from curing a sore throat to soothing sun burn so well worth having a bottle of this natural wonder on hand.

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