Sunday, 10 June 2012

Witch Hazel Review

Hi lovelies,

So a few of you wanted to read my review on Witch Hazel, so I figured for my next post it would be just that. Now this is a product I first discovered about a year ago, but never used it consistently enough to see it work on my skin. This may look like a weird product to use to cleanse your skin in comparison to the lovely packaged products like Soap and Glory, Liz Earle and all that but I've found appearances can be deceiving. 

Yes I'm being lazy and re-hashing the photo.

Anyways, when I first heard about this product I wasn't sure how available it would be, but found it's really easy to get your hand on in the UK you can buy it from most Boots, Superdrug's and pharmacy's which is great. 

What I love about this product is that it can be used for almost everything, and some of its uses include: Bruises, sprains, minor skin irritations, sore unbroken skin, swelling, acne, eczema, toner, sweating, insect bites and much more!

I've been using this as a toner and makeup remover for a while, just simply place a small amount on cotton wool and wipe it across your face. You will be amazed with how much dirt and oil it picks up, and I find it a great makeup remover - works better than some makeup remover products I have previously tried. Once you have applied this it reduces pores and gives your face a lovely fresh face look.

At first I was a bit worried that this would dry out my skin, but I've found it's so gentle it doesn't dry my skin out - would definitely recommend this if you have oily skin. If you do have dry skin don't be put off by it though as it won't dry your skin out.

I think if you are going to look at using witch hazel you will be best looking for a distilled version which has no alcohol in it - which means less drying out of your skin. 

Using this to remove makeup and cleanse skin every night has really helped the improvement of my skin, I find that it gets less oily during the day and wake up with a visible improvement in my skin. Over the past month I had been suffering with some bad breakouts (those horrible red lumps which you can feel under your skin) and when I had dabbed this on them it had really helped reduce it, and they were gone in around three days. This combined with Sudocrem is my go to skin care routine at the moment. 

When I first used it to remove makeup I wasn't sure how effectively it would do so, but it's very similar to my Anne French that I used to use and it removed makeup to a tee. I don't think you realise how much dirt gets trapped in your pores until you clean your face and see it on the cotton wool pad. 

However there is only one thing I don't like about this product is the smell, it's not the nicest thing in the world but apart from that I can live with it as it's such a great product. Though I might see about adding a bit of rose water to it as I've heard that really helps with the smell.

You can't go wrong with this product, and my 200ml bottle from Boots retails at an amazing £2.99 and it will last ages as you don't need to use much.

Hope you enjoyed the review, and have you ever tried Witch Hazel?

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