In my journey to more natural skin care, I came across witch hazel, but I really had no idea what it was even meant for. I mean, really, witch hazel? I didn’t know if it was some kind of voodoo potion disguised as a beauty product or what. After some Googling though, I picked up Thayers Alcohol-Free Unscented Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera for $8 at a natural store, but you can also buy it at certain drugstores like Walgreens.
Witch hazel gets it’s name from a the witch hazel plant that it is made from, so you don’t have to worry about getting warts and having black cats following you around town. This product is fragrance-free, paraben-free, naturally preserved, and hypoallergenic aka all good on the natural front – no witchy powers included.
I use this witch hazel as a toner twice a day, and it’s really good at removing any leftover makeup and refreshing my pores. It’s completely non-drying, and the weirdest thing about it is that it’s almost moisturizing despite being very mild.
It works wonders on breakouts and redness, and that might be where the aloe vera comes into play. After applying to a cotton pad, wiping my entire face with it, and letting it dry, my skin and any breakouts look less red.
It’s not going to cure acne but, in my opinion, a non-abrasive toner shouldn’t aggravate acne prone skin either. I can’t see this breaking anyone out, mostly because it’s almost water-like in texture and smell. However, I have read that scented witch hazel has a very distinct smell, which people either love or hate (like the smell of tea tree oil).
I’ve never used a toner or astringent that is so gentle on the skin. This would be an ideal toner/astringent for anyone using abrasive skin care treatments (like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide) or anyone who has sensitive skin. It can also be used for a whole bunch of different uses like reducing eye puffiness (I use it all the time on my eye area without problems), reducing the appearance of varicose veins, cleaning a wound, tightening pores and healing bruises (Source).
In other news, I hit 400 blog followers yesterday. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for all of you that comment on, tweet, share, and read my posts. Honestly, I sometimes look at my growing follower count in awe. There were only 250 people in my graduating class in high school, and just trying to imagine 400 people reading my posts just blows my mind.
Thank you all so much for reading and supporting me. I can’t believe I’ve only been on this journey for six months and, I have loved interacting with all of you, some of whom, I feel like we could be great friends outside the blogosphere.
I am going to give a quick shout-out to some of the ladies who have been a great support along the way. They are all part of my list of top commenters, but I also love reading all of their blogs and definitely recommend them:
Emma from CultureCopia
Emma has been commenting and supporting me since the very beginning. I loved reading her study abroad posts, and I am looking forward to posts about her new job in Africa!
Jen from barely organized chaos
Jen’s beauty posts are always fun to read. She’s a big supporter of cruelty-free products and at the moment, she is only purchasing cruelty free products, so check her out if you are interested in cruelty-free.
Jenn from A Little Bit of Girl Geekery
Jenn shares my inability to go into Target without spending more than $20. She is a beauty blogger, but just recently started a movie reviewing blog on the side. She’s super fun, and I love talking to her via comments.
Budziak from Budziak Beauty
Her blog is so much fun, and she’s just started posting YouTube videos too, those of which I find super cute and fun to watch. She’s only got a few subscribers on her YouTube channel, so go check her out, and subscribe if you like what you see. I think with a bit of practice, she could be a great vlogger!
Happy Fourth of July! Do you have any fun plans for tonight? Have you ever used witch hazel? What beauty blogs do you recommend?