Here's What Witch Hazel Can And Can't Do For Your Skin

There are millions of different skincare products on the market, but sometimes, it takes getting back to the basics to find a real winner. Some of the best skincare finds are pure ingredients that are hiding in plain sight — like witch hazel. You've likely passed the bottle on your way to pick up another skincare product, and there's a reason that they're housed in the same section as some of your favorites. This product could make for great add-ons to your skincare routine without breaking the banks. It's the best of both worlds.

Take one scroll through the Ulta website, and you'll see that witch hazel is already found in many different skincare products. There are witch hazel toners, cleansers, and even just plain witch hazel bottled up. Per WebMD, witch hazel is a plant, and people use the leaves, bark, and stems to make medicine. The technique has been around for hundreds of years (via Haverford College), but you might just be noticing the ingredient now. 

While witch hazel is a powerful skincare ingredient, you'll want to make sure it's right for you before putting it on your face.

Witch hazel tightens pores, helps reduce acne, and gets rid of razor burn

The benefits of witch hazel are incredible. Let's just say there's a whole lot going on in that little clear bottle. According to Insider, witch hazel has the power to help acne and tighten pores, making it a stand-out, multifunction skincare ingredient. That's why you can find the ingredient in brands like Biore, Clean & Clear, and Clinique (via Target).

Insider states that witch hazel gives the skin a temporary tightening feeling, which is caused by the tannins in witch hazel that compress the proteins in the skin. The publication suggests putting it on after washing the face and before you put on moisturizers and serums to get the most out of the product. The ingredient is also a great option for those looking to clear up acne (via Healthline). Witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory, according to Healthline, which makes it great for shrinking pores.

The ingredient isn't just good for your face, either. According to Insider, you can use witch hazel to get rid of razor burn or bumps as well. The publication suggests rubbing it on your legs or bikini line after shaving to get rid of the irritation.

Witch hazel is best used in moderation

Just like any product out on the market, there are some things to be aware of when you start using witch hazel. According to HelloGiggles, the ingredient should be used in moderation, as it can be overly drying. The publication states that the tannins, which help tighten the skin, can tend to dry skin out. That's important, especially if you already have dry or sensitive skin.

Your best bet is to try out witch hazel on a small part of your skin before putting it on your face to make sure your skin doesn't have a reaction. HelloGiggles suggests that it's also best to not overload your skincare routine with too much witch hazel. Try starting out using it in one aspect of your routine a few times a week, and work your way up from there. It's always best to go slow and steady and give you skin some time to adjust to something new, even with all-natural ingredients.

Basically, this is a wonder product, but it does take some awareness. Who knows — this little plant could hold all the skincare magic that you've been looking for. Bonus points for the fact that you can buy it at the drugstore.