Before falling pregnant i had only ever heard of witch hazel to dry out spots (which whilst we are on the subject it does amazingly well!) But on looking through the internet forums for pregnancy i discovered a lot of women recommended witch hazel for the postpartum period.
I went out and bought a bottle from boots although it can be bought at a wide variety of shops as well as supermarkets. It was super cheap for a really decent size bottle (500ml). So i definitely had nothing to lose!
I had seen that women would soak post partum pads in witch hazel and store them in the freezer in sandwich bags ready for after having baby. When your ready you take it out the freezer and use it as normal. Not only does the cold help to soothe the area but the witch hazel really helps to stop and infection in stitches or grazes there and helps you to heal much more quickly. Compared to pregnancies where i did not use witch hazel i definitely healed much more quickly. I would also apply it topically to the area after a bath or shower.
Since then i still use it on my skin if i am having a break out of spots or blemishes and it helps to dry them out much more quickly and to clear my skin up asap! I find it nice and gentle and have never found it to irritate my skin at all.
I would highly recommend witch hazel to any pregnant woman and anyone to keep as an essential in the medicine cabinet!
WHAT IS IT?
Witch hazel is a herb product that is used to treat bruises. The one I use now is made by Bells and I buy it only because it is the only choice sold in the chemist I go to. I have used alot of other brands and they are all the same I think but I think this one is value because it is cheap and works just as good as other ones.
WHAT IS WITCH HAZEL FOR?
I use witch hazel to stop my bruises from going too dark, I bump myself very often when I am exercising and I think Witch Hazel makes a big difference for stopping a bruise from coming out on the skin so much. I use it as a toner also because it has got astringent properties that are natural so it is kinder to my skin than when I use toners that are full of chemical.
WHAT I THINK
I like this Witch Hazel very much and think it is value because it costs only £1.19 and a bottle lasts for a long time because you need only to soak a ball of cotton wool in it and that does not take up very much of the Witch Hazel. It has got the same texture as water.
The smell is quite strong but I do not think it is stronger than other Witch Hazel I have used. It smells very natural but it smells like chemicals also but they are not chemicals that are synthetic and it is very natural in the smell. Some people do not like it but I think it is pleasing but I am happy that the smell does not last for a long time on my skin because it is not attractive.
I like how tight it makes my skin feel when I use it as a toner and it does not irritate my skin because it is a lot more gentle than products that have a lot of chemicals in them.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I first came across witch hazel as a gel format when I was pregnant. My sister told me to get a tube of it to apply to any bruising and stitches after childbirth.
I was heavily stitched after both of my children, and also developed a horrible infection after my first son was born. It was so sore I could not sit down without crying, but applying this gel was such a relief, and alongside antibiotics healing was quick, and I was back to normal really quickly. I highly recommend a gel format for this use.
I then came across the idea of using witch hazel as a skin care regime after reading some online articles about cheap skin care and oil based cleansing using a mixture of olive oil and castor oil. Witch hazel is an astringent. Applied to the skin, it will soothe the skin from minor irritations. It will also act to close pores in the same way an expensive toner would.
I picked a bottle of this up in my local Weldricks chemist over a year ago for £1.89. This was for a 200 ml bottle, which is in the old fashioned type brown glass bottle with a white metal screw top lid.
It is recommended for use to treat skin irritations, and bruises and sprains. It is designed for external use only,
so this would not be suitable to treat gynalogical stitches like the gel as described above, but it can be use to treat any spots, boils, pimples that are not internal, and will soothe skin that has sun burn or a bite or sting.
I apply it to my skin using a cotton wool ball. It is a colourless liquid, and a little bit does go a long way. The smell is not very pleasant. It is hard to describe it. It is not as pungent as something like TCP but it definitely has a strange medicinal hospital type aroma to me. Luckily I don't find I notice this smell around long, as it is quick to evaporate from the skin, and as it does it takes some of the angry heat away from the area I am trying to treat.
It is not something I would actually use regularly as a skin toner, or for medicinal use, as I don't find it quite as useful at clearing pimples as an antiseptic such as TCP, but some areas that might develop a spot can be more sensitive, and this will not sting like that one does, and it does help to reduce the swelling a bit and provide some relief. It might not smell quite as nice as the expensive skin care ranges, but it will close pores as well as any toner. Good for those on a budget.
The best thing I find about this is that it has a really long use by date of 5 years, so I can happily leave it in my medicine store until it is needed.
One thing I always have in my home is witch hazel. I am prone to banging myself and getting bruised, I trust it to clean out cuts and scratches and the likes and have used it for many years as a skin cleanser on my face as I find it so mild and simple but effective to use.
The witch hazel comes in a brown but still see through glass bottle and it has a white coloured screw on/off lid/cap to the top of it concealing a wide hole. Around the bottle there is a white and purple label and on that label, to the front of it, we are told that it is Bell's Distilled Witch Hazel, B.P.C 1973 'To soothe minor skin irritations' and the size is stated which is 200ml and the only size I have ever seen this available to purchase in. Other information to the side of the bottle includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, warnings are fully listed as well as the ingredients stated and contact details for Bell's are given. Simple but informative bottle this is.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Product:
Bell's Distilled Witch Hazel BPC 1973 is applied to the skin nto soothe minor irritations and soreness, and as a cooling application for sprains and bruises.
The Witch Hazel In Use:
I find this great for a whole host of minor problems. As I mentioned earlier I treat spots with it by dabbing a little directly on to a spot with some cotton wool to which is doesn't sting or agitate but takes the swelling out of it and makes sure it is clean. I have used it for sprains and bruises too and I often use it after cleansing my face to remove any dirt and to clean my face up a bit.
The liquid is clear and runny and like water but sure doesn't smell like it! It has an undistinctive but medical smell to it and luckily once used that fragrance wears off and at least it isn't eye wateringly putrid or anything like that!
I find this really handy and great say if you have a sprain, take a couple of pills and put a cold compress of this onto the effective area too with some cotton wool. It is cooling but in a none menthol way so doesn't upset the eyes if using it near or on the face and for me this is just a great cleanser/toner suitable for using every day use without drying my skin out or anything adverse.
I highly recommend witch hazel to anyone as it is suitable for the whole family to use, mild and effective and cheap and this particular brand is great!
Available costing about 99p in all good supermarkets and chemists, I bought mine in my local Tescos.