“ Bells / Witch hazel / Type: Skin Care „
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.