“ Brand: Boots / Type: Skin Treatment / relieves the discomfort of bruises, sprains, minor skin irritation, rough or sore unbroken skin. „
Witch Hazel is a great thing which I'm regularly found singing the virtues of. Recently I've been trying to ind a good toner for my skin which doesn't contain alcohol. Sadly this is easier said than done, so I decided instead to buy a bottle of witch hazel to use as a toner, and I picked this one up in Boots for just £2.99.
It comes in a glass bottle with a metal screw off lid. I like the heavy quality feel of the bottle and I find the open neck makes it easy to pour out the contents either onto a cotton pad or into something else depending on what you're using the witch hazel for.
Now as I've already said I bought this to use as a toner and I find t to be a very effective one. It's easy to saturate a cotton pad with it without having to use loads, and it can then be easily applied to the skin by simply swiping the cotton pad over the skin. I love the way my skin feels after using this, it leaves it feeling clean, fresh and refined, but is so gentle and soothing, and doesn't dry the skin out or leave t feeling tight. It's the perfect toner especially if, like me, you have combination or oily skin with a tendency to blemishes. It helps to keep skin clean and clear as well as soothing any sensitivity.
Of course witch hazel has many other uses and is very effective at soothing itchy skin, stings and bites etc, but one of the other main things I use it for is to help get rid of blackheads. To do this I simply soak a cotton pad in the liquid then put the pad over the affected area for 10 minutes, and this really helps to dissolve dirt and grime and after a few times the pores look so much cleaner and smaller and more refined.
Overall I'm really pleased with this Boots Witch Hazel, I feel it's a high quality product at a great price, and it has so many uses.
I am not a manual worker, but have been doing a few projects of late that have exposed my hands in particular to some unexpectedly rough treatment - working with wood and painting have left me with some rough skin and sore spots around my hands.
I remember my Dad using this stuff many years ago. He always had problems with his hands and was a regular user of Betnovate cream. Thankfully, the skin sensitivity issues passed down the female line to my sisters and I don't normally have a problem. I also pinched some of my Dad's for cleaning my face when I went through the acne stage as a teenager.
Anyway whilst in Boots the other day with my dearest darling wife, she was taking forever as usual so I was loitering around the healthcare and toiletries section and noticed this on the shelf at £2.99 and bought some.
It comes in a 200ml clear bottle containing clear colourless distilled witch hazel and that evening I duly dabbed some with some cotton wool on the rough areas of my hands. It says that you should cover the skin with a bandage and keep the bandage moist with witch hazel, but I didn't do that - I just held the cotton wool swab against it for a while, agitating it gently and reapplying it for half an hour or so as I sat there contemplating my navel.
Witch Hazel is an astringent and does tighten the skin when applied. After applying it, the area didn't feel at all moisturised because this isn't a cream; however, it does after a series of applications help to reduce the roughness and helps your skin in that area to recover. Now, three days later, the skin has pretty much recovered.
It says on the bottle that you can also use it to relieve minor skin irritation as well as the discomfort of bruises and sprains.
You're not supposed to use it on broken skin and if whatever you are applying it to does not clear up, you should see the quack. Same advice if you are having an allergic reaction or are up the duff, feeding the sprog from your own bazookas - etc etc. This is classed as a medicine and should be treated as such.
I found that the product did help me in the healing process, but now that I have ¾ of a bottle left, it's the sort of thing I can't see myself using very often as I don't intend to make a habit of doing these projects that have roughened my hands.
I thin it's good stuff and I'll give it 4 stars - just a tad pricey for my liking.
And the title? Well, fans of Eric Clapton and Cream will recognise the lyric, but I don't really know why I thought it should be appropriate for this review on witch hazel. Natural product - witches - cauldron - hubble bubble - distillation - casting spells - oh, I don't know - it's just a title!
After doing a bit of gardening I noticed I had a couple of insect bites on my arm, I quickly realised I had run out of my usual insect bite remedies (previously reviewed) I hunted around the cupboard trying to find something that would calm the bites down and prevent them from itching, I discovered a bottle of Boots Distilled Witch Hazel at the back, reading the instructions I discovered it was suitable for minor skin irritations, I had not scratched the bites (although I wanted to) so thought it would be ok to give it ago, it worked perfectly and is now a regular in the bathroom cupboard.
The Distilled Witch Hazel it totally clear in colour, and basically looks like water so it is advisable to keep this away from children. It comes in a clear glass bottle with a blue lid, the bottle has a blue label around the middle of it with the words Distilled Witch Hazel B.P.C written in white letters, there is also a small piece of writing on the front of the bottle about how the Witch Hazel can be used, again this is written in white letters, the Boots logo is at the top of the label, with the volume of liquid inside the bottle (200ml) written at the bottom. That is basically it for the appearance of the product and the packaging, it is a very simple but very effective and natural product. Personally I feel that the bottle could do with some sort of dispenser on the end of it rather than just an open necked bottle because if you are not careful you can end up either spilling or pouring out far too much of the witch hazel than you need meaning it gets wasted.
What is Distilled Witch Hazel
Distilled Witch Hazel comes from the brewed roots and leaves of the Witch Hazel tree, the roots and leaves are first steamed and then distilled into a liquid, these are then added to tannins, alcohols and soothing agents, it is the combination of these products that makes distilled Witch Hazel suitable for use on both the skin and hair.
Obviously I bought my Distilled Witch Hazel from Boots, as I cannot remember buying this product I have had to look into how much it now costs, and a 200ml bottle costs just £2.39, this is an excellent price for this product as you do not need to use very much of it in one go, personally I find that a small amount of this product goes a long way, just be careful when pouring it due to the design of the bottle.
Uses of Distilled Witch Hazel
Since discovering my Boots Distilled Witch Hazel at the back of my cupboard I have done a little bit of research into the various uses for it, some I have tried others I haven't really fancied or needed, but here are some of the things that Witch Hazel can be used for.
ACNE & SPOTS - Witch Hazel is made from natural components and is know to be very gentle on the skin and can be used to sooth and reduce blemishes left by spots, it actually stings less when applied compared to some cleansers and toners which are loaded with alcohol. I have tried this, now I have never suffered with acne but have tried it on the odd blemish, I can confirm that it really does not sting when applied, as for actually working, I think it did make a slight difference and help to keep my skin cleansed but I cannot say that it reduced the blemish any quicker than other cleansers/ treatments, when applied to the skin it did feel cool and soothing so I can see how it could benefit people with acne as it would definitely sooth the effected areas without making the skin sore or sting.
VARICOSE VEINS - One thing which I was surprised to discover was that Distilled Witch Hazel can help to reduce varicose veins, you simply soak a cloth in the liquid and lay over the effected area, it helps to reduce the swelling and tighten the veins and can provide temporary relief for painful varicose veins, it is not a permanent cure. I cannot comment on whether this works as I do not have varicose veins and do not know anyone who has tried it, however should I ever have this problem I may give Distilled Witch Hazel a go.
BITES - Distilled Witch Hazel helps to sooth insect bites and rashes, simply soak a piece of cotton wool in the liquid (you do not need much) and gently wipe or hold on the effected area. Now this I can comment on as it was insect bites that made me discover the Witch Hazel in my cupboard. I applied the liquid to the bites and instantly it felt cool on my skin and soothed the irritation, the relief was only temporary as after a while the bites did begin to itch however I applied the Witch Hazel again in order to stop the itching. So for bites Distilled Witch Hazel really does work, I continued to use the Witch Hazel over a couple of days and it did help the bites heal, it prevented me from scratching at the bites allowing them to heal in a much faster time. So it does make an excellent alternative to other insect bite remedies.
BRUISES - Applying a piece of cotton wool soaked in Distilled Witch Hazel to a bruise is said to help speed up the healing process. Again I have given this ago, I have not had any major bruises but have applied it to partially painful knocks and stumped toes. The witch Hazel as with the bites soothed the area of skin which was bruised, it feels almost cold when applied, however the effects were temporary and it did need applying over a couple of days. As for speeding up the healing of bruises I'm not sure that the witch hazel really made any difference, it soothed the pain but that was about it, however it may have more of an effect on more serious bruises.
SUN BURN - Distilled Witch Hazels natural properties is said to help sooth and lessen the healing time of sunburn, again I have tried this on minor sunburn as I always wear sun cream and do not let my skin get burnt, but have ended up with burnt solders in the garden. I applied the witch hazel with some cotton wool and as previously mentioned it felt cool on the burnt skin and helped to sooth it, I have read that witch hazel reduces the inflammation in burnt skin and prevents it from peeling. When I used it on my burnt shoulders I did notice that they did not peel at all and after a couple of days the soreness had nearly gone, whether this was due to the witch hazel or not I am not 100% sure but I do think it helped, also it did feel really nice on the burnt areas, it did not make the skin sting but the coolness of the liquid instantly calmed my hot skin. I will definitely try this again should I get sunburnt in the future.
DRY SKIN - I have been told by a friend that she uses Distilled Witch Hazel to help prevent dry skin, when applied after a bath or shower it locks in moisture into your skin to prevent it drying out, this is one I have not tried, I do suffer from dry skin especially in the winter, but more on my hands and face. Personally I would rather use a moisturizer for dry skin, I'm not sure how effective this would be, it is something that would suit some people but not others. Think I will be sticking to my creams for this one.
REFRESH YOUR EYES - DO NOT SQUIRT INTO YOUR EYES!!!!! Soak a cloth in water and distilled witch hazel to make a cold compress and place over your eyes. Being a natural product this is designed to sooth tired eyes rather than make them sore. It helps to reduce any redness leaving them feeling fresh. I do have quite sensitive eyes and do not dare try this, witch hazel is a natural product but as I wear contact lenses I daren't risk irritating my eyes, but this is said to work very well.
There are probably many more uses for distilled witch hazel but for me using it on bites and sunburn are the 2 best uses. I am unsure about how successful it is at reducing skin blemishes and bruises it does sooth the effected areas but as for reducing their appearance I cannot say that it speeded up this process. When I used the distilled witch hazel on my bites after gardening I was extremely pleased with the results, admittedly it was temporary relief, it did sooth the bites for long enough to prevent me scratching at them which in turn did help them to heal much quicker.
The warnings on the bottle are really just common sense such as avoid use on broken skin, do not use if you are allergic to witch hazel and should you have any side effects seek medical advise and discontinue use. This product should not be consumed (obviously) and should be kept out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on any medication you should speak to your doctor before using distilled witch hazel to make sure it is suitable and safe to use.
Overall I would recommend Boot Distilled Witch Hazel, even if you only use it for bites and skin irritations, it is very cheap to buy and is very long lasting. It is made from natural ingredients rather than a load of chemicals and has a variety of uses. It is really a case of trial and error to find which use's work for you, but personally I think it is worth having a bottle in the cupboard.
The bark and leaves of the witch hazel or hamamelis tree have long been used in skin preperations thanks to their medicinal properties, thankfully us townies don't have to find our own witch hazel trees to experience the benefits of this natural remedy as we can buy bottles of distilled witch hazel which are ready to use.
Boots own brand witch hazel is exactly the same as any other bottle of witch hazel, the glass bottle contains 200ml of clear liquid which has a sharp and distinctive smell which can be used to dab onto the skin to relieve a number of minor remedies.
Witch hazel is brilliant for soothing a minor sunburn, apply liberally and several times over a few hours and it is instantly cooling and it also helps the redness and pain to dissipate more quickly than if you leave it untreated.
Witch hazel is also great to use on minor cuts and scrapes, it does sting if you use it on broken skin but it both cleans the wound and helps it to heal quicker.
Witch hazel is brilliant on bruises too, it really helps to take the pain away. I once fell over and hurt my fingers and thought they were broken at first. They immediately started to throb and swell up so I soaked a bandage in some witch hazel and left it on overnight and amazingly in the morning the swelling had gone and the bruising was far less than expected.
In facial skin care witch hazel can be dabbed onto spots as the astringent effect helps to make them clear up a lot quicker, it is also used as a toner and can help to shrink visible pores. It can be drying on the skin so use sparingly on the face.
As you can see witch hazel has a number of uses. It is one of the natural remedies that works and I always keep a bottle in my bathroom cabinet. The boots own brand bottle costs £2.39 for 200ml so won't break the bank but I can buy the same sized bottle for less than £2 from my local chemist so generally shop there instead.
Distilled Witch Hazel
This comes in a 200ml bottle, the bottle is clear, it has a blue screw on lid and there is a label wrapped around the bottle.
On the front of the label, it stated what the products is used for, and then on the back there is also information on how to use it, side effects and ingredients.
What's it for?
This products is designed to relieve pain from bruises, sprains, small skin irritations, rough or sore unbroken skin.
How does it work?
Which hazel is a shrub, the bark, leaves and twigs contain Tannis, this give the plan 'astringent' properties - this means when applied to the skin it helps in drawing together body tissue which aids in stopping the flow of blood and shrinks the tissues, it dries and hardens the skin to protect the body
The side effects on the bottle sate that's it could cause you to get a rash and red or itchy skin. However I found another side effect if you apply to too often is that your skin really dried out and can become flaky.
The products itself is a clear colour (looks like water), as you open the bottle the first thing you will notice is the smell, it smells very medical, I think it smells a little bit like nail varnish remover!
You way you use this by getting a piece of cotton wool, place it over the opening of the bottle, tip up the bottle but be careful not to remove the cotton wool or the solution will go everywhere. Once the solution is on the cotton wool, dab the solution onto the skin (where the injury is) and cover with a bandage to keep it clean from infection.
You must remember not to use this product if you have a n open wound as it will do more harm than good, and will probably end up burning you.
Does it work?
I don't think it worked that well, I first used it when I had a really painful bruise, It didn't really make it feel any better and I don't really think it took any quicker to heal.
I also used it for a piercing I had done, I only used a small amount and it really dried my skin out and made it all chapped.
I would much prefer to use something like Sudocrem as the only thing this really did was keep the area clean.
It cost £2.30 to buy which is ok, but if you use it quite regular it doesn't last very long, also, if you happen o knock it over the whole lot will be wasted, with a cream, if that happens you've not wasted your money because it wont fall out.
I personally wont buy this again, I will stick to using cream as I think they work better and last a lot longer.