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I have always used Witch Hazel on my head after I shave my head in the morning. It keeps you from getting bumps and doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oil. This is the best kept secret when it comes to healthy choices for your body. The only astringent that can be used for multiple things so check out the benefits.

1. Natural Astringent

Probably the most famous way witch hazel is used is as a natural astringent. High concentrations of tannins in witch hazel make it an excellent astringent which means it has the ability to remove excess oil from skin and shrink down pores.  Health-wise, those who are exposed to lots of environmental pollutants may apply witch hazel to the face in order to reduce the amount of contaminants that enter pores and, consequently, the amount and severity of blemishes.  Also, because astringents remove excess oil, regular use of witch hazel may further prevent blemishes, especially black heads which result from dried sebum build-up in pores.

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