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ratgirldjh September 28th, 2012 06:20 PM

Witch Hazel
I think I like it!
For years I used orange blossom flower water and recently came across a site were this 81 year old lady had it in her routine and she looked so young! well since she has almost the exact routine as me :D I decided to try witch hazel (gotta love the name!) instead. my routine is:

1. wash hands with dove unscented soap and leave wet
2. use hands and wet face and then rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly on face and neck
3. wash face with the unscented dove
4. using cotton balls scrub the face and neck with the witch hazel
5. do a quick cold rinse
6. add a little thin layer of petroleum jelly (i use vaseline)
that's it!

I'be been doing this for a while (before I used orange flower water) and have very good results from this! I am 52 and beginning to have loss of firmness and fine lines and this has REALLY diminished both!!! Plus my neck looks so good!

I also love that I can buy all these products pretty much anywhere :whoohoo:

FrozenBritannia September 28th, 2012 08:28 PM

Interesting, I knew it was an astringent, but according to wiki it also has antioxidants. I sometimes put smiths rosebud salve on my face and around the eyes, and I believe it is petrolium based as well. :)

WaitingSoLong September 29th, 2012 04:48 AM

I dislike the smell of witch hazel. I ahve used it to reduce eye puffiness but really don't use it at all. It firms the skin?

ratgirldjh September 29th, 2012 10:33 AM

It 'supposedly' can tighten skin. I decided I hate it!!! The smell is just too much for me and I found it drying compared to Orange Flower Water. My dbf loves the witch hazel smell though lol to each their own! I think it smells like vomit mixed with grain alcohol. :D

WaitingSoLong October 1st, 2012 05:52 AM

Oh wow I don't think it smells THAT bad, more like a smoky weird smell.

Delila October 1st, 2012 09:52 AM

I'm sorry it didn't work for you.

I've never gotten along with witch hazel either, can't decide if I'm sensitive to it or what, but I tend to drop the use of products that feature it.

FrozenBritannia October 2nd, 2012 03:06 PM

Well, if it smells like that I am going to avoid it. LOL

lapushka October 2nd, 2012 03:16 PM

Witch hazel? That's like an instant face lift :sweatdrop: if your skin is extra dry, which is why I don't get along with it - at all.

ratgirldjh October 2nd, 2012 03:38 PM

well it seems that the stuff is addicting! i stopped using it for a couple of days and actually MISSED the smell! plus i saw it had been helping with my skin and also i had put it on my boy ratty adrian's abcess and it made it come to a head almost overnight! i have been treating the stupid thing for weeks with antibotics from the vet and all sort of other stuff and the witch hazel worked so quick! and he loved it! lol ok i'm sold...

Aredhel77 October 3rd, 2012 03:10 AM

I use witch hazel as a cleanser occasionally, if my skin is breaking out a bit. I don't wear much makeup, mostly just tinted moisturiser and a bit of blusher (currently that's a Burt's Bees tinted lipbalm!!) , and it works fine.

I really like the scent. To me it seems sort of biscuit-y. Strange, eh?

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