What Does Witch Hazel Do to the Face During a Facial Mask?

In a facial mask, witch hazel helps balance and purify the skin --  without over-drying.
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Products that include the flowering plant called witch hazel have long been used to address sun burns, irritation and bruises. Witch hazel contains antiseptic and healing properties, which makes it a beneficial ingredient in beauty products, such as facial masks.

1 The Powers of Witch Hazel

Witch hazel’s role in facial masks is multifaceted. For oily and acne-prone complexions, the herbal ingredient lifts oil and balances the skin's pH levels. Witch hazel’s hydrating and healing properties restore moisture to flaky, dull skin. A facial mask containing the herb also has a positive effect on pores, as it unclogs and improves the appearance of enlarged pores.

Based in Los Angeles, Angela Melero has been a writer since 2008, contributing to various publications. She serves as an assistant editor for a beauty publication and enjoys writing about health, fitness and beauty trends. Melero received her bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge.