Saturday 17 May 2014

Ingredients 101: Witch Hazel

Natural or Synthetic: Natural

Origin: Witch hazel is an astringent that is produced from the leaves and bark of a Witch-hazel shrub

North America, China and Japan

Beauty Benefits: Witch hazel is commonly used in skincare products for its ability to treat acne. It does this by reducing inflammation and redness and decreasing excess oil production. As witch hazel is a mild and gentle astringent, it is works well for those with sensitive skin.

Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, enabling it to disinfect minor cuts and irritation, as well as treat puffy eyes, varicose veins, bruises, razor burns and sunburn. It is also commonly used to ease symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. If that is not enough, witch hazel is packed with antioxidants and makes a great moisturiser.

Warnings: Witch hazel is considered safe to use topically, however if you are pregnant or breast feeding, consult your doctor before using it.

Found in: Thayers Alcohol-Free Original Witch Hazel Toner 355ml (£7.00 / $9.95
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