Witch hazel is one of those ingredients – along with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, vitamin C, and benzoyl peroxide – that you should always, in my opinion, have on hand. Unlike the others, however, witch hazel is easy to get with good quality, cute packaging, and super cheap, but before getting into that it’s worth highlighting why this ingredient is such an awesome one.
Don’t be fooled by the goofy name, it’s a natural but powerful astringent that works to soothe skin, tighten pores, control redness and irritation, remove excess oil, and it helps heel skin which is why it’s amazing in toners or cleansers for acne-prone skin (I wouldn’t use it as my treatment for a major breakout but works very well as a complementary product). It also has anti-aging powers, again though, I wouldn’t use it as my treatment product for this but rather as a complimentary one via a witch hazel toner. It’s also worth nothing that I’ve never heard of anyone having an adverse reaction to the natural ingredient and I myself have very pale, sensitive skin.
You can use it purely as an ingredient or combined with others like lemongrass and aloe vera. I love Thayers. Their products are so natural that they’re safe to use on babies and children and they have both astringents (made with alcohol derived from corn) and alcohol-free toners, perfect for getting all the aforementioned benefits in seconds. Te come in original versions or witch hazel combined with natural actives like lemon, cucumber, rose, aloe vera.