Organic Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a topical astringent derived from the bark and twigs of the Hamamelis virginiana plant, a flowering shrub common to North America.
As is the case with many natural remedies, the medicinal properties of witch hazel were first discovered by Native Americans who boiled the stems to make decoctions that were used to treat skin inflammation and irritation.
There are many natural active constituents in witch hazel including tannins and polyphenols. The tannins in witch hazel make it a gentle, natural astringent and the polyphenols have natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The natural tannins help close pores to give skin a fine, smooth appearance. They also help smooth out fine lines by tightening skin.
Good quality witch hazel will not dry out your skin. Unfortunately, not all witch hazel is created equal. Some commercial brands will dry out your skin since they often contain more alcohol than actual witch hazel. Our real witch hazel extract contains 86% witch hazel extract and only 14% alcohol.
Some companies tout a “non-alcohol” version of witch hazel. Please be sure to read the ingredients of these brands. The first ingredient, meaning the most prevalent, is usually water and since they contain no alcohol, preservatives such as phenoxyethanol have been added. Phenoxyethanol has been linked to skin conditions such as allergic dermatitis and eczema.
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