Ingredient Spotlight: Witch Hazel

witch hazel skincare benefits

Witch hazel, a botanical extract derived from a flowering plant, is a star ingredient in our chamomile-based setting spray Face Tea. It is also a popular, affordable toner, especially for those with oily or acne-prone skin, and has been popping up on Instagram beauty feeds for the past few years. So what does witch hazel do? And why does it sometimes receive criticism from some in the industry? Let’s break it down, starting with the many skin benefits!

  • Evens and improves skin tone Its anti-inflammation and astringent properties reduce puffiness and discoloration, lock-in moisture and tighten pores, which in turn gives skin a natural, radiant glow.

  • Fights acne and controls oil Able to remove natural oils, witch hazel is also particularly helpful for removing dirt and pollutants from everyday toxins that enter the pores. While there are certainly large genetic and hormonal factors to blemishes and oily skin, these can also be exacerbated by environmental factors, making witch hazel also helpful for those living in large, urban areas.

  • Relieves sunburn While certainly not an excuse to skip SPF, witch hazel has anti-inflammation and cooling properties that will feel especially soothing after a burn or on a hot day.

  • Despite these benefits, witch hazel has at times been called out as an ingredient that can do more harm than good. Traditionally, a lot of the witch hazel on the market was distilled using alcohol, which in turn could cause skin irritation and eventually damage, especially when used on a regular basis. However, now it is easy to find witch hazel that is alcohol-free. Pure witch hazel could cause issues for those with highly sensitive skin as it’s possible to have a reaction to anything, so for this reason before using any product it is advised to do a patch test. Still, many use witch hazel as an astringent with great success.

    Luckily, now there are also more products that contain witch hazel as a main ingredient (like Face Tea), while also utilizing many others, so as to give consumers the benefits of witch hazel in a softer, yet still effective dose.

    Thinking of trying adding witch hazel to your skincare routine? Start with Face Tea! Check out the product page to see how the witch hazel in Face Tea intersects your skincare and cosmetics needs. 


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