What it is
Witch Hazel is obtained from the bark and leaves of the Hamamelis Virginiana shrub.
What it does
Witch hazel has astringent properties and helps remove excess oil from skin. It also contains antioxidants that help fight the free radical damage that causes premature aging.
In addition, it is soothing and enhances the appearance of dry and damaged skin as well as reducing flaking. It helps hydrating the skin and controlling water loss.
Witch hazel has also anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is good for cracked skin, psoriasis, eczema, irritations, varicose veins and minor burns.
Witch hazel can be irritating. This ingredient is, in fact, usually prepared in alcohol, which can be an irritant. So can be tanning, a potent antioxidant, contained in witch hazel.