Witch Hazel

Ingredient Overview

Witch Hazel:

Witch Hazel is a botanical extract and natural ingredient that has a reputation before being used in skincare products. The flowering plant grows wild and is found in North America and parts of Asia. A clear liquid is created after processing the leaves, bark, and twigs of the plant. It is also known as Hamamelis Virginiana which is the Latin name for Witch Hazel and the name it is most commonly know as.
The benefits of this plant-derived substance include
– soothing sensitive skin
– ability to ease inflammation
– reducing acne
– helping to ease sunburnt skin
Witch Hazel is also a source of antioxidants which are called tannins. They act to compress proteins in the skin and provide an invisible thin layer that de-greases skin and minimise the appearance of pores.

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There are many benefits of Witch hazel for the skin. Having antioxidant properties, Witch hazel is a great ingredient to prevent widespread inflammation, neutralize free radicals, and protect your skin against damage.
Witch hazel also can help in relieving inflammation, tightening pores, reducing acne, and removing excess oil from the skin.

Directions of Use

One of the most used forms of witch hazel is toner. You can add witch hazel to your skincare routine as a toner. Few drops of witch hazel on a cotton ball can be applied after washing and rinsing the face with a gentle cleanser.
Nearly all types of witch hazel are distilled using denatured alcohol and the extract containing about 14% to 15% alcohol. Alcohol-free or low alcohol formula is recommended to use by experts. It can have a negative side effect on the skin and cause irritation and dryness for sensitive skin. So it recommended checking with your dermatologist before using it.


Witch hazel can be found in different skincare products on the market. You can find witch hazel in the form of cleansers and toner. Here are some products on Beauty Buddy that contain witch hazel. If you use a product that you love and find it great for your skin why not download the Beauty Buddy app and leave a review. We’d love to hear from you!


NIP+FAB Retinol Fix Tonic
The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

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