For centuries, witch hazel has been known for its soothing and cleansing properties, but right now, one of our Web editors is going completely nuts over the stuff. While searching for an alternative to her over-drying cleanser, she tried a witch hazel-infused one, and it did the trick, degreasing her skin, without drying or stripping it.
"Witch hazel is a natural astringent," says Kenneth Beer, a cosmetic dermatologist in West Palm Beach. "It removes surface debris and oil, and has a long history of safety and efficacy." Hmm. No wonder why it's in tons of popular face cleansers, treatments, and atomizers. Here are a few of my favorites:
Decleor Gel Demaquillante. Witch hazel is refreshing by nature, and this gel cleanser pairs it with mint. Zing!
Dr. Brandt Lineless Tone. Talk about soothing: Dr. B put witch hazel-along with calming chamomile and green tea-into a spray bottle. I'd keep this in the fridge for all of August.Read More »from Ingredient Hall of Fame: Witch Hazel