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11-08-12 | Posted by

Witch hazel may sound like a tonic straight out of your great grandfather’s medicine cabinet, but it is actually a potent astringent used in modern day beauty products. Its use dates back hundreds of years; in fact, Native North Americans taught the Puritans how to extract the plant derived remedy. Today, witch hazel is used for treating skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, insect bites, and poison ivy because of its naturally astringent and anti-inflammatory benefits. Found in everything from body lotion to eye cream, witch hazel is best for oily, combination, or problematic and temperamental skin.

Boscia Pore Purifying Strips ($15-28)

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This 6 or 12 pack of peel-off pore purifying strips absorbs dirt and oil while reducing the appearance of pores and blackheads. Each adhesive strip contains a full delivery system that instantly applies charcoal powder, which draws out impurities and detoxifies skin; natural mineral silica, which controls excess oil; and witch hazel extract to tighten pores. Gentle yet strong, additional botanical ingredients in these strips provide a soothing and cooling sensation after application.

First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller ($24)

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The Detox Eye Roller revitalizes and brightens the under-eye area by gently distributing lymphatic buildup using a metal roller ball. It contains caffeine to constrict fine blood vessels so within minutes of application the appearance of the under eye is significantly improved. Sodium hyaluronate, a natural moisturizing factor found in the skin, helps maintain a young, smooth, and non-flaky appearance while increasing collagen production. Witch hazel soothes and protects the delicate skin under the eye and an antioxidant booster blend combats free radicals.

Jurlique Calendula Cream ($35)

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We like this gentle cream because it calms and soothes sensitive skin that is prone to redness. Rich in calendula and witch hazel, this non-greasy cream also provides hydration and instant relief to sun-damaged, irritated, and reddened skin. Calendula is a super plant known for its healing and soothing properties while the witch hazel’s astringent properties soothes and tones skin. This cream also contains self heal, an herb with soothing benefits, and aloe vera, a natural humectant championed for its intense hydrating, softening, and soothing properties. We suggest putting a small dab on your skin after long exposure to the sun.

Aveda Witch Hazel Hair Spray ($18)

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Providing light-hold and static reduction, this hair spray uses the tonic quality of witch hazel to eliminate flyaways on fine to medium hair. We love that besides holding your hair in place, it promotes shine and creates texture. We recommend applying it directly to fine hair to shape without weighing hair down. For additional volume, spray onto hair that is 80% dry, flip your head over, and dry upside down.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Smoothing Body Towel ($36)

This all-over-body exfoliating treatment firms and brightens skin. Created by a dermatologist, this treatment addresses a variety of skin concerns like breakouts on the chest and back, discoloration on the décolleté, keratosis pilaris (red bumps), and dry skin on your arms and legs. The witch hazel, glycolic acid, and willow bark extract exfoliates, firms, and tones skin, making your skin appear brighter and more luminous. In addition, the glycolic acid reduces visible signs of aging while the mandelic acid’s anti-irritant and anti-bacterial properties protect your skin from the outside environment. The body towel also contains azelaic amino acid to help control oil secretion to prevent formation of blackheads and whiteheads while targeting dark spots and brightening skin.


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