You may be surprised to find out that the name witch hazel—one of our all-time fave beauty ingredients—has nothing to do with any practitioners of magic. We’d definitely like to argue though that it has some pretty enchanting and seemingly-unreal powers. Found in a plethora of different beauty product forms, witch hazel has it all: antioxidants for oxidation-fighting, astringent properties, an affinity for oil absorption, and insane moisturizing prowess. Translation: This isn’t just your grandma’s go-to skin care component. Though it poses itself as a humble makeup remover, the secret is out: Witch hazel is all-powerful. Keep scrolling for some of our favorite witch hazel–boasting products.
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We’d be remiss not to begin this slideshow with Thayers’ classic toner. As spellbinding as an enchanted elixir, this beauty buy is a brew of rose petals, aloe vera, and witch hazel extract that’s like practical wizardry. That is, only if you want a singular product that tightens pores, reduces oil production, moisturizes, raises collagen levels, firms skin, and gives free radicals the worst day of their life. To answer your question, yes, this product IS for the everyday mortal—especially those with sensitive skin!
Murad’s fantastic foam is a balancing act at a circus, walking the incredibly thin tightrope of removing excess oil from the face, while remaining nondrying (and even moisturizing). Not only is this witch hazel–laced formula the ultimate in terms of cleansing power, but it also gently exfoliates with the help of AHAs. Throw in a couple antioxidants—hello, Japanese elderflower—and this one-man act officially does it all.
Dickinson’s refreshingly clean cloths deliver a luxurious dose of calming witch hazel and aloe. They remove just about everything—dirt, oil, makeup, inhibitions etc.—to help you hit refresh. Dermatologist-recommended, editor-approved.
With 2-percent salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and witch hazel, we’re no less than obsessed with these quick fixes for those testy moments when our skin riots against us. Someone call the Louvre: We’ve officially found the Mona Lisa of breakout management.
The “Old Faithful” of non-aerosol spritzers, Aveda’s witch hazel hair spray is the object of our affections for many reasons. For one, it’s a great bargain: a little bit goes a long way and we only need a small amount of spray for optimum staying power. Don’t fret about having high school prom flashbacks: this formula boosts shine without being crunchy. To sum up, Aveda’s nonstick formula is the top hairspray for people who hate hairspray, and we can’t get enough.
AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream ($24)
Only pick up a tube of AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream if you want aromatherapy bottled. Nourishing witch hazel (have we convinced you yet that it’s the best beauty ingredient on the planet?) and a host of relaxing essential minerals provide you an experience to rival that at any luxury spa. This lotion practically melts into skin and could probably also melt the coldest of stone hearts.
All aboard for Captain Blankenship’s Sail Away Bug Spray. Perfect for a summery night under the stars, this organic mist—with the help of essential oils, eucalyptus, and witch hazel—sends the insects scattering. We like to think that it allows us to keep our magnetic energy, while simultaneously losing pests of the buzzing variety. We only have one complaint: While Captain Blankenship has created the perfect bug repellant, we’re beginning to think that this is also the strongest of human attractants because it smells SO good.
Much more than just an Instagram prop, this light-as-air cotton sheet mask from Dr. Jart+ is a desiccation assassin. Don’t be fooled by its normal appearance: the chamomile, hyaluronic acid and witch hazel masterpiece is the all-forceful weapon against dehydration and sad skin. If you’re not completely convinced to hit “check out” yet, this mask (aka our favorite way to keep cool during the summer heat) is sans paragons, sulfates and phthalates.
Clear a space in your medicine cabinet right now, because you’ll want to buy 10-plus bottles of Herbivore’s hydrating face mist. Rose, witch hazel, hibiscus flower, and coconut water lend a hand to help keep us dewy all day long. Once spritzed, we pretend we’re living in a millennial pink cloud, protected against the evils of skin dehydration and worry. Time to stop and spray the roses.
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