This past week has been a busy one and in the midst of everything I ended up going on an electronic hunt for witch hazel. I was trying to determine which type of witch hazel to buy and discovered that regulations allow for 14% pure ethyl alcohol to be added to natural witch hazel. As witch hazel is already astringent, I personally would find this too drying for the skin and am buying a pure witch hazel that does not have any additional alcohol added to it.
Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water is distilled from the leaves, twigs, and bark of the shrub. It is wonderful natural astringent for the skin. It can help cleanse and tone oily skin without drying it out and is great to use on acne.
Witch hazel is soothing and great for reducing swelling. It is also said to be great for helping speed up the healing time of bruises. I bruise easily so I’m starting to put that to the test this week!
It is used by many to reduce dark under eye circles and witch hazel is found in many of the hemorrhoid medications you can buy in a store.
It is a very useful product to have on hand!