Happy National Witch Hazel Day! Witch hazel has been around for centuries and has endless uses varying from cleaning to skincare and everything in between. This week in the blog, we have our favorite award-winning, New York Based Dermatologist Dr. Hadley King to explain how witch hazel works in skincare and why it should be incorporated into our routines.
What Is Witch hazel?
Let’s start with the basics. What is witch hazel and what does it do? Witch hazel is derived from a flowering plant called genus hamamelis and is made from the leaves and bark of the plant. We asked Dr. King about the ins and outs of witch hazel. See what she said about this versatile ingredient below:
“Witch hazel is a natural astringent, so it is often used to help remove excess sebum and temporarily decrease the appearance of pores. It also has antioxidant properties and can be soothing to the skin. Witch hazel can be drying to the skin if overused, so be cautious to not over-apply.”
Which Products From Aloette are Formulated with Witch hazel?
Since we learned what witch hazel is used for and what it does for the skin, lets learn about how witch hazel is incorporated into some of our skincare products. Dr Hadley King says to “look for formulations that combine witch hazel with ingredients that moisturize and support the skin barrier” so let’s look into some skincare products with this powerhouse ingredient.
- Florabright Advanced Brightening Serum
This Advanced Floral Brightening Serum helps to improve the look of uneven skin tone, fade the appearance of discoloration and help jumpstart a better-looking complexion with a powerful blend of Farm to Jar™ extracts. Florabright helps to rejuvenate the skin’s natural renewal properties for a more radiant and refreshed-looking complexion. See what Dr. King has to say about the ingredients in Florabright:
“This brightening serum contains tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a more stable and oil-soluble form of vitamin C. Studies have suggested that the fatty acid component of THD ascorbate may allow better penetration into the skin. Gluconolactone, a polyhydroxy acid, helps to gently exfoliates the skin, increasing the brightening effect. And witch hazel provides antioxidant properties.”
- Be Balanced Daily Refining Tonic
Be Balanced Daily Refining Tonic helps soothe problem-prone skin with vitamin B and salicylic acid, while lactic acid and witch hazel help remove pore-clogging impurities. Be Balanced also helps to gently soothe the skin with Aloeganic® aloe vera and peppermint oil. See why Dr. King thinks witch hazel is a beneficial ingredient in Be Balanced below:
“This gentle, skin-calming toner great for oily and combination skin. Salicylic acid and lactic acid gently exfoliate to help clear pores while witch hazel helps to soothe the skin.”
- Oil Control Toner Balancing Tonic for Oily Skin
Oil Control Toner is ideal for helping to cleanse oily, combination and acne-prone skin. As Aloeganic® aloe vera and oat amino acids help condition problem-prone skin and help reduce the signs of aging, witch hazel and rosemary extracts help to deep clean pores of excess oil and impurities. We love using Oil Control as a mild exfoliation to help give skin a shine-free finish. See what Dr. King says about how witch hazel works in Oil Control below.
“Witch hazel and rosemary extracts provide astringent properties in this oil control formulation while aloe, glycerin, castor oil and shea butter hydrate, moisturize and support the skin barrier.”
- Ageless Science System
Ageless Science is a two-step skincare system consisting of Ionic Energy Balance Mist and the Active Energy System. Ageless Science is formulated with age-defying ingredients to help promote an overall firmer, smoother-looking complexion. Formulated with a special nano technology that helps boost absorption, Ageless Science works to increase hydration, help reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and help visibly plump the look of skin with a combination of witch hazel, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and glycerin.
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