What it is
Witch Hazel is obtained from the bark and leaves of the Hamamelis Virginiana shrub.
What it does
Witch hazel has astringent properties and helps remove excess oil from skin. It also contains antioxidants that help fight the free radical damage that causes premature aging.
Witch hazel has also anti-inflammatory properties.
Witch hazel can be irritating. This ingredient is, in fact, usually prepared in alcohol, which can be an irritant. Its high tannin (an antioxidant) content can also cause irritations.
(Source: Phytotherapy Research, June 2002)
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