Witch hazel astringent is made from the leaves and bark of a North American shrub called Hamamelis virginiana. For centuries, witch hazel has been used for medicinal purposes. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
For skincare, it can ben used to treat acne, bug bites, cuts & scrapes, diaper rash, eczema, ingrown nails, psoriasis, razor burns, and more. It can also be used as a facial toner to cleanse and minimize the appearance of pores. Witch hazel is basically a multipurpose astringent with many benefits.
Iíve been using witch hazel as a toner for many years and absolutely love it! After washing my face, Iíll put some witch hazel on a cotton round and apply it all over my face before moisturizing (morning and night). It leaves your face feeling very clean without drying out your skin. It takes off any dirt, impurities, or makeup residue that was left behind that my normal cleanser didnít remove.
Sometimes when Iím trying out new skincare products and stray from the witch hazel, Iíll notice that my skin isnít as smooth and my complexion isnít as clear as usual. Once I switch back to the witch hazel, my skin seems to return to normal.
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I had always heard about witch hazel never truly knowing what it was. For some reason always associating it with alcohol so I avoided it. Then I happened to read about it and decided to try some of the Dickinson's. It was on sale at Walgreens. They had the gentle formula. Tried it out and LOVED it. Good lord, why wasn't I using this years ago? Oh yeah, I thought it would dry out my face. I don't have oily skin, it is on the dry side and this did NOT dry out my skin. This gets every last trace of makeup off my face. Sometimes I will use it and then rinse my face afterwards if I don't want the residue left on my face. Not saying that it's bad, at all. Just that I do use a lot of products on my skin and after it has done it's job on my face, which is getting every last trace of anything off of it, I usually rinse it off. I just feel like I was missing out all these years not knowing about this product. Oh well, better late then never. I went back to the Walgreens store and bought all they had. Can't live without it now.
I have repurchased this 3 times already. I keep going back to this one. I recently bought the simple toner, but it just isn't as good. A must need in every girl's routine :)
Every single morning and night I use this! This works great with my acne regimens. . Also it feels good to use a natural toner as my moisturisers and serums aren't so I guess I feel less like I'm caking the chemical stuff on.
It's a toner, a good prep before your important stuff; serums and moisturizers.
The only thing that I didn't like about this product is the potent smell!
This is one of those products that works FANTASTIC but then totally slaps you in the face and says "I hate you now." My skin is oily to very oily depending on my activity level, weather and season. My oil production progessively increases from Tzone to all over my face and by 5pm, I have this veil of oil that I can't wait to wash off. My skin actually craves something strong like this and if feels good using witch hazel to remove the layer of oil. I started off loving this product but after using it daily it dried my skin up so much that it looked like a piece of leather. It sucked every bit of oil from my face which I assume for my oily skin would be the point but even us oily skinned girls need some moisture to our skin! After about 5 days, I noticed an increase of pimples popping up and surface redness. My skin look rough and dull as well. I stopped using this and switched back to just using Ponds Cold Cream and my skin looks much better now.
This product has multiple uses and it's super inexpensive. Great value for the money. It's great as an astringent on ones face. I apply it right before I put on my daily moisturizer that goes on under make up. This is also a fantastic make up remover. When my children get bee stings, this is also what I use to ease their pain. My mother claimed that this was the key to her smooth, unwrinkled skin throughout her life.
I don't know if I really like this product or not. I started using it at the beginning of winter and my skin began to look greasier which was odd because winter is usually drying on the skin. It does smell like cigarettes to me but if it were a great product I could overlook that. It made no difference to my breakouts and I think my skin improved as I stopped using it. Not for me.
This product is great! It gets all of my face makeup off and helps dry up little zits I get on my t-zone. The only thing unpleasant about this product is the smell! It smells like garlic bread! Yuck! But the scent doesn't linger on the skin and it doesn't irritate my skin so I can use it morning, and night if I feel necessary (which I hardly ever do.) I recommend this product to people with oilier skin, and to people who can tolerate the scent.
This is my shiz! My skin is very oily and acne prone since moving to NYC. I don't mind that it has a little bit of alcohol in it, I appreciate it's drying powers because it helps keep my oily face shine free during the day! Moving to NYC made my skin crazy, it hasn't stopped breaking out until I moved out of NYC. This product has made a significant contribution to my acne's improvement. Great price, big bottle with lots of product, AND it's actually effective? Try it. Also: Google "witch hazel uses"
A friend of mine convinced me that toners are the only way to go to get clear radiant skin. I've always been skeptical about toners and astringents because i feel as if they are stripping off the so called 'good oils' and depleting skin of natural oils that are produced. I have tried a handful of toners in the past from brands such as neutrogena, acne-free, proactiv, and clinique. All of them felt great when initially applying. My skin felt refreshed like i was getting a deep down clean and my pores appeared smaller. It wasn't until the next morning that i woke up that my skin appeared to be blotchy, dry, and tight. I swore that i would never use toners again and would skip that step in my routine. It wasn't until i was introduced to witch hazel toner which is 100% natural and oil-free. Initially the smell turned me off but i am very used to it now. I have used witch hazel "dickinsons" brand for about 3 months now and i have to say i am impressed. My skin is less blotchy and uneven and my skin is not irritated at all. I think its a great step in removing makeup before bed and helps topical treatments better absorb into the skin. While witch hazel did not completely clear my acne, i feel that my skin is making progress and hopefully one day i can say i am acne free!