Health & Beauty

5 Multi-Use Witch Hazels

February 15, 2023

We remember using witch hazel when we were teenagers for problematic breakouts—our moms recommended it because it was something they’d used as well. Witch hazel has been around for centuries and has a myriad of uses—it is an astringent that can be used for everything from skin and haircare to cuts and scrapes, bug bites, and even diaper rash, as it is loaded with antioxidants. If you’re looking for something that is soothing, effective, and natural to use on your face, scalp, and more, check out these great witch hazels. —Jennifer Cox

Aveda’s Witch Hazel Hair Spray ($38) is a light-hold, non-aerosol hair spray that reduces static and eliminates flyaways on fine and medium hair. The best part about this spray is that it will boost your hair’s shine, giving it a healthy glow from the inside out.

Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Unscented Face Toner Skin Care with Aloe Vera ($13, available on Amazon) is alcohol-free and formulated to soothe, tone, hydrate, and balance the pH levels of skin. This face toner helps reduce the look of pores, balance oily skin, and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier. It just one use your skin will feel healthy and nourished.

The Witch Hazel and Rosewater Toner from Mario Badescu ($18, available at Sephora Canada) is formulated to visibly restore clarity and radiance to just-cleansed skin. It will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while diminishing the look of pores. It takes dull skin and amplifies it to look more radiant.

If you struggle with breakouts, consider using Biore’s Pore Clarifying Toner ($27, sold at Walmart). The key to this formula is salicylic acid, which penetrates pores to help treat blemishes and reduce breakouts, making acne one less thing to stress about. Oil-free, it reduces surface shine and is still gentle enough to use daily.

You’re going to love how refreshing Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner ($33) feels. This mild, alcohol-free facial toner is ideally suited for dry and sensitive skin. The mildest of their facial toners, it is made with the finest herbal extracts and is infused with cucumber extract, which gives it a light, lovely scent.


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