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Ingredient Breakdown: Witch Hazel
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Ingredient Breakdown: Witch Hazel

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By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don't really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We're making it easy! In this series, we'll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients.

Witch hazel is a power-packed plant that soothes an assortment of skin irritations. From rashes to acne, witch hazel is a powerful, yet gentle, ingredient that calms irritations without feeling the burn.

The ingredient: Witch Hazel

Also known as: Hamamelis virginiana plant

Quick take: Treats acne, bug bites, blisters, inflammation, and many more irritations.

Claims to fame: Witch hazel is found in just about everything from facial toner to after-shave The most common use for witch hazel is for skincare as its strong antioxidant properties are ideal for killing the bacteria that lives within your pores—gross, we know! You can also find witch hazel infused products in a variety of over-the-counter beauty and medicinal products such as shaving cream, shampoo, and nail treatments, just to name a few.

Where to find it:

Dickinson's Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner, $5.97 at Walmart

Dickinson's toner

Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera Formula Toner, $7.99 at Walgreens

Thayers

Tucks Hemorrhoidal Pads With Witch Hazel, $6.48 at Walmart  

Tucks

Burt’s Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel and Hand Sanitizer, $7.99 at Walgreens  

Burts Bees

Dead Sea Essentials Witch Hazel Hand Cream, $10.99 at Walgreens  

Dead Sea Essentials

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