Whether you’re someone who suffers from breakouts, has dry skin or can’t get rid of that pesky razorburn, witch hazel can come to your rescue. Although the name makes it sound like a potion that would be brewing in some creepy castle basement, witch hazel is actually a common ingredient that’s found in many skin care items—and for good reason. The natural astringent compound can be used to treat many skin issues.
Witch hazel (pictured) is actually a plant native to North America and parts of Asia, and the leaves and the bark of the shrubs are used both alone and in combination with other products to help remedy the skin. “Witch hazel has long been recognized worldwide as a popular and effective remedy to clarify skin and shrink pores,” says holistic health practitioner Claudia Matles. It has a long history of use in the beauty industry.”