Witch Hazel

What is it?

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a deciduous flowering shrub native to North America.

Main Benefits:

Astringent, soothing, and anti-inflammatory; calming for sensitive skin.

More Information:

The main phytochemicals in witch-hazel leaves are polyphenols, including  tannins, gallic acid, flavonoids. Hamamelis water, also called white hazel or witch hazel water prepared from a steam-distillation process using leaves, bark or twigs.  As an ingredient and topical agent, witch-hazel water is recognized by the FDA as astringent  and is regulated in the United States as an over-the-counter drug for external use to soothe minor skin irritations. It is also used to relieve sunburns and skin inflammations. In skin care, witch hazel extracts were shown to improve skin elasticity and reduce skin sensitivity.

Scientific reference:

Hughes-Formella BJ, Filbry A, Gassmueller J, Rippke F. Anti-inflammatory efficacy of topical preparations with 10% hamamelis distillate in a UV erythema test. Skin Pharmacol Appl Skin Physiol. 2002 Mar-Apr;15(2):125-32. 

Pain S, Berthélémy N, Naudin C, Degrave V, André-Frei V. Understanding Solar Skin Elastosis-Cause and Treatment. J Cosmet Sci. 2018 May/Jun;69(3):175-185.

Products featuring this ingredient

  • Eye Cream

    Nourishing + moisturizing + firming
    Ultra-soft and rich, this delectable eye cream will go on like warm butter, and will completely melt into your skin within seconds. It has everything in it to keep the sensitive eye area soft, supple and youthful. It is based on the three most skin-friendly oils (olive, primrose and jojoba) and then enriched with key vitamins and antioxidants from the rooibos, calendula and pomegranate plants.

    Skin type: normal, dry, sensitive

    Concerns: fine line/wrinkles, dryness, visible signs of fatigue

    Size: 0.5 oz



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