What does it do?
Witch Hazel acts as an astringent (causes tightening of the skin) and is rich in antioxidants, specifically a group of chemicals known as tannins, which can help to minimise pores. When applied to the skin, this ingredient has an oil-controlling, anti-inflammatory, soothing effect. As a result, Witch Hazel can help to calm redness, reduce excess oil and de-puff the skin.
Where does it originate from?
Witch Hazel is a natural ingredient derived from the bark and leaves of the Witch Hazel plant, most commonly grown in North America and Asia.
When should I use it?
When incorporated into a formulation at a suitable level the benefits of this ingredient can be obtained during application both day and night.
What skin type is it best suited to?
Witch Hazel is suitable for normal skin but great for blemish-prone or oily skin.
What does it work well with?
Witch Hazel works well with soothing and calming Chamomile.
What else do I need to know?
Witch Hazel is generally non-irritating. However, it has gained some reputation as an irritating ingredient as most types of witch hazel are distilled using denatured alcohol (ethanol). At Q+A, we chose to use a non-damaging, skin-friendly, alcohol-free version. As a result, the beneficial properties of witch hazel (e.g., reducing excess oil) can be obtained without stripping the skin of its natural oils.