Ingredient Spotlight: Witch Hazel

The whole world has been hiding behind a mask for the better part of the last two years and our skin has been paying for it! If you’re looking to show your tired-out skin some love, we recommend that you add some witch hazel into your routine. It’s a fantastic natural ingredient that is derived from plants and is even used in medicine. So, it’s no wonder it helps soothe irritated skin and shrink your pores. And, it doesn’t hurt that it has such a fitting name for spooky season! 🎃


If you’re curious to know more about its superpowers, keep reading.

1. Natural Astringent

I am sure we are all sick of maskne, or “mask acne”, as it has been so affectionately nicknamed. Well, witch hazel can help you with that. It acts as a natural astringent which helps prevent the clogging of pores. It even helps shrink your pores after cleaning them out! Refresh your skin after a long day with witch hazel.

 2. Fights Signs of Aging

If you’re looking for an ingredient that’s both natural AND effective at treating all signs of aging, witch hazel is the one for you. It is actually derived from plants, which means your skin will be far away from harsh, artificial ingredients. It also helps support cell regeneration which in turn, helps prevent wrinkles naturally by strengthening your skin’s barrier (without the help of any aggressive ingredients!).

 3. Antioxidant Rich

Witch hazel contains tannins, which have powerful antioxidant properties and thus will act as an umbrella to block your skin from harmful UV rays and sun damage. These antioxidant properties help prevent free radical damage to the skin. Tannins are known to dry out the skin, however, so make sure to use a moisturizer as the last step of your routine. Just like how eating antioxidant rich foods is healthy for your body, antioxidant-rich skincare products are good for your skin!

4. Goodbye Irritation!

If you’re someone whose skin acts up at the mere touch of one’s hand, you could benefit from the addition of witch hazel into your routine. Witch hazel is known to help soothe rashes and other types of skin irritation.

5. Fun Fact

Here’s a fun one that you’ve probably never heard before… did you know that witch hazel can help heal those pesky razor bumps, too? That sounds like an actual superpower for real. I mean come on… it can’t get much better than that!


If you want to experience its superpowers for yourself, Dr. Althea offers a variety of different skincare products that include witch hazel. Try out our Essential Skin Conditioner Silk Mask and our Water Glow Aqua Ampoule Mask

Or, if masks aren’t your thing, and you love a good moisture bomb toner, we’ve got you covered too! Our Premium Intensive Essence Toner will help your skin maintain a healthy pH balance and soothe irritation. If neither of these are your thing, try our Ultra Gentle Cleansing Water! It will remove your makeup and impurities from the day, all while locking in moisture.



Or… you could always grab all four. 😍


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