Witch hazel products include Hamamelis water, distilled witch hazel extract and witch hazel tea. Ideally you want to be sure to purchase a pure organic witch hazel. It’s also important to always check that the ingredient label, looking for the correct species name: Hamamelis virginiana.
For sensitive or dry skin, you might want to use a non-alcoholic witch hazel water over an extract, since alcohol can add to dryness and scabbing.
According to the Environmental Working Group, because of its effectiveness, today you’ll find witch hazel extract added to a variety of over-the-counter beauty and medicinal products, such as:
- anti-aging serums
- shaving cream and aftershaves
- bug repellents
- nail treatments
- hemorrhoid products
- shampoos and conditioners
- makeup like lipsticks and blush
- diaper creams
- and many others