Bathroom Essential: Witch Hazel

witch-hazel

For the longest time, I had no idea what "Witch Hazel" was or why it always belonged in a bathroom cabinet. To me, it sounded more like a English tea. Or something that my dad had in his garage to treat wood. I dunno.

But now that I'm a fully informed adult, I know that witch hazel is an astringent derived from the witch-hazel shrub. It's been long used to treat skin irritations, so it has that "been-around-for-centuries" seal of approval. 

Besides helping to eliminate excess oil, it also shrinks pores and keeps skin soft to the touch. It checks off on being paraben-free, vegan and smelling awesome. Oh, and it's pret-ty, pret-ty affordable at $6.50

And the positives don't stop there! You can also use witch hazel to soothe sunburns, treat bug bites, de-puff eyes and splash on as an aftershave. It's the Swiss army knife of astringents and I only wish I could carry it on my keychain.