It has been used to heal bruises, clear up diaper rash, dry up poison ivy, prevent swimmer's ear, and soothe hemorrhoids.
It has also been used to mop floors, clean jewelry, remove ticks from pets, and improve a bad mood.
It's one of the few products that's both FDA-approved and endorsed by real witches.
Witch Hazel is definitely one of the good witches.
The story goes that Native Americans, fascinated by its golden flowers that bloomed in the dead of winter, believed Witch Hazel to have mystical, magical, healing powers. They used it to treat skin ulcers, colds and coughs, soothe sore muscles-and legend has it they even used the branch as a divining stick to find underground water.
Much later, many modern witches considered it a magical herb, using it to keep away evil and heal broken hearts. (Modern witches? Who are we to say no?)
And for years, nearly every household had a bottle in a bathroom cabinet or under a sink-and used it to treat...nearly everything.
Today, the uses for Witch Hazel are a bit more defined, but its powers are still used to soothe, disinfect, hydrate, and generally make skin look better. Especially here at Jack Black®. This is one witch we love hanging out with-on Halloween or any other day of the week.
Yes, it helps acne.
Witch Hazel's astringent properties help clean the skin of dirt and excess oils that tend to clog pores and cause oily skin and breakouts.
Our Reco: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser. 2-in-1 liquid cleanser and toner that removes deep-down dirt and oil for clear, smooth, shave-ready skin.
Razor burn? That, too.
The redness and little bumps that can come from this daily ritual? Ouch. The astringent properties in Witch Hazel help clear and close pores while soothing freshly shaved skin.
Our Reco: Bump Fix® Razor Bump & Ingrown Hair Solution. Oil-free solution that helps put an end to painful razor bumps as well as treat acne blemishes.
The Witch and Oily Skin.
Balancing your skin balances the oil production. You guessed it. Witch Hazel rules.
Our Reco: Oil-Control Toner. Alcohol-free, balancing toner that controls excess oil and shine without overdrying skin.
Post Shave Solution
Let's face it, shaving can traumatize your skin. But the good Witch Hazel can help soothe, cool, and make it so much better.
Our Reco: Post Shave Cooling Gel. Fragrance free, soothing aftershave gel soothes razor burn and irritation due to shaving.
Hmmmm. Hazel is not known for exfoliating, firming, brightening, or reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines. But she can be a very soothing ingredient when all of this is going on!
Our reco: Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads. One-step exfoliating peel resurfaces, clarifies, and helps to firm and brighten skin.
We're Under Her Spell
From the Native Americans to modern day witches to today's Jack Black® ingenuity, we've all discovered the power of Witch Hazel. Now it's your turn.