Beauty Ingredient: Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel—a flowering plant, part of the Hamamelidaceae family—contains a chemical called tannin that helps reduce swelling, repair broken skin, and fight bacteria. Witch hazel is used in cosmetics because it contains astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties. You will find it in aftershaves, facial astringents, and some anti-aging products. It is also a great ingredient for both oily and dry skin.

Picks: Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Daily Facial Toner, $5, 16 oz, // Aubrey Organics Men’s Aftershave, $10, 4 oz, // Kettle Care Essential Face Cream, $16, 1 oz,