This $15 toner has more than 9000 near-perfect reviews

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner Reviews - Bambi Northwood Blyth

Should you be using witch hazel to fight acne?

Marie Claire marie claire & InStyle Senior Digital Beauty And Lifestyle Editor / July 03 2019

Witch hazel is a centuries-old natural remedy used to inflammation, redness and breakouts. In the '90s witch hazel became a popular ingredient in astringent toners which contained high levels of ethanol (alcohol) that was harsh on the skin. Nowadays, we have more options when it comes to toners as well as natural plant-based options that are gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin. Cue: witch hazel redux. That's right, your favourite beauty ingredient from high school is making a comeback. 

According to Pinterest's 2019 beauty break down, skin care enthusiasts can't get enough of the old school beauty ingredient with global searches for the ingredient having recently shot up by a whopping 305 per cent.

Undoubtedly, the most popular alcohol-free option is Thayer's Witch Hazel. More than 9949 users have reviewed the popular product and the majority of the shoppers give the toner a five-star rating. 

Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Alcohol-Free Toner

"This toner is the best toner I have ever used. It has a cool refreshing feeling when applies to the face and, most importantly, it truly does tone and shrink pores," one reviewer wrote. "In addition to this, it also cleans out blackheads and gives your skin a soft feel, as well as a healthy glow. Can't leave home without it - it really helps my tired skin."

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