Friday, January 21, 2011

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

The other day I did a product review where I talked about a Toner that I wasn't that crazy about.  I thought since I told you about a product that didn't thrill me I should tell you about a Toner that I'm a BIG fan of - Thayers Alcohol-Free Toner

You really don't have to get that fancy w/ toner or spend a shit load of money.  Some things are worth spending money on some things aren't.  Thayers is a Witch Hazel toner and it's ALCOHOL FREE which I mentioned the other day is a big thing for me when buying a toner b/c I find alcohol can dry skin out.  Witch Hazel is a natural astringent and basically that's why you're using a toner anyway. 

Here's a little background info on Witch Hazel and why it's so great!

Witch hazel is mainly used externally on sores, bruises, and swelling. The main constituents of the extract include tannin, gallic acid, catechins, proanthocyanins, flavonoids (kaempferol, quercetin), essential oil (carvacrol, eugenol, hexenol), choline, saponins, and bitters. Distilled witch hazel sold in drug stores and pharmacies typically contains no tannin.

Witch hazel hydrosol is used in skin care. It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent, which makes it very useful in fighting acne. It is often used as a natural remedy for psoriasis, eczema, aftershave applications, ingrown nails, to prevent sweating of the face, cracked or blistered skin, for treating insect bites, poison ivy, and as a treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. (It is found in numerous over-the-counter hemorrhoid preparations.)

Witch hazel is also traditionally known as a good first reaction against shaving cuts and abrasions, and it is also recommended by The Doctors Book of Home Remedies as effective for helping soothe sunburn.

If you want you can totally just go to your local drug store and buy Witch Hazel and use that as a Toner as well.  For me the thing is I HATE the smell of Witch Hazel and I wouldn't want to use it on my clients b/c of the smell either so for literally almost the same price I can get Thayers Alcohol Free Toner in a variety of styles..they even have an unscented one for those fragrance free freaks!  Also some ppl might find just plain Witch Hazel a bit drying on their skin but Thayers has Aloe Vera in it which I find helps in preventing that drying effect.

Thayers has been around since the mid 1800's so they are obviously doing something right lol.  Also THAYERS® are the only Witch Hazel products made of non-distilled extract from the Witch Hazel shrub maintaining the highest levels of therapeutic tannins. They have a bunch of different types ranging from Lavendar Witch Hazel (my fav...lavender apparently is a very relaxing scent) to Cucumber Witch Hazel to Unscented Witch Hazel and more.  Plus according to their website you can get a sample pack w/ all the different styles in 2 oz bottles which can be great and compact for your kit or traveling and you get to try out a bunch of different types (I'm a sucker for sample packs or variety packs lol).  They also have Witch Hazel Astrigenent Pads which are also convenient for travel.

Some other great things about this Toner:
*Propylene Glycol-Free
*Un-Distilled Witch Hazel (with all the beneficial natural tannins)

You can get it online.  I usually find mine in various Health Food Stores.  The traditional bottle is 12 oz which is pretty big and at the store I bought it at it was ONLY $7.99 CAN (which oddly enough is cheaper than their online website and it wasn't on sale when I bought it).  That's a really great price for such a great product!  I mean you can't even go into a reg. drug store at get most cosmetic brand toners for that cheap! 

1 comment:

Elizabeth Chang (Skyla Arts) said...

i hate the smell of witch hazel too!!! thanks for the review~ ^^