Alcohol-based toners are very popular, and they do work. However, they can dry out your skin and contribute to signs of aging. As a vegan skincare company, we prefer witch hazel. We include it in our blissani Naturals anti-acne clear face toner, but we’d recommend using it even by itself. Just choose a natural supplier you trust. It’s a great way to tighten pores and exfoliate the skin, which is exactly what you want a toner to do.
Toners are often used after shaving and/or cleansing the face. It’s a great second step in any skincare routine. Step one is to use a natural face wash. Step two is to use a natural toner and Step 3 is a moisturizer with sunscreen during the day and anti-aging at night. After cleansing or shaving, your pores are open and ready for exfoliation (the removal of dead skin cells.) Witch hazel is a great way to do just that. Although, we can see why alcohol toners are still popular.
Alcohol(s) are in most skincare products. It helps dissolve ingredients which are not water-soluble (easily dissolved in water) and gets valuable nutrients deep into your skin. However, there are different types of alcohol. The simple and fatty alcohols found in most skincare products won’t damage your skin the way many alcohol-based toners will. Most alcohol-based toners contain aromatic alcohols which can dry out your skin initially (fooling you into thinking they work). Yet, over time they can produce the opposite effect.
Aromatic alcohol and too much alcohol in general (we’re looking at you Uncle Larry) will cause your skin’s pH to be out of balance. This is your skin’s natural oil-acid balance and when out of whack it can cause acne, blemishes and irritation. Witch hazel, on the other hand, can help restore your skin’s natural pH balance to reduce signs of aging and acne.
It also helps tighten pores and exfoliate the skin. This made it a natural inclusion in our blissani Naturals Clear Face Anti-Acne Toner. Our vegan-friendly, cruelty-free formula contains licorice root to help with dark spots, green tea extract for wrinkles, and aloe to soothe and heal your skin. Simply swipe one thin layer over the face with a cotton round after shaving and/or cleansing. If you’re the DIY type you can do the same with Organic Witch Hazel, and are feelings won’t be hurt.
The Big Differences Between Alcohol and Witch Hazel