What do you need to know about witch hazel? Does it expire? Does Dickinson’s Witch Hazel expire? Does Thayers Witch Hazel last forever or does it have a shelf life, too? Why is witch hazel bad for your skin and what can happen if you put it on your face without knowing the facts first. Does witch hazel need to be refrigerated like other medicines with alcohol in them, like rubbing alcohol or vodka tonic water before bedtime so they don’t spoil overnight while you sleep?
What Does Witch Hazel Do? How Does It Work? When you use witch hazel on your skin, it shrinks pores and tightens the skin. That’s why many people put a cotton ball dabbed with witch hazel onto their faces before bed to get rid of puffiness under their eyes in the morning.
There are two different types of witch hazel: organic and distilled. Organic is used mostly by herbalists for medicinal purposes like calming inflammation or swelling so they can be more effective when treating other conditions (think aspirin). Concentrated distillation for commercial uses means there has been no heat applied during processing which leaves all the beneficial properties intact, but also makes it thinned out with alcohols that evaporate quickly.
Witch hazel is distilled by water than alcohol, so it contains more beneficial properties than organic witch hazel because there are no chemicals or heat applied. This makes it better for use in commercial skincare products that will eventually evaporate the alcohol content. Organic witch hazel needs to be combined with other ingredients before using on your face if you want a longer-lasting effect and should not be used on sensitive areas of skin like around eyes without diluting first (only one part organic witch hazel mixed into four parts water).
The extraction process means that distillation has been done at 190 degrees Fahrenheit which causes proteins, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to break down during processing! So while they are good for your skin, they are not as potent and effective.
There are a few things to consider,” says Sable Rayne, MD. “If you have sensitive skin or any other medical condition for which you use topical medications like Retin-A (tretinoin) or Accutane (isotretinoin), then witch hazel may make your existing conditions worse.” This is because it can cause redness and irritation in sensitive areas of the skin due to the high alcohol content.
But if that doesn’t apply to you – go ahead! Use Witch Hazel as directed by Thayers: cleanse before using as an astringent and after shaving for relief from razor burn. Or put on the cotton ball over your makeup throughout the day, especially when traveling with greasy makeup.
How long is the shelf life of witch hazel?
Witch Hazels can be refrigerated for longer shelf life, but should not be stored in the freezer – this will cause chemical changes that may make the product less effective.
If you are sensitive to fragrances and want an alcohol-free version of witch hazel, try their Aloe Vera Formula as opposed to Original Witch Hazel with Glycerine (which also has aloe vera). It contains organic extracts from Egyptian chamomile and aloe vera wrapped in organic cotton, which can be refrigerated and will not expire. Remember – avoid using witch hazel if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients or have sensitive skin as it may cause redness and irritation.
What are the dangers of using products that contain alcohol, fragrances, or other irritants like menthol? These ingredients can cause redness and irritation which may worsen pre-existing conditions. If you’re allergic to any of these ingredients avoid using witch hazel as it might cause an adverse reaction with sensitive skin. In addition, remember not to use this product if you have acne or rosacea.
What are the benefits of witch hazel? Witch Hazel has astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic qualities which help to cleanse pores, tighten skin tissue, reduce redness, diminish pore size for the appearance of improved skin tone and texture. The plant also contains organic extracts from Egyptian chamomile and aloe vera wrapped in organic cotton that can be refrigerated – these ingredients will not expire! So you’ll never have to worry about your product going bad on you.