Dr. Maura: The Importance of Tannins in your Skincare

Dr. Maura: The Importance of Tannins in your Skincare

As a naturopathic doctor specializing in dermatology, I’m always looking to better the health of my skin using ingredients found in nature. I find that natural based skincare products not only work better for my skin but also deliver amazing results due to the healing power of botanicals and the absence of toxins and harsh ingredients. 

The witch hazel shrub is the magical flowering shrub that makes Thayers’ Facial Toners and Astringents a high quality natural remedy for your skin. However, the tannins found within the Facial Toners and Astringents are the secret natural ingredient that power their formulas and leave your skin with a lasting glow. Here’s why tannins are so important in maintaining a healthy skin complexion. 

What are Tannins? 

If you’ve ever enjoyed a glass of red wine, you might have heard of its tannin content. Tannins are a plant derived polyphenol that are found within the skin of grapes and give off a distinct bitter taste. It’s what causes the drying sensation in your mouth when drinking wine as most red wines are fermented with the grape skin, seeds and stem where tannins are naturally stored.  While tannins are a common name in the wine world, they are often less talked about in skincare but play an equally important role. Tannins are also found within the leaves and bark of the Hamamelis Virginiana, or Witch Hazel plant. 

Tannins in Nature 

Many plant structures contain tannins, and they play an important role as defenders of the plants they are found in, as the tannic content helps protect the plant life from external attacks of bacteria and fungi. Their other purpose in nature is to stop animals from eating their fruits or seeds before they are ripe. Without tannins, these plants would be left unprotected. 

Natural Astringents  

Tannins are powerful plant polyphenols that are best known for their astringent and antioxidant qualities in skincare. Many holistic and naturopathic practitioners recommend tannins as they are natural astringents that work to reduce the appearance of pores and help to promote an even skin tone. Tannins are what help your skin battle excess oiliness without leaving skin to feel too dry. In addition, the antioxidant properties of tannins attach to free radicals to your skin, which may leave your pores squeaky clean and your skin with a youthful glow. 

Many witch hazel brands distill their formulas, which destroys the tannic content within the witch hazel. At Thayers, we manage to  preserve the precious tannic content by immersing the witch hazel bark and leaves in water for hours, which slowly brings out the skin healthy tannins. This method of extraction leaves 195% more tannins than your regular distilled witch hazel, making it a potent yet gentle toner and astringent. 

Soothing for the Skin 

The anti-inflammatory properties of tannins help to soothe inflammation as well as reduce redness, and calm any signs of skin irritation. These polyphenols also help to balance the skin’s natural pH levels and promote healthy looking skin. Thayers Facial Toners are a great alternative to alcohol based toners since the tannins within the witch hazel help you achieve that clean astringent feeling without the use of alcohol. 

A Natural Acne Treatment  

As their role in plants is to defend against bacteria and fungi, tannins are naturally antimicrobial and antifungal and are a great natural solution to blemishes and acne. In our facial toners and astringents, tannins work behind the scenes to keep acne breakouts at bay and what make witch hazel one of the most effective natural acne remedies. 

In short, tannins are naturally occurring substances that are found within the witch hazel shrub, and play a key role in maintaining a clear, balanced complexion. If you’re interested in incorporating these skin healthy tannins into your skincare routine, we recommend trying the certified organic witch hazel and aloe vera formulas from Thayers, which are all formulated with quality tannins.

By Dr. Maura Henninger, Licensed and Board-Certified Naturopathic Physician.  For more information on Dr. Maura, please visit drmaura.com