Tannins in Witch Hazel: A Perfect Combination for Any Skin Type



At Thayers Natural Remedies, we are committed to quality. As a loyal customer, you know that Thayers Witch Hazel products are proven to be great for keeping your skin looking healthy, glowing and beautiful. But do you know the reason why? One easy answer is tannins.

Here at Thayers we are dedicated to informing those who use our products what ingredients will provide benefits for your skin and how. With so many different skin care products on the market, it can be hard to decipher which ingredients offer the most benefits of different skin types. 

Tannins are a natural compound you may have heard about a lot or never heard of at all. Read on to discover how tannins within Thayers Witch Hazel products are effective in reducing redness, soothing irritations, eliminating blemishes and much more.

What Are Tannins in Skin Care Products? 

Before we can discuss why they’re used in beauty care products, we have to first explain what tannins are. We aren’t going to get too scientific, however, it is important to know what these little botanicals do and why they are so helpful for your skin and complexion.  

So, what exactly are tannins? If you’ve ever peeled a grape and tasted the skin, you know what we’re talking about. The compounds that make it bitter are called tannins and they’re the same ones that ensure your favorite Witch Hazel skin care products work so well.  

Fruits, vegetables, and nuts contain tannins. You can find them in pomegranates, berries, legumes, spices, tea, coffee, and even chocolate. And, coincidentally enough, these are the same chemical elements that make your favorite red wine dry – i.e. the more tannins present in the wine, the drier the blend. 

In short, tannins are completely natural and come from some of your favorite foods that you enjoy each day. This makes them a great option to use on your skin as it is an ingredient safe enough to eat. Typically listed as tannic acid under the ingredients of your favorite cosmetic or skincare brand, this component is a completely natural way to help improve the look of skin while preventing blemishes and acne breakouts. Click here to watch our video to learn more about why tannins are such a powerful and beneficial skin care ingredient.

What is Witch Hazel and How Do Tannins Fit In? 

Witch Hazel, also known as hamamelis virginiana, is a flowering shrub found throughout North America. It is a common ingredient in many skincare products such as cleansers, toners, astringents, facial mists and more. Tannins are a natural component of Witch Hazel that is brought out during the extraction process.

Unlike other products, Thayers Witch Hazel is not distilled with alcohol. Instead we use a gentle maceration process, using only water, which is much like brewing a cup of tea, that leaves 195% more beneficial tannins compared to other brands. These antioxidant rich tannins, along with the lack of alcohol in our facial toners and extraction process, helps skin maintain its natural moisture barrier and reduce excess oil while not stripping skin of its natural oils. Also, Thayer’s alcohol-free Witch Hazel Toners contain natural pairings such as aloe vera, rose, and lavender that help your face feel smoother and moisturized.

What are the Benefits of Tannins for Skin? 

As skincare evolves and people begin researching the ingredients in their products more often, many wonder, “are tannins bad for skin”? Though there’s a lot of conflicting info out there on this topic, the short answer is, no tannins are not bad for your skin. In fact, tannins are incredibly beneficial for helping improve your skin’s tone and texture.  Research has found that tannins are natural antioxidants that give skin a boost, and are responsible for free-radical neutralization, promote anti inflammatory, anti aging, antimicrobial, anticarcinogenic and wound healing properties. These naturally occurring polyphenols within Witch Hazel help protect skin from external environmental stressors. In addition, tannins work behind the scenes to control excess sebum production by constricting the tissue of the skin.

Furthermore, because of Thayers gentle water-based extraction process, Eugenol, a potential skin irritant and allergen found in Witch Hazel, isn’t likely to make it into our final formula, according to an independent third party lab study analyzing our formula at 10 parts per billion.  

In fact, tannins can be one of the best ingredients you can use to help keep your skin looking and feeling great. Here are a few examples of why:  

  • Tannins have natural antimicrobial properties that help reduce acne breakouts and blemishes.  
  • Tannins contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help minimize redness and inflammation. 
  • For those who wish to reduce cell damage, tannins act as an antioxidant against free radicals. 
  • As a natural astringent, they help remove excess oil from pores without drying out the skin. 
  • Tannins also help balance pH levels to prevent your skin from feeling too oily or too dry. 
  • Using a product with tannins after sunburn can help prevent damage from UV-B rays. 

Sourced from nature, the benefits of tannins have been known by beauty experts for hundreds of years. This is why Thayer’s Witch Hazel Natural Toners and Astringents are the ideal choices for people of all skin types. 

Using facial toner productswith Witch Hazel tannins are a great way to enjoy a beautiful and natural glow while fending off acne, dryness, and other highly common complexion troubles. After a few uses, you will feel as though you just left the spa.

Trust the Red Cap, Trust Thayers Witch Hazel Products

Since 1847, Thayers Natural Remedies skincare products have been produced using the highest quality ingredients entirely free of artificial fragrances, colors, and dyes. No matter what skin type or issue you may be dealing with, our Witch Hazel products are sure to be the best new staple to your medicine cabinet.

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