Astringent Cools Refreshes Cleanses A natural gentle skin astringent derived from a time honored Native-American formula. This unique blend refreshes and softens your skin while leaving it clear and younger-looking. Cooling - After exposure to the sun or wind Refreshing - After shaving, after a bath or shower or use for massage. Cleansing - Gently cleans and softens all types of skin. Thayers developed this all-natural astringent for healthy looking skin. Witch Hazel can help to tighten pores and to smooth skin. Thayers proprietary Witch Hazel extract (derived from the bark) is not distilled, thereby maintaining all the beneficial natural tannins. Assay of hamamelitannin shows that Witch Hazel bark extract is 31 times richer in hamamelitannin than the leaf extract and 87 times richer than the stem extract.