A couple of weeks ago, I headed to Bliss for a much-needed facial. (Seriously, my skin was so oily that I thought Sarah Palin might show up at my doorstep with a "Drill, baby, drill" sign.) After some pore-purging, my esthetician recommended that I use witch hazel as a toner. I hadn't done this since my junior high days, but I figured it was worth a try.
Witch hazel is a flowering plant that is distilled into the astringent you'll find at drugstores. It's cheap — usually just two or three dollars for a huge bottle of generic witch hazel, which is what I've been using. Two weeks into this toning experiment I've made a few observations. For the pros and cons, read more.