Thayers - Witch Hazel Blemish Clearing Balm

Thayers Witch Hazel Blemish Clearing Balm

  • Moisturizing
  • beeswax
  • glycerin
  • hamamelis virginiana extract
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • +1 more
75 /100
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"This lightweight moisturizer is formulated with Thayers proprietary blend of soothing and cleansing witch hazel and hydrating and healing filet of aloe vera, along with skin-renewing tea tree oil."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, caprylyl glycol.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: beeswax, helianthus annuus seed oil.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
meets threshold
meets threshold
meets threshold

Potential irritants

Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
caprylyl glycol
Has skin benefit
does not have skin benefit
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
5.7% - 8.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.5% - 5.3%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
2.5% - 3.8%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
2% - 3.1%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1.7% - 2.5%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
1.4% - 2.1%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
1.2% - 1.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
A preservative
0.55% - 1.3%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.45% - 1%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps thicken the product formula and create a nice product formulation
0.2% - 0.75%
An essential oil that can be irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
0.1% - 0.35%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.05% - 0.2%
0.05% - 0.1%

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