In terms of all-around skin care, it's hard to beat witch hazel. For centuries, native Americans used the leaves and bark of the North American witch hazel shrub to treat a variety of skin disorders. Today, a distilled version of the plant extract is available in almost every drugstore, and it makes a great skin conditioner, aftershave, sunburn remedy, bug bite soother, bruise reducer and diaper-rash treatment. One warning, though: Many companies mix their witch hazel with up to 14 percent alcohol, which can dry out skin. Ideally, you want to go with Humphrey's
or another alcohol-free brand.