Your 28 Days Skin Fitness & Detox

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Welcome to Your 28 Days Skin Fitness & Detox Programme for a healthy, radiant skin!

Spring and autumn are the two most transitional seasons of the year, this is the time when your skin needs additional support. Complete Your Spring Skin Fitness & Detox 28 Day Programme, for radiant, healthy, nourished, even toned and refined skin. Conscious ‘me time’ and extra skin care.

1) Day 1 of Your Programme begin with a early evening cleanse, then Clarifying Steam Bath and Clarifying Clay Mask followed by Cream Mask application. You’ll do this once a week, so choose a night for it, we like Sunday night.
2) Use Renewing Night Conditioner or Sensitive Care Conditioner ampoule every night instead of Toner for 28 nights.
3) On Wednesday or Thursday night each week of the programme cleanse early in the evening and apply Cream Mask. Leave to absorb all evening, removing just before bedtime.

Tip: Mix a small amount of your chosen Cream Mask (Hydrating, Revitalising, Firming or Soothing) in with your daily moisturiser over the 28 days as well for even more of a skin boost.

DOWNLOAD your 28 Day Chart here… 

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Why 28 days?
Your skin cell cycle is 28 days.

What you will need:
✓ Dr. Hauschka products (Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising) for your daily morning and evening rituals
Clarifying Steam Bath
Clarifying Clay Mask
✓ The Cream Mask most suited for your skin: Revitalising, Hydrating, Firming or Soothing
Renewing Night Conditioner, or if you have sensitive skin then Sensitive Care Conditioner. You will need 28 ampoules out of your 50 pack, so use the remaining ampoules for your next 28 Days Skin Fitness & Detox treatment.

You may choose to use Intensive Treatments instead of Conditioners, available in Clarifying Intensive Treatment <25, Clarifying Intensive Treatment 25+, Soothing Intensive Treatment (for hypersensitive and/or stressed skin), Regenerating Intensive Treatment or Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin. Use Intensive Treatments both morning and night instead of toner, 5 pumps per application. One bottle is a complete treatment.

Please note: Our Cleansing Sponge is perfect for quick and easy removal for Clarifying Clay Mask

 

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Every Day – Morning

1) Drink warm water and lemon juice first thing upon waking in the morning and do this every morning. If it’s going to be easier then juice a pile of lemons, put the juice in ice blocks and freeze. Take one block out each night and place in a cup, so you’re ready for the morning. We need to make this habit quick and easy. Aids the body in a clear skin, flushing out toxins, jump starts the digestive tract, aids the liver in its cleansing processes and increases detoxification.

2) Use 5 drops of Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence in your basin cleansing water. We recommend Compress & Hydration + Press & Roll, at the basin, rather than cleansing in your morning shower.

Why do we promote ‘Compress & Hydrate’? 
a) Warming your skin first softens your pores to ensure a much deeper cleanse
b) You will use your cleansing products much more economically
c) Complete by splashing or compressing with cool water after cleansing to activates a minute muscle beside the hair follicle, contraction helps to remove any last remaining dirt
d) Your skin will feel so much softer without the need for harsh exfoliation
e) Check out our Compress & Hydrate + Press & Roll video

We want you to get the best results!

3) Cleansing Cream – ‘press & roll’ technique.

4) Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner – close eyes and mist onto the skin, 3 pumps should do.

5) Day Care – all are highly concentrated so should always be warmed between the palms of the hands and applied to skin still moist from Toner. This ensures even and economical application.

Clarifying Day Oil – to balance and regulate an oily/blemished skin
Melissa Day Cream – for sensitive combination (oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks) skin
Rose Day Cream Light – for normal or sensitive skin, usually recommended for a younger skin, up to around 35.
Rose Day Cream – rich and highly protective for normal, dry, sensitive, mature skin
Quince Day Cream – cooling, soothing and protective for normal skin or sensitive skin
Tinted Day Cream – tinted moisturiser for normal, dry, sensitive or mature skin
Revitalising Day Cream – for aiding sebaceous activity and guiding skin to a balanced state in a normal, dry, mature/pallid skin
Regenerating Serum & Regenerating Day Cream – specific support for firming a maturing skin

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Every Day – Evening

1) ‘Compress and Hydrate’ skin to soften the pores in readiness for cleansing. Use 5 drops of Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence in the water
2) Soothing Cleansing Milk
3) Apply Renewing Night Conditioner or Sensitive Care Conditioner ampoule.

This is your weekly routine, so repeat until you reach your 28th evening. By which time your skin will be deeply cleansed, nourished, more even toned, soft, radiant and healthy!

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The Power of Night Video, click on play

Great skin care is about using the highest quality natural and organic products. Eat fresh, nutritious food, drink 6-8 glasses of water daily, 8 hours sleep and put measures in place if you’re stressed – a state of relaxation, happiness and laughter is good for your skin. A 30 minute daily walk in the fresh air is good for your body, mind and soul, in nature if you can.

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Mixing Clarifying Clay Mask with water in readiness for application

For those that need it here’s step by step instructions on how to do a Clarifying Steam BathClarifying Clay Mask and Cream Mask for Day 1 which will be repeated once a week during the programme, alternatively there’s full instructions in your product box:

1. Compress and hydrate your skin, cleanse with Soothing Cleansing Milk, remove with the warm, moist Dr. Hauschka Compress Cloth.
2. Place 1 heaped teaspoon of Clarifying Clay Mask in a small container in readiness.
3. Dilute two teaspoons of Clarifying Steam Bath with ½ litre (500ml) of steaming water in a large bowl. Lean over the bowl, covering the head with towel, and steam for 5-10 minutes. Follow with Clarifying Clay Mask application.

Please note: If you don’t wish to steam, then you may do this step with Clarifying Steam Bath and ‘Compress and Hydrate’ instead.

4. While your skin is still warm and moist mix 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons of water (I use the Clarifying Steam Bath water) to the Clarifying Clay Mask in the small container. The consistency you want is spreadable, not too thin because it will drip off your face and not a paste.

5. Apply mask to your face and neck excluding eye contour area ideally with a mask brush. Apply from the centre of the face outwards. We always work in the direction of lymph flow. Allow to dry, it’s no longer active once dry.

Clarifying Clay Mask Tip: Watch where the clay mask dries first. That’s a good indication that particular area of your face is dehydrated. Are you missing that area with your Day Care? Do you need a richer Day Care product?

6. To remove Clarifying Clay Mask the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Sponge makes the job quick and easy, but a non white face flannel will do, moistened with the now lukewarm facial steam water. Remove by moistening the mask first, then wiping.

7. Now apply your Cream Mask (Revitalising, Hydrating, Firming or Soothing) including the eye contour area, as an eye mask.

8. Leave on for at least 30 minutes to absorb. I leave mine on for most of the evening. Remove Cream Mask with a warm moist Compress Cloth before bedtime.

9. Apply the contents of a Renewing Night Conditioner Ampoule.

Please note: If you are new to Renewing Night Conditioner ampoules, flick the top to ensure all liquid is in the bottom of the ampoule, then using a towel break off the glass top. Pour 1/2 the contents into the palm of one hand, spread between the palms of the hands and quickly press into the skin and repeat with the balance of the liquid. Apply nothing further to your skin. It’s bedtime.

Note: We do not recommend any heat for a rosacea skin condition – use tepid water for a Compress & Hydrate instead.

Your skin will reward you for the extra effort, it will look radiant, refined and even toned, nourished and pampered. x

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This blog tells you more about the individual ingredient, Macadamia, where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Dr. Hauschka Foundation

The excellent skin compatibility of the intensively nurturing Foundation is based on a combination of quality natural substances. The rapidly absorbed macadamia nut oil gives the skin a protective finish. It smoothes the skin making it easier for the pigments to be applied evenly. By contrast, coconut oil is absorbed slowly into the skin and leaves a lovely silky feel. Pomegranate provides moisture and vitality and encourages skin regeneration. Shea butter helps the skin retain moisture and is protective. The result is a nurtured, even and radiant complexion.

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Raw material profile

It is considered the queen of nuts. In its subtropical home in Australia, the evergreen, sclerophyllous macadamia trees (Macadamia ternifolia) can reach heights of up to around 15 metres. Macadamia belongs to the original silver tree family (Proteaceae), the ancestors of which developed in the ancient continent of Gondwana (consisting of South America, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Arabia, Madagascar, New Guinea and India) in the Precambrian Age. Today, the tree is grown in Australia and New Zealand, on Hawaii, in Israel and in various countries in Africa and South America.

The appearance of the trees is strongly influenced by genetic variants and growing methods. For example, for months, long panicles of white or pinky-purplish flowers, which can vary massively in numbers, grow on the trees. There can be up to 500 blossoms on each panicle. They bloom from top to bottom. In Australia, these blossoms are pollinated not only by insects; birds and marsupials are among the more extraordinary pollinators of the macadamia tree. As a rule, after around six months only three to five percent of them mature into macadamia nuts, which, incidentally, are not actually nuts. They are what are known as stone fruit, as are walnuts, for example. Stone fruit are surrounded by an unwooded fruit flesh, while in nuts, the fruit flesh is completely wooded to form the shell. The extremely hard shell of the macadamia nut is enclosed by a green fruit flesh.

Macadamia nuts are known and sought-after as a delicious, healthy snack. Macadamia nut oil contains simple unsaturated fatty acids, which can reduce blood cholesterol levels when consumed. These include plenty of palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid which is normally found in animal fatty tissue and which has a strong antioxidative effect. B-group vitamins and vitamin E add to the value of macadamia nut oil for nutrition and also for skin care.Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 9.38.24 AM

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The fair-trade macadamia nuts for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products come from the ‘macadamiafans’ certified organic small farmer project in Kenya. The growth conditions for the macadamia tree are perfect at the high altitudes around Mount Kenya National Park, where the trees are cultivated by small farmers. Despite the optimum conditions, it still takes around 15 years before the trees can be fully harvested, but they then last for decades. The nuts primarily ripen in the months from March to June. Straight after the harvest, the farmers remove the green outer shell. The nuts prepared in this way are then transported to decentralised manufacturing facilities for further processing. These largely employ the farmers’ family members. After a gentle drying process, the factory employees use specially developed manual nutcrackers to delicately remove the valuable cores from the protective shell, carefully sort them and then package them in a vacuum to prevent oxidation. It is a complicated process involving a lot of manual work, several stages of drying and short storage times, but it is worth it as a high percentage of the macadamia nuts remain undamaged.

With all this work, it is no wonder that macadamia nuts are the most expensive nuts in the world. Where it was previously often just the middle men making a profit, the macadamiafans project founded in 2009 gives the farmers and their families direct access to the export market. The project has its own traceability system where all steps are recorded digitally, from training and certification of the farmers, through purchasing, payment and processing to the finished product. Extensive training and a conversion to certified organic farming have given the farmers the opportunity to significantly increase their income. All of the profits from macadamiafans currently go into expanding the activities in Kenya so that more farmers can be offered a fair return on their products.

WALA buys the shelled nuts from macadamiafans and gets them pressed into oil in Germany. This requires real finesse from the people working at the oil mill. Macadamia nuts need the right amount of gentle warmth to separate the oil and oil cakes from one another. The valuable oil cakes go to organic bakeries in the area.

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macadamiafans cooperates with the WELT:KLASSE foundation. As part of supervised school projects, German schoolchildren sell the Kenyan macadamia nuts in Germany and can visit the farmers in Kenya.

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The flowers, ripening and ripe fruit can be found on the macadamia tree at the same time, which is a typical feature of tropical trees.

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The Aborigines value wild macadamia nuts as a source of protein and fat. One legend suggests that a cockatoo gave the nuts to the tribal boy Baphal when he was stuck in the mountain with an injured foot, thus saving his life. Since then, the nuts have been called Baphal nuts in the Aborigine language.

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Originally, macadamia nuts only grew in Australia. It is the only edible Australian plant which is farmed commercially.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Do you really need an eye cream?

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Do you really need a specialised eye product?

  • The skin around the eyes is thinner and shows signs of ageing more quickly than other areas of the face
  • It’s also more delicate and vulnerable due to thin skin
  • More prone to allergic reactions
  • Subject to much movement e.g. squinting
  • Under the eyes may be prone to puffiness
  • The eye area doesn’t contain oil glands to keep the skin moist like the rest of your facial skin

So yes, a day time specialised eye product is highly recommended, with ingredients to protect against the environment, and to nourish, nurture, soothe and refresh.

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What’s the difference between Dr. Hauschka eye products?

Regenerating Eye Cream to support a more demanding mature skin. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines caused by dryness, reduces the appearance of wrinkle depth, tones the eye area, smoothes and refines the skin and hydrates.

Ingredient focus: Precious borage seed oil has one of the highest amounts of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) of all the oils. GLA is one type of omega-6 essential fatty acid which also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Daily Hydrating Eye Cream is suitable for all skin conditions and for skin prone to premature wrinkles. Soothing, refreshing, hydrating and rapidly absorbed.

Ingredient focus: Pineapple fruit extract is rich in vitamins and minerals, it smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, refreshes and has anti-irritant and soothing properties.

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Eye Balm is suitable for dry and sensitive skin prone to premature lines and wrinkles. Smooths, moisturises and is highly protective. Calendula helps with under-eye puffiness.

Ingredient focus: Beeswax with it’s high melting point stays where it’s put and is also anti-inflammatory helping to calm and soothe.

Eye Revive refreshes, revitalises and soothes eyes that are tired, strained, puffy or red. A must for irritated screen eyes and post air travel.

Ingredient focus: Eyebright (Euphrasia) for its anti-irritant, astringent and soothing properties.

Please note:  The use of eye creams at night time is likely to result in puffy morning eyes. Use your oil free Night Serum or Regenerating Serum for the eye contour area at night.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Sandalwood

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This page tells you more about Sandalwood, where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Why is sandalwood used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

A tree’s fragrance normally comes from its blossom. The fact that the sandalwood tree concentrates its essential oil in its wood impacts on its effectiveness. Unlike airy floral fragrances, the fragrance of sandalwood conveys a sense of stability. The floral quality concentrated in the solid wood demands durability. Instead of a strongly emanating scent, sandalwood emits a subtle fragrance that warms the soul, touches the heart and leaves you feeling grounded. Only once applied to the skin does it develop into a delicately effective force, which gently envelops and offers a sense of calmness. Sandalwood water from the distillation process helps tone the skin and give it vitality.

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Ingredients in Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream

Sandalwood oil offers a sense of calmness and supports the soothing effect of the lavender. Balancing wood sorrel extract has a harmonising effect, while premium olive, macadamia nut, apricot kernel and avocado oils strengthen the skin’s barrier function. The skin feels silky-soft and smooth following application and has its natural balance restored thanks to the Body Cream’s soothing effect.

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Raw material profile

Most people know sandalwood from India. Anyone who has travelled to this colourful country will ever forget its characteristic scent. It permeates rooms and lingers on clothing. The fragrance comes from certain sandal trees, of which there are about 25 species worldwide. These are natively found in the Indian subcontinent, Australia, from Hawaii to New Guinea and in the Philippines, and have certain things in common: their wood contains essential oil and they’re classed as semi-parasitic. The trees obtain some of their nourishment from the root systems of neighbouring plants, but can also survive alone, without a host plant.

Sandalwood essential oil is obtained from sandal trees from India and Australia. These grow to heights of between one and ten metres, are evergreen, flower throughout the year and are not fussy about where they grow – whether in fertile valleys or on dry mountainsides, the sandal tree thrives anywhere. Indeed, the scent of its wood seems to be more intense the dryer and poorer the soil it grows in. Its leaves are large and leathery, somewhat like laurel leaves. Its unscented flowers usually have four petals, which look yellow on opening but gradually take on a deep red colour. They grow in clusters at the tips of the branches.

The essential sandalwood oil obtained from the reddish heartwood contains a number of substances including the sesquiterpene alcohol santalol and santalen, which is classed as a sesquiterpene. It is antiseptic, toning and stimulates the lymph flow. The essential oil plays an important role in the perfume industry.

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In aromatherapy, the fragrance of sandalwood is used to help combat excessive mental strain. The harmonising fragrance is soothing, relieves tension and helps people find their inner peace.

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To harvest the heartwood for steam distillation, the felled tree trunks used be left lying on the ground for nature to take its course. White termites would attack the bark and the soft sapwood, until a few months later only the almost cleanly stripped hard heartwood remained.

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Essential sandalwood oil is antispasmodic and antibacterial. It can be used to help treat minor urinary tract infections. Inhalations are said to help combat persistent coughs.

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As sandalwood is so popular that natural stocks have been strongly decimated, especially in India, each year the Indian government issues felling licences that are subject to strict conditions.

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The essential sandalwood oil used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products is obtained from sustainable, certified organic forestry in Australia. Tree nurseries in the tropical regions in the north of the country propagate the Australian sandalwood trees (Santalum spicatum) and their host plants, both of which are cultivated together. The trees are therefore given the necessary conditions for optimal growth. Every year, new, species-rich plantations are created so that sandal trees of different ages are simultaneously available. The sought-after essential oil is obtained by felling trees with an age of 15 to 17 years. Machines strip the trees to leave only the hard heartwood. After this is chipped and ground, the essential oil is obtained from it using steam distillation. It takes about 20 kilograms of sandalwood to produce one kilogram of essential oil. The distillation process is exceptionally lengthy: the sandalwood is distilled at just over 100°C for up to 100 hours.

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Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash with the gentle aroma of lavender, discreetly accompanied by the warm fragrance of Australian sandalwood. Quince seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture, plant surfactants respect skin’s pH and effectively cleanse and plant oils leave your skin feeling smooth.

Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream for soft, nourished and protected skin. The comforting aroma of lavender is complemented by warm notes of Australian sandalwood. Extracts of lemon balm (melissa) and wood sorrel balance and renew, while macadamia nut, apricot kernel and avocado oils nourish and fortify the skin’s protective barrier.

Regenerating Intensive Treatment has a base of sandalwood water from the steam distillation process, which helps to give the skin tone and vitality. Rhythmitised dilutions of madonna lily, gingko and hawthorn work with gemstones blue tourmaline, amber and gold to support a maturing skin’s natural processes of renewal.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Are You Showering Correctly?

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Something you do every day, so you may not think too much about it, however, here’s some tips to ensure you’re showering correctly.

How long in the shower?

Water is drying to the skin, maximum time in the shower is 10 minutes. You don’t want to be wasting water either.

Exfoliate, to do or not to do

Your skin will slough off naturally skin cells when they’re good and ready, from using a sponge, flannel or body brush. In the meantime those cells are protective and help your skin to retain moisture.

There’s no need to exfoliate and please, please don’t use anything that contains microbeads for our environment’s sake.

How hot is too hot?

Very hot water in the shower exacerbates dryness, itchy, irritated skin and eczema by removing your skin’s naturally occurring oils. Recommended maximum temperature is 43 degrees Celsius. Think comfortably warm, not hot, your skin certainly shouldn’t be turning red.

How do you protect your face skin in the shower?

TIP: Don’t ever put your face directly under the shower rose, water under pressure is far too harsh for your delicate facial skin.

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What about your feet?

You may be thinking your soap or Body Wash that you’ve just washed your body with will clean your feet as well on the way down. No, your feet definitely need their own wash and remember to do in between your toes, then thoroughly rinse so they’re not slippery.

 

Feet care: Perspiration and moisture is the perfect environment in which harmful bacteria may grow. You don’t want foot odour or fungal infections. We highly recommend the application of Deodorising Foot Cream for a healthy, balanced environment for your feet and/or Body Silk Powder to absorb moisture after shower.

TIP: A sprinkle of Body Silk Powder in your shoes keeps them smelling nice and fresh too.

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Using overly alkaline soap is drying

Keep it effective and gentle with Body Washes made with plant surfactants and quince seed extract to help your skin retain moisture combined with nourishing plant oils, and remember surfactants do the work, not bubbles. Our Cleansing Sponge helps Body Washes to lather.

Tip: Anything that’s continually moist will attract mould. Have two Cleansing Sponges on the go, one in the wash and one in use. Put through the laundry wash every couple of days and hang out on the line for a dose of UV.

Drying

Pat your skin dry, don’t rub after shower, vigorous rubbing means you’ll lose more of your natural oils.

Restore

Restore your skin after shower with nourishing Body Cream, Body Milk or Body Oil. There’s much more skin on your bod than your face so natural and organic body care is important.

Your skin should still be slightly moist for application of Body Cream, Body Milk or Body Oil for even and economical application. With Body Oil and moist skin you’re making an oil/water emulsion directly onto your skin.

You might like > 5 Body Moisturisers For 5 Different Moods and Dressing Daily with Dr. Hauschka Body Oils

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Secrets of the Moors

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Even in this day and age, moorlands have lost none of their magic or their mystery. They also contain a valuable medical raw material that provides protection and warmth.

Warmth, protection and a kind of barrier function

The peat extracts contained in Dr. Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Body OilMoor Lavender Calming Bath Essence and WALA Solum Oil are gently warming and relaxing – a protective shell against external influences and a must for those prone to coldness and weather sensitivity. Combined with natural essential lavender oil, the product gives off a soft fragrance that paves the way for a good night’s sleep.

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Moor (Peat) collection…

North of Bremen lies our destination – one of the largest continuous moorlands in the north-west of Germany. At the heart of the highmoor, we want to cut peat for later use in our medicines and skin care. Sound crazy? Perhaps it does initially. But peat has special properties that we have been harnessing for decades.

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The Team from WALA/Dr. Hauschka Production are assisted in their efforts by a local farmer whose tractor we now follow along bumpy paths into the dense thicket, the mist still hanging heavy before our eyes. A lone cow eyes us suspiciously. Presumably it is a rare occurrence for so many people to troop by her remote meadow at the same time.

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For centuries on end, the highmoor and its surrounding area had a cool, damp climate with high humidity and rainfall. Water accumulated in the soil, especially in the upper layer. Rather than decomposing, dead plant matter turned into peat owing to the lack of oxygen and the highly acidic nature of the constantly damp substrate – a process that bears witness to seclusion and stagnation. The moor grew constantly during this time, albeit very slowly – around one millimetre per year. Finally, it even extended above ground water level, hence the name ‘highmoor’.

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The peat-cutting site looks rather unspectacular at first – a mud hole lined with young birches and pines, heather and mushrooms. Between the branches, spiderwebs glisten in the dull morning light. It is freezing cold. The men have to dig around two metres deep. In spite of the cold, there are beads of perspiration on their foreheads. “Good thing we had a hearty breakfast”, jokes Walter. As they work away, the men’s spades dig with a smacking sound into the ground, which is heavy and moist, greasy and black. A fine acidic smell wafts up from the site and the only sound is the laboured breathing of our colleagues working tirelessly with their implements. Otherwise muffled silence holds sway. The mist has swallowed up the world around us.

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The farmer is already standing in the pit, some six feet deep. “The ground is starting to look lighter here”, he says, casting an expert eye on the work in progress. This is the layer of peat that we need. It is light brown and fibrous, containing pieces of conserved wood and plant parts. Six stainless steel barrels are lifted down from the tractor trailer. For the moment, they are still light, but once filled with peat, each weighs around 70 kilograms.

However, before we head for home, microbiologist Simon from WALA Basic Research, has another job to do: spade in hand, he jumps down into the pit and takes samples of the soil, which he then packs and labels with the utmost care. As he explains: “The bog has not only conserved many plant parts but also the pollen from the vegetation of the time. Based on this, we can determine the age of each of the layers of soil.” His initial estimation? “Between 3,000 and 5,000 years”, he says with a smile, “but when we have analysed it, we will have an even better idea what age the soil comes from and what vegetation turned into peat here over the millennia.”

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Nadia from WALA’s Development of Medicines department views the lively scene with mixed feelings: “Normally, we don’t take so many people with us to cut peat.” Usually, it is just Walter and herself. After all, the peace and quiet of the moors and respect for nature are of great importance for WALA when extracting the valuable raw material.

This same peace and quiet is also central to the therapeutic use of moor extract – together with warmth, protection and a kind of barrier function. In order to produce the extract, WALA employees mix the peat together with purified water and treat it using the rhythmic light process. At sunrise and sunset, the mixture is taken to the light and stirred. After seven days, it is pressed and then further processed together with extracts of horse chestnut and field horsetail. This is done in different ways depending on whether the extract is to be used later on for preparations intended for internal or external application.

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In this way, the lifeless peat from the cool, damp and secluded moorlands is transformed into a vibrant, medically effective substance. Among other things, it may help to strengthen liver functions, invigorate the body’s fluid processes, stimulate kidney activity. It also helps to relieve pains, to form a protective layer of warmth and to provide protection to those prone to weather sensitivity who are fixated by external stimuli.

Text: Elisabeth Menzel
Photos: Jigal Fichtner

Moor (Peat) Extract
Moor (Peat) Extract

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Winter Skin Tips

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Dryness and dehydration are prime reasons for premature wrinkles so it’s imperative we protect our skin from these conditions, and during winter we need to be particularly vigilant, as outdoor weather is drying and indoor heating is dehydrating.

So what’s the solution to winter dryness and dehydration?

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Hydrating Mask is Dr. Hauschka’s ultimate winter skin fix, twice a week, cleanse early in the evening and apply the mask, also include eye contour area, and leave on to absorb all evening, removing with a moist, tepid cloth before bed. You’ll love how your skin feels in the morning!

TIP: If your skin is extremely dry/dehydrated you may also use Hydrating Mask as your ‘day moisturiser’ for a month long boost or until condition improves.

Hydrating Mask’s super rich blend of botanicals soothes, protects and revitalises while sealing in moisture, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple.

– Quince seed extract replenishes and helps dry skin to retain moisture

– Nourishing Almond, Avocado,Olive and Jojoba oils 

– Rose Wax and organic Shea Butter soothe and protect

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Rose Day Cream contains Shea Butter, Beeswax and precious Rose Wax to protect your skin from outside elements and indoor heating. Precious extracts of Rose Petals and Wild Rose Hips help to balance and harmonise your skin, softening Marsh Mallow, calming St. John’s wort and nourishing Avocado Oil for winter care. Rose is a warming ingredient. 

Quince Day Cream contains Quince Seed extract which helps your skin to retain moisture, while Quince Wax is protective against the environment. Quince is a cooling ingredient, however, that’s fine for some parts of the country.

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TIP: Winter Mask Blend Treatment:

Firming, Moisturising and Hydrating Mask Blend, for a dry and/or dehydrated skin that also needs firming…

  1. Cleanse early in the evening
  2. Apply a generous amount of Regenerating Serum including eye contour area as an ‘eye mask’ as well
  3. Then apply Hydrating Mask over Regenerating Serum, including eye contour area
  4. Leave to absorb all evening, removing with a warm, moist cloth just before bedtime

If your skin is dry, red, irritated, itchy or flaky in winter, choose Soothing Mask instead of Hydrating Mask to strengthen and restore a sensitive skin. Regenerating Serum is also formulated for a sensitive skin.

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Lips and Eyes

Eye Balm is a beeswax based product. You only need use the size of a piece of rice, then melt the waxes between your ring fingers and apply gently to eye contour area. Enormously protective against winter weather and skin feels as soft as silk. Lip Balm for luscious lips even in cold weather.

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Dry winter hands?

Give your hands a once a week Hydrating Mask treatment while you watch a movie. Use Hydrating Hand Cream daily, which deeply moisturises without leaving a greasy residue.

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Body Moisturising

Dr. Hauschka Body Oils are applied to skin still moist from shower or bath, making a water/oil emulsion directly on your skin for rapid absorption and economical use. 

Winter is a hibernating time according to the rhythm of nature. We can’t exactly hibernate, but we can sustain ourselves with warming Body Oils such as Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil which is also very protective and aids with stress, Blackthorn Toning Body Oil which is also strengthening and just feels good at this time of year, or warming Rose Nurturing Body Oil.

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Cold Feet?

A warming foot bath, perhaps while you are having your Mask treatment. Choose your Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence aromatics for the benefits you are looking for:

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence to help you sleep better and to soothe and calm the nervous system. This is a milky formula for it’s protective qualities.

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence has positive, cheerful and uplifting qualities and supports clear thinking.

Almond Soothing Bath Essence quiets the mind, instilling feelings of warmth and comfort. The complex fragrance with almond and orange essential oils is uplifting to the spirit. Especially soothing to dry, sensitive and itchy skin.

Sage Purifying Bath Essence is known for its refreshing, perspiration-regulating action. It provides a refreshing foot bath after sport and exercise and tired feet are wonderfully refreshed. In the cold months of the year it helps to prevent poor circulation and chills.

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence with precious rose extracts, envelops the senses in the soft, luxurious scent of dozens of blossoming roses. Feel the exotic care and protection of the queen of all flowers as you bathe in the velvety warmth of this beautiful bath essence. This is a milky formula for it’s protective qualities.

After you have dried your feet then apply Deodorising Foot Cream. Invigorating Rosemary essential oil, Silk and Sage combine to warm, balance and revitalise feet.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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