Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 8

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Trust

When developing her skin care treatment, Elisabeth Sigmund addressed the needs of her clients, who she wanted to feel good from head to toe and to be able to relax. Because many women have cold feet, she began the treatment with a warming foot bath, to which she added her sage bath essence. She took the time to build up good relationships with her customers. An appointment lasted approximately 2 hours. During this time Elisabeth Sigmund often had private discussions with the customers. During these consultations, the causes of certain skin conditions repeatedly came to light, for example, intolerances or incorrect nutrition.

Lymph stimulation

Many new customers visited the Salong för Skönhetsvård for a facial massage. When Elisabeth Sigmund worked at the Vienna cosmetics institute, Pessl, in the mid-1930s, she noticed that facial massages allowed the facial muscles to slacken and coarsened the skin structure. She therefore developed lymph stimulation as an alternative treatment for her Stockholm beauty salon based on the manual lymph drainage technique developed by Dr Emil Vodder (1896–1986) and his wife Estrid (1898–1996). The lymph system removes metabolic waste products, toxins, pathogens and excess tissue fluids but can become blocked. Lymph drainage removes the blockages and gets things flowing again using pumping, circling, flat movements.

Facial exercises

“There are two kinds of beauty – inner and outer.”

This quote from Elisabeth Sigmund expresses, among other things, how a person’s inner attitude can influence their facial features. Wrinkles are created through a certain facial expression. Sadness or joy is reflected on a person’s face. Using facial exercises, which you can still learn today, Elisabeth Sigmund balanced out one-sided muscle tension. Targeted activation of individual facial muscles to increase their tone and strengthen the living tissue, triggering its natural activity. Wrinkles can be smoothed out. The facial skin feels fresher as a result of better circulation.

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Facial Workout

Beauty through facial workouts

When trying to tone their bodies, most people go to the gym. But how many people train their facial muscles? Their chin muscles, forehead muscles, lip area muscles, lower cheek muscles, eye area muscles or nose muscles?

Facial exercises refine our facial expressions and shape our facial features. Our face becomes more toned, the invigorated tissue is stronger and its natural activity stimulated, our worry lines are smoothened out. All in all, our facial skin simply feels different: fresher, healthier and with better circulation.

Sound good? Then get exercising!

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Knee bends for the forehead

  1. A great beginner’s exercise to work your forehead area, which you should ideally try in front of a mirror: start by raising and then relaxing your forehead.
  2. Next, place both hands loosely on top of each other on your forehead and raise and relax it again.
  3. Your hands should move passively with your skin. Now keep your hands in the same position but use them to create resistance while raising your forehead. Keep the skin tensed for about five seconds then slowly relax. Repeat four times.
  4. Finally, use circular finger movements to loosen your forehead. Now close your eyes and savour the way your skin feels. This enjoyable sensation alone boosts your inner beauty.

Click here for our Facial Workout Brochure 

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Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Teenage Skin

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The most important aspect of a teenager’s skin is they learn to use the highest quality natural and organic products and daily rituals right from the get go.

We are often asked by our Mum customers when they should start their children on a skin care regime.

In our experience if your child is experiencing skin issues as young as 10, then that’s the time to start. The onset of puberty, which is often younger these days, is likely to bring about pimples. Often we have found simply by incorporating Cleansing Cream use for morning and evening cleansing will do the trick and clear their skin.

Sometimes there is the need to also incorporate Clarifying Toner, and possibly Clarifying Day Oil if oiliness is a problem.

Coverstick is a must for pimples! The quicker a pimple is healed the less likelihood of lifetime scarring.

As children grow into the teenage years bear in mind conventional foundation is usually occlusive and/or comedogenic to the skin. Concentrated Translucent Bronzing Tint mixed with Clarifying Day Oil (or Melissa Day Cream or Rose Day Cream Light) helps to even skin tone. When the time comes for make-up look to Dr. Hauschka Foundation.

Clarifying Day Oil is a lightweight, rapidly absorbed oil, that helps to calm, balance and regulate oily skin. Yes, oil for an oily skin! It may seem counter intuitive at first, but just give the skin a chance to regulate and balance on our skin care regime.

Melissa Day Cream is a matte textured, specific product for a combination (oily t-zone {forehead, nose, chin} dry/normal cheeks). Melissa (medicinal herb Lemon Balm) mediates between oily and dry/normal areas. The aroma is uplifting, and oily shine is controlled.

Rose Day Cream Light is a second generation product. Our Mum customers using Rose Day Cream asked us to develop a lighter Rose product for their daughters. It’s also matte in texture.

Recommended Daily Skin Care Rituals

Morning:

  1. Compress & Hydrate your skin using Sage Purifying Bath Essence in your basin water
  2. Cleansing Cream – mix with a little water into a paste and ‘press & roll’
  3. Clarifying Facial Toner – close eyes and mist directly onto your skin
  4. Clarifying Day Oil – if skin is oily, warm 2-5 drops and press into skin that’s still moist from your Toner, alternatively Melissa Day Cream or Rose Day Cream Light
  5. If you have pimples apply Coverstick, our incredibly effective conceal and treat pimple zapping product.
Click play for Cleansing Cream Application Video
Click play for Cleansing Cream Application Video

Evening:

Initially and prior to using make-up just use: Cleansing Cream to start with and you may wish to include Clarifying Toner

Once make-up is being used:

  1. Soothing Cleansing Milk – to remove the dirt and dust your skin picks up during the day and to remove make-up and eye make-up
  2. You may still wish to do a secondary deeper cleanse with Cleansing Cream
  3. Clarifying Toner – close eyes and mist directly onto skin
  4. You may wish to use Night Serum which aids the night time processes of your skin, but never use a night cream, which is occlusive to the skin during your skin’s elimination phase overnight
Click on play for The Power of Night Video
Click on play for The Power of Night Video

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Clarifying Day Oil
Balances oily and/or blemished skin

  • Fast absorbing daily moisturiser that balances excessive oiliness
  • Refines the appearance of pores
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes
  • Jojoba, apricot kernel, almond and wheat germ oils (a rich source of vitamin E, one of the skin healing vitamins) balance the skin’s natural oil content
  • Anthyllis, a key ingredient in Dr. Hauschka preparations for bringing all skin conditions to a state of balance and carrot (a rich source of natural provitamin A another of the skin healing vitamins) extracts calm the skin
  • Cocoa butter is readily absorbed by the skin and helps it to feel soft and supple
  • Neem, St. John’s wort and calendula extracts combine to visibly minimise redness and help maintain a healthy, radiant complexion
  • One bottle lasts a long time!
  • Suitable for both young women and men

Use: Each morning after cleansing and toning, apply a 2-5 drops to your palms, while skin is still moist from Toner, and evenly apply to the face, neck and décolleté.

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Melissa Day Cream
Balances combination skin, oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks

  • Oily areas are calmed, dry patches are hydrated
  • The appearance of redness is reduced
  • Shine is controlled for a balanced, radiant complexion
  • Extracts of melissa (medicinal herb lemon balm), daisy, anthyllis, witch hazel and pro-vitamin A rich carrot soothe and balance the skin’s natural oil and water content
  • Tapioca starch provides an even, matte appearance

Use: Each morning after cleansing and toning, apply to skin still moist from Toner, to face, neck and décolleté with a gentle pressing motion.

Clarifying Face Care Kit to trial natural and organic Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products and daily rituals. Contents: Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Toner, Clarifying Day Oil, Melissa Day Cream, Clarifying Steam Bath, Clarifying Clay Mask and Revitalising Mask

Clarifying Face Care Kit – perfect to trial natural and organic Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products and daily rituals.

Contents: Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Toner, Clarifying Day Oil, Melissa Day Cream, Clarifying Steam Bath, Clarifying Clay Mask and Revitalising Mask.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Clarifying Toner

  • Tones, balances and calms oily and/or blemished skin
  • Gently stimulates the skin’s natural processes, giving your complexion a rosy and vibrant radiance
  • Balances excessive oiliness
  • Soothes redness and irritation
  • Minimises the appearance of blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores
  • Daisy (anti-inflammatory) and nasturtium (helping to regulate oily skin) minimise the appearance of blackheads and blemishes, visibly refine pores and reduce excessive oiliness
  • Anthyllis balances skin for a calm, even appearance
  • Echinacea is anti-bacterial, calendula is healing, witch hazel is astringent
  • Also perfect as a young man’s ‘after shave’ product

Use: After cleansing in the mornings and evenings, close eyes and mist Clarifying Toner onto the face and gently press into the skin.

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Coverstick
Conceals and treats pimples

  • Conceals blemishes and imperfections while soothing and supporting the skin’s natural processes of renewal
  • Offers highly effective skin care that hides small imperfections while calming and nurturing
  • Combines nurturing botanical extracts with moisture retaining precious oils and waxes to support skin clarity
  • Tea tree and manuka oils have anti-bacterial properties and reduce the appearance of blemishes
  • Extracts of rose petal, healing calendula, pro-vitamin A rich carrot and anthyllis visibly reduce redness
  • Natural mineral pigments blend and conceal for an even complexion

Colours
01 natural
02 beige
03 sand

Use: Apply Coverstick at the first sign of a blemish and re-apply several times a day if required. Gently blend and smooth lines with fingers or make-up brush.

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Oily Skin

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At Dr. Hauschka we have a medicinal background since 1935, producing anthroposophical homeopathic remedies and many of these guidelines and of course medicinal as well as botanical knowledge goes into crafting our skin care.

If you have an oily skin you may be tempted to use harsh cleansing products (overly alkaline, lathering, harsh exfoliating via beads or acids) that ‘strip’ the skin, this just results in your skin producing more oil to compensate. It’s imperative to correctly cleanse with effective and gentle cleansing that respect the pH of your skin. Your skin’s acid mantle is protective against bacteria.

Clarifying Day Oil is a lightweight, rapidly absorbed oil, that helps to calm, balance and regulate oily skin. Yes, oil for an oily skin! It may seem counter intuitive at first, but just give your skin a chance to regulate and balance on our skin care regime.

Recommended Daily Skin Care Rituals

Morning:

  1. Compress & Hydrate your skin using Sage Purifying Bath Essence in your basin water
  2. Cleansing Cream – mix with a little water into a paste and ‘press & roll’
  3. Clarifying Facial Toner – close eyes and mist directly onto your skin
  4. Clarifying Day Oil – warm 2-3 drops and press into skin that’s still moist from your Toner
  5. If you have pimples apply Coverstick, our amazing conceal and treat pimple zapping product.

Tip: You may wish to mix a little Translucent Bronzing Tint in with your Clarifying Day Oil to help even skin tone

Click play for Cleansing Cream Application Video
Click play for Cleansing Cream Application Video

Evening:

  1. Soothing Cleansing Milk – to remove the dirt and dust your skin picks up during the day and to remove make-up and eye make-up
  2. You may wish to do a secondary cleanse with Cleansing Cream
  3. Clarifying Toner – close eyes and mist directly onto skin
  4. You may wish to use Night Serum which aids the night time processes of your skin, but never use a night cream, which is occlusive to the skin during your skin’s elimination phase overnight
Click on play for The Power of Night Video
Click on play for The Power of Night Video

Weekly care:

Once a week complete a Clarifying Steam Bath following by Clarifying Clay Mask to draw impurities from your skin and to gently exfoliate. Then apply Revitalising Mask which soothes skin, refines pores and may help heal new scarring. Sunday night for this is a great skin care habit to get into.

On another night of the week cleanse early in the evening, apply Revitalising Mask and leave to absorb as long as possible, removing before bedtime with a warm, moist cloth. If you’re in a hurry leave on for 30 minutes.

Annual/Seasonal Care

Twice a year in the most transitional seasons of autumn and spring complete a 30 night Renewing Night Conditioner treatment instead of Toner. Renewing Night Conditioner is also highly recommended if you’re a new Dr. Hauschka customer and your skin is transitioning off night creams and synthetic chemical products.

Twice a year complete a Clarifying Intensive Treatment (<25 or >25) morning and evening instead of Toner. Choose summer and winter for this one month, one bottle treatment.

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Clarifying Day Oil in detail

  • Balances oily and/or blemished skin
  • Fast absorbing daily moisturiser that balances excessive oiliness
  • Refines the appearance of pores
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes
  • Jojoba, apricot kernel, almond and wheat germ oils (a rich source of vitamin E, one of the skin healing vitamins) balance the skin’s natural oil content
  • Anthyllis, a key ingredient in Dr. Hauschka preparations for bringing all skin conditions to a state of balance and carrot (a rich source of natural provitamin A another of the skin healing vitamins) extracts calm the skin
  • Cocoa butter is readily absorbed by the skin and helps it to feel soft and supple
  • Neem, St. John’s wort and calendula extracts combine to visibly minimise redness and help maintain a healthy, radiant complexion
  • One bottle lasts a long time!

Use: Each morning after cleansing and toning, apply a 2-5 drops to your palms and evenly apply to the face, neck and décolleté.

Clarifying Face Care Kit to trial natural and organic Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products and daily rituals. Contents: Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Toner, Clarifying Day Oil, Melissa Day Cream, Clarifying Steam Bath, Clarifying Clay Mask and Revitalising Mask

Clarifying Face Care Kit – perfect to trial natural and organic Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products and daily rituals.

Contents: Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Toner, Clarifying Day Oil, Melissa Day Cream, Clarifying Steam Bath, Clarifying Clay Mask and Revitalising Mask

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Sweet Dreams

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Tips for day time to night time transition

A bedside foot bath

In the evenings, we often have an overheated head, but cold feet – really, it should be the other way around! A foot bath with Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence or Rose Nurturing Bath Essence warms, harmonises and grounds. Enjoy a wonderful foot bath first and then slide under the bed covers straight after.

Be mindful of your body

Eye Revive is wonderfully suited to drawing your focus inwards. As the extracts of eyebright, fennel, anthyllis, chamomile and black tea on the cotton pads attend to your tired eyes, you can simply drift off to sleep.

Create transitions

Think about what you’ve done, who you met and which precious moments you want to cherish. Peacefully reap the fruits of the day. And don’t let your thoughts wander to the next day. Tomorrow morning will come around quickly enough for that.

Sleep needs three things

A light meal, a good book and an open window. This is often all it takes for your mind and body to become attuned with the night.

Live rhythmically

When you create rhythm in your everyday life, for example by eating at regular intervals, staying active or taking breaks from work, you automatically strengthen your day-night rhythm. The more conscientiously active you are throughout the day, the easier the polar opposite will come to you at its end: a refreshing sleep.

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Winter Warmers Bath Essences

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As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, attention automatically turns inward. Our primitive desires for warmth and security awaken within. Is there anything better than closing the door, submerging yourself in a warm bath and immersing yourself in an aromatic journey to soothe your soul?

Bath Essences
Take a deep breath,
Immerse yourself in the moment
Envelop your body in the essence of
nature and let your mind roam free
Your senses are awakened.

Dr. Hauschka Bath Essences are waiting to softly caress your soul, spirit and body in a warm bath, and take you with them on a sumptuous journey of the senses. Dr. Hauschka’s perfumer, Jörg Zimmermann, has taken inspiration from the scents of Dr. Hauschka body oils, body lotions and body washes to create these individual scents from natural and organic essential oils.

The exotic Rose Nurturing Bath Essence nurtures the soul, simultaneously offering peace and vitality. The composition of almond and avocado oil leaves the skin feeling soft and silky smooth.

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence provides the skin with caring protection. The aroma of lavender provides calm and clarity and helps you to concentrate on what’s important. In addition to the lavender, moor extract is also at the core of this product, rhythmically processed with extracts of horse chestnut and horsetail.

The complex and luxurious fragrance of Almond Soothing Bath Essence invites you on a sensual journey: from the gentle freshness of the first almond blossoms in spring to the warm sweetness of the almond fruit.

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence gently nourishes the skin with sunflower oil, while the lemon and lemongrass activate the skin with their toning effects.

Sage Purifying Bath Essence provides warmth during the cold seasons, but is also refreshing and deodorising. Recommended for post exercise. Perfect for a foot bath also.

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Bath Time Tip:
Apply your favourite Dr. Hauschka Cream Mask (Revitalising, Hydrating, Soothing or Firming) during your bath.

Why did we produce milky formulations for Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence and Rose Nurturing Bath Essence?

Not that many years ago it was uncommon to see Mum’s in the workplace and the pace of life was much slower, however, today’s lifestyle for the majority of women is one of juggling children and work as well as other commitments, and amongst it all attempting to find balance. Our milky formulations are much more protective which provides enhanced support for lifestyle issues today and in the future.

Dispersing
The milky formulations do not disperse as easily in lukewarm water. Pour milky formula Bath Essence into your basin or bath, add hot water to aid dispersion, then add cold water.

Please note: Both Rose Nurturing Bath Essence and Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence are ideal for kid’s bath time as well.

Woman Bath Revitalsing Mask

Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Plant Portrait – Apple

Apple Blossom
Apple Blossom

Apple Synonyms: cultivated apple tree
Scientific name: Malus domestica Borkh.
Family: Rosaceae (rose family)

Description

At the height of spring, apple trees are exuberantly covered in delicate apple blossom. The effect of these flowers is particularly magnificent on naturally growing trees, which tower to heights of up to 15 metres and are topped with broad crowns. As the season wears on, the pollinated blooms lose their white or pink-tinged petals, which float to the ground, covering it like a layer of fresh snow. For a full harvest, fruit only needs to develop from five percent of the tree’s blossoms. The apple tree draws on all of life and is a key source of nectar for bees. From a botanical perspective, the apple is not a fruit but an accessory fruit; it grows from the receptacle that surrounds the ovary rather than from the ovary itself. The dried structures on the base of the apple, opposite the stem, are the remains of the flower. Like with all members of the rose family, these are five-petalled. When sliced in two, the apple also reveals a five-part core, created from the five carpels that bear the ovules. From a botanical perspective, the parchment-like core chambers or skins make up the fruit, or more accurately, the aggregate fruit.

Habitat

Central or Western Asia

Constituents

Rich in vitamins, especially provitamin A and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and E; minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium and zinc; trace elements, fibre, antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids and organic acids, 75% of theses substances are found in or directly beneath the apple skin.

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Uses

Polyphenols and flavonoids, both of which are found in abundance in apple skin, are anti-inflammatory, neutralise free radicals and protect against cell damage. Apples can also help prevent damage to nerve cells, lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels. Laboratory tests have shown that oligosaccharide from apples is effective at killing cancer cells.

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Apple Harvest

Interesting facts

The scientific name ‘malus’ is derived from the Greek ‘malon’, meaning apple, although the origins of this term are still unknown. The term ‘domestica’ (from the Latin ‘domesticus’ = home, indigenous) is added to the name of fruit trees cultivated in close proximity to homes. The apple is one of the oldest cultivated plants: not only have apples been found among the burial items in the tombs of pharaohs, but apple trees seem to have been grown in Kazakhstan since 10,000 B.C. The name of the country’s largest city, Almaty, even translates as ‘apple city’. Ancient manuscripts show that in the 8th century B.C., the Babylonians planted apple trees in the medicinal plant garden of King Marduk-apla-iddina (8th to 7th century B.C.) for medicinal purposes. The Romans brought the domesticated apple to Northern Europe from Asia via Greece. In all Eurasian cultures, the apple is a symbol of love, sexuality, fertility and the nourishing value of a mother’s milk, and is associated with certain deities. For the Babylonians, this was the planetary goddess Ishtar, who embodied Venus. For the Greeks it was Aphrodite and for the Teutons, Idun, the goddess of youth and immortality. Like the Greek nymphs known as the Hesperides, Idun guarded over golden apples in her garden. These provided eternal youth and immortality. Apple trees or apples on pictures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus represent Mary’s great fertility. However, eating an apple is also associated with the bringing of knowledge and change. Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden after taking a bite from an apple from the tree of knowledge. In ancient portrayals of the Last Judgement, those who have been absolved of all sins hold an apple in their hand as a symbol of their re-acceptance into Paradise. When Mary hands Jesus an apple in ancient paintings, Christ takes on the sins of this world. In handing him the apple, Mary gives him the strength he needs to do this. On biting a poisoned apple, Snow White falls into a deep sleep. In both this fairy tale and Mother Hulda by the Brothers Grimm, where the apple tree calls “Oh, shake me, shake me, we apples are all ripe”, the apples represent the confrontation with female sexuality. In these cases, they are once again symbols of love. But to return to the Romans… These first started carefully growing apple trees in Central Europe, passing on the art of grafting. They knew that when trees were grown from the seeds of cultivated apple trees, their apples did not have the same properties as those of the mother tree. In scientific terms, apples are not homozygous. To reproduce the best varieties, the Romans therefore grafted cuttings to strong root systems. From around 100 B.C., they passed on the knowledge of this technique to their northern provinces where they planted up to 1,000 apple varieties. The present form of the cultivated apple tree is thought to have resulted from the natural crossbreeding between the Asian wild apple (Malus sieversii) and the Oriental apple (Malus orientalis). The apples from the first crossbreeds were still small and extremely bitter. Over thousands of years, 20,000 to 25,000 apple varieties have been created through crossbreeding and selection. The German names of these reflect their many different shapes and sizes; apples can be divided into the several different species: Klapperäpfel (schlotters), Gulderlinge (gulderlings), Rosenäpfel (Rosen apples), Pfundäpfel (rambours), Renetten (reinettes), Streiflinge (stripelings), Spitzäpfel (pointlings) and Plattäpfel (flat apples). Only around 30 varieties are found in today’s shops; the others are not considered profitable. In the 1960s, the EC even encouraged apple growers in Germany to fell their trees, offering 50 pfennig per tree (at the time, this equated to the purchase price of two and a half eggs or 100 g beef). Five million trees fell victim to the campaign, which aimed to promote the Golden Delicious as the standard apple. Fortunately, not everyone got on board with the campaign and apple-loving scientists known as pomologists have been able to record 2,000 different apple varieties that still exist in Germany and make an important contribution to the country’s biodiversity. Retaining the varieties will require constant attention and propagation as apple trees only live for about 100 years.

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Apples in Dr. Hauschka skin care

Night Serum is the first Dr. Hauschka skin care product to use apples. The apple tree is a plant that remains with us all year round and is so much a part of everyday life that we can trust it with our eyes closed. As a cultivated plant, there have always been close ties between people and apples. In Night Serum, apple blossom invites the skin to open up and facilitates the nighttime renewal processes. As a fruit, the apple abounds with health and freshness – we desire its radiance and want to see this reflected in the mirror each morning. In formulating Night Serum, Dr. Hauschka selected Berner Rose Apple, a variety that reveals the full beauty and diversity of the fruit. The apples needed to be crunchy, juicy and as soft, rosy and full of vitality as your skin after a good night’s sleep. There also needed to be a balance between sweetness and acidity, as well as a protective yet delicate skin. We obtain the apples from German apple growers who use controlled organic farming methods. The freshly harvested blossoms and fruits are prepared using a proprietary production process – the apple blossoms as a rhythmitised extract and the fruit as apple water.

Apple Tree
Apple Tree

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7 Ways to Revive a Dull Skin

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As we mature we lose colour from our complexion, resulting in a pallid/dull skin.

7 Ways to Revive a Dull Skin

  1. Fresh and nutritious food, fruit and vegetables contain pigments called carotenoids, which give carrots their orange colour, tomatoes their red colour etc. When we eat them, these pigments show in our skin, contributing to a glowing complexion. Adequate sleep, plenty of water (hydration is plumping as well), less coffee and alcohol, fresh air and exercise.
  2. Use Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Day Cream. This product is our lightest in texture yet our most activating. It supports sebaceous activity and key ingredient Anthyllis guides your skin to a healthy, radiant state.
  3. Definitely do not use night cream or eye cream at night, they impede overnight functions, and we want to support a healthy functioning, radiant skin with water based botanical extract products. Try Night Serum.
  4. Revitalising Mask treatment twice a week.
  5. Mix Translucent Bronzing Tint with your Revitalising Day Cream to bring warm tones into your skin.
  6. After your Foundation always, always put the colour back in! Use our matte Bronzing Powder (see tips below) and Rouge Powder, Blushing Rose to the ‘apples’ of the cheeks. Think of a child’s skin with naturally rosy cheeks.
  7. Use Eyeshadow Solo Ivory 09 with a Powder Brush to highlight cheekbones. Also a little at the cupid’s bow of your lips and under brow, these areas of highlighting bring radiance to your look.

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Bronzing Powder Application Tips:

To get that natural, sun-kissed look, apply bronzer with a light hand, using Powder Brush, building it up in sheer layers. A little goes a long way. Focus on the areas that the sun would naturally hit, including forehead, chin and jaw line, and the tops of cheeks, the tip of nose, using sweeping motions on top of your brow bone and circular motions on your cheeks and chin.

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Recommended Daily Skin Regime for a Dull/Pallid Skin

Morning:
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Revitalising Day Cream mixed with Translucent Bronzing Tint
Foundation, Bronzing Powder and Rouge Powder

Evening:
Soothing Cleansing Milk
Facial Toner
Night Serum

Once a week:
Clarifying Steam Bath, Clarifying Clay Mask followed by Revitalising Mask
Once a week:
A second Revitalising Mask treatment, if your skin is dry/dehydrated then use Hydrating Mask on the other night of the week.

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Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • We do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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