This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the colour spectrum. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take centre stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.
“Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still. Colour choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”
Dr. Hauschka International Make-up Artist, Karim Sattar’s Extended Eyeliner Tips
Extended eyeliner can be tricky to achieve, so follow these simple steps for a dramatic look.
1) Sketch your line out first with Eyeliner Pencil 05 Black
2) Apply Liquid Liner Black over the pencil line and fill in as well
3) Apply Light Taupe* Eyeshadow to the crease
4) Dab a little Vanilla* Eyeshadow underneath to enhance the extended eye liner
5) Set the extended eyeliner by carefully pressing the Darkest Brown* for lasting power
6) Apply Volumising Mascara Black
7) Karim has used Rouge Powder Terracotta 04 on the ‘apples’ of her cheeks
8) A soft lip compliments such strong eye make-up, Karim has used Novum Nature Shimmer 04. Karim says this lip colour is one of his favourites “Adds natural shimmer and a sheer wash of freshly kissed colour!”
* Eye shadow colours are from our Eye Shadow Palette.
Our model’s skin was prepped first by Karim with Dr. Hauschka Foundation and Translucent Powder.
Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, took a one-year research trip to India from 1961 to 1962. She was given this opportunity by the son of a friend who was studying yoga in India. Elisabeth Sigmund learned how colourfully different India could be (and still is today). She visited temples and observed the varied street life. In the eyes of the Indians, she was an exotic stranger.
The Ayurvedic doctor, Dr Kaura, taught Elisabeth Sigmund a great deal about Ayurvedic medicine and Indian plants, particularly Neem (Azadirachta indica), the holy Indian tree. Neem extracts have been used in India for centuries due to their anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties. Unknown in Europe at the time, Elisabeth Sigmund later used this nurturing plant in the formulations for Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Hair & Scalp Tonic, Strengthening Hair Treatment, Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil and Clarifying Day Oil.
At the beginning of the 1960s, it was unusual for a woman to travel alone. Elisabeth Sigmund was given the opportunity to travel to the then uncommon destination of India without her husband, who was working full-time, by Hasse, the son of a friend who had intensively studied yoga in Stockholm. While he was furthering his knowledge of yoga in India, Elisabeth Sigmund was able to visit him. She travelled to New Delhi and Mumbai among other places and spent many hours in the Mumbai University library, where she found books on nourishing plants and other natural materials with an effect on skin that could not be obtained in Europe.
Cosmetics production the Indian way
In addition to her theoretical work, Elisabeth Sigmund investigated the Indian cosmetics market and came across packages of Ayurvedic herbs with poetic advertising: “If you use this cream regularly you will become as bright and beautiful as the full moon.” She also came into contact with products that are damaging to the skin, for example a day cream named Himalayan Snow, a bleaching cream that could result in unsightly eczema, as Dr Kaura informed her. Once she had run out of her own cosmetics, Elisabeth Sigmund produced cosmetics adapted to the Indian climate. For example, she could not get any sage so instead produced a foot bath using camphor. She also made a rose cream for Dr Kaura’s wife. She found the ingredients for her skin care products in a quarter of Mumbai where she was able to buy plants, beeswax and essential oils.
An offer to stay
A wealthy man who was an acquaintance of Dr Kaura’s offered Elisabeth Sigmund the chance to open a beauty salon in Mumbai. He said that he would send plenty of customers her way and in two years she would be a wealthy woman. He would also find a job for her husband. Elisabeth Sigmund thanked him for the offer. The year spent in India had been very important to her and she had learned a lot, but one year was enough. It was not somewhere she wanted to stay forever and build a new life.
We must add the colour back in after applying Foundation which evens your complexion, however looks flat without the addition of bronzer and/or blusher. Think of a child’s rosy cheeks.
Use our tinted moisturiser, Tinted Day Cream, ‘the original BB Cream’, which magically tones with all skin tones and adds sun-kissed warmth to your complexion. May be used on its own, with or without the addition of Translucent Powder or under Foundation.
Alternatively mix a little Translucent Bronzing Tint with your moisturiser, or with your Foundation.
Use matte Bronzing Powder on high points: cheeks, tip of nose and chin and also use down your neck if it needs it to tone in with your face.
Smile and apply Rouge Powder to the ‘apples’ of your cheeks.
As we mature our skin may become a little pallid so it’s important to bring the colour back in.
Tip: Complete by misting your skin with Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner to ‘fix’ your make-up and to give it a fresh, natural look.
How did you first hear about Dr. Hauschka Skin Care?
“I first learnt about Dr. Hauschka in 2004, while I was researching recommendations on the internet for natural treatments for my very sensitive skin.
It was midwinter in Melbourne and my skin was dry and irritated. Through years of sitting in the makeup chair and in various climates, my skin had gone through these stages before and I’d never really found a complete solution.
I was intrigued by the description of their Renewing Night Conditioner, (recommended by a number of people as a ‘miracle cure’ for all kinds of skin ailments) and by the fact that Dr. Hauschka’s inspiration for all his work came from indications given by the Austrian Philosopher, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, whose teachings I had just discovered. So, I decided to try it immediately. I was also inspired by the ethos of the company, their lack of advertising, and the strict standards they employed throughout the whole process of manufacturing, from the biodynamic farming onwards to a modern, practical embodiment, I thought of Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science”.
What was your reaction when you first applied Dr. Hauschka to your skin?
“I remember an incredible softness to my skin after I first used the Cleansing Cream – it had deeply cleansed but not stripped the oils out of my skin, which was a strange sensation! The scent was lovely but also grounded and pleasant, in a comforting sort of way. I’m finding it hard to describe!
The Renewing Night Conditioner was a revelation, I was extremely dubious as to what a small ampoule of pleasantly scented water would achieve overnight, for my skin was usually dry, even after applying extremely thick layers of night creams, balms and lotions.
In the morning of the first day, my skin felt comfortable and clear, and its usual tight, dry feeling seemed to have disappeared. So for me the effects were immediate, the sensations of dryness and irritation disappearing almost straight away.
Having studied both the writings of Dr. Rudolf Hauschka and Dr. Rudolf Steiner for some time now, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care has become very close to my heart – bearing as it does, the fruits of Dr. Hauschka’s remarkable life’s work into very real and tangible results in this hectic world. I find Dr. Hauschka Skin Care especially inspiring in today’s ridiculously overcrowded skin care and cosmetics markets, most of which, it seems are based on exaggeration and deceitful claims.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is for me, simply the best. There’s a limit as to how many chemicals we can expose our bodies to without an eventual breakdown of some kind, and Dr. Hauschka is my antidote to the onslaughts of modern life.”
~ Virginia Bowers
Virginia is an Australian Actor who has appeared in various film and television productions such as: The King, Canal Road Thank God You’re Here.
Scientific Name: Anthyllis vulneraria L.
Family: Pea family (Leguminosae/Fabaceae)
AKA: Woundwort, Kidney Vetch
Anthyllis is a native of Southern Europe but is now found throughout the whole of Europe, Western Asia, North Africa and America.
Small amounts of saponins and tannins, xanthophyll, organic pigments.
From the distance you think you are looking at a sea of yellowish-orange flowerheads hovering over richly green pinnate leaf rosettes. A closer look reveals that the flowers are actually yellow and turn orange-brown as they fade. Anthyllis can reach a height of 15 to 35 cm (6 to 14 inches). The stems are frequently prostrate but also often raise themselves upwards presenting to the onlooker the dense clusters of yellow papillonaceous flowers which can be seen from April to June. A striking feature of the plant is that all parts are softly hairy. The chalk-loving plant is found on untilled fields and clover fields, by the wayside and on sunny slopes but never where the soil is overfertilized. A special feature of Anthyllis is the marked variability of its appearance depending on the site, an expression of its pronounced adaptability.
As the specific name vulneraria (Vulnus = wound) indicates, Anthyllis is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of wounds. It is also sometimes used in cough-relieving teas, in the treatment of frostbite and sore throat and for blood cleansing. It generally promotes the elimination processes of the body.
The scientific name of the plant is derived from its appearance and use: anthos = flower, ioulos = down and vulnus = wound together give a softly hairy flowering plant used for the treatment of wounds. The common name derives from the fact that the plant was also used for the treatment of kidney troubles.
Anthyllis probably only gained significance in Germany in the course of the 16th century and was valued in traditional medicine for the treatment of wounds.
The plant from another perspective
The vigorous upward and spreading growth of Anthyllis is the expression of its strong vegetative power. It is this power that strengthens the injured human organism. However, Anthyllis does not grow rampant but with refined culture. The power that fortifies the wound healing process is therefore not uncontrolled, but balanced and finely regulating. The plant’s polymorphism is also an expression of its regulating power.
In the same way as it adapts itself to different external circumstances, Anthyllis also helps different skin conditions to develop in the direction of a balanced, healthy skin. The balanced growth of the plant, which is at the same time an expression of the balance between building-up and breaking-down processes, is transferred to the skin, strengthening its resistance to destructive environmental influences and slowing down the ageing process. The balancing of the building-up and breaking-down processes in the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the skin) also refines the skin and makes it noticeably softer.
The plant in our products
On account of its positive influence on the skin, Anthyllis is one of the key plants in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care and is contained in many of the face care products and make-up products. In summary, it provides a balanced combination of two important components of skin function:
A form-giving, firming and perfusion-promoting component and a gland-strengthening component
The nocturnal activity of the skin is crucial for protection, repair and regeneration, and one new product is embracing the ethos of letting things happen naturally.
Words by Liz Hancock, MiNDFOOD Magazine
In myths and folklore, night is the time when magic happens. Fairies come out to make mischief, the Sandman sprinkles enchanted dust into the eyes of sleepers to bring them good dreams and charmed underworlds materialise to tempt princesses to dance with strangers.
In the plant kingdom, florae utilise night-time to process nutrients absorbed and created during the day and begin the activity of new growth, according to Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology.
Night is also a time of magic for the skin. In general, the body and mind process the day’s activity – tissues grow and repair, growth hormones are released, body and mind are energised, nutrients and waste are processed.
Equally, the skin repairs and energises itself as we slumber. Cell production speeds up, metabolic waste is shed, proteins heal damage and tissues are repaired. This is why night beauty products have become an increasing focus for the industry.
But one brand takes a truly unique approach to evening care. A founding principle of German natural beauty brand Dr. Hauschka is to leave the skin free at night, so it can rest and breathe easily in order to regenerate.
Because protection against the likes of sun, wind and pollution aren’t an issue while you sleep, the company has always left the skin unburdened by oils and moisturisers, with a two-step bedtime routine that involves gentle cleansing and then toning to stimulate the skin.
“During the day, your skin can use the protection and nourishment offered by your skincare products,” explains Annette Greco, head of galenic development at Dr. Hauschka. “At night, on the other hand, your skin needs something different: support for the natural processes rather than more substances.”
Now Dr. Hauschka is launching Night Serum, a light, oil-free product with new botanical ingredients to aid skin renewal while you sleep. Dr. Hauschka Night Serum contains rose apple blossom and fruit extracts, and is said to boost the skin’s natural activity, helping it to maintain its own moisture levels, leaving it smooth, radiant and fresh.
Rich in symbolism, the apple is association with Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility. Apples are high in vitamins A and C, which are regenerating and repairing on the skin. A sweet dream indeed.
Dryness and dehydration is a prime reason for premature wrinkles and lines so it’s imperative we protect our skin from this condition.
Dryness: lack of oil
Caused by ageing and the slowing down of sebum production, genetics and a drying outdoor environment.
Dehydration: lack of water
Caused by not drinking enough water and air conditioning/heating indoor environment. Air travel is extremely dehydrating.
We often see both conditions presenting in the same skin.
So what’s the solution to winter dryness and dehydration?
Hydrating Mask is our ultimate winter skin fix, twice a week, cleanse early in the evening and apply the mask, around your eye contour too, and leave on to absorb all evening, removing with a moist, tepid cloth before bed.
Tip: If your skin is extremely dry you may also use Hydrating Mask as your ‘day cream’ for a month or until condition improves.
This 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 hydrate the outer layer of skin
– Rose wax and organic shea butter soothe and protect
Another winter skin solution
The skin healers and antioxidants are Vitamins A, C and E, and the optimum choice when topically applying these vitamins is when they come in the form of the whole plant extract, as opposed to isolated and/or synthetic chemicals.
Rosehip is a rich source of vitamin C and Wheatgerm is a rich source of vitamin E, both found in Rose Day Cream formulation. Mix with a couple of drops of Clarifying Day Oil to skin still moist from Toner. That glorious orange colour comes from Wild Carrot Extract, a rich source of provitamin A.
There you have it, a potent antioxidant and protective blend for cold weather!
Mask Treatment Tip: Firming, Moisturising & Hydrating Mask Blend For a dry and/or dehydrating skin that also needs firming:
• Cleanse early in the evening
• Apply a generous amount of Regenerating Serum including eye contour area as an ‘eye mask’ as well
• Then apply Hydrating Mask over the Serum, including eye contour area
• Leave to absorb all evening, removing with a warm, moist cloth just before bedtime
The other blend we recommend is for those that get dry, red, irritated, itchy or flaky skin in winter. You can still do the above Mask Treatment Blend, but use Soothing Mask instead of Hydrating Mask to strengthen and restore a sensitive skin. Regenerating Serum is also formulated for a sensitive skin.
Do you need to alter your day care with the Seasons?
Yes, that may well be the case. We have many customers using cooling Quince Day Cream or matte Rose Day Cream Light in the warmer months and change to more protective and warming Rose Day Cream in the cooler months. Check in with your skin, see how it’s feeling and certainly change to a more protective day care if need be.
I use Regenerating Serum and Regenerating Day Cream during the week which is spent indoors and in the weekend I use Regenerating Serum and Rose Day Cream when I’m more likely to have time outdoors. So even my weekly ritual changes due to my daily environment.
For a dry skin we also recommend Revitalising Day Cream which helps to activate sebaceous glands, even though it’s very light in texture. Some of our customers like to apply Tinted Day Cream or Rose Day Cream over Revitalising Day Cream to provide additional winter time protection.
If Regenerating Day Cream isn’t enough in the cooler seasons then you may switch to using the more rich Regenerating Neck & Décolleté Cream for your face care as well.
Winter Skin Regime in a nutshell
Everyone is unique as is their skin condition, however this regime is typically prescribed during winter.
Regenerating Serum if it’s in your regime, to support a maturing skin
Eye Cream – Daily Hydrating, Regenerating or Eye Balm
Rose Day Cream
Soothing Cleansing Milk
Regenerating Serum or Night Serum
Twice a week: Hydrating Mask
Top winter protective products are Lip Balm and Eye Balm
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.
Dry winter hands?
Tip: 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.
Winter is a hibernating time according to the rhythm of nature. We can’t exactly hibernate, but we can sustain ourselves with warming Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil which is both warming and protective, or my personal favourite, Blackthorn Toning Body Oil which I find warming and strengthening. It also helps me focus when I’m wearing it, getting through one job at a time and tick them off. Blackthorn Elixir has been used for years as a strengthening tonic to assist in the treatment of fatigue or convalescence and for those who are feeling stressed or drained of vitality.
Sometimes you just need a little ‘me time’ and a treat. A warming foot bath, even if it’s only for 10 minutes quiet time, that can still do wonders. 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.
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.
Make the change to natural and organic Deodorant Sage Mint or Roseif you haven’t already.
Enjoy winter, it’s time for good books, something creative or crafty, hearty cooking, share a meal with friends, watch a movie and give yourself the best natural and organic skin care to protect from the elements, both indoors and out, remembering to use body products that do so much more than just moisturise your skin, and keep cosy.
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