When the skin flows with the rhythm of the night
Annette Greco, Head of Galenic Development, on night-time with Dr. Hauschka Skin Care
You deal with the formulation of new products and the rhythm of our skin. Are the differences between day and night really so noticeable different?
“Yes, they are. The idea that we’re active during the day and completely shut down at night falls short. There is more of a switchover: whereas during the day our bodies are open to the environment, absorbing impressions and nourishment, the night is used to process all that we took in. We form memories and regenerate, grow and gain strength. In fact, it is precisely because our consciousness takes a time-out that we are tremendously active at night and can lay the foundation for yet another day. That’s why it’s so important that we live both polarities. There is no day without night. Even when we can extend the daylight at will and effortlessly overcome time zones, the rhythm of life still affects us. If we go against it, it can make us ill. When we flow along with it, we lay the foundation for health, presence and beauty.”
What does this mean for your work?
“We want to develop formulations that respect this rhythm. Formulations that provide total support for full vibrancy. Ones which protect and nourish during the day and support the body’s reconstructive process at night.”
What challenges did you face while developing the Night Serum?
“We use water based, liquid products for the night care range. When it came to the Night Serum as well as for our Regenerating Serum, we sought formulations which imparted the aspect of living water, but at the same time offered a consistency familiar to our customers. We therefore came up with a serum that is neither liquid nor solid. This consistency can also be found in our bodies, for example in our blood or lymphatic system.”
Why, in contrast to other skin care brands, does Dr. Hauschka recommend using oil-free night care instead of a rich night cream?
“Because it better enables us to support the natural processes. During the day the emphasis is on substances – nutrition is the major factor. Therefore, during the day, your skin can use the protection and nourishment offered by your skin care products. At night, on the other hand, your skin needs something different: support for the natural processes rather than more substances. At night, our skin care products take a step back from offering additional substances and instead help to stimulate the natural processes. It’s a bit like parenting where we can’t always just provide for and look after the child. At certain times we also need to indicate: you can do it, I know your strength. But I’m always here if you need me.”
How can people successfully start using or switch to oil-free Dr. Hauschka night care?
“The switch starts with your attitude. If you’ve always generally been the type to rely a lot on your skin care products, you might get the feeling that you’re giving your skin too little. In fact, it’s the complete opposite! You’re giving your skin more care and respect while also demanding more of it. And this will sometimes show, for example by your skin tightening slightly. This reaction can be interpreted as a good sign: your skin is waking up, stirring and beginning an active process, which had before slipped somewhat from its responsibilities. Interestingly, your skin will tend to be taut in the evening, whereas in the mornings, after a reconstructive night phase, it will be at peace with itself and the world.”
Can I somehow help the transition phase?
“Definitely. With 30 nights (a skin cell cycle is 28-30 days) Ampoule treatment, instead of Toner, you can offer your skin additional supportive stimuli and in the early evenings a mask can help to usher in the transition from day to night. The mask should, however, be removed before going to sleep to leave the rest to the oil-free night care. The final step of the day is the careful application of the Night Serum or Regenerating Serum. Give your skin a little undivided attention and let the day go.”
Dr. Hauschka Quality
- Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH 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
Thanks for reading our blog. xx