Why you need to avoid cleansing wipes

We know life’s busy, and sometimes at the end of a hectic day it could be tempting to evening cleanse in a jiffy with a face wipe. Cleansing wipes do seem like a convenient, quick and cheap solution.

However, facial wipes may contain some potent chemicals simply due to the nature of the product…

  • Moist cloths packed on top of each other are a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • They sit on shelves for up to 18 months on a warm shop floor, so require high levels of preservatives and antibacterial agents to keep them stable.
  • These chemicals are then rubbed vigorously into the skin, particularly concerning around the delicate eye and lip area.
  • As well as irritation and sensitivities for some, they are also drying, and dryness causes premature wrinkles.

Always read product ingredients. Particular ingredients to avoid:

  • Parabens – controversial, read more here…
  • Triclosan – antibacterial agent, read more here…
  • Phenoxyethanol – preservative, irritant for some
  • 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Dio – potent anti-microbial agent, releases very low levels of formaldehyde
  • Methylisothiazolinone, or MI, a preservative that may cause swelling, rashes and blistering, it’s often found in cleansing wipes, incredibly it’s also found in baby wipes

You’re not going to achieve a deep or thorough cleanse with a wipe and without rinsing you’re leaving residual chemicals on your skin during the important night time regenerating and elimination activities of the skin.

Always complete Compressing & Hydrating your skin with a cool splash or compress
Always complete Compressing & Hydrating your skin with a cool splash or compress

A cleansing regime with product ingredients that care for your skin is the first step towards healthy, balanced and radiant skin!

We promote Compressing & Hydrating your skin prior to cleansing which may take a little more time, however the benefits are:

  • Your skin is softened in preparation for a much deeper cleanse
  • You will use your Soothing Cleansing Milk and/or Cleansing Cream much more economically
  • Premium natural and organic ingredients for your skin
  • Cleansing products that respect the pH and hydrolipid layer of the skin
  • Aromatic benefits with Bath Essence use in your basin water

Tip: Always complete with a cool water splash or compress which will activate a minute muscle beside the hair follicle and this will remove any remaining dirt and leave your skin feeling wonderfully soft without harsh exfoliation

See our Organic Cotton Compress

If you really are in too much of a hurry for Compressing & Hydrating and simply must have a quicker option remove make-up and eye make-up and the dust and dirt your skin picks up during the day with Soothing Cleansing Milk. Remove cleanser with Cleansing Sponge, and cool splash.

Always invest a little time to achieve a healthy, radiant skin.

Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Sponge comes dehydrated and flat, just add water and it swells.
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Sponge comes dehydrated and flat, just add water and it swells.
  • Ingredients matter and quality ingredients matter most
  • Your skin is semi-permeable and absorbs much
  • Remember read your products ingredients list rather than just labels

Every ingredient in the formulations of Dr. Hauschka skin care products are there for the benefit of your skin, not for the formula itself. There are no fillers and no synthetic chemical ingredients, this is why our products are so concentrated and that’s why they also represent value for money.

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One of our key ingredients, Anthyllis (aka Woundwort) found in Soothing Cleansing Milk

Let’s look at Soothing Cleansing Milk ingredients:

Alcohol – food grade ethyl alcohol (ethanol) from organically grown wheat that is fermented and distilled and is gluten-free. Many plants are extracted in alcohol because it extracts the widest variety of plant constituents. Alcohol also serves as a natural emulsifier, preservative and carrier, helping ingredients penetrate the skin. Alcohol is not drying to the skin when part of a carefully formulated Dr. Hauschka composition.

Anthyllis – one of our key ingredients, extensively studied by Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka. Anthyllis, (aka Woundwort) guides all skin conditions to a state of strength and balance.

Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) – A very stable wax derived from the fruit (seeds) of jojoba. The wax which is liquid at room temperature contains beta carotene and tocopherols. Jojoba oil is highly valued for its moisturising and emollient (skin softening) effects. It protects the skin from dryness with a breathable, non-sticky, non-greasy film. It also smoothes and fortifies the epidermis.

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) – Cold pressed from the edible nut kernels (fruit) of the almond tree, sweet almond oil is an excellent skin-softening (emollient) oil historically used for centuries in skin care. It is mild, lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin as well as rich in unsaturated fats and essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid. It has a calming and soothing effect especially for dry, itchy skin and supports the skin’s barrier function.

Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca) – obtained from the seeds of apricot fruits by cold pressing and filtration. Lightweight, nurturing, and easily absorbed by the skin, apricot kernel oil is high in vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids. Especially soothing for sensitive, dry or sunburned skin, it helps to replenish the skin and maintain a healthy moisture balance. Similar to sweet almond oil in characteristics and scent, it is excellent for making oil extractions of plants.

Glycerin – also known as glycerol, a sugar alcohol and a building block of triglyceride fats and oils. Only plant-derived glycerin is used for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. It helps preserve the skin’s moisture.

Fermented Grain Extract – Sourdough bread made of freshly milled oats, wheat and rye is subjected to a second fermentation process, in which naturally occurring lactic acid probiotics transform the bread into a highly nutritive substance. The liquid portion that results is called Brottrunk which, literally means “bread drink”– a traditional European health drink. The remaining solid portion, rich in proteins, calcium, iron, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, E, and co-enzyme A, is used to make fermented grain extract. It contains natural ferments that help protect the skin’s acid mantle and have humectant and soothing properties. Fermented grain extract also helps break down impurities while bringing moisture and vitality to the skin. Fermented grain extract contains gluten.

Cetearyl Alcohol – a fatty alcohol derived from plant oils that has a firm, white, wax-like appearance with emulsifying properties. Helps bind the components of creams, hydrate the skin and make it soft and supple.

Bentonite – A white clay of volcanic origin found primarily in the USA, it is a natural clay mineral that can store large amounts of water, allowing it to stabilise emulsions. A thickener and emulsifier, in makeup, it absorbs oil and reduces shine. It has a cooling feel since water evaporates quickly from clay.

Lecithin – from soy beans (tested and certified Non-GMO) bind the oil and water components in creams, acting as a natural emulsifier. It has a smoothing and moisturising effect on the skin. Lecithin is a component of all of the body’s cell membranes, helping to form and stabilise them.

Xanthan Gum – produced from sugar syrup by a natural yeast-like microorganism, Xanthomonas campestris. A complex cardohydrate (polysaccharide) which is used as a thickening agent. It covers the skin as a soft, moist gel which feels pleasant on the skin.

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein – protein that has been broken down by hydrolysis into smaller proteins and amino acids. It adds a slippery feel to a product, provides emollient, skin softening actions and serves as a consistency regulator. Hydrolyzed Wheat protein contains gluten.

Fragrance – we only use natural and organic essential oils, we do not use cheap synthetic chemical perfumes, AND we have our very own in house perfumer, Jorg Zimmermann.

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Let’s Look at Cleansing Cream Ingredients:

Sweet Almond Meal – ground almonds bind particularly well with dirt and the skin’s overnight eliminations giving a deep yet gentle morning cleanse.

Calendula – An important herb, calendula is high in carotenes, flavonoids, mucilage, saponins, tannins and essential oils. The sun-like pot marigold has soothing, astringent, and regenerating properties.

Anthyllis – one of our key ingredients, extensively studied by Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka. Anthyllis, aka Woundwort brings all skin conditions to a state of strength and balance.

Peanut Oil – pharmaceutical grade peanut oil is used as an extracting medium for many plants. It has neutral qualities that do not interfere with the herb’s active constituents. It’s a very stable oil, requiring no additional antioxidants. Our peanut oil is steam treated and filtered to remove the proteins related to peanut allergies and has been tested and certified as aflatoxin-free.

Chamomile – benefits delicate and sensitive skin because of its skin-soothing properties. German Chamomile essential oil is a deep blue colour due to chamazulene which gives it powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and supports the body’s response to irritation by clearing heat.

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum) – soothing and calming to the skin. It is often used in cosmetics for skin that is extremely sensitive or irritated. In topical use, the oil does not make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Sunflower Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil – nourishing.

Witch Hazel – leaf and bark is rich in tannins that have toning and fortifying effects on the skin.

Wheat Germ Oil – gluten free and a rich source of Vitamin E.

Fragrance – we only use natural and organic essential oils, we do not use cheap synthetic chemical perfumes.

Barbados Cherry Fruit – Acerola, also known as the West Indian cherry, is a native of the Mexican Yucatan peninsula. Its red, cherry-like fruits are rich in Vitamin C, 60 times more than citrus fruits. Extracts of acerola are used for their antioxidant, skin-protecting and fortifying properties.

Xanthan Gum – produced from sugar syrup by a natural yeast-like microorganism. A complex carbohydrate (polysaccharide) which is used as a thickening agent. It’s a moist gel which feels pleasant on the skin.

Lecithin – from soy beans (tested and certified Non-GMO) bind the oil and water components in creams, acting as a natural emulsifier. It has a smoothing and moisturising effect on the skin.

Algin – a gel forming substance obtained from seaweed. Thickens and stabilises creams and keeps the skin supple.

Ingredients you won’t find in Dr. Hauschka…

Coal tar dyes
Ethanolamines (TEA, MEA DEA)
Ethoxylated ingredients (sodium laureth sulfate – SLS)
Parabens (methylparaben, ethyl, propyl or butyl) read concerns here…
Petroleum derived synthetic chemicals
Phthalates
Polyethylene glycols (PEGs)
Propylene glycol
Silicones
Synthetic chemical colours
Synthetic chemical fragrances

Thanks for reading our blog. 🙂 xx

Video: Compress & Hydrate + Press & Roll

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

NATRUE

Thanks for reading our blog. xx

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