Why is compressing and hydrating prior to cleansing recommended?

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

We recommend Compress & Hydration prior to cleansing:

  1. Pour a little Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence into your basin.
  2. Disperse with hand hot water.
  3. Immerse your Compress Cloth, squeeze out excess water and press onto your skin, repeat twice.
  4. Remember to take a moment to deeply smell the aromatics from whichever Bath Essence you’re using.
  5. Cleanse.
  6. Always complete cleansing process with a cool compress or cold water splashes.

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Why Compress & Hydrate?

  1. Aromatic benefits.
  2. Compress & Hydration softens pores to achieve a much deeper cleanse.
  3. It also ensures you’re using your cleansing products much more economically.
  4. When you complete your cleanse with a cold compress or splashes of cold water you activate the minute muscle that sits alongside the hair follicle which contracts, helping to remove any last remaining dirt. This simple technique leaves your skin feeling ever so soft without harsh exfoliation.
  5. A daily moment of ‘mindfulness’ during your morning and evening skin rituals.
  6. Your skin will reward you with the extra effort that pore-deep cleansing and truly clean skin brings.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Our Morning and Evening Cleansers
Two different cleansers for different cleansing needs at each end of the day.

Cleansing Cream DE-GB; Gesichtswaschcreme DE-GB

Cleansing Cream
50ml
Refines, revitalises and deeply cleanses
For all skin conditions

  • Gentle and effective morning cleanser for deep cleansing after the skin’s night time eliminating activities
  • Respects the pH (acid mantle) and hydrolipid layer of skin while cleansing
  • Almond meal binds particularly well to dirt and impurities
  • Gently exfoliates only those skin cells that are ready to slough off
  • Fortifies and refreshes
  • Respects the skin’s natural protective function for healthy, radiant skin
  • Retains the skin’s natural hydro-lipid barrier
  • Prepares skin for Toner and Moisturiser
  • Minimises the appearance of pores
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and silky
  • Highest quality medicinal plant extracts of Calendula, Chamomile and Anthyllis and creamy Sweet Almond Meal

Calendula: healing
Chamomile: soothing and calming
Anthyllis: brings balance to all skin conditions
Almond Meal: binds particularly well to dirt and impurities

Use: Compress and hydrate skin. Mix 1-2 cm of Cleansing Cream with warm water in the palms to form a smooth, creamy paste. Press mixture gently onto skin then roll hands up and away in a wave-like motion – ‘press and roll’. Start in the centre of the forehead then slowly work outward and down. Avoid the eye area. Repeat the press and roll action 2-3 times. Do not rub or scrub. Rinse with warm water then finish with a splash of cool, fresh water to close pores.

Note: You may wish to do a secondary cleanse in the evening with Cleansing Cream as well.

Cleansing Cream

Cleansing Cream Application Video, click here 

Elizabeth on Cleansing Cream, click here

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Soothing Cleansing Milk
145ml
Evening cleanser, make-up and eye make-up remover
For all skin conditions

  • Gentle and effective evening cleanser for removing the dirt and dust skin picks up during the day, make-up remover and eye make-up remover
  • Light emulsion that respects the pH (acid mantle) and hydrolipid layer of skin while cleansing
  • Supports our no night cream stance because skin feels comfortable after cleansing
  • Prepares the skin for its night time elimination activity
  • Harmonising and protective properties to calm sensitivity and helps diminish the appearance of redness
  • Maintains skin’s natural moisture balance
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and silky
  • Includes one of our key ingredients, Anthyllis, which brings balance to all skin conditions
  • Soothing Jojoba, Almond and Apricot Kernel oils cleanse and nourish
  • Our specially prepared fermented grain extracts of Oats, Rye and Wheat

Use: Compress and Hydrate skin, apply Cleanser evenly, remove with Dr. Hauschka warm, moist Compress Cloth. To remove eye make-up, apply to a dampened cotton wool pad and use gentle sweeping movements from the inside to the outside corner of your closed eye.

Soothing Cleansing Milk

Soothing Cleansing Milk Application Video, click here >

 

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

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Hot Weather Beauty Tips

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Hot weather – sun, wind, salt, air conditioning and humidity! 

1) Dry, flaky skin

Inadequate hydration, dehydrating air conditioning and too much sun are drying to your skin and may result in dry, rough, flaky skin. Remember to drink a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water a day to hydrate from within.

Remember you may need to change your Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser for the seasons to ensure optimum care.

Skin Tip: Always apply your body moisturiser to skin that’s still moist from your shower, this helps to lock in moisture. You’ll be applying your face Moisturiser on skin still moist from Toner, however, in warm weather keep a bottle handy to mist Toner during the day as well.

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2) Sun-stressed skin

Revitalising Mask is a must for a sun-stressed skin, cooling and soothing, use twice a week.

Cleanse early in the evening, apply Revitalising Mask, including the eye contour area, and leave to absorb for as long as possible, removing with a tepid cloth prior to bed time.

After Sun is our ‘go-to’ body product for it’s anti-oxidants, cooling and soothing Ice Plant extract, and long lasting moisture.

3) Cover-up

Think floppy hats, maxi dresses and skirts, pretty tops, floaty palazzo pants and of course always sunnies.

4) Be Sun Smart – click here to read…

5) Fine lines and wrinkles

These occur due to the age-triggered loss of collagen and elastin from skin, but exposure to sun and dry winds, resulting in dry skin, is likely to accelerate the process. Foods and skin care high in antioxidants helps to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing, so ensure you’re getting your Vitamins A, C and E.

Regenerating Range is specifically formulated to support a maturing skin.

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6) Dull Skin

For a dull, dry skin use Revitalising Day Cream, our lightest in texture moisturiser, yet also our most activating. Apply Tinted Day Cream over the top to bring back warm tones to the skin and double the moisturising.

If dryness is not an issue, mix a little Translucent Bronzing Tint with any Dr. Hauschka Moisturiser for a sun-kissed healthy glow.

Melissa (pictured) is the medicinal herb 'Lemon Balm'
Melissa is the medicinal herb ‘Lemon Balm’

7) Breakouts

Recent email from a customer…

Q: Help! My skin is breaking out with this weather, make-up is disappearing from now oily t-zone by lunchtime. Using Rose Day Cream and in my late 30’s.

A: Rose Day Cream is too rich for you at this time of year. Here’s your recommended daily regime for summer:

MORNING
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Melissa Day Cream – specific for mediating between oily and normal (or dry) areas of your face, helps to control shine, and has a matte finish. Another alternative would be Rose Day Cream Light.
Coverstick – a must have product, conceals and treats pimples

You may like to try mixing a little Translucent Bronzing Tint with your Melissa Day Cream as a tinted moisturiser instead of make-up or Foundation and set with Translucent Powder Loose in the morning, and during the day touch-up with Translucent Powder Compact.

EVENING
Soothing Cleansing Milk
Clarifying Toner
Night Serum

We also highly recommend once a week Clarifying Facial Bath and Clarifying Clay Mask and twice a week Revitalising Mask.

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8) Sun-Stressed Tresses

Hair can suffer from overexposure to sun, sea, chlorine, heat and warm winds, making it dry and prone to breakage. Limit use of the blow drier, hair straighteners and curling tongs and don’t shampoo every day if you don’t need to. Use Hair Strengthening Treatment as a treatment for hair and scalp and/or scrunch into the ends, and use daily Revitalising Hair & Scalp Tonic.

 

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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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The Power of Nature – Our Biodynamic Medicinal Herb Garden

When harvesting medicinal plants for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, there is no place we prefer to do than in our medicinal herb garden. This is located directly behind our oldest company building in Eckwälden, an agricultural town in southern Germany at the foot of the Swabian Jura Mountains. The local farmers sold a plot of land with heavy clay soil to our company founder Dr. Rudolf Hauschka back in the 1950s. When he started to use it to create a medicinal herb garden, the farmers shook their heads in disbelief. Some may even have had a quiet chuckle. This made them all the more astounded when they saw the oasis that had grown from the clay after several years of work.

The huge range of species grown in the garden is certainly unique. More than 150 different plant species flourish here, to be used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and WALA Medicines products. The 4.5 hectare plot is continuously tended by six gardeners using biodynamic methods. Over time, these have made the soil fertile and crumbly. Compost created in the garden itself improves the soil’s structure and promotes the healthy growth of the plants. Their leaves, petals, fruits and even roots are manually harvested all year round. Even the seeds that develop into seedlings for 25,000 young plants in spring come from the garden. Our medicinal herb garden is as closed a cycle as possible and also provides a habitat for wild plants and animals. It really is a true oasis.

Interview with Bernhard Ehrmann – head of the Dr. Hauschka/WALA medicinal herb garden

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Click play for the video interview with Bernhard Ehrmann, head of Dr. Hauschka/WALA medicinal herb garden.

What does quality mean to you in your everyday work in the Dr. Hauschka/WALA biodynamic medicinal herb garden?

When conducting our gardening work, we believe it is important to consciously monitor the processes and think in cycles. How do the soil, plants, animals and people work together in the garden? Our garden has an array of different habitats: shady, wooded areas and sunny spots, a stream, a pond, windy corners and damp areas. How can we prepare the garden in such a way that plants can become medicinal plants in it?

What turns a plant into a medicinal plant?

If you imagine a plant, your mind creates a picture of a balanced form with roots, a stem, leaves and petals. A medicinal plant differs from this ideal. For example, it may have either extremely long or very short roots. It may flower at an unusual time of year or grow the best in extreme climate conditions. In our garden, we allow medicinal plants to express their natural being as they grow.

WALA medicine; WALA Arzneimittel

That almost sounds like you regard the medicinal plants as equal, highly individual partners.

Yes, you could definitely see it that way. We are each even responsible for looking after particular medicinal plant species and take great care to meet their needs.

 What does this plant care involve?

You could say that the people who tend the plants act as spokespeople for them. For example, our gardener Tine Janssen looks after all the wood sorrel. She monitors it very closely and makes sure that it can grow in the best place in the garden for it. Wood sorrel is a forest plant that we enable to grow under trees. Tine can tell if wood sorrel is not as healthy as it should be and needs some extra special care. As the optimum harvest time approaches, she monitors the wood sorrel daily – together with her colleagues in the plant laboratory who will later process it. Together, they choose the precise day on which to harvest the plants. Marigold petals for medicines can even only be picked by plant laboratory staff as these have very specific requirements with regard to the condition of the flowers: they must have already opened but not yet be in full bloom. Fortunately, the plant laboratory is located right next to our garden. The freshly harvested medicinal plants can therefore be taken straight there for processing.

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The WALA medicinal herb garden uses biodynamic cultivation methods. What makes these special?

Wherever possible, the biodynamic garden represents a closed cycle. We collect the seeds and use them to grow the next generation of plants. We regard the soil as a living organism. Plant waste from the garden and the production processes is put on our compost heaps. You could refer to these as the heart of the garden. Not only do they provide fertiliser for the beds but mature compost also helps to regulate and mediate the processes in the garden.

Plant ingredients with the most vitality, the best for your skin, grow from the very best soil.
Biodynamic gardens: Plant ingredients with the most vitality, the best quality for your skin, grow from the very best soil.

Compost regulates and mediates? What do you mean?

On the one hand quite simply that plant materials from all times of year come together on the compost heap. The diversity offered by the garden is brought together in a single place. This is like taking a long, deep breath in. We then give the compost plenty of time to mature. For two and a half years we leave the plant materials to decompose, to experience the qualities of the different seasons and form something new. This is an intensely harmonious process. After all, harmony means bringing together contrasting elements to form a uniform whole. We could speed up the process by frequently turning the compost. But that is not something we want to do.

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Compost is the unifying heart of the garden. Plant material from all times of the year come together in the compost, decompose and mature.

Why is it so important to allow the compost to mature for so long?

Only with time and our compost management can the decomposition process take place in an orderly, harmonious manner. We support the process through the addition of medicinal herbs and by turning the compost just twice a year. As we turn the compost, we notice its smell, colour and consistency. At some point, we will see that it has fully matured. Mature compost is a joyful thing. It is the earth’s gold.

And this is when the long exhale begins?

Yes, exactly. We spread the compost on the beds at different times. Each plant species is given just the right amount of compost for its needs, under the watchful eye of its designated gardener. Once administered, the compost acts like an invigorating mediator. It transfers the harmony of its decomposition process to the plants. Plant growth becomes more regulated as though the compost teaches the plants to find the right balance. The plants become more resistant to pests and turn into powerful medicinal plants for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and WALA Medicines.

 

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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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