Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 5

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Medical studies and deciding on a career in cosmetics

In addition to being involved in theatre, aesthetics and nurturing plants, Elisabeth Sigmund was also interested in medicine. She discovered this interest while on holiday with her family in Waidhofen an der Thaya (Lower Austria) in 1927. During their stay, she accompanied the local priest, Father Eßmeister, on his visits to remote, impoverished farms in his parish and helped him provide medical care to the cottagers (small farmers) who lived there. The experiences left her feeling so fulfilled that she wanted to become a doctor.

After training to be a Red Cross nurse in 1933/34, Elisabeth Sigmund studied medicine for two semesters at the University of Vienna before having to take time out as a result of illness. During this enforced interruption to her studies and after reading Rudolf Steiner’s paper “The Arts and their Mission”, she decided to become a cosmetician. Steiner said that a thing of beauty is something that reveals its inner being in its outer appearance (GA 276)*. With the help of these words, Elisabeth Sigmund’s love of both nourishing plants and aesthetics came together to form the passion for cosmetics that shaped her life.

Autodidactic cosmetics studies
From then on, Elisabeth Sigmund only attended selected medical lectures at university and began to devise her own cosmetics studies. There was no independent training to become a cosmetician. She attended courses at large cosmetics firms and worked at the Vienna cosmetics institute, Pessl, where she discovered all of the disadvantages of conventional treatments. She observed how facial massages weaken the facial muscles and how cleansing the skin with Vaseline (petrochemicals) blocks the pores. She realised that it was time to start creating her own skin care products based on nurturing plants.

Elisabeth Sigmund gained great knowledge of nurturing plants with an effect on the skin by reading the chapters on skin diseases in old medical books. She obtained the medical books from the Vienna university and national library, where her uncle, Edmund Pribik assisted her greatly. As a library employee he was able to pick out books that were not normally available to the public. She also visited the libraries of many convents where old medical books were simply gathering dust at the time. In the years leading up to 1939, she also completed a course in a Paris cosmetics laboratory in order to learn the trade of cosmetics development.

But what did Elisabeth Sigmund’s mother think of all this? She was extremely unhappy with the new path that her daughter had taken. Back then, for a girl from a good family to become a cosmetician was considered improper. As such, Elisabeth Sigmund was not allowed to mention to the profession she wished to pursue to her mother’s friends or acquaintances. But this did not stop her from following her dream.

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Once Elisabeth Sigmund had decided on a career in cosmetics, she created her first serious cosmetic preparation: a face lotion based on a strong daisy tea that she made herself. She chose daisies because she found these meadow flowers described in a medical volume as a nourishing plant for women and for beautiful skin. With a little alcohol added, the tea improved her skin, which tended towards impurity at the time. Elisabeth Sigmund later expanded on this face lotion with other nurturing plants to create Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner. Daisy and nasturtium minimise the appearance of blackheads and blemishes, visibly refine pores and reduce excessive oiliness. Anthyllis balances skin for a calm, even appearance.

“All of my attempts at creating skin care products were always motivated by an interest in finding the plants that are good for and have a quasi healing effect on the skin.”
– Elisabeth Sigmund

Daisy, Nasturtium, Anthyllis & Clarifying Toner
Daisy, Nasturtium, Anthyllis & Clarifying Toner

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Who knew? The Beauty Benefits of Toner

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Dr. Hauschka Toners are the hidden gems of our skin care regime. Yes, we know they’re often skipped for one reason or another, and they may not be considered as imperative in your morning and evening skin care rituals, however, Dr. Hauschka Toners are not like conventional toners that are used with cotton pads to remove last traces of make-up and cleanser. Just close your eyes and mist directly onto your skin.

8 Reasons Why You Should Be Including Dr. Hauschka Toner In Your Skin Care Rituals

1) Our Toners are packed with botanical actives to benefit your skin, to regulate and keep it healthy, to refine and calm your skin.

2) Toner is the first step to hydrating your skin, helping your skin to maintain elasticity.

3) Toner aids absorption of your Moisturiser in the morning.

4) Toner is also your night-time treatment product and aids absorption of Night Serum or Regenerating Serum.

5) Toner ensures our highly concentrated Moisturisers (or Day Oil) are applied evenly and economically. Our Day Care products are specifically formulated to be applied to skin that’s still moist from Toner.

6) Dr. Hauschka Toners are not drying to the skin.*

7) Toner may be used to set your make-up and give a more natural look.

8) Toner may be used to hydrate the skin at any time during the day and is also useful to hydrate in flight. We all keep a bottle in our desk drawer!

Note: Dr. Hauschka Toner is a perfect after shave product as well!
Note: Dr. Hauschka Toner is a perfect after shave product as well!

Tip: In the heat of summer we pop our Toners in the fridge for a super cooling and refreshing spritz when needed.

Dr. Hauschka Toners

Anthyllis harvest
Anthyllis harvest

Facial Toner contains Anthyllis, one of our key ingredients, which guides all skin conditions to a state of balance and strength. Witch Hazel bark and leaf extract for astringent capabilities, helping to refine the complexion.

Echinacea harvest
Echinacea harvest

Clarifying Toner contains Daisy and Nasturtium to minimise the appearance of blackheads and blemishes, visibly refine pores and reduce excessive oiliness. Anthyllis to balance your skin for a calm, even appearance. Calendula is healing, Echinacea has anti-bacterial properties, Daisy is anti-inflammatory, Horse Chestnut bark extract strengthens the walls of the blood vessels and promotes the circulation and also removes excess fluid from the tissues and makes them firmer and Witch Hazel for it’s astringent benefits.

Do you have dry/maturing skin?

Dryness and dehydration usually are found hand in hand, Toner takes care of hydration and it also helps your Regenerating products, which are specific in supporting a maturing skin, absorb into the skin where they do their work to firm and tone.

Do you have sensitive skin?

Toner hydrates, calms and strengthens your skin. In Clarifying Toner, Daisy has anti-inflammatory and Echinacea has anti-bacterial properties. Sometimes a sensitive, flakey skin has had it’s protective abilities compromised.

*FAQ – Why do some Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products contain alcohol?

Herbs and flowers are the core of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care preparations and many are extracted in a mixture of alcohol and water. Many plants are extracted in alcohol because it extracts the widest variety of plant constituents (the plant’s active ingredients). Alcohol also serves as a natural emulsifier, preservative and carrier, and helps ingredients penetrate the skin.

Our alcohol is not drying to the skin when part of a carefully formulated Dr. Hauschka composition, it’s derived from a fermentation and distillation process from organically grown wheat and is gluten-free. It helps eliminate the need for synthetic preservatives, tones and firms the skin. The amounts of alcohol used in the Dr.Hauschka products are regulated to prevent dryness occurring. Isopropyl alcohol is never used in Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products.

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And finally…

Using Toner prior to Cream Mask application aids absorption

Once or twice a week you need the extra benefits that a Cream Mask endows, best to aid absorption of these complex formulations with Toner prior to application. Revitalising Mask is our top seller, no doubt because it benefits all skin conditions, refining and rejuvenating, Hydrating Mask for its super plumping hydrating and deeply moisturising ability, Firming Mask to support a maturing skin with warming Rose in all its forms and Soothing Mask which is a formula with an abundance of botanical ingredients, for strengthening a sensitive, hypersensitive, red, irritated or flaky skin. Soothing Mask has also proved helpful in managing a rosacea skin condition, used as a day cream in this instance.

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Why are Dr. Hauschka Toners different from conventional toners?

Conventional toners are used on cotton pads to remove residual cleansing product

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Dr. Hauschka Toners are a highly concentrated hydrating botanical treatment products and are an integral part of our skin care concept and daily rituals

– Method of use, close eyes and mist directly onto skin

– Our Regenerating Serum and Moisturisers are all highly concentrated, for example there’s 30 rose blossoms in one tube of Rose Day Cream, so all our day care products are formulated to be applied to skin that’s still moist from Toner, this ensures even and economical application

– Night time treatment product

– After shave product

– Hydrate your skin at any time of the day

– To set and give a more natural look to make-up

Anthyllis was extensively studied by Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and is one of our key ingredients for regulating, balancing and strengthening all skin conditions
Anthyllis was extensively studied by Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and is one of our key ingredients for regulating, balancing and strengthening all skin conditions

Facial Toner

✓ For normal, dry, sensitive or mature skin
✓ Enlivens and fortifies your skin
✓ Hydrating, active botanicals, treatment product
✓ Facial Toner supports the skin’s natural processes of cleansing and renewal
✓ Minimises the appearance of pores
✓ Balances moisture and oil content
✓ Fine mist from the atomiser refreshes and hydrates the skin any time
✓ Oil free night care
✓ Used as an after shave product
✓ Hydrates skin in readiness for application of moisturiser in the morning
✓ Witch Hazel extract supports tone and elasticity, refining pores
✓ Anthyllis extract helps skin remain balanced and healthy

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In the autumn, when most of nature begins to rest, Witch Hazel produces its fragrant yellow flowers with ribbonlike petals and it fruits at the same time, releasing energy stored from spring and summer sun all at once!
Hand harvested Echinacea in our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens has anti-bacterial properties
Hand harvested Echinacea in our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens has anti-bacterial properties

Clarifying Toner

✓ Tones and balances oily or blemished skin, calms a sensitive skin
✓ Balances excessive oiliness
✓ Soothes redness and irritation
✓ Minimises the appearance of blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores
✓ Daisy and nasturtium minimise the appearance of blackheads and blemishes, visibly refine pores and reduce excessive oiliness
✓ Anthyllis balances skin for a calm, even appearance.
✓ Balances the cleansing process and hydrates the skin in readiness for day care application
✓ After shave product
✓ Refreshing oil-free night treatment
✓ Extracts of Anthyllis, Calendula, Nasturtium, Horse Chestnut Bark, Echinacea, Witch Hazel and Daisy is especially formulated for blemished skin, also a wise choice for a sensitive skin
✓ Echinacea has anti-bacterial properties
✓ Daisy has anti-inflammatory properties

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Why is there no Dr.Hauschka night cream?

The Dr. Hauschka oil-free night care regime supports the nocturnal metabolism of the skin because this is the time when this activity is at its maximum. Instead of burdening the natural elimination processes with oily skin care products, the Dr. Hauschka night care programme consists of products containing stimulating and regenerating plant essences. These allow the skin to breathe freely and overcome any weaknesses and imbalances. Healthy and beautiful skin is the result.

Dr. Hauschka Treatment products for the night are:
– Basic Night Care: Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner and Regenerating Serum (if appropriate to support a maturing skin)
– OR Intensive 30 night treatment: Renewing Night Conditioner or Sensitive Care Conditioner or one of our Intensive Treatments for specific skin concerns

Rule of thumb to keep it simple: 
Use Conditioner in Spring (September) and Autumn (March)
Use Intensive Treatment in Summer (December) and Winter (June)
In between use Toner (and Regenerating Serum if appropriate)

However, ideally Conditioners should be used once per year per 10 years of life, e.g. if 30 years old do 3 Conditioner 28 day treatments per year.

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Elegance Make-up by Karim

Dr. Hauschka decorate Cosmetic; Dr. Hauschka Dekorative Kosmetik

We want you to shine, by looking simply elegant and full of self-confidence.

Internationally renowned Dr. Hauschka Make-up Artist, Karim Sattar has developed an elegant make-up look. Karim places a spotlight on our most expressive features, the eyes and the mouth. In addition to an even complexion, the look is dominated by light ivory on the eyelids and black eyeliner around the eyes and volumising black mascara on the lashes. For an expressive contrast Karim uses a warm red on the lips, with lipliner in the same colour providing dynamic accents.

Elegant Make-up

Karim describes each step in achieving the perfect look

Begin with an even complexion “We start with Translucent Make-up 00 Porcelain. This colour serves as a foundation to make the face appear lighter and bring out its radiance. We follow this with Translucent Make-up in a different shade to conceal redness and minor imperfections. Select the colour that best matches your natural skin tone. Concealer 01 can be used to cover up any blemishes or rings under the eyes – it may be helpful to apply it to the entire nose and mouth area as well. To set the creamy make-up, use the powder puff to pat Translucent Face Powder compact evenly onto the face. This results in a more even, balanced complexion and gives you a longer-lasting look.”

Bronzing Powder creates sun-kissed highlightsBronzing Powder adds a sun-kissed warmth to your look. Begin in the middle of the forehead and work your way down to the chin using circular motions – first on one side, then the other. Bronzing Powder is also ideal for adding contours to the face, giving it a more harmonious appearance. If your face is round, for example, you can use the Powder Brush to apply it to the lower cheek area. To determine the right placement, use the cheekbone as your guide and apply the powder about one thumb-width below it. Then, working from the edge of the face inwards, spread the powder as far as the side of your nose.”

A dab of warm red for glowing cheeks “To keep the focus on the eyes and lips, we only apply a touch of rouge. But the cheeks should still have a healthy glow. We achieve this with Rouge Powder 04 soft terracotta for warm toned skin or Rouge Powder 03 blushing rose for a cool toned skin. Starting at the temples, blend it down towards the top of the cheekbones.”

Glamorous eyes

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Karim’s Tip: Use Eyeshadow 09 ivory to apply shimmering highlights to the temples and cheeks.

“This look showcases the eyes, although make-up is only applied to the upper lid. I have selected a pale shade for the lid and dark tones for the contours. Apply Eyeshadow 09 ivory to the entire upper lid, blending it upwards past the lid crease to fade to the brow. Accentuate the crease of the eyelid using 02 light brown from the Dr. Hauschka Eyeshadow palette, applying the colour back and forth in a gentle curve along the crease to create a light shadow. Round off the look using the darkest shade from the Eyeshadow palette, 04 anthracite. Use the Eye Definer Brush to dab this colour along the upper lash line, where it should be followed by Liquid Black Eyeliner. Apply using the Eye Definer Brush starting at the middle of the upper lash line, first dabbing towards the inner corner of the eye and then from the middle towards the outside. Once in place, the eyeshadow serves as a helpful guide for applying Dr. Hauschka Eyeliner Liquid Black. This should now be dabbed over the eyeshadow, first working inwards from the middle and then, after turning the brush, outwards from the middle. Finish by using Eyeliner to draw a curve upwards along the outer lash line. Apply Volume Mascara black to the lashes. Depending on the desired intensity, brush onto the upper lashes up to three times; the lower lashes should only be brushed once lightly. The colours 02 light brown, 03 soft grey and/or 04 anthracite from the Eyeshadow palette can also be used to fill in the eyebrows. Select the shade that best matches your hair colour. Brush the eyeshadow gently into the eyebrows to highlight and shape them.

Karim Sattar, Dr. Hauschka International Make-up Artist
Karim Sattar, Dr. Hauschka International Make-up Artist

Karim’s Tip: Eye Balm adds an extra sparkle. Simply place a small amount on a brush and work it into the eyebrows.

The finishing touch: warm red on the lips

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“First, use Lipliner 02 warm red to contour the lower lip, then press the lips together firmly. This leaves an impression on the contour of the upper lip that can easily be intensified. Next, fill in the lips completely using Lipliner. This sets the lipstick and lends more depth to its colour. It also keeps the lipstick from running. Now apply Lipstick 04 warm red to the entire lower lip, press the lips together, and apply again to completely cover the lips. Repeat these steps. Next, blot using a tissue, leaving the tissue on the lips and apply powder to the lips using a powder puff. Remove the tissue and repeat the application using the Lip Brush and a fresh application of Lipstick 04.

Karim’s Completion Tip: Use Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner to set your make-up, spraying lightly onto the face from a distance of some 30 centimetres.

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Night Out Make-up

festive make-up autumn/winter 2012; Festtags Make-up Herbst/Wint

by Karim Sattar, Dr. Hauschka International Make-up Artist

The basics – cleansing first

It is important to cleanse the face before applying make-up – this clarifies the skin and makes the make-up easier to apply. Follow the Dr.Hauschka care regimen by cleansing, toning and moisturising as usual. A moisture-balancing foundation is very important at this cold time of year when the skin is exposed to weather-related stress.

The complexion – the best way to start

Begin with Dr.Hauschka Translucent Make-up. Apply the make-up in the desired shade, followed by Dr.Hauschka Translucent Face Powder loose or compact. This will help the look to last longer. The powder is best applied with a Dr. Hauschka Powder Brush. Before moving on to the eye make-up, apply a small amount of concealer in a colour that matches the skin tone to the inner corner of the eye. 

In a blink of the eye

Apply a generous amount of Kajal Eyeliner 05 black along the upper and lower lashlines. For an intensive evening look, apply the eyeliner all the way to the lower inside edge. Now smudge the lines on the upper lid to the brow bone and to the outer corner of the eye. The light, creamy and smudged Kajal Eyeliner helps to keep the eyeshadow in place for longer. When smudging, the eyeliner should therefore be spread over the entire area where eyeshadow will be applied.

Now use a lightly dabbing, rolling motion to apply Eyeshadow 04 Taupe to the outer upper lid and the lower lid over the eyeliner. Smudge the eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye. Now use the subtly delicate Eyeshadow 09 Ivory to highlight the inner corner of the eye and under the eyebrow, blending well with a brush. Finally, brush the eyelashes with Volume Mascara Black. For a more intense result, apply again twice.

To define the cheeks, apply Rouge Powder 03 Rosé to the upper cheekbones. Place a small amount of Eyeshadow 09 Ivory on a Dr. Hauschka Rouge Brush and use gently circling motions to spread it from the cheek to the outer edge of the face. This will highlight the cheeks giving a rosy shimmer.

Lips – awakened with a kiss

Those who wish to keep their lips well moisturised can apply Dr.Hauschka Lip Balm or Lip Care Stick before putting on lipstick. Then use lightly dabbing motions to apply Lipstick 15 Violet Marble to the lips. This gives a romantic look of having been awakened with a kiss. Those who want to place a stronger emphasis on the lips can follow the lipstick with Lipliner 02 Warm Red.

Extra tip for long-lasting make-up:

Dr.Hauschka Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner are the ideal assistants. Apply a small amount to the face, spraying two or three times after the application of the make-up ensuring a more natural look as a result.

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Night time – nature shows us the way…

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Nature shows us the way

At night, dew falls onto grass, flowers and petals, which glisten in the first rays of the morning sun. A fresh, rested appearance after a sound night’s sleep is something that our skin can also enjoy if we support it with stimulating care that allows it to breathe. Oils and waxes would disturb our skin as they reduce the air exchange.

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Nocturnal activity

During the day, our skin needs care and support with waxes and oils that protect it against environmental influences. At night, on the other hand, it does not need any protection but instead needs to breathe freely. This is because our skin is extremely busy while we are asleep: cells divide and excess metabolic products are expelled – our skin undergoes natural regeneration. The Dr. Hauschka night care range supports these natural skin processes with stimulating and regenerating plant essences which the skin absorbs easily and completely. Our skin shows its gratitude in the morning with a rosy complexion and a fresh, radiant appearance.

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Two or three steps to a good night

This skin care step is embedded in an entire skin care concept. The evening cleansing with Soothing Cleansing Milk cleans the skin and prepares it for night time skin care, followed by Toner. The product of choice for mature skin is then Regenerating Serum. Its composition of moisture-regulating quince seed extract, isoflavone-rich red clover, revitalising bryophyllum and clover honey smoothes wrinkles and lines caused by dryness, strengthens the skin’s functions, regulates the skin’s moisture levels and leaves the skin feeling noticeably firmer.

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The crowning glory of night time skin care

From time to time, our skin needs a little extra care. As the crowning glory of intensive night time skin care, the Dr. Hauschka Night Conditioners and Intensive Treatments combine rhythmic preparations of carefully-selected plant essences with jewels from the earth such as silver and gold, or gemstones such as malachite, ruby and tourmaline. For mature skin, the harmonising impulse is obtained from not only the Renewing Night Conditioner and Sensitive Care Conditioner but also Regenerating Intensive Treatment and Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin.
 You can apply these treatments once a year for each decade of your life (for example, three times a year at the age of 30) instead of your usual night care. During the 28-day course of treatment, your skin cells completely renew themselves once. The result is revived skin with a sustainably strengthened inner rhythm and fortified activity.
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Blending products for optimum results

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We’ve said it before – you’re unique, your skin is unique, your skin is dynamic and therefore always changing, sometimes you need to blend differing products to achieve optimum results.

Some of our favourite morning blends:

For a Mature Skin
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Regenerating Serum
Regenerating Day Cream

For a Combination Skin, oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks, sensitive, occasional break-outs
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
If oily t-zone is particularly oily, you may wish to apply 2 drops Clarifying Day Oil on the oily area to assist with regulating oil production
Melissa Day Cream
Cover Stick, treat and heal pimple product

For a Sensitive Skin
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Quince Day Cream – cooling and soothing or Rose Day Cream – strengthening, or mix either with Tinted Day Cream (formerly Toned Day Cream) as brown tones help to hide redness in the skin

For Hypersensitive Skin
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Quince Day Cream or Rose Day Cream blended with Soothing Mask

For a Dry Skin that also needs firming
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Regenerating Serum
Revitalising Day Cream (formerly: Moisturising Day Cream) – our lightest moisturiser but most activating for the sebaceous glands.
Need more protection: Add Rose Day Cream
Skin looking pallid, need more warm tones: Add Tinted Day Cream (formerly: Toned Day Cream)

Your skin needs ultra protection and an antioxidant boost
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Rose Day Cream blended with Clarifying Day Oil (formerly: Normalising Day Oil)

For an extremely Dry/Dehydrated Skin
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Use Hydrating Mask as your day cream until condition improves
Alternatively: Blend Revitalising Day Cream (formerly: Moisturising Day Cream) with Hydrating Mask or in winter you may prefer Rose Day Cream blended with Hydrating Mask

For an Oily Skin prone to acne
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Clarifying Day Oil (formerly: Normalising Day Oil) and mix with a little Revitalising Mask (formerly: Rejuvenating Mask) for helping to heal pimple scarring and refine pores
Cover Stick, treat and conceal pimple product

For Skin that needs a ‘Pick Me Up’
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Blend Revitalising Mask (formerly: Rejuvenating Mask) with your usual day cream for one month

Just let me know any skin conditions I may have missed… 🙂

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