Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 7

Elisabeth Sigmund initially created products individually for each customer. Later, she developed a fixed basic range; 1950s.
Elisabeth Sigmund initially created products individually for each customer. Later, she developed a fixed basic range; 1950s.
A sage bath essence was the only one of her products that Elisabeth Sigmund sold professionally in Sweden. It was called ‘Balett fot-elixir’ and was intended as a foot bath for dancers.
A sage bath essence was the only one of her products that Elisabeth Sigmund sold professionally in Sweden. It was called ‘Balett fot-elixir’ and was intended as a foot bath for dancers.
Sage Purifying Bath Essence today
Sage Purifying Bath Essence today

A developer with new ideas
Once the Sigmund’s had established themselves in Sweden, Elisabeth Sigmund finally had the time she needed to work on her skin care products and build up a fixed range. To her, skin care was both a form of therapy and a kind of health care. Each formulation was therefore based on a nurturing plant with ingredients that affect the skin. Her products solely contained natural ingredients. Instead of using isolated active ingredients, Elisabeth Sigmund worked with whole plant parts. She did not develop her products for specific skin types, such as oily or dry skin, but instead assumed that everyone’s skin is able to find its way back to a balanced state using its own strength. She therefore talked about temporary skin conditions that have the potential to change. Her cosmetics were intended to support this change by triggering the skin’s own regenerative powers.

A raw materials importer with high quality standards
It was not so easy to get good quality ingredients such as beeswax, natural plant oils, almonds, natural essential oils, silk or dried plants for the formulations. Elisabeth Sigmund ordered most of these from shops in Germany and Austria where she was sometimes able to purchase organic products. As a result of her interest in Rudolf Steiner, which had taken her in the direction of biodynamic agriculture, this criterion was important to her. She obtained fresh plants, such as moisture-rich liquorice roots, from a Swedish gardener and ordered WALA medicinal ampoules, which she had found out about from her anthroposophic doctor in Stockholm, directly from WALA in Eckwälden.

A cosmetician by calling
Elisabeth Sigmund gave her acquaintances the skin care products she had made to test. When they noticed how well the products worked for them, they offered to pay Elisabeth Sigmund to treat them. Over time, it became too time consuming to visit all of her clients at home. Therefore, in the 1950s, Elisabeth Sigmund opened the Salong för Skönhetsvård (literally meaning ‘beauty salon’) in Stockholm.

A producer with ideas
Elisabeth Sigmund’s first fixed basic range, which she used to provide treatments in her beauty salon, consisted of rose cream following her grandmother’s recipe as well as another face cream, face toner, cleansing cream with ground almonds, face mask, sage bath essence, silk powder, a skin treatment and various facial oils. Karl Sigmund constructed small pieces of production and filling equipment. For example, he attached a mixer with a crank arm to a bowl for stirring creams. He also converted a small bucket into a filling station for face lotion by installing a hose with a tap just above the bottom. The products, which contained no preservatives, could be kept in the refrigerator for about a month. For that reason, Elisabeth Sigmund only produced small quantities.

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Elisabeth Sigmund produced small quantities of her own natural skin care products in her Stockholm skin care studio. She noted down her formulations on index cards and used a set of precision scales to accurately weigh out the necessary amounts of natural ingredients.

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Sensitive Skin

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A sensitive skin requires gentle skin care that also strengthens the condition towards a balanced and healthy skin.

How do I determine a Sensitive Skin Condition?

Redness, blotchy, thin skin. Possibly accompanied by permanently red cheek/nose region (visible capillaries), itching, flakiness. A skin that reacts easily.

Dr. Hauschka and Sensitive Skin

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is particularly suited to a sensitive skin due to the gentle and strengthening nature of our products that are formulated to bring balance back to an unbalanced skin.

Often such a sensitive skin condition has come about through the use of overly harsh exfoliating products and/or lathering, overly alkaline cleansing products.

Dr. Hauschka product prescriptions are not black and white. Your particular skin condition is as uniquely individual as you are, therefore we always recommend having a facial treatment and seek advice from a Dr. Hauschka Esthetician for the optimum product prescription and daily regime. This is particularly so with a sensitive skin.

Recommended Daily Ritual

Morning:
Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Regenerating Serum – if you also require support for a maturing skin
Day Cream*

Evening:
Cleansing Milk
Clarifying Toner
Regenerating Serum – if required

Toner:
We recommend Clarifying Toner for a sensitive skin because it contains Daisy which is anti-inflammatory and Echinacea for its anti-bacterial properties. Often a sensitive skin’s protection has been compromised with flakiness.

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*Day Cream:
Some sensitive skins also carry heat. If that’s the case look to day care with cooling properties such as Quince or Regenerating, Rose has warming properties.

Rose Day Cream Light: suitable for a sensitive skin
Rose Day Cream: suitable for a dry, sensitive skin, and contains St. John’s wort which is calming
Melissa Day Cream is specifically formulated for a Sensitive Combination (oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks) skin
Quince Day Cream: usually recommended for a normal skin however the cooling and soothing properties of quince make it also an option for a sensitive skin
Toned Day Cream: our tinted moisturiser that’s suitable for a sensitive skin and also helps to conceal redness and even skin tone. For a skin that’s more on the dry side.
Regenerating Serum and/or Regenerating Day Cream are formulated to support a maturing sensitive skin

Extra Care

We highly recommend Soothing Mask as a twice a week mask treatment however it may be used also as a day time moisturiser to sooth and balance a hypersensitive skin or simply to give skin a helping hand boost for a month.

A skin cell cycle is 28-30 days and mirroring this rhythm we also highly recommend a 30 night treatment of Rhythmic Conditioner Sensitive, one ampoule per evening and instead of Toner to strengthen and calm a sensitive skin.

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If your skin requires more support than Rhythmic Conditioner Sensitive we would then recommend Intensive Treatment 03 a one bottle/one month treatment for a hypersensitive and/or stressed skin condition.

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12 Steps to a Radiant Skin

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For a balanced and healthy skin!

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1) Drink warm water and lemon juice every morning on waking to help keep your skin clear. Even better to add a little organic apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey in as well!
Resolve to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day to keep your skin plump and hydrated.

Lemon Tip: When lemons are in season juice plenty and freeze small amounts in ice cubes. Pop an ice cube in a cup at night so it’s quick and easy for the morning.

Hydration Tip: A small amount of apple juice with your glasses of water assists hydration.

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2) Compress and Hydrate your skin prior to cleansing for a much deeper cleanse. Skin will feel silky soft and you will be using cleansing products much more economically too.

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Compress Kit

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3) Remember to complete both morning and evening cleanse with a cool compress or a cool splash.

Why?
This simple technique contracts a tiny muscle beside the hair follicle, thus helping to wash away any remaining dirt or make-up and keeps your skin soft, without having to use harsh exfoliants which disrupt your 28-30 day skin cell cycle which just renders your skin more prone to sensitivities and sun damage. Those outer cells are important protectors and should only naturally slough off when they’re ready.

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4) Once a week give your skin a Facial Steam Bath and Cleansing Clay Mask treatment for the deepest cleanse to keep your skin looking clear and healthy. I think a Sunday night works well for this treatment, helps to keep me in the habit too.

Tip: Use Cleansing Sponge to re-moisten Cleansing Clay Mask after it’s dried, it’s no longer active once dry, then the Mask will be removed easily and efficiently with Cleansing Sponge.

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5) After Facial Steam Mask and Cleansing Clay Mask apply a Cream Mask, which absorbs into the skin particularly well at this time. Cream Mask application should be done a second time during each week.

Tip: For your second Cream Mask application during the week. Cleanse nice early in the evening, apply Cream Mask, remembering with this mask you also apply around eye contour as an ‘eye mask’ as well. Leave on as long as possible, removing with a warm, moist cloth before bed.

Cream Masks:
Rejuvenating Mask – benefits all skin conditions, refining pores and making a noticeable difference
Moisturising Mask – Dryness or dehydration, may also be used as a day cream also for ‘parched’ dry skin
Soothing Mask – Sensitive, red, irritated skin, also helpful to use a day cream for rosacea
Firming Mask – a warming mask with the power of rose in all it’s forms to firm and tone

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6)  Adhere to Daily Rituals…

Morning Ritual
Cleanse with Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner
Regenerating Serum (if appropriate)
Day Care to balance, regulate, nourish and protect skin against the elements

Evening Ritual
Cleanse with Cleansing Milk
Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner
Regenerating Serum (if appropriate)

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7)  Never use heavy, occlusive face night creams that impede your skin’s night time functions nor use eye creams overnight as that usually just results in puffy eyes in the morning.

Read more about our no night cream stance in our Dr. Hauschka Skin Facts here…

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8) Complete a 30 night treatment with Rhythmic Night Conditioner instead of Toner at least in the two most transitional seasons of autumn and spring. Ideally one treatment each season. A skin cell cycle is 28-30 days

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9) We recommend a Classic Facial Treatment with a Dr. Hauschka Trained Esthetician at the beginning of the year to check in with your skin condition/concerns and receive an updated product prescription to ensure you’re investing in the best products and regime for optimum results.

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Skin is dynamic, it changes with age, the seasons, lifestyle factors, hormonal influences such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, post natal and menopause. I even use different day care in the week from the weekend, because my environment is different.

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10) Treat yourself to natural and organic Body Products too that will nourish your skin and your senses, providing moisture and aromatic support.

The skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s semi-permeable, so yes, only natural and organic body care as well as face care.

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11) At the beginning of the year do a Make-up Clean-up and during the year attend a Dr. Hauschka Make-up Event to learn if you have cool toned or warm toned skin, to ensure you’re buying colours that best suit you. Learn application techniques and try out a new look.

In store Events for Skin Care Consultation and/or Make-up run from February to November each year and they’re advertised in our e-Newsletter and on Facebook. 

Tip: Remember mascara should be thrown out after 3 months, natural or otherwise, for hygiene reasons. New one beginning of January, April, July & October.

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12)  Clean your make-up brushes every second week. Hygiene with skin care is so important. And Dr. Hauschka make-up is colour as well as care for your skin.

Good quality brushes give you a professional, long-lasting make-up. Look after this investment and they will last years and years.

Tip: Always lay your brushes flat after cleaning to dry. If they are standing upwards they don’t hold their shape as well and moisture gets into the glue.

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Doing things differently…

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There’s some common questions that regularly feature for both new and existing customers. We do do things differently from the way you are likely to have been taught with conventional products.

It’s important to our team here at Dr. Hauschka Australia that you are getting the most beneficial results from your Products and our Daily Rituals and here’s how…

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1) Cleansing
We have two cleansers for your daily cleansing needs.
Why? Because your skin has differing cleansing requirements at each end of the day.

Cleansing Cream gently deep cleanses after the night time elimination activity of your skin and also prepares your skin for day time protection.

How to use:
a) Mix with water to create an emulsion, not a paste
b) Cleanse with our gentle ‘Press and Roll’ technique, do not a scrub.

See our Morning Ritual Video

Cleansing Milk is your make-up and eye make-up remover plus it cleans your skin from the dirt and dust it picks up during the day. Gentle and effective cleansing that does not disrupt the skin’s acid mantle and therefore supports our no night cream stance.

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2) Toners

Our Toners are not to be used on cotton pads, they are hydrating treatment products containing active botanicals and are different from a conventional toner.

Use: Close your eyes and mist directly onto skin.

Conventional toners are used on cotton wool (which absorbs a huge amount of product by the way) to remove residual cleansing product.

Clarifying Toner contains Echinacea for its anti-bacterial properties and Daisy for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Facial Toner contains Witch Hazel for its astringent properties and one of our key ingredients, balancing Anthyllis.

Tip: Hydrate your skin with our Toner at any time. We keep a bottle in our desk to hydrate our skin during the day.

3) Doing it differently with day care
We only need to use a small amount of Day Care because our formulas are all so concentrated, for instance there’s 30 organic or biodynamic roses in every tube of Rose Day Cream!

How to use:
a) Warm a large pea size between the palms of your hands to melt the plant waxes
b) Apply using the entirety of your palms from the centre of the face outwards in the direction of lymph flow
c) Apply to skin still moist from Toner to ensure even and economical application

Please note: If you didn’t apply in this manner you would think Rose Day Cream, particularly, is way too thick and you would ‘overuse’ it.

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4) No Night Cream

Your skin metabolises and eliminates during the night time. Think of it as your skin needing to ‘breathe’. Using oil free night care supports this process. One month, a skin cell cycle, and you won’t need any more convincing!

Tips:
a) If you feel your skin needs a ‘little more’ mist your Toner a second time in the evening.
b) Cleanse early in the evening, apply Moisturising Mask, removing prior to bedtime if you feel your skin is going through a stage of needing more moisture.

Night time products:

a) Toner
b) Toner and Regenerating Serum
c) Instead of Toner in the evening, Rhythmic Conditioners for a 30 night treatment. Skin cell cycle is 28-30 days.
d) Instead of Toner, Intensive Treatment 01, 02, 03, 04 or 05 as a complete treatment product in the one bottle and used in the morning and evening.

“I am only a couple of weeks into the ‘no night cream’ regime, I’m using Toner and Serum, and it has been the biggest shock to realise that I don’t need heavy night creams. My skin looks great in the mornings and my eyes haven’t been ‘puffy’. I should have done this much, much earlier.”
Susan

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5) Colour and Care
As your skin improves, to that typical Dr. Hauschka healthy and radiant skin, you should need less Translucent Make-up but if you do need more coverage initially, use a double application of Translucent Make-up.

Tip: Always ‘set’ your make-up with Translucent Powder Loose or Translucent Powder Compact, alternatively my favourite at the moment is Illuminating Powder which gives an instant uplift to your complexion. You’ll really notice this clever powder in photos, as the light reflects off the subtle luminosity.

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The Dr. Hauschka Classic Facial Treatment

Lymph stimulation with brushes
Lymph stimulation with brushes

‘To call this experience a facial is to demean it.  It is a total mind, body and spirit pamperfest’.  
Beauty Editor, Harpers & Queen UK

The classical Dr.Hauschka Skin Care Treatment is unlike any other.  It begins with a warm, aromatic foot bath, followed by a soothing arm and leg massage.  The treatment flows smoothly to all parts of the body as the esthetician relaxes the head and neck before beginning the facial treatment.

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The face is cleansed and purified using a comfortably warm compress immersed in Lavender.  A herbal steam bath and deep cleansing mask are followed by a unique Dr.Hauschka lymph stimulation method.  Through finely executed brush and hand movements the lymph is gently stimulated and harmonised, strengthening the entire body, mind and soul.  The client then experiences the application of a personalised ampoule or Intensive Treatment and relaxes with a cream mask while at the same time enjoying a relaxing neck, shoulder and décolleté massage.  The treatment concludes with a tepid lemon compress and the application of day care if appropriate.

The result, expressed in radiant skin, is beauty and a sense of well-being that often lasts for days.

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Each new client receives a comprehensive skin consultation and analysis plus discussion of any particular skin concerns with product prescription and skin care regime. Because many of our application techniques, philosophy and products are completely unique it’s important that our new clients know exactly what to use and how to use it to gain optimal results.

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The facial will be regenerative, purifying, firming or soothing depending on skin requirement at the time, or indeed a blend if the Dr. Hauschka trained Esthetician deems that most appropriate for your individual skin condition. Seasonal aspects will be taken into account as well.

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