Would you describe your face cream as a piece of art? When it comes to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, we believe this is a justifiable statement. And would you attribute a personality to a plant? We do and closely study its biography when developing and producing new skin care products. We examine your skin’s needs, then look for the medicinal plants, waxes and oils that best help you meet them. We combine the ingredients in such a way that they are in harmony with one another and your skin. This is the only way to create a product with a successful, artistic composition.
Our aim is to create effective product formulations. As such, we take great effort to constantly optimise the ways in which our plants and other raw materials are used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. Fortunately, we already have a huge wealth of information: the knowledge and experience that we have gained through the development and production of WALA Medicines since 1935. Elisabeth Sigmund added to this knowledge base. In the 1930s, she started to study centuries-old medical books in monastic libraries. Elisabeth discovered forgotten medicinal plants and minerals with benefits for the skin, which she used to develop the formulations for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. Today, we are able to combine the knowledge from days gone by with modern methods.
Throughout the years we have become specialists in the research of plant based raw materials and, in spring 2017, we moved into a new laboratory building to continue this work. There, we optimise development methods and look at highly practical research questions posed by our colleagues. For example, our gardeners often request information on ingredients to determine when these are most nutrient rich and ready to be harvested; or our raw materials warehouse would like to know how to create the best conditions for storing the essential oils. Our Development team also works in close cooperation with external specialists as well as universities and uses publications to share their knowledge.
Lastly, we conduct quality control in our new laboratory building. Not only the finished products are tested to ensure that they are safe and of highest quality possible but also the raw materials we use for our skin care and make-up undergo quality tests.
Authorities nowadays demand that skin care and make-up manufacturers conduct extremely extensive analyses to proof the safety of products. However, our tests go above and beyond the required scope. We combine the knowledge that we have gained over several decades with the findings presented in the latest scientific literature and use the results to conduct additional analyses. Ultimately, this supplemented knowledge enables us to compose the best possible skin care and make-up products for you.
with Herwig Judex, member of the WALA Foundation, and Professor Florian Stintzing, Head of Science at WALA Heilmittel GmbH, the company behind the brand Dr. Hauschka Skin Care About the research, development and production of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Make-up.
Mr Judex, you’ve been with WALA since 1971. At the time, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care had only been on the market for four years – as a second brand that complemented WALA Medicines. Did the knowledge of the production of medicines influence the formulations for the skin care products?
Herwig Judex: The formulations for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products were developed in cooperation with doctors, estheticians and pharmacists. The experience from the production of medicines naturally played a major role during the development. There were also three key values: helping, caring and healing. Our skin care products needed to be all of these things. This explains why they were originally called ‘Healing Cosmetics’,a name that has since been changed for legal reasons. Despite this, helping, caring and healing is a package and remained the concept under which the products were originally created.
Mr Stintzing, you are in charge of WALA’s science department. Is the concept of ‘helping, caring and healing’ still important to you today when developing Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products?
Florian Stintzing: Yes, there is still a healing stimulus behind the products as Mr Judex says. There is also the question of how we can help our customers. We don’t follow the latest trends, but instead look at what people actually need. A person suffering from atopic dermatitis needs support and products that care for the skin, men and women ask for skin care for their face and body, and people who wear make-up also have their own special requirements. As a natural skin care and make-up manufacturer, we want to develop formulations that really focus on the individuals and enable them to feel happy in their own skin each and every day. As such, we don’t have any short-lived skin care, instead our products address basic needs.
How have development and production of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products changed over the years?
Judex: It has changed in many ways. In the 1960s and 70s, we created products based on our experience-based knowledge. The idea was the most decisive factor. We mixed things together and tested whether the product could do what it was intended to. If so, it was produced without any further requirements. If we wanted to assess the quality of a plant from our medicinal herb garden, we looked at its growth. If we added too much fertiliser and a plant that would usually only be 30 centimetres tall actually grew to a metre, it could not be used in production. We had the belief and inner certainty that the things which we had carefully considered and thought out were right. And it was right. Nowadays, that’s no longer how things work, of course. We have to conduct stability and application tests and provide far more detailed information about the substances. This is now a legal requirement for skin care and make-up manufacturers in Germany and it is important because the people nowadays demand reassurance of safety.
Experience-based knowledge used to be important. Mr Stintzing, can you analytically confirm this old knowledge now?
Stintzing: Yes. The plant that grows differently is a good example. We recently tried to domesticate chicory, i.e. to grow it in our medicinal herb garden. This is used in our Soothing Intensive Treatment among other products. It ended up looking like a dandelion. You could say that its nature was distorted. It flourished too well here in our garden. The plant’s appearance differs from the one that tends to grow in poorer quality, dry soil. You can’t create a stable aqueous extract from a plant that has grown like that. A difference in scent is also noticeable. You can furthermore demonstrate the difference analytically, for instance through the fact that the pH level doesn’t fall during the extract procedure as the lactic acid fermentation process doesn’t start. Even with all the technological advances, which are welcomed and a good thing, it is still essential to use our senses and pay attention to obvious differences – to closely monitor things. And we do this by using the experience that WALA has built up over more than 80 years.
But you can no longer bring products to the market based solely on experience-based knowledge. You have to fulfil legal requirements. What analyses do you conduct?
Stintzing: It’s about customer safety. The raw materials for our cosmetic products are tested for characteristic properties, but also foreign substances such as pesticides and heavy metals. Tests are an important means of proving and documenting a certain quality level but also of learning more about the raw materials used. As such, we often test for far more things than legally required by precisely stipulated regulations on testing. Ultimately, however, you can only do a test well if you know the raw material’s biography. For example, where the plant grew. This is the only way for you to know what kind of contaminants it might contain as a result of its location. And only then can you specifically test for these pollutants. If you ignore this factor, you might end up testing the wrong things.
A plant’s biography is an unusual concept. Can you elaborate?
Stintzing: We think about a product based on its raw materials. We ask ourselves where the plant comes from. Where, under what climate conditions and in what soil it was grown, how it was cultivated and when it was harvested. The origin of a plant matters, as highlighted by our example of chicory. And the future, i.e. where the plant ends up, namely in the skin care or make-up product, is based on what has happened in the past. This is what makes the idea of a biography so important to us. Everything found in the raw materials is developed during the plant’s biographical journey. And at some point, this all ends up in the composition. Anything I don’t do prior to this, from a procedural perspective or even in terms of qualitative selection, I can no longer give to the product at a later stage.
Judex: A plant’s biography covers all the essentials. After all, we can’t get anywhere with mere facts and figures.
Is the approach of working with your senses and experience something that makes WALA special?
Judex: Yes, definitely.
Stintzing: However, it only works if you are familiar with the plants. You have to know where they usually grow, what their natural environment is, what they normally look like and what is going on if they don’t look like that. In view of this, our plant laboratory technicians and employees from the Cosmetics Development and Analytical Development departments regularly help out with the harvests in our garden, during which our gardeners teach them a great deal about the plants and their special features. This forms a direct link to the raw materials, something which is extremely important as it prevents the anonymity widely found today.
If a plant’s biography is so important, doesn’t this mean you can only harvest and process wild plants? Is it possible to cultivate plants at all?
Judex: You can also cultivate plants naturally, for example if you want the roots or leaves to grow in a certain way. However, you always have to remain within certain limits, as highlighted by the example of chicory.
Stintzing: The influence of the location can also be analytically proven. For example, tests have shown that edible berries from Scandinavia are richer in secondary plant nutrients than those from Central and Southern Europe. This knowledge is extremely important for medicinal plants. In addition, the temperature, the light and soil conditions also have a major impact on quality. One example of a case in which we were able to directly prove analytical differences is sage, which we use in products such as our Sage Mint Deodorant. The soil properties, such as the pH level, are particularly important for this plant. In consideration of this finding, our gardeners have created different types of soil in our medicinal herb garden for the plants to develop their vital strengths and inner being.
Judex: Quality is a factor determined by far more than just quantity. Today, we are instructed to detect quantitative differences so as to decide whether or not a raw material is used. However, as Mr Stintzing says, quality is about the entire biography. How did the plant come into being, how were the seeds cultivated that were then sown?
Do we have to revise ‘old’ knowledge based on new findings?
Judex: ‘Revise’ is a weighted word. After all, we’re talking about adding to our knowledge. What is then done with this is a whole other matter. For instance, whether you succeed in combining the artistic process with the knowledge.
Stintzing: We are increasing our wealth of knowledge and building on our experience. However, our products also have an artistic quality to them. A product is a composition. It naturally has to be well crafted and must not separate, for example. However, the ingredients must also be in harmony with one another and with people. I firmly believe that this artistic aspect appeals to people at a certain level. They don’t have to know what is in the skin care product. Instead, they experience the product as harmonious or inharmonious for them. Our aim is to develop authentic products to meet our customers’ needs.
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
Our daily lives are busy, very much so when juggling work and family, and sometimes we forget to take a moment to appreciate the small, special moments as we rush from one thing to the next.
1. Morning cuppa
Don’t rush your morning cuppa, take the time to really enjoy it, it makes for a good beginning to the day.
2. Take a walk in the fresh air
Movement and deep breathing aids relaxation, and if you’re in front of a computer much of the day, this is even more important. It may be a walk down to your local cafe to pick up lunch, it may be that a morning or evening walk is already part of your daily ritual. Being outside you can take a moment to appreciate the seasons, sunsets or sunrises, a jacaranda in full bloom…
3. Meal times
When your preparing dinner and eating your meal take a moment to consider how your food was grown, eat slowly and really taste each mouthful.
4. Take a moment
When you find yourself rushing, really make the effort to be in the moment, stop what you’re doing to actively listen to your child or partner, if you’re busy cooking dinner and there’s a beautiful sunset, pop outside and enjoy it for a moment. There’s unexpected joy to be found in the little things.
Find out what works for you, it may be coffee with a friend, yoga, sport, baking, creative endeavours, a good book – there will be something that provides active relaxation for you and helps clear your head from busy thoughts.
7. Skin care rituals
Be in the moment during your morning and evening skin care rituals. This is a time when you take the very best care of your skin and look after yourself. Also take a moment to deeply smell nature’s aromas that are contained in every bottle or tube. When we take time to nurture ourselves we feel more able to nurture others.
Careful developmentStir together the ingredients, test, done? The development of new Dr. Hauschka products is far from that simple. We take our time and work in large teams when developing every single skin care and make-up product. Once the idea for a new product has been conceived, it is about finding the best possible formulation for it. A formulation in which the individual components are aligned with one another, like in a work of art. One that is more than just the sum of all its individual components.Who is the target group for the new product? Which packaging works best for it? Is it even possible to obtain the raw materials we want for the formulation in the high quality and quantity we require? And are the desired raw materials safe? With so many questions, where should we even begin? Ideally with the idea for the right ingredients. Our developers give great consideration to this matter.
Their work could be compared to that of an artist using a paint palette and combining the colours to form brand new shades. It is only possible to achieve a good overall composition if the individual shades are in harmony with one another. When composing a formulation, the developers introduce themselves to the people for whom the product is intended. After all, they are developing the product to meet their needs.
Some of the medicinal plants required are cultivated in our medicinal herb garden and on our Demeter farm, the Sonnenhof. We also procure further organic raw materials with the assistance of the raw material buyers from our subsidiary naturamus. The staff in the scientific departments analyse each of the raw materials to ensure that they meet our high quality standards, are well tolerated and comply with legal requirements for cosmetics and natural cosmetics. Sometimes, we even start by researching a new raw material so as to fully understand it.
At the same time, the Packaging Procurement department searches for a suitable container for the new product. Doing so is extremely challenging as we do not use any synthetic preservatives in our natural skin care and make-up. Many of our products require airtight packaging that protects them from the light. For the highly sensitive, purely aqueous Intensive Treatments, we have even developed a special spray head that only allows sterile-filtered air into the container. Normal ambient air would affect the product’s shelf life. Sometimes, however, the packaging is determined by very simple user needs. For instance, the trays in our Eye & Brow Palette are different sizes. This is because experience has shown us that users tend to get through far more of the light shade than the dark one.
These users also test newly developed products before they go on the market – but only after these have already been tested by our Dr. Hauschka estheticians and have passed the tolerability tests. The assessments and comments from these voluntary testers are extremely important to the development team, which may further adapt the formulation based on them. After all, the same rule again applies: customer satisfaction is our number one priority.
An interview with Marie Calas
Group Head of Cosmetics Development at WALA (Dr. Hauschka) on the development of Regenerating Hand Cream and what makes Dr. Hauschka Make-up special
Ms Calas, you work with a team of 10 people to develop the formulations for new Dr. Hauschka products. From where do you get the ideas for these?
Marie Calas: It differs greatly. Some ideas come from the Marketing department, some come from us. Whatever the source though, the users’ needs always come first. For instance, we frequently had people tell us that they wanted more support at night-time. We responded to this by developing Night Serum as the third night care step.
What is the average turnaround from the idea to the finished product?
That depends. If we are just talking about how long it takes to implement a product idea, then the answer is about three years. However, if we are also talking about finding new raw materials for the new product, you can add a further two to three years to this.
So it can take up to six years to develop a new Dr. Hauschka product! Why does it take so long to find new raw materials for the formulations?
To find something, I have to consider specific questions and be open to the answers. That is not something you can plan for. Once we have selected a plant, a lot of hard work begins. This often starts with growing the plant. It is therefore easier if we have chosen plants that grow locally. We try to grow the plant in cooperation with our medicinal herb garden. Harvest time comes and we start to conduct our tests on the little plant material available to us. Our colleagues obtain extracts from the new plants, which we use in our formulation. We look at whether or not it works. Then we have to wait a full year for the next harvest. That is why it takes so long. Incidentally, we have to use the basis of the product, for example the cream base, to form a bridge between the plant and the user. To do this, we need to understand the language of both the plant and the skin.
The cream base acts as a bridge between the plant and the user? The language of the plant and the skin? Can you elaborate with an example?
Let’s take Regenerating Hand Cream. At the start of the development process, we sat down and considered the needs of the people who we envisaged buying the product, or their skin. The regenerating products are aimed at people with mature skin. In other words, people upon whom life has left lasting impressions. These impressions are increasingly visible in the skin, for example in the form of wrinkles, as the vitality and regenerative ability dwindle with age. As a result, the protective function is weakened and the skin becomes thinner and more sensitive. The skin tells us this. We have to meet its needs through the formulation and look for the perfect ingredients for it. Which plants or minerals can best support mature skin and meet its needs? Which ingredients in the formulation best reflect our idea? And which cream base best transfers the plant’s effects to the skin? It is only later that we try to develop the formulation in the laboratory.
Which ingredients did you find were best for mature skin?
The guiding principle for the regenerating skin range comes from red clover. This is a species of clover that we are familiar with from our local meadows, which grow lush and green. Red clover clearly represents vitality and renewal. Its energetic growth is not even slowed when it flowers. There is one other special feature that makes it the perfect plant for revealing the individuality of people with mature skin. Red clover leaves bear an individual white pattern. Every clover plant has its own pattern, its own personality. Red clover can act as a model for a mature, vibrant personality.
Is red clover the only medicinal plant in Regenerating Hand Cream?
No. The red clover is supported by bryophyllum and quince seed extracts. Both of these stimulate renewal and moisture processes. Attention also has to be paid to the protective aspect. In this regard, heat-permeated fatty oils are beneficial. We refer to these as thermal oils. One example is macadamia nut oil. However, fruit oils from plants that concentrate fatty oil in the juicy fruit rather than in the dry seeds are also important for mature skin. Examples include olives and avocados. In addition to their protective and caring properties, fruit oils also bear the vitality of the fruit. This is naturally perfect for Regenerating Hand Cream.
Thermal oils? That sounds unusual. Can you explain?
To a certain extent, fatty oils are representative of their environment. In many cases, the chemical composition enables us to tell whether the oil plants grew in an area where they were exposed to particularly high levels of light or heat. In the Tropics, a plant experiences more heat; in the Nordic regions where summer days can last up to 22 hours, they naturally experience more light. These qualities are stored in the oil and analytically detectable. They benefit people through the composition of the cosmetics. We use several different oils in our formulations in the same way as you would use different colours for a painting or sounds in music. It is all about the composition.
When you talk about product development in this way, it sounds like the work of an artist. Do scientific findings actually play a part?
Oh yes. I genuinely regard the process of development as an artistic process, but also as one that involves a great deal of intuition. However, intuition is not without basis. This is something that is often misunderstood. True intuition requires a lot of work and knowledge. This naturally includes scientific training and extensive knowledge of the ingredients used. At WALA (Dr. Hauschka), many people are involved in phyto-chemical research and analysis. The knowledge obtained by our colleagues provides us with the foundations we require. It completes the picture when we are trying to understand a plant. Scientific research is a piece of the puzzle in an overall context; nothing more, nothing less. As such, we have a great deal of knowledge. However, our wealth of knowledge then has to take somewhat of a back seat. Intuition is the moment when we are working on a project and the answer to something suddenly comes to us, as if out of nowhere. For example, the idea for a plant comes from a wealth of knowledge that was no longer at the forefront of our minds. However, this wealth must still be created and developed.
After selecting the ingredients for the formulation, what were the next steps in developing Regenerating Hand Cream?
We moved on to composing the ‘work of art’ from the carefully considered ingredients. Developing hand care products is generally challenging. On the one hand, they need to be rich, moisturising and protective, while on the other hand, they have to absorb quickly and not leave a greasy film. This is precision work and requires a lot of experience. The first versions of Regenerating Hand Cream that we developed were far too rich and therefore sticky. We developed about 100 different formulations to eventually obtain the perfect result. As a developer, you have to cope with the fact that 99 percent of all attempts are unsatisfactory.
Did you select specific ingredients for the Dr. Hauschka Make-up products like you would for the skin care products?
Of course. After all, the Dr. Hauschka Make-up range is to all intents and purposes the fourth skin care step after cleansing, toning and moisturising. The regulating ingredient, anthyllis, can therefore be found in almost all of our Make-up products, just like it is in almost all of our facial care products. For the same reason, many of the Make-up products for the complexion contain an extract of refining witch hazel. And in the eye make-up products, eyebright (euphrasia) soothes the area around the eyes. Rose, quince… a whole array of supportive medicinal plants are found in the Make-up range. One last very special example is the cane sugar used in our Volume Mascara.
Cane sugar in the Volume Mascara? So, candied lashes?
Yes, sort of. To create volume with the Volume Mascarayou need something to coat and shape the fine lashes. We chose cane sugar, and are possibly the only ones who use this ingredient for this purpose. If any form of sugar is used, it is usually beet sugar. But we consciously opted for cane sugar. This is obtained from the energy-packed, green leaves and stalks of the sugar cane. Unlike the sugar beet, this grows above ground, in the light, and is therefore far better suited for the eyes.
What products would your team like to develop?
Recently, the developers were all given the opportunity to spend a year working on not only the jobs from the Marketing department but also a product idea of their own. This produced some very different and very interesting results. This was extremely important. We have to constantly re-assess our possibilities and step outside our comfort zone. That is not just a question of developing formulations.
Has the Marketing department adopted any of your ideas?
Yes, but we cannot yet reveal which product that it.
Is there anything natural and organic skin care can do that conventional skin care cannot?
It is more the other way around. I think that natural skin care and make-up can now offer everything that conventional products advertise. However, natural and organic skin care are also ecologically and socially sustainable.
From the idea to the product: the development process
A large team comprising staff from various departments is involved in the development of each new Dr. Hauschka product.
The idea; the identification of a human need
Define the right ingredients Develop the formulation
3) Medicinal herb garden
Try to grow new plants
4) Raw materials purchasing and development
Check the availability of raw materials
Quality assessment of all raw materials
6) Scientific department
Safety and quality assessments on the raw materials Is compliance ensured with the NATRUE criteria and Cosmetics Regulation?
Correct Cleansing is the first step towards achieving a healthy and radiant skin.
Because overly alkaline, lathering, harsh exfoliation (whether by acids or granules) type cleansers are all too severe for your skin.
Your skin needs effective, yet gentle cleansers, that respect the pH of your skin, which is naturally acidic to protect against bacteria, and cleansers that don’t dehydrate the superficial layer. Your skin should feel comfortable after cleansing.
If you have an oily skin those products that ‘strip’ the skin for that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling, that’s a sign that your acid mantle has been disrupted and skin will just produce more oil to compensate.
We have two different cleansers for differing cleansing needs at each end of the day. In the morning, after the night time elimination activity of the skin, your skin needs a gentle yet deep cleanse with Cleansing Cream. In the evening use Soothing Cleansing Milk to cleanse your skin from the dirt and dust it picks up during the day and it’s also your make-up and eye make-up remover.
Our Morning and Evening Cleansers
Two different cleansers for different cleansing needs at each end of the day.
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream
Refines, revitalises and deeply cleanses 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 hydrolipid 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
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 emulsion. 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 splashes of cool water.
Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk
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.
Immerse your Compress Cloth, squeeze out excess water and press onto your skin, repeat twice
Compress or splash with cold water
Compress and Hydration softens pores to achieve a much deeper cleanse and also ensures you’re using your cleansing products more economically. When you complete your cleanse with splashes of cold water you activate the minute muscle that sits alongside the hair follicle which contracts, helping to remove any remaining dirt. This simple technique leaves your skin feeling soft as well.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is formulated to offer you nurturing experiences that benefit your total wellbeing. By day, our Face Care nourishes, protects from the environment and guides your skin to a healthy, balanced state. At night, our water-based Night Care allows skin to breathe freely while supporting its natural processes of renewal and elimination. All our products are NATRUE certified as 100% natural and organic skin care.
Powerful night care with medicinal botanical extracts
Powerful and liberating – oil-free night care
Did you know that at night your skin is very active? We follow this alternating rhythm every day of our lives. During the day our bodies open up to the environment and nourishment, while the night is used to process and prepare for the new day ahead.
Your skin uses your nightly rest period to thoroughly regenerate from within as it does not need to protect itself against environmental influences at night. The skin can open up during this phase and optimally cleanse itself from within by metabolic elimination.
The next morning your skin looks wonderful and recuperated when you support it with the right night care.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care supports this nightly regeneration process with aqueous, revitalising night care products that respect the skin’s natural rhythm. These are based on medicinal botanical extracts, which offer the skin important stimuli. Back in the 1930s, Elisabeth Sigmund discovered that night creams actually hinder the skin’s vital night-time processes. When she worked with us in the 1960s, this concept was fundamental in the development of our night care.
But what exactly does it mean when we say that Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products give the skin stimuli? Our products do not only provide care for the surface of your skin, but also activate and support the skin’s own regenerative abilities. You could think of our products as a ‘role model’ for your skin, not taking over the work, but to guide and support our skin to regenerate itself.
Interview with Elena Dowedeit, Group Leader of Skin Care Product Management, explains how aqueous, stimuli-packed night care with medicinal plant extracts should be used for healthy skin.
Elena, many customers do not think that Dr. Hauschka offers night care. How would you respond to this as an expert?
We have a comprehensive night care range that follows a completely unique concept. We opt for aqueous, stimulating formulations, which assist the skin with its nightly regeneration processes. We have been building on this concept since 1967 when Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was first launched.
What are the skin’s regeneration processes you mentioned?
At night, when we rest, our skin becomes active. For example, many metabolic processes take place. The skin cleanses and renews itself during the night. It excretes excess substances and forms new ones. We want to support it during this phase with our night care products.
You just said that you use aqueous formulations for these night care products. Why don’t you offer oil-based night creams?
Oily preparations protect the skin and are for the daytime. At night, the skin no longer focuses on providing protection. Oil-free, aqueous products are better at this time. They act as a role model for the skin, demonstrating a vibrant, opening and dynamic metabolic process. This works best with the elixir of life: water. At the same time, they do not impede the active excretion of substances.
How exactly does oil-free night care support the skin over night?
At the heart of the finely balanced compositions are rhythmic medicinal plant extracts and carefully selected minerals. When developing the products, we drew on our wealth of medical and pharmaceutical expertise. These formulations are our answer to the skin’s needs at night. The ingredients stimulate the skin’s natural abilities and regulate its fine metabolic processes. With the aid of this support, the skin can regulate its functions.
You mentioned an entire night care range. What does that consist of?
We differentiate between basic night care products for nightly use and products that are used in 28-day treatment phases. The basic night care regime comprises the three steps: cleanse, tone and revitalise. The core night care product for treatment phases is Renewing Night Conditioner, an ampoule treatment which revitalises the skin.
Why do the treatment phases last 28 days?
It takes 28 days for all of the cells in human skin to completely renew. Renewing Night Conditioner supports this 28-day rhythm with the aid of medicinal plants such as rose, marsh mallow and anthyllis, supplemented by silver and madonna lily – all rhythmically prepared with great vitality. It teaches the skin how to return to a balanced skin condition. Depending on the skin’s needs, we also offer intensive treatments, for example for mature skin, youthful, blemished skin or hypersensitive skin.
How did you come up with the idea of aqueous night care?
We have Elisabeth Sigmund to thank for this concept. The Viennese esthetician and researcher developed her own natural cosmetics range in the 1950s. In the 1960s, she played a major role in the development of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. In Vienna, she studied medicine for two semesters and spent a long time looking at the physiology of the skin. While doing so, she theorised about the benefits of oil-free night care for the skin . Her own tests confirmed her statement. Incidentally, there is a lovely quote from Elisabeth Sigmund from the period in the 1960s when Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was first being developed. At the time, she was living in Sweden and involved in the development work from afar. When Dr. Hauschka Renewing Night Conditioner (then known as Rhythmic Night Conditioner) was developed, she wrote: “I have now performed a full skin treatment on myself with such success that my husband recently asked: ‘Why have you recently been looking so young?’ No further comment is needed.”
The Nightly skin care regime in three steps
Rhythm brings life and creates beautiful skin
To remain strong and healthy, the skin needs to rhythmically alternate between natural polarities. A comparison of the times of day with the seasons helps to better understand the rhythmic processes in the skin. Apple blossom and apple fruit in Dr. Hauschka Night Serum support these processes with their spring and autumn powers.
Intensively smoothing hand care, supporting maturing skin, with an active moisturising effect.
Medicinal plant extracts of highly regenerative red clover, which is rich in isoflavones, aiding skin prone to premature ageing and field horsetail providing silica in support of connective tissue.
Bryophyllum and quince seeds stimulate skin’s moisture-activating ability, olive and avocado oils and cocoa butter support the skin’s strength and elasticity.
Silky soft hands and effective protection against environmental influences.
Strengthens your skin’s natural resilience right to the fingertips and, with regular use, stimulates its regenerative abilities.
Your hands push back the bed covers in the morning and switch off the light at night. Out in all environments, all kinds of stresses and strains such as changing temperatures and frequent washing. It’s therefore no surprise that signs of skin ageing can appear at an early stage. When this happens, your hands are particularly receptive to skin care that combines protective, nourishing, revitalising and regenerating elements.
Our Regenerating Hand Cream contains not only rich oils and waxes that offer intensive care and protection, but also aqueous extracts that provide invigorating and moisture-activating stimuli. Studies have confirmed the effectiveness of this formulation: both good protection of the skin’s barrier and good moisture replenishment have been demonstrated. Regenerating Hand Cream absorbs easily, has a pleasant fragrance and leaves the skin feeling wonderfully silky-smooth.
A tip from our Dr. Hauschka Estheticians
Regenerating Hand Cream may also be used as a hand mask. Use delicate stroking movements to apply twice the usual amount of Regenerating Hand Cream to each hand – working from the palms to the backs of the hands to the wrists. Wrap your hands in a towel and sit back for five to ten minutes – the optimum period for the effective formulation to take full effect.
A font of vitality and self-renewal.
A plant that flowers in almost every meadow from May to September and can be cut multiple times during this period knows the secret of renewal. The extraordinarily dynamic plant of red clover is therefore a key ingredient in the Dr. Hauschka regenerating skin care range.
Regenerating care for demanding, mature skin
Feel good in your own skin. And show this off self-confidently: at every stage of life.
What’s your skin telling you?
If you notice that you skin is losing its elasticity, getting drier, developing wrinkles and becoming ‘thin’, then it falls within the category of ‘mature skin’. Its requirements have changed. Dr. Hauschka regenerating skin care is aware of these new requirements and addresses your skin directly. Our formulations are designed in such a way that your skin is supported but still has to remain active – can remain active.
Your cells have not forgotten anything
If there is one thing you can rely on, it is that your cells will never forget how the skin renewal process works and will always have the strength for renewal. And even if this strengthen for renewal wanes, it can still be carefully boosted again. We cannot turn back time, but we can encourage your skin to preserve moisture and feel more toned.
Renewal is the topic of every night
Dr. Hauschka uses oil-free night care. This is because your skin does not need a protective layer at night, but instead likes to breathe freely and naturally regenerate from within. This particularly applies to mature skin. As a result, our regenerating skin care range does not include a night cream, but a toning serum and intensive treatments that fortify and harmonise your skin.
One range, eight skin care products.
Wherever demanding, mature skin has a particular need for revitalising stimuli, Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Skin Care offers you the perfect product: for your face, delicate eye area, neck and décolleté, hands, body, and for day and night.
Compositions with valuable ingredients
Each and every product in our regenerating skin care range contains a specific composition of medicinal plants. Read more about a few of these below.
Macadamia (Macadamia ternifolia)
Complicated to grow and laborious to process, the macadamia is the world’s most expensive nut. Its oil has similar characteristics to important components of human sebum and therefore absorbs easily, preventing the skin from ageing.
Field Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Field Horsetail has grown on this Earth for millions of years. It is characterised by a high content of water-soluble silicic acids, which stimulate the skin’s metabolism and fortify the connective tissue.
Bryophyllum (Kalanchoe daigremontiana)
Natively found in the Tropics, bryophyllum knows how to stock up on moisture. Its leaves and stem can store water and release it if necessary – a skill that greatly benefits mature skin.
Olive (Olea europaea)
Our olive oil is of extra-virgin quality. The delicate cold-pressing process enables it to retain its character as a pure, natural product. It cares for the skin with its premium fatty acid composition and leaves it silky-smooth.
Birch (Betula alba)
As the birch turns green, spring is upon us. It represents inner and outer cleansing processes and vibrant new beginnings – both welcome signals for mature skin.
A company that resembles a flourishing garden.
Imagine our company as a flourishing garden: we work as carefully and responsibly as possible, value manual work, understand the essence of the plants and base our actions on nature’s rhythms.
Because natural cycles and the power of vital, unpolluted raw materials form the basis of all Dr. Hauschka products, and always have done.
Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. We’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. Our product efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, firm, strengthened and radiant skin!
Dr. Hauschka Quality
Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEGs
We do not test on animals
Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions