Plant Profile: St. John’s wort

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St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Description

If you hold St. John’s wort flowers up to the light you will see numerous small bright spots, these are glands containing a fluid of essential oils and resin. If you rub the golden yellow flowers between your fingers they will be stained blood red, the characteristic colour of St. John’s wort oil. This wondrous colour change results from the fact that light and oxygen break down constituents of the flowers. The perennial St. John’s wort plant grows to a height of 90 cm. Over summer the many branched, woody stems are covered over and over with the five-rayed flowers. This oil-rich plant, whose leaves are also densely covered with oil glands, prefers full sunlight which it requires for luxuriant growth.

Uses

Paracelsus was convinced of the wound-healing, antiseptic and eliminating action of St. John’s wort. He saw the pore-like perforation of the leaves as an indication that the plant could be used to treat any kinds of opening in the skin, either internally or internally, and that it would also support elimination through the pores.

In fact, St. John’s Wort stimulates the blood circulation and carries anabolic and nourishing processes to the sphere of the nerves and the senses.

With its calming, pain relieving and wound healing properties it brings relief not only in chapped, cracked and irritated skin accompanied by redness but also in mild burns. Embrocations with the characteristic red oil help relieve nerve pain, rheumatism, lumbago and sprains. St. John’s wort is used internally for treatment of depression.

Interest

There are numerous legends attached to St. John’s wort. According to one it originates from the blood of John the Baptist, according to another St. John the Evangelist is said to have gathered the plant drenched in the Saviour’s blood from beneath the cross. The naming of the plant St. John’s wort was supported particularly by the fact that the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, whose patron saint is John the Baptist, already used the plant for treatment of wounds at the time of the Crusades.

St. John’s wort, one of the magical plants of the summer solstice, devoting itself to the sun like no other plant. It is said to have the greatest healing powers at the Feast of St. John, three days after midsummer night in the Northern Hemisphere, when it is at the height of its bloom and is imbued with the full power of the summer sun. At this time the light has reached its climax and the sun joins in matrimony with the earth. Since time immemorial people have honoured this day of union between the light and the earth, between spirit and matter, with great feasts. A remnant of this tradition can still be seen today in Europe with the bonfires lit on midsummer’s night.

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The plant ingredient at Dr. Hauschka

The radiant yellow flowers of St. John’s wort which stretch up towards the sun on straight stems, contain the highest concentration of active constituents at the time of the summer solstice. This seems to be an expression of its sunlike character. The luxuriant wealth of flowers contrasts starkly with the dry, hard wood of the plant. That which is between the flower and the branch shows a tendency to contract, to dry. This is the expression of a forming character which brings order to that which is excessively in flux.

This is the field of tension in which we find the numerous healing effects of this old medicinal plant. As plant of the light it drives away the darkness in human beings, and thus helps internally in depression, externally in sunburn. As bringer of order it supports the organism in all anabolic processes of the nerve-sense organs, whether as wound-healing agent or in treatment of depression.

In Dr. Hauschka skin care products St. John’s wort is found wherever, in addition to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, soothing and strengthening of the skin is desired: Rose Day CreamRevitalising Day CreamTinted Day CreamClarifying Day Oil, Cleansing Cream, Almond St. John’s wort Soothing Body Oil, Almond Soothing Body Cream, Blackthorn Toning Body Oil, Lip Balm and Eye Balm. In Hydrating Foot Cream it brings light to the feet which in our culture are usually condemned to a shadowy existence enclosed in shoes.

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The making of St. John’s wort oil extract, in time honoured and labour intensive methods.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and/or organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical 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 do not test on animals

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Hot Weather Beauty Tips

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. Drink a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water and/or herbal teas 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.

TIP: Keep your Toner in the fridge for a cool spritz

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 summertime and holiday must have body moisturiser for it’s antioxidants, 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) Being Sun Smart

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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, fruit, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, and dark chocolate.

Regenerating Range is specifically formulated to support a maturing skin.

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.

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.


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 leave-in Revitalising Hair & Scalp Tonic daily.

 

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic 100% natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrance, colours 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, cruelty free cosmetics.

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Correct Cleansing

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Correct Cleansing is the first step towards achieving a healthy and radiant skin. 

 

Why? 

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.

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Our Morning and Evening Cleansers

Two different cleansers for different cleansing needs at each end of the day.

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Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream
50ml
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

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 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.

Note: Should you feel your skin needs a secondary deep cleanse in the evening with Cleansing Cream after Soothing Cleansing Milk, you may do so.

Cleansing Cream
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Dr. Hauschka 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
Click play for Soothing Cleansing Milk application video

We recommend Compress & Hydration for your skin 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. Cleanse
  5. Compress or splash with cold water

Why?

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.

Why You Should Avoid Cleansing Wipes, click here >

 

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Dr. Hauschka 9 Skin Facts

Skin Fact 1

Correct Cleansing – first step towards a healthy skin

Correct cleansing with products that respect your skin’s acid mantle and hydrolipid layer provides the basis for healthy skin care. Our gentle cleansing rituals also support our no night cream philosophy.

Your skin has different cleansing needs at different times of the day. Deep cleansing in the morning with Cleansing Cream using our ‘press & roll’ technique after the night time elimination activity of your skin.

Evening cleanse with Soothing Cleansing Milk to remove make-up, eye make-up and the dirt and dust your skin picks up during the day.

Cleansing Cream application video, click play

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Skin Fact 2

Scrub the bathroom, but never your face

Never treat your skin harshly, it has to last a life time! Cleanse to remove dirt, oil and make-up without disturbing the skin’s natural line of defence, the acid mantle and the protective outer layer of skin cells. The natural 28 day skin cell cycle is treated with respect.

Soaps, lathering products, overly alkaline substances, scrubs and exfoliants (acids or gritty compounds) strip your face of this natural protection. This may result in dry, irritated or sensitive skin, more prone to sun damage, absorption of synthetic chemical products and premature signs of ageing. The skin’s acid mantle your protection against bacteria.

Dr.Hauschka Cleansing Cream gently removes dirt and oil while protecting the skin’s natural defences and stimulating healthy lymph flow. It’s not a scrub, it’s a ‘press & roll’. This encourages and supports healthy skin, and a clear, radiant complexion.

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Skin Fact 3

Squeaky clean is for dishes, not your skin

That ‘squeaky clean’ feeling comes from lathering and/or overly alkaline cleansing products and that’s your sign that the acid mantle and outer layer (stratum corneum) of your skin has been disrupted.

If you have oily/blemished skin, those harsh cleansing products that make your skin ‘squeaky clean’ just make your skin produce more oil to compensate.

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Skin Fact 4

Lose the night cream, your skin will thank you for it

  • During the night your skin is regenerating, metabolising and eliminating the day’s waste, that’s one of its many functions as the largest organ in your body.
  • The night time rhythm of the skin is one of a ‘breathing out’.
  • How do you know this is happening? Because skin disorders such as eczema, shingles, chicken pox or measles are much worse during the night. How often have you woken up in the morning to be greeted by a pimple?
  • There are no environmental factors that you need to protect your skin from while you’re asleep.
  • A night cream – which is usually a heavy, expensive, occlusive substance, impedes your skin’s normal night time process.
  • Sleeping isn’t ageing!

Dr.Hauschka’s gentle cleansing rituals support our no night cream policy. Our night treatment preparations, Night Serum or Regenerating Serum, embrace regenerating plant extracts held in an aqueous solution. These allow the skin to breathe freely and overcome any weaknesses and imbalances.

At first our ‘no night cream’ guiding principle seems unusual, however within one month (a skin cell cycle) you’ll need no more convincing! 

New customers support your skin in the transition off conventional night cream use with Renewing Night Conditioner, one ampoule a night for a month, then switch to Night Serum or Regenerating Serum.

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Evening Ritual, click play

Skin Fact 5

Not all moisturisers or their application are created equal

All Dr.Hauschka Moisturisers are highly concentrated preparations, for instance our Rose Day Cream contains 30 organic or biodynamic roses and the texture is rich, encompassing protective beeswax and precious rose wax. They’re all formulated to be applied as follows:

  1. Place around a large pea size of moisturiser in the palms of your hands. (2-4 drops if you are using Clarifying Day Oil).
  2. Warm the product between the entire palms of the hands to melt the natural waxes.
  3. Apply to skin that’s still moist from Facial Toner or Clarifying Toner that you mist directly onto your skin, to hydrate, ensure even and economical application and aid absorption of moisturiser.
  4. Apply to the skin with the entirety of your palms, using both hands from the centre, outwards in the direction of lymph flow.

Skin Fact 6

‘Like treats like’, homeopathic guideline

WALA, the company that creates Dr.Hauschka Skin Care also produces around 1,000 anthroposophical homeopathic medicines. This background gives us superb medicinal, pharmaceutical and botanical knowledge. We also incorporate some homeopathic guidelines in the way we treat the skin.

Though it might seem counterintuitive to apply oil to an oily skin, it’s actually the most effective solution. The skin knows whether it’s sufficiently protected, producing more of its own oil when skin is dry and less when it’s balanced.  Drying, soap-based and overly alkaline products and conventional acne treatments may rob the skin of its defences, leaving it vulnerable to bacteria and triggering the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil.

Dr. Hauschka’s Clarifying Day Oil provides a light, rapidly absorbed layer of pure plant oils and botanical extracts, including rich in provitamin A carrot root extract, that calm the skin’s oil production while helping to treat and soothe blemishes and irritation.

On the other end of the spectrum we have Revitalising Day Cream 30ml and 100ml, a highly activating daily moisturiser that provides hydrating protection in a very light, rapidly absorbed formula.

If we treat dry skin with rich, heavy creams or oils we effectively trick our skin into believing it’s been producing too much of its own oil. In response it will decrease production, perpetuating the dry skin cycle. Revitalising Day Cream is light enough that the sebaceous glands are called upon to gently increase oil production.

Over time, the skin will regain its balance and be better able to fend for itself.  It’s all about using products to strengthen and support your skin’s own functions.

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Skin Fact 7

Chemical cocktail or nature’s nip

Unknowingly most woman carry with them daily up to 500 synthetic chemicals. These pollutants are self inflicted through the use of conventional face, body, hair and make-up products. A non natural moisturiser may contain around 30 synthetic chemicals and a perfume up to 400!

WALA Homeopathic Medicines began in 1935 and Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was launched in 1967 giving us a wealth of knowledge and experience. We also draw upon centuries of herbal healing wisdom, combining traditional approaches with modern pharmaceutical processes to create gentle yet effective natural skin care products that work with the skin holistically.

Our skin has an absolutely amazing ability to balance and heal itself, responding constantly to changes in our internal and external environments. It needs a little help along the way, like protection from exposure to harsh elements, or support when it gets thrown out of balance by lifestyle, hormones, transition, illness or stress.

The key is to encourage and strengthen your skin’s own natural self-healing processes. Rather than suppressing symptoms or interfering with the skin’s natural rhythms, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care respects your skin, supporting its return to balanced health through the highest quality ingredients from nature that your skin can understand.

The result, a typical Dr. Hauschka radiant and healthy skin!

Hand harvested Anthyllis, one of our key ingredients to assist all skin conditions to a state of balance.
Hand harvested Anthyllis, one of our key ingredients to assist all skin conditions to a state of balance.

Skin Fact 8

Being different allows us to stand out from the crowd

There is more to efficacy than high quality raw materials

Our formulations depend of course on the highest quality of the natural raw materials, but also on the care with which they were grown and processed. By using biodynamic (Demeter) agriculture, we put more into the soil than we take out and with our preference to hand harvest at dawn, we are choosing medicinal plants with the highest vitality.  It’s this vitality we wish to pass on to your skin.

Complex compositions that are made up of more than just the sum of their components.

Only when our ingredients are supported by our unique rhythmic manufacturing procedure do our products take on their distinctive quality that enables them to stimulate the skin’s own natural activity and re-establish its natural balance.

The finest of differences made transparent

What percentage of the ingredients in natural cosmetics are organic? What are the minimum standards and the maximum values? Furthermore: how can you describe the high quality of a product other than through its material properties – its finely tuned composition, its more than biochemical effect?

Our entire range is certified with the international quality seal for natural and organic skin care ‘NATRUE’. The NATRUE standard distinguishes between natural skin care, natural skin care with at least 70% organic ingredients and natural skin care with at least 95% organic ingredients.

The term ‘natural skin care’ alone is neither legally protected nor defined on a binding basis. At www.natrue.org you can find the certifications given to the individual Dr.Hauschka skin care products, this is your guarantee.

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Skin Fact 9

Compressing & Hydrating supports Correct Cleansing

“Using a Compress brings life to the skin, you’ll notice the difference with your cleansing, it leaves you with a clearer, softer skin”
Fay, Store Manager at Discovery Centre Rozelle

We recommend you ‘Compress & Hydrate’ prior to cleansing. This relaxes the skin and softens the walls of the pores to achieve a deeper cleanse. You will also use your cleansing products more economically.

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Our Compress is particularly large because the many layers folded help to retain warmth.

  1. Fold the compress in half and half again
  2. Both folds to be length wise, not square
  3. Place folded Compress into the basin with Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence infused water
  4. Squeeze excess water from the Compress
  5. Place firstly under the chin, then wrap the face and press
  6. Repeat twice, now your skin is prepared for using Cleansing Cream or Soothing Cleansing Milk 

Tip: Always complete cleanse with a compress or splash of cold water, this activates a minute muscle beside the hair follicle, contracting it, ensuring any last remaining dirt is removed. This simple technique has your skin feeling wonderfully soft, without the need for harsh exfoliation.

Click here for > ‘Compress & Hydrate’ + ‘Press & Roll’ Video

Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

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

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Elizabeth on Cleansing Cream

Here’s an informative article by Elizabeth King, who was Esthetician Trainer for the U.K., and is now living back in her home country of South Africa.

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My favourite Dr. Hauschka product has to be Cleansing Cream. It has been my number one product for many years, and I often describe it as my desert island product.

The cleansing and anti-inflammatory ingredients coupled with the unique method of ‘press and roll’ gives rise to a truly holistic product. It was and still is my first essential step to restoring health and radiance of my skin. When I am cleansing properly everything else in my routine just seems to falls into place. My skin is able to readily build on what the correct cleansing routine has begun.

At this time of year, when it is beginning to get cooler, my skin becomes more sluggish. A good cleansing ritual not only ensures clean breathing skin, it also stimulates circulation and increases cellular activity.

Whether you are extremely oily or suffering with intense dryness, Cleansing Cream supports your skin providing it with the necessary steps for it to begin to heal and rebalance itself. This product works with the skin’s natural processes so that it not only deeply cleanses, but also strengthens the upper layers of the skin, thereby allowing the skin to perform optimally. This means too that this product is ideal for any age, whether adolescent or mature skin.

Correct cleansing is the first fundamental step in one’s skin care routine, yet as an Esthetician, I am always surprised at how often this part of routine is neglected. By getting the cleansing right, one can then be sure that the chosen moisturiser is indeed treating the true underlying skin condition.

Taking a look at some skin conditions we can see that the almond-meal Cleansing Cream does so much more than remove the surface dirt and grime:

The first step for an oily, congested skin is that it needs to breathe! Cleansing Cream not only effectively binds with dirt and grime. With our clever ‘press and roll’ technique, the suction created safely lifts and releases stagnant sebum and old dead skin cells that have accumulated in the pores.

Remember harsh, overly alkaline, exfoliants, acid, lathering type cleanses ‘strip’ the skin, disrupting the acid mantle, and indeed force the skin to produce more oil to compensate as well as dehydrating the superficial layers. As a result, the increased oil production becomes trapped as the dry, flaky skin collects in the pore!

A dry, dehydrated skin still needs thorough cleansing but this thoroughness should not be at the expense of stripping the skin of its natural oils. Nor should it be so gentle that the skin feels comfortable but it’s not effectively cleansed. Night-time elimination and renewal functions require a skin that is correctly cleansed. The almond meal of the cleansing cream ensures the skin is deeply cleansed, at the same time restoring and maintaining the health of the protective acid-mantle. This in-turn restores the skin’s own natural moisture levels.

Mature skin really benefits from the safe daily exfoliation that the almond-meal Cleansing Cream provides. When circulation is sluggish, the skin’s natural desquamation process slows down. The result is an accumulation of dead skin layers and the skin may look pallid. The daily use of the Cleansing Cream with the unique ‘press and roll’ method ensures the almond meal binds to the dead cells and lifts them off without disturbing the healthy layer beneath. The result is fresh skin daily! Without the burden of accumulated layers of dead skin, the skin is also able to re-establish a healthy rhythm of cellular renewal.

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Cleansing Tip 1:
Begin your cleansing with a warm Bath Essence compress, include front and back of neck. The wonderful aroma of any one of our Bath Essences immediately soothes both the skin and your senses. The warmth of the cloth relaxes pore walls so that deep-pore cleansing can take place. Blood circulation is increased bringing a fresh delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin.

Cleansing Tip 2:
Beginning at the forehead, always ‘press and roll’ moving from the centre of the face outwards. In this way you are following the paths of the lymphatic circulation. This supports skin’s internal cleansing process at the same time.

Cleansing Tip 3:
Always complete your cleansing with a cool splash – Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, saw the connection of a dull, tired skin with a sluggish lymphatic system. Complete your cleansing ritual with a cool splash, or a cool compress, taking the time to hold the cool water against your skin for several seconds. The rhythmical contrast between the warmth earlier and now the coolness stimulates the lymphatic system. Cellular wastes accumulating in the inter-cellular spaces are removed. Also coolness activates the minute muscle alongside the hair follicle causing contracting thereby assisting with removal of any last remaining dirt. A simple technique that also keeps your skin feeling soft without the need for harsh exfoliation.

Video: Compress & Hydrate + Press & Roll

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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

NATRUE

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This blog tells you more about the Rose: where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Raw material profile

Over 20,000 varieties, innumerable colours from yellow, orange and white to pink and red, single and double flowers, bushes, climbing or erect growth. The range of rose (Rosa spp.) varieties is seemingly endless. Its wild bushy forms come from the Orient and are thought to have spread from Persia and Babylon via Egypt to Greece and Italy. Despite their differences, roses have one thing in common: the fivefold symmetry of their flowers. In other words, each flower head has five petals or a number of petals that is divisible by five. Each of these petals has its own form. Even the five green base leaves that cup the blossom petals from below differ from one another. Rose hips develop from the rose petals. As the fruits of the rose, their form is as diverse as that of the petals. A further typical characteristic of roses are their thorns, which are actually classed as prickles from a botanical perspective. Unlike thorns, which are created through the transformation of stems or leaves and grow as a fused part of the plant, prickles can be easily detached. The original rose varieties firmly embed themselves in the ground with their deep roots. Some hybrid tea roses lack this strong root system and are therefore grafted to the roots of a dog rose.

Roses can be used in all sorts of ways. Rose petals contain essential oil, tannins, nectar, lipids, wax and resin, among other things. With the aid of distillation, both rose water and essential rose oil can be obtained from the rose petals. Rose oil has been shown to contain more than 400 individual constituents. Due to its complexity, the natural scent of a rose cannot be 100% synthetically replicated. In aromatherapy, essential rose oil is used for its relaxant, de-stressing and mood-lifting properties. The wax extracted from the rose petals has a very fine and silky consistency. Rose hips contain high levels of vitamin C, plant acids and pectins, and are strengthening.

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Ingredients in Rose Nurturing Body Cream

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Four rose preparations take effect in Rose Nurturing Body Cream. Rose wax, essential rose oil and extracts of wild rose fruits and rose petals harmonise the skin. They form the heart of the balancing Body Cream, which offers warmth and serenity by enveloping the senses in a wondrous fragrance of roses based on a rich woodiness. The creamy yet rich formulation stimulates and fortifies the skin’s natural protective abilities. Shea butter from the organic wild collection project initiated by Dr. Hauschka in Burkina Faso joins forces with almond and jojoba oil to provide intensive skin care. The result: velvety soft skin.

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Why is rose used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

The Rose, she’s full of contrasts and contradiction in the way she expresses herself. She’s strong yet also soft; resistant and thorny yet tender, smells sweet yet also bitter. She opens with fragrance yet contracts with her abundance of firming tannins.

Balancing, harmonising and strengthening for your skin, gentle and nurturing yet also exotic for your senses. The Rose is a symbol of the purest harmony. She has the strength to bring together her contrasting elements and create complete strength of expression.

Different preparations highlights different aspects of the rose: the essential oil sends us on a journey full of dreams, from which we gather strength. The warm oil extract with accentuates the rose’s soothing, rich and protective qualities, while aqueous preparations are dominated by her fortifying and generally harmonising abilities.

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Origin, cultivation and processing

For Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, we use rose extracts that have been prepared in several different ways: essential rose oil, rose water, rose wax, oil extracts from dried rose petals, aqueous, rhythmitised extracts from fresh rose petals and extracts of wild rose fruits (rose hips).

We procure the essential rose oil from our independent partners in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Iran and Turkey. These obtain the oil from Damask rose petals through the use of steam distillation. It takes about a hectare of roses to obtain a kilogram of the valuable oil, which is used in many Dr. Hauschka skin care products. The partners grow the roses using certified organic or Demeter cultivation methods. Our agricultural consultants regularly visit the countries and support them with their experience. Grants for the purchase of rose cuttings or the construction of distilleries help new partners who are just starting out in rose cultivation. This is in line with our commitment to high quality. As, whenever possible, we only use raw materials obtained from biodynamic or certified organic cultivation, we believe that it is very important to establish new, independent raw material partnerships. With the aid of our support and guaranteed purchase prices, new jobs and better living standards are created locally. In Afghanistan, for example, the cultivation of roses offers people an alternative to growing opium poppies.

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Ethiopia

Essential rose oil in Demeter quality comes from a rose farm at an altitude of 2,900 metres. This is the first African rose oil from the south of the Sahara.
Further information about rose cultivation in Ethiopia

Afghanistan

Certified organic essential rose oil is produced by a community that has organised itself as a kind of corporate foundation. The project was initiated, and for many years supported, by the World Hunger Organisation with the aim of offering an alternative to the cultivation of opium poppies.
Further information about rose cultivation in Afghanistan

Iran

We obtain organic-quality essential rose oil and dried rose petals from a company in southern Iran which belongs to a foundation that demonstrates a high level of social and cultural commitment.
Further information about rose cultivation in Iran

Turkey

We obtain essential rose oil in organic and Demeter quality as well as rose water and rose wax from Turkey. We have worked with a cooperative in the south-west of the country for more than 20 years.

Bulgaria

We obtain organically certified essential rose oil from several small producers in the Rose Valley, which has a century-old tradition of rose oil production.

Germany

The rose hips from the dog rose (Rosa canina) come from various sources including our own Demeter farm, the Sonnenhof.

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The word rose is thought to come from the Indo-Germanic word word or vrad, the meaning of which is retained in Sanskrit as vrad = tender. Almost all of the world’s languages have a word for the rose; it is only absent in the language of the Inuits.

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The rose was already the symbol for love, beauty and grace at a very early stage and in Greece it also signified a great lust for life. This wondrous creation seemed to be so unearthly that in many cultures it was seen as a gift from the gods, particularly those of love and fertility.

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The rose is also the flower of wisdom and a clear mind. Sub rose dictum: the dictum under the rose was the stock phrase of secret societies such as the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons, which adopted the white rose as their symbol and hung it over their table as a stuccoed rose. A promise made under the rose was deemed to be completely confidential.

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The rose’s golden age as a healing plant came with the pharmacists’ rose (Rosa gallic) in the 13th century in Proving near Paris, where it arrived from Damascus. For almost 600 years Proving was the centre of medicinal rose cultivation. Medicines made from roses were sent from there to all over the world.

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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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Christmas Sets 2016

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Dr. Hauschka Christmas Sets available Online and check in with your favourite Dr. Hauschka Stockist or Esthetician.

Share the magic with Dr. Hauschka Christmas Sets under the Christmas tree, or maybe you’re tempted to treat yourself! Lovingly selected combinations of natural and organic face care, hand and nail care in packaging to heighten the sense of Christmas anticipation and contents to pamper skin and the senses.
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Heartfelt Hands

RRP $49 – value $56

Contents: Hydrating Hand Cream 50ml, Glass Nail File keepsake, Rose Nurturing Body Cream mini 10ml

Surely a gift to be treasured by all. Deeply nourishing Hydrating Hand Cream that’s rapidly absorbed and doesn’t leave a greasy residue, limited edition Glass Nail File produced in the Czech Republic, which is known for high quality glass making and Rose Nurturing Body Cream, the loving gift of organic Damask Roses.

P.S. After filing your nails, run the glass nail file under the tap and place on a paper towel to dry, just like brand new again!

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Quintessential Quince

RRP $90 – value $108

Contents: Cleansing Cream 50ml, Soothing Cleansing Milk 30ml, Quince Day Cream 30ml

Morning and evening cleansing rituals with Cleansing Cream to begin the day with a deep cleanse, gentle and effective Soothing Cleansing Milk to remove make-up, eye make-up and cleanse your skin at the end of the day. Soothing and cooling Quince Day Cream for a normal to dry skin protects your skin from environmental factors such as air conditioning with non-occlusive quince wax and quince seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture.

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Radiant Rose

RRP $99 – value $119

Contents: Cleansing Cream 50ml, Facial Toner 30ml, Rose Day Cream 30ml

Your morning skin care ritual with deep cleansing Cleansing Cream, hydrating Facial Toner to provide a wake up call for your skin and the gift of 30 organic or biodynamic Damask Roses in iconic Rose Day Cream to balance, protect and nourish a dry, sensitive or mature skin.

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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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9 Tips for Beauty Sleep

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Putting the beauty back into beauty sleep

 

Adults need 7-9 hours sleep a night. Here are some of our top tips for switching off, unwinding and getting a good night sleep. Wake with radiant, refreshed skin in the morning.

When you sleep, your body recharges, so you wake up feeling refreshed. If you repeatedly don’t get enough sleep, it shows in your face – dark circles under your eyes and poor skin condition. During the night, the skin’s natural replenishing and repairing cycle is active. If you want to look fresh as a daisy, make sure you get enough sleep each night. Sleep is a powerful beauty treatment.

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1) Calming and Relaxing Lavender

We recommend Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence in your bath or in your compressing and hydrating basin water for your evening facial cleanse.

All of our Moor (peat extract) Lavender and Lavender Sandalwood products aid relaxation.

Tip: Pour some Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence in a bowl and add very hot water. Place in your bedroom so the aroma disperses.

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2) Set a regular bed time and wake up time routine

It supports your body clock if you go to bed and get up at the same time. Your evening skin ritual of cleansing, toning and revitalising supports your evening routine in readiness for bed.

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3) Technology

The screens of devices such as tablets and smartphones emit short-wavelength light, also known as blue light. All light can suppress the secretion of melatonin – the hormone that controls our day-night cycles – in the evening and night-time, but blue light has a particularly pronounced effect and studies have shown that it’s best avoided at night. One such study has found 2 hours on a device lowers melatonin (brain’s body clock hormone) levels by 22% so…

a) No technology 2 hours before bedtime, ok at least an hour then.

b) Make your bedroom no technology zone – no phone, computer, tablet or television

c) Read a book instead. E-ink readers that aren’t back lit, but illuminated from the front with LED such as Kindle Paperwhite are quite different from the blue light omitted from many other devices.

A recent study found reading reduced stress by a whopping 68%.

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4) Make Lists

Create a list of any jobs that will need to be done the following day. Any thoughts you may have write them down, rather than keep mulling them over in your mind. Use ‘Reminders’ on your phone, then you don’t have to worry about all the things you need to remember.

5) Resolve

Go to bed in a peaceful frame of mind. Resolve any issues before you go to bed.

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6) Alcohol and Caffeine

Both are stimulants so perhaps a small wine with dinner and/or a cup of tea after dinner but that’s it for the evening. Same with sugar, so no late night chocolate. Drink a Chamomile Tea instead.

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7) Bedroom

Bedroom temperature should neither be too hot or too cold, around 18 degrees is optimum. Your bedroom needs to be dark and quiet. Your bed needs to be comfortable.

8) Daily Exercise

Exercise, particularly in fresh air, aids sleep, as does yoga, tai chi, meditation.

Night time skin care ritual video, click play
Night time skin care ritual video, click play

9) Beauty Sleep and Your Skin

Your skin eliminates and regenerates during the night time. Dr. Hauschka has a no night cream stance because heavy, occlusive night creams impede natural night time functions of your skin. Botanical extracts embraced in a water based solution support the skin during the night with Apple based Night Serum or Regenerating Serum which is recommended to support a maturing skin.

3 Step Night Care

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Did you know that night creams impede your skin’s natural regeneration and elimination activity during the night time?

 

  • During the night your skin is metabolising and eliminating the day’s waste, that’s one of its many functions as the largest organ in your body.
  • The night time rhythm of the skin is one of a ‘breathing out’.
  • How do you know this is happening? Because skin disorders such as eczema, shingles, chicken pox or measles are much worse during the night. How often have you woken up in the morning to be greeted by a pimple?
  • There are no environmental factors that you need to protect your skin from while you’re asleep.
  • Sleeping isn’t ageing.
  • A night cream – which is usually a heavy, expensive, occlusive substance impedes your skin’s normal night time process.
  • At first our ‘no night cream’ guiding principle seems unusual, however within one month (a skin cell cycle) you’ll need no more convincing!

 

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Jojoba

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This blog tells you more about Jojoba, where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Why is jojoba oil an ingredient in the Dr. Hauschka products?

With roots that are over 6 metres in length, the jojoba shrub is firmly rooted in the desert environment and can therefore provide itself with the only consistently available water, the groundwater. This water evaporates partly via the leaves and thus becomes available again to the surface of the earth. In this way the microclimate is improved. Jojoba shrubs protect the soil in which it is rooted; in this way they protect against soil erosion and assist in retaining moisture again. The jojoba oil provides its protective power to the skin. Particularly dry or cracked skin is smoothed and can retain moisture better; the skin restores its smoothness and suppleness again.

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Hydrating Cream Mask

Thanks to its smoothing and moisture-preserving properties, jojoba oil optimally supplements the formulation of Hydrating Cream Mask. This skin care mask protects the skin effectively against dehydration and dryness. The composition consisting of protective rose wax and the soothing and skin-smoothing quince seed extracts activates the moisture-retaining properties of the skin and regulates its oil and moisture processes. Mango butter protects against dehydration, it enriches and envelopes the skin along with precious plant oils from almond, avocado and jojoba. For dry, sensitive or mature skin, stressed by environmental influences and in dire need of regeneration, Hydrating Cream Mask provides supplementing and intensive skin care. The skin feels soft again and radiates freshness and smoothness.

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Raw material profile

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is a true miracle in dealing with extremes. The evergreen shrub, that can grow as high as 3 metres, in the deserts of Mexico, California and Arizona where night temperatures are between 0 and 5°C and daytime temperatures can be as high as 45°C. In spite of its extreme location, the jojoba shrub can reach an age of up to 200 years. It can survive there, because of its taproot that can grow down to a depth of 6 metres enabling it to draw water from the soils’s deepest layers. The narrow leaves are adjusted to survive optimally in desert dryness due to its leathery and hairy surface. The scrubby-looking bushes are dioecious. In other words, there are male shrubs that produce pollen and female shrubs with inconspicuous blossoms. Brown capsule fruits, reminiscent of acorns, develop after wind pollination. Each fruit contains mostly one Jojoba seed, which is about as big as a small olive.

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Jojoba seeds contain 50-60% wax, which is liquid at room temperature. It is therefore known as an oil. The oil containing provitamin A and vitamin E is extremely resistant to oxidation. This explains its longevity.

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The Spaniards named Jojoba from the word ‘ho-ho-ba’ from the language of the Native Americans. This tribal group was located in the Sonora desert of southwestern Arizona USA and northwestern Mexico.

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Jojoba oil extracted from the seeds had been utilised for wide-ranging purposes by various Native American tribes. They used the oil to treat pain and gastric illnesses. Jojoba oil played a major role in skin and hair care.

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Jojoba shrubs protect desert regions against erosion and facilitate a favourable, ground-level microclimate.

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Thanks to its special, waxy structure, jojoba oil is resistant to oxidisation, which means that it takes significantly longer than other oils before it gets rancid. It can withstand temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius.

A selection of Dr. Hauschka products that contain precious jojoba oil

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Origin, cultivation and manufacture

We obtain jojoba for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care from a certified Demeter farm in Argentina. The company founder is Jorge Arizu and his cultivated fields are located at the foot of the Andes in an extremely dry area. Even the jojoba shrub, which is adapted to a dry environment, requires drip irrigation here. The water originates from a fountain on the farm. The jojoba shrubs stand in rows like long hedges where they are cultivated in compliance with biodynamic maintenance. When the jojoba shrubs are young, the limited water supply allows for the planting of aromatic herbs such as cumin, black cumin and chamomile between the rows. By the end of summer, the jojoba fruits are ripe and harvest time is until the end of autumn. The washed jojoba seeds are dried in the sun and then transported by truck to the own oil mill in Uruguay. It operates with special presses, filters and piping systems to rule out any contamination of the jojoba oil. From there, the cold-pressed jojoba oil is transported to Dr. Hauschka.

Jorge Arizu discovered jojoba for cultivation purposes through the inspiration by a Greek professor at the University of California. Dr. Demetrios Yermanos (1921-1984) is regarded as pioneer of the jojoba research. The agricultural scientist discovered jojoba oil as a substitute for spermaceti, which was an important ingredient of cosmetic recipes until the 1970s. Jorge Arizu received seeds of further cultivated jojoba plants from Demetrios Yermanos with which he started his jojoba culture in the Arauco desert in the north-west of Argentina in 1982. In 2007 he took over a conventional farm and converted it to biodynamic cultivation. As member of the AABDA (Argentinean Bio-Dynamic Association), Jorge Arizu is strongly committed to cultivation in the desert. Overgrazing changed many steppes in Argentina into deserts. People had to migrate to the cities. Jorge Arizu has a vision: the desert areas of his home country must be injected with new life through biodynamic jojoba cultivation. The jojoba culture allows the water level to rise again, promoting more biodiversity and enabling people to settle down in this area again.

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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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Quick Fix Beauty Tips

Life can be busy, so here’s some of our some quick fixes we’ve learnt along the way.

Press & Roll

Those couple of minutes you spend at the basin or in the shower embracing your morning cleansing ritual with Cleansing Cream is a must! Providing a deep cleanse after the night time elimination activity of your skin, while preparing your skin for toner, moisturiser, make-up and the day ahead.

How to: Cleansing Cream application video

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Beauty Blend

If your skin needs a boost blend a little Revitalising Mask in with your usual Dr. Hauschka moisturiser for one month. Skin cell cycle is approximately 28 days.

Revitalising Mask is our ‘go to’ quick skin fix, for a smoother, more refined and even toned skin. Don’t know how but it gets rid of bumps for me too.

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Make a Sunday night ritual for a weekly mask. Just cleanse early in the evening, apply Revitalising Mask, Hydrating Mask, Firming Mask or Soothing Mask, remembering to apply to eye contour area as well, only takes a mo’, and leave to absorb all evening, removing with a tepid cloth before bed.

Regenerate

Firm and hydrate your skin after Toning with one quick pump of Regenerating Serum pre-moisturiser. Can’t do without it.

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Bright Eyes

Irritated, computer screen or just tired eyes?

Place an an Eye Revive ampoule and a cotton pad beside your bed in the evening, and in the morning saturate the cotton pad with the contents of an Eye Revive ampoule, then split the cotton pad in half and lay each half over your closed eyes while you have 10 minutes extra in bed. Bright eyes for the day ahead!

Eye Revive 10x 5ml ampoules, also comes as a one ampoule trial.

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Ready, Set, Glow

Quick and easy, mix a little Translucent Bronzing Tint with your usual Dr. Hauschka moisturiser to add uplifting warm tones to your complexion. If you want more coverage then apply Foundation next.

Alternatively try Tinted Day Cream, tinted moisturiser.

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Our biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

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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Macadamia

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This blog tells you more about the individual ingredient, Macadamia, where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

Dr. Hauschka Foundation

The excellent skin compatibility of the intensively nurturing Foundation is based on a combination of quality natural substances. The rapidly absorbed macadamia nut oil gives the skin a protective finish. It smoothes the skin making it easier for the pigments to be applied evenly. By contrast, coconut oil is absorbed slowly into the skin and leaves a lovely silky feel. Pomegranate provides moisture and vitality and encourages skin regeneration. Shea butter helps the skin retain moisture and is protective. The result is a nurtured, even and radiant complexion.

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Raw material profile

It is considered the queen of nuts. In its subtropical home in Australia, the evergreen, sclerophyllous macadamia trees (Macadamia ternifolia) can reach heights of up to around 15 metres. Macadamia belongs to the original silver tree family (Proteaceae), the ancestors of which developed in the ancient continent of Gondwana (consisting of South America, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Arabia, Madagascar, New Guinea and India) in the Precambrian Age. Today, the tree is grown in Australia and New Zealand, on Hawaii, in Israel and in various countries in Africa and South America.

The appearance of the trees is strongly influenced by genetic variants and growing methods. For example, for months, long panicles of white or pinky-purplish flowers, which can vary massively in numbers, grow on the trees. There can be up to 500 blossoms on each panicle. They bloom from top to bottom. In Australia, these blossoms are pollinated not only by insects; birds and marsupials are among the more extraordinary pollinators of the macadamia tree. As a rule, after around six months only three to five percent of them mature into macadamia nuts, which, incidentally, are not actually nuts. They are what are known as stone fruit, as are walnuts, for example. Stone fruit are surrounded by an unwooded fruit flesh, while in nuts, the fruit flesh is completely wooded to form the shell. The extremely hard shell of the macadamia nut is enclosed by a green fruit flesh.

Macadamia nuts are known and sought-after as a delicious, healthy snack. Macadamia nut oil contains simple unsaturated fatty acids, which can reduce blood cholesterol levels when consumed. These include plenty of palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid which is normally found in animal fatty tissue and which has a strong antioxidative effect. B-group vitamins and vitamin E add to the value of macadamia nut oil for nutrition and also for skin care.Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 9.38.24 AM

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The fair-trade macadamia nuts for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products come from the ‘macadamiafans’ certified organic small farmer project in Kenya. The growth conditions for the macadamia tree are perfect at the high altitudes around Mount Kenya National Park, where the trees are cultivated by small farmers. Despite the optimum conditions, it still takes around 15 years before the trees can be fully harvested, but they then last for decades. The nuts primarily ripen in the months from March to June. Straight after the harvest, the farmers remove the green outer shell. The nuts prepared in this way are then transported to decentralised manufacturing facilities for further processing. These largely employ the farmers’ family members. After a gentle drying process, the factory employees use specially developed manual nutcrackers to delicately remove the valuable cores from the protective shell, carefully sort them and then package them in a vacuum to prevent oxidation. It is a complicated process involving a lot of manual work, several stages of drying and short storage times, but it is worth it as a high percentage of the macadamia nuts remain undamaged.

With all this work, it is no wonder that macadamia nuts are the most expensive nuts in the world. Where it was previously often just the middle men making a profit, the macadamiafans project founded in 2009 gives the farmers and their families direct access to the export market. The project has its own traceability system where all steps are recorded digitally, from training and certification of the farmers, through purchasing, payment and processing to the finished product. Extensive training and a conversion to certified organic farming have given the farmers the opportunity to significantly increase their income. All of the profits from macadamiafans currently go into expanding the activities in Kenya so that more farmers can be offered a fair return on their products.

WALA buys the shelled nuts from macadamiafans and gets them pressed into oil in Germany. This requires real finesse from the people working at the oil mill. Macadamia nuts need the right amount of gentle warmth to separate the oil and oil cakes from one another. The valuable oil cakes go to organic bakeries in the area.

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macadamiafans cooperates with the WELT:KLASSE foundation. As part of supervised school projects, German schoolchildren sell the Kenyan macadamia nuts in Germany and can visit the farmers in Kenya.

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The flowers, ripening and ripe fruit can be found on the macadamia tree at the same time, which is a typical feature of tropical trees.

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The Aborigines value wild macadamia nuts as a source of protein and fat. One legend suggests that a cockatoo gave the nuts to the tribal boy Baphal when he was stuck in the mountain with an injured foot, thus saving his life. Since then, the nuts have been called Baphal nuts in the Aborigine language.

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Originally, macadamia nuts only grew in Australia. It is the only edible Australian plant which is farmed commercially.

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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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Secrets of the Moors

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Even in this day and age, moorlands have lost none of their magic or their mystery. They also contain a valuable medical raw material that provides protection and warmth.

Warmth, protection and a kind of barrier function

The peat extracts contained in Dr. Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Body OilMoor Lavender Calming Bath Essence and WALA Solum Oil are gently warming and relaxing – a protective shell against external influences and a must for those prone to coldness and weather sensitivity. Combined with natural essential lavender oil, the product gives off a soft fragrance that paves the way for a good night’s sleep.

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Moor (Peat) collection…

North of Bremen lies our destination – one of the largest continuous moorlands in the north-west of Germany. At the heart of the highmoor, we want to cut peat for later use in our medicines and skin care. Sound crazy? Perhaps it does initially. But peat has special properties that we have been harnessing for decades.

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The Team from WALA/Dr. Hauschka Production are assisted in their efforts by a local farmer whose tractor we now follow along bumpy paths into the dense thicket, the mist still hanging heavy before our eyes. A lone cow eyes us suspiciously. Presumably it is a rare occurrence for so many people to troop by her remote meadow at the same time.

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For centuries on end, the highmoor and its surrounding area had a cool, damp climate with high humidity and rainfall. Water accumulated in the soil, especially in the upper layer. Rather than decomposing, dead plant matter turned into peat owing to the lack of oxygen and the highly acidic nature of the constantly damp substrate – a process that bears witness to seclusion and stagnation. The moor grew constantly during this time, albeit very slowly – around one millimetre per year. Finally, it even extended above ground water level, hence the name ‘highmoor’.

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The peat-cutting site looks rather unspectacular at first – a mud hole lined with young birches and pines, heather and mushrooms. Between the branches, spiderwebs glisten in the dull morning light. It is freezing cold. The men have to dig around two metres deep. In spite of the cold, there are beads of perspiration on their foreheads. “Good thing we had a hearty breakfast”, jokes Walter. As they work away, the men’s spades dig with a smacking sound into the ground, which is heavy and moist, greasy and black. A fine acidic smell wafts up from the site and the only sound is the laboured breathing of our colleagues working tirelessly with their implements. Otherwise muffled silence holds sway. The mist has swallowed up the world around us.

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The farmer is already standing in the pit, some six feet deep. “The ground is starting to look lighter here”, he says, casting an expert eye on the work in progress. This is the layer of peat that we need. It is light brown and fibrous, containing pieces of conserved wood and plant parts. Six stainless steel barrels are lifted down from the tractor trailer. For the moment, they are still light, but once filled with peat, each weighs around 70 kilograms.

However, before we head for home, microbiologist Simon from WALA Basic Research, has another job to do: spade in hand, he jumps down into the pit and takes samples of the soil, which he then packs and labels with the utmost care. As he explains: “The bog has not only conserved many plant parts but also the pollen from the vegetation of the time. Based on this, we can determine the age of each of the layers of soil.” His initial estimation? “Between 3,000 and 5,000 years”, he says with a smile, “but when we have analysed it, we will have an even better idea what age the soil comes from and what vegetation turned into peat here over the millennia.”

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Nadia from WALA’s Development of Medicines department views the lively scene with mixed feelings: “Normally, we don’t take so many people with us to cut peat.” Usually, it is just Walter and herself. After all, the peace and quiet of the moors and respect for nature are of great importance for WALA when extracting the valuable raw material.

This same peace and quiet is also central to the therapeutic use of moor extract – together with warmth, protection and a kind of barrier function. In order to produce the extract, WALA employees mix the peat together with purified water and treat it using the rhythmic light process. At sunrise and sunset, the mixture is taken to the light and stirred. After seven days, it is pressed and then further processed together with extracts of horse chestnut and field horsetail. This is done in different ways depending on whether the extract is to be used later on for preparations intended for internal or external application.

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In this way, the lifeless peat from the cool, damp and secluded moorlands is transformed into a vibrant, medically effective substance. Among other things, it may help to strengthen liver functions, invigorate the body’s fluid processes, stimulate kidney activity. It also helps to relieve pains, to form a protective layer of warmth and to provide protection to those prone to weather sensitivity who are fixated by external stimuli.

Text: Elisabeth Menzel
Photos: Jigal Fichtner

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Moor (Peat) Extract

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEGs
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions
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Calendula (Marigold)

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This page tells you more about Calendula (Marigold), where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Calendula (Marigold) essence processing

Raw material profile

Thought to originate from the Mediterranean, this annual plant germinates extremely reliably and has strong, resinous stems that grow up to 70 centimetres tall and are covered in felty hairs. It delights us with its bright yellow and orange flowers. What we regard as a single marigold flower is actually made up of over a hundred individual petals.

The inner substances of this medicinal plant include flavonoids, triterpene alcohols, essential oils and carotenoids, which are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and calming, as well as soothing mucilages.

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Why is calendula used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Calendula impress with their unbelievable vitality. As soon as they have formed a bud at the top of the first stem, further stems with buds grow from the leaf axils. More stems then grow from the leaf axils of these secondary stems and so on and so forth. The marigold’s love of repeat flowering is simply unquenchable. Cut off the flower heads and marigolds will respond by producing more buds.

The energy-packed marigold gives its regenerating and structuring powers to rough, cracked, irritated and sensitive skin, as well as skin prone to inflammation. It helps to repair unstable skin barriers, alleviates blemishes and soothes, for example, irritated skin as a result of exposure to the sun.

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Concealer ingredients

Concealer creates an even complexion in two ways. The product base uses avocado oil and shea butter to richly moisturise the skin. Marigold essence is formative and structuring. Carrot extract revitalises the skin. The Concealer with mineral pigments comes in three shades to gently conceal minor blemishes or any signs of tiredness around the eyes.

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The marigold follows the course of the sun: its flowers open at daybreak and close again at sunset. This calendar-like movement in time with the sun led to the scientific name Calendula, from the Latin ‘calendar’ meaning the first of the month.

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Bumblebees love to sleep in marigold flowers. If you take a look at marigolds in the early morning you will find sleepy insects inside.

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Marigolds take control of their area: their roots secrete a substance that drives away tiny worms that feed on roots. Organic gardeners therefore like to plant marigolds as a form of natural pest control.

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A selection of Dr. Hauschka products that contain precious organic marigold

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The organic marigolds used in Dr. Hauschka products are grown only a kilometre from WALA/Dr. Hauschka on the Sonnenhof Farm, our own Demeter farm. At summer harvest time, WALA employees meet Sonnenhof staff in the field at sunrise. They carefully pick every single flower head by hand in order to obtain a high-quality harvested product. The heads have to be twisted off the furry stems in such a way that no stem residue remains on their underside. No automated harvester could work with this level of precision.

The freshly harvested flower heads are then processed in three ways. Firstly, some of them are sent directly to Bad Waldsee and the WALA subsidiary SaluVet, some 100 kilometres away. There, the employees use a special rhythmic WALA procedure to obtain an essence from them. The extract is obtained using a cool mixture of water and alcohol. Secondly, some of the flower heads remain at the Sonnenhof and are carefully dried using warmed external air at temperatures constantly below 40°C. A rhythmic WALA procedure is also used to obtain an oil extract from the dried marigolds. This is mixed with warm oil at a temperature of 37°C (human body temperature). For the third production process, the Sonnenhof employees harvest the entire blossoming plants, including both the stems and the flower heads. WALA employees then create pressed juice from these. Unlike the plant extracts, the freshly pressed juice contains the full, undiluted character of the energy-packed plant. All substances found in the highly complex medicinal plant are contained in the substantial juice. This gives it its extraordinary effectiveness.

The different ways of processing marigold highlight its diverse properties. The aqueous and cooling essences give shape and structure. The cool, concentrated pressed juice provides assistance if the skin needs acute support. The oil extract supports the skin in its regenerative activities. All three extracts are used in different Dr. Hauschka Skin Care formulations.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH 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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Sensational Serums!

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Dr. Hauschka Night Serum – The Power of Night

The Apple Blossom invites your skin to open, while Apple Fruit reflects the skin we desire after a good night’s sleep: vitalised, radiant and refreshed. The delicate, intoxicating scent of soft petals envelops your senses as night falls. Night Serum guides the renewal processes which your skin activates every night.

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Dr. Hauschka Night Serum guides the renewal process which your skin activates each night with botanical oil-free night care as opposed to the use of heavy night creams, which impede your skin’s natural overnight functions of elimination and regeneration.

  • Night time care that revitalises all skin conditions for women and men
  • For fresh, radiant skin in the morning
  • Organic Berner Rose Apple Blossom Extract and Apple Fruit Hydrosol
  • Softening, vitalising, hydrating and strengthening
  • Skin feels instantly firm
  • Oil free, light and rapidly absorbed by the skin
  • Superb skin tolerability
  • Helps the skin rediscover its natural balance
  • Stimulates renewal process and guides the skin’s essential night-time work

Use: After cleansing and toning in the evenings, apply a thin layer of Night Serum to the face, neck and, if desired, décolleté.

Please note: For customers 40+ we recommend Regenerating Serum to support a maturing skin.

Editor’s note: My personal preference is to use Regenerating Serum in the morning and Night Serum in the evening.

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AWARDS!

Dr. Hauschka Night Serum has won the 2016 Beauty Shortlist Awards in the category ‘BEST NIGHT TREATMENT’.

Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) nominated our Night Serum BEST NEW CERTIFIED ORGANIC SKINCARE PRODUCT in the 2016 Beauty Awards.

Night Serum won the Silver Pure Beauty Award in the BEST NEW NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCT 2015 Category, as voted for by readers of Pure Beauty.

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Regenerating Serum
refines and tones mature skin

Supports the skin’s natural processes of renewal to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Quince Seed extract, Bryophyllum, highly regenerative Red Clover and Clover Blossom Honey replenish and protect, smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and supporting the skin’s ability to balance moisture. Skin is fortified and balanced for the look and feel of smoother, firmer skin. Sensitive skin is calmed.

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Lose the night cream, your skin will thank you for it!

  • During the night your skin is metabolising and eliminating the day’s waste, that’s one of its many functions as the largest organ in your body.
  • The night time rhythm of the skin is one of a ‘breathing out’.
  • How do you know this is happening? Because skin disorders such as eczema, shingles, chicken pox or measles are much worse during the night. How often have you woken up in the morning to be greeted by a pimple?
  • There are no environmental factors that you need to protect your skin from while you’re asleep.
  • A night cream – which is usually a heavy, expensive, occlusive substance impedes your skin’s normal night time process.
  • Sleeping isn’t ageing!

Dr. Hauschka’s gentle and effective Soothing Cleansing Milk respects your skin’s pH and hydrolipid layer, along with hydrating treatment product Toner, supports our no night cream stance. Dr. Hauschka’s night treatment preparations embrace botanical essences held in a watery solution. These allow the skin to breathe freely and overcome any weaknesses and imbalances.

At first our ‘no night cream’ guiding principle seems unusual, however within one month (a skin cell cycle) you’ll need no more convincing! 

New customers support your skin in the transition off the use of night cream with Renewing Night Conditioner, one ampoule a night for a month, then switch to Night Serum or Regenerating Serum.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic skin care and make-up, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH 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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Anthyllis

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Our ingredients

Each and every one of the ingredients in our products contributes to their overall effect. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This blog tells you more about our key ingredient, Anthyllis, aka Woundwort, where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it performs in our products.

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Plant profile

In its first year of growth, anthyllis forms a lush green rosette of leaves at ground level. Only in the second year do flower stems then grow from these, reaching heights of up to 90 cm and becoming densely covered in flowers. Stand by a field of anthyllis on a warm day and you’ll hear the hum of insects as bees and butterflies visit the nectar-rich flowers.

Each anthyllis head is made up of multiple long petals, surrounded by a green crown of leaves. Unlike other species in the plant kingdom, the individual flowers never open up fully; instead, they form a cup in which nectar can collect.

The chalk-loving plant is found on fallow fields and meadows, by the wayside and on sunny slopes, but never where the soil is over-fertilised.

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Facial Toner ingredients

In Facial Toner, anthyllis fortifies the skin together with a witch hazel extract, which supports the rhythmic processes. After cleansing, Facial Toner activates the skin’s flexible and vibrant barrier function to create a fresh, radiant complexion. It prepares the skin for daytime or nighttime skin care.

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Why is anthyllis used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Anthyllis looks different depending on its location. In other words, it knows how to adapt. It can grow wildly and exuberantly, but also in a controlled, structured manner. As an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, it uses these properties to unfurl delicate, regulating abilities, flexibly adapting to all skin conditions. It addresses the skin as an organ with all of its functions and helps it to establish boundaries without become rigid. Skin that’s fortified gives us an adaptable barrier. Anthyllis provides the stimuli needed to guide any skin condition to a balanced, healthy condition, to revive it and to harmonise.

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Origin, cultivation and processing

The anthyllis used in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products is mainly sourced from our biodynamically cultivated Demeter Sonnenhof Farm in Bad Boll, Germany. Straight after harvest, Dr. Hauschka/WALA employees process the blossoming plants, using a special rhythmic WALA procedure to obtain an essence from them. The extract is obtained using a cool mixture of water and alcohol. A rhythmic WALA procedure is also used to obtain an oil extract from dried anthyllis. This is mixed with warm apricot kernel oil at a temperature of 37°C (human body temperature) and further processed. The different ways of handling the plant highlight its diverse properties. Both extracts are used in many Dr. Hauschka Skin Care formulations.

Anthyllis belongs to the faboideae family, a subfamily of the fabaceae (pea) family. It first originated from Southern Europe but is today found almost all over Europe as well as in Western Asia, North Africa and America.

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The scientific name anthyllis vulneraria is derived from the plant’s usage and appearance; anthos > petal, ioulas > beard, volnus > wound. Combined, these terms indicate that this is a hairy flowering plant that can be used to treat wounds.

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This medicinal plant was mentioned by the Greek doctor Dioskurides using the name anthyllis back in the 1st century A.D. In the Middle Ages, anthyllis was mentioned in herb books as a plant that helped to heal wounds.

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The caterpillars from Germany;s smallest butterfly feed on anthyllis. Wild bees appreciate anthyllis as a source of nectar.

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  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEG
  • 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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Quince

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Our ingredients

All ingredients in our products have a function and a purpose. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. We also adhere to the highest quality standards.

This blog tells you more about our ingredient Quince, where it comes from, why we use it and what functions it serves in our products.

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Plant Profile

  • Quince produces large cup-shaped flowers which are white to delicate pink in colour
  • The fruits are pear or apple-shaped depending on the variety and they’re covered in a characteristic felty coating, which wipes off easily revealing a wax-coated skin and emanates a sweet, fresh fragrance
  • Quince may be stored
  • Quince is a member of the Rose family, so too are its close relatives Apples and Pears
  • Although Quince has been cultivated for thousands of years, it has undergone little change, and has largely retained the character of a wild fruit

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Why is Quince used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

  • Quince Seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture, perfect for a dry and/or dehydrated skin
  • Quince Wax protectively envelops the fruit, transferring this same ability to your skin for gentle and effective protection and strengthening your skin’s natural barrier
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Quince Day Cream

  • For normal to dry/dehydrated skin, for skin that needs protection from the environment, for a ‘city-stressed’ skin
  • Quince is a cooling ingredient, also soothing for a sensitive skin
  • Quince Wax allows your skin to ‘breathe’ yet protects against air conditioning, dry winds, pollution
  • Guys love Quince Day Cream too! Soothing and cooling after shaving and the aroma appeals to both men and women
  • Quince Seed extract helps your skin to retain moisture
  • Anthyllis, guides all skin conditions to a state of balance, provitamin A rich Wild Carrot Root Extract, softening Marsh Mallow, protective Shea Butter and Beeswax, nourishing Olive, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Apricot, Jojoba Oils and Witch Hazel bark and leaf extract
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Quince Seeds

Origin, cultivation and processing
Originally from Western Asia and South-East Arabia, cultivation has led to the quince now being found worldwide, especially in Southern and Central Europe. Like its close relatives, apples and pears, the quince is also a member of the rose family.

The quince provides two interesting raw materials with very different properties: firstly, quince wax and secondly, quince seed extract.

The quince wax used in Dr. Hauschka products is practically produced on our doorstep: it is a valuable by-product of juice production. Quince from Spain are pressed in Baden-Württemberg to produce fresh quince juice. The wax is then obtained from the residues or ‘pomace’ from the pressing process.

Every year, some 60 tonnes of pomace are processed to create quince wax for WALA/Dr. Hauschka. What makes quince wax so fascinating is that, depending on the variety and year, the yield from the dried pomace can fluctuate by between 0.7 and 1.5 percent. This makes stocking the right amount of raw material at all times particularly challenging.

The wax is obtained through a procedure known as CO2 extraction. The dried pomace is placed in pressurised containers with liquid carbon dioxide and the quince wax is carefully separated from the rest of the pomace. This procedure does not create any waste and is organically certified.

Once WALA has received the wax and it has passed the quality controls, it can be heated and incorporated into the skin care formulations. Quince Face Cream or Kajal Eyeliner can now be created.

A further key ingredient for Dr. Hauschka products is also found within the quince. Quince seeds are surrounded by a highly absorbent coating. If the seeds are placed in water overnight, the mucilages in this coating swell. The next day, the soaked quince seeds are manually pressed. This careful procedure, developed by WALA many years ago, is used to obtain the valuable quince seed extract.

Tip: Place a bowl of quince in your home for their magnificent fragrance. Then for a delicious dessert Slow Roast Quince in their Jelly

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEG
  • 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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Solutions for Hands, Nails & Cuticles

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Perfect combination of moisturising and protection for hands, nails and cuticles

Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream envelops the hands in an invisible layer of protection. Thanks to its silky, subtly fragrant texture and overall composition, it’s rapidly and completely absorbed by the skin. Rich botanical oils and waxes such as jojoba oil, almond oil and beeswax nurture stressed hands with the best that nature has to offer. Selected medicinal plant extracts help the skin to regenerate.

Beautiful, healthy fingernails require nourishing care with rich oils. Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil provides deep moisturising for the nails; the care pen may be popped into your makeup bag for nail care on the go. It provides elasticity and firmness to weak, brittle fingernails that are prone to splitting. Extracts of neem, anthyllis and chamomile promote a strong nail structure and help prevent inflammation of the nail bed. Cuticles are nourished.

If your nails have been damaged from acrylic/gel/shellac then absolutely this is the product to reach for!

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Key Ingredients

Bryophyllum

Key Ingredient in Hydrating Hand Cream – Bryophyllum

Dr.Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream, Regenerating Serum, Regenerating Day Cream, Clarifying Intensive Treatment (age 25+) and Renewing Night Conditioner all contain the succulent Bryophyllum not only as and incredible moisture giver but also because of its wound-healing, refreshing, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

Key Ingredient Neem in Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil

Key Ingredient in Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil – Neem Leaf Extract

Neem leaves have been used by WALA/Dr. Hauschka ever since Elisabeth Sigmund, the co-founder of Dr.Hauschka Skin Care, brought back this medicinally valuable tree from a study visit to India.

Extracts of Neem leaves are contained in Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail & Cuticle OilRose Deodorant, Eye Balm, Eyeliner Liquid, MascaraClarifying Day Oil, Strengthening Hair Treatment and Revitalising Hair & Scalp Tonic.

Neem has numerous microcidal and anti-inflammatory properties. For example, Neem leaf extracts have been shown to be effective against 14 types of fungus (including Candida) and many bacteria.

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Happy Customers

“I just wanted to touch base with you to tell you how healthy my nails look after using the Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil Pen at least twice a day. I had been having some salon manicures and my nails were not looking great. I no longer have manicures or wear nail polish – I simply use Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil Pen. My nails look terrific with a nice sheen. It is without a doubt the best nail product I have ever used and so easy to use.”
Julie, NSW

“Dr. Hauschka has the best products. I’ve been especially happy with the Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil. It’s done wonders for my nails, where other products have failed.”
Helen

“After trying about a million hand creams (or so it seems), I found this one and I will never use another one again. Usually, after using a hand cream at night, my hands are crepey the next day. With Hydrating Hand Cream, even if I wash them, they don’t dry out. Yes, it’s pricier than some others, but worth it in my book.”
Jane Z

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Dry Hands Treatment Tip

1) Soak hands in warm water with a capful of your favourite Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence
2) Dry and apply blend of Hydrating Mask and Hydrating Hand Cream, leaving to absorb for as long as possible
3) Remove with a tepid cloth
4) Apply Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil Pen to nails and cuticles

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEG
  • 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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Which Moisturiser is the best choice for you?

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All our Moisturisers, including Clarifying Day Oil, are highly concentrated, for example Rose Day Cream contains 30 organic or biodynamic Roses! They’re designed to be applied as follows:

  1. Warm around a large pea size amount of Moisturiser (3-4 drops of Clarifying Day Oil) between the palms of the hands to melt the oils and waxes.
  2. Apply using the palms of both hands to skin still moist from Toner which locks in hydration, aids absorption of botanical actives and ensures even and economical application.

Quick Reference – Skin Conditions and Day Care

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Day Care Moisturisers

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Melissa Day Cream

  • For Combination Skin Condition (oily t-zone, normal/dry cheeks)
  • The herb Melissa (Lemon Balm) mediates between oily and dry/normal areas
  • Oily areas are calmed, dry patches are hydrated, the appearance of redness is reduced
  • Shine is controlled for a balanced, radiant complexion
  • Extracts of melissa, daisy, anthyllis, witch hazel and provitamin A rich carrot soothe, working to balance the skin’s natural oil and water content
  • Tapioca starch provides an even, matte appearance

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Rose Day Cream Light

  • For Normal or Sensitive skin
  • Usually recommended for a younger skin up to 35
  • Hydrates, harmonises and soothes
  • All the protective, fortifying qualities of Rose Day Cream in a lightweight formulation
  • Matte texture perfect for use in warmer weather
  • Transfers to your skin the invigorating powers of the rose to nourish hydrate and protect dry, sensitive skin for a calm, even and balanced complexion
  • Precious rose water, rose wax and extracts of rose, marsh mallow leaf and anthyllis protect, calm, soften and balance the skin.
  • Marsh mallow root extract with avocado, sesame, almond and wheat germ oils hydrate, carrying essential moisture to skin

Rose Day Cream Light was developed as a second generation product, our Mum customers using Rose Day Cream wanted a lighter version Rose product for their daughters.

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Rose Day Cream

  • For a Dry, Sensitive or Mature Skin
  • Also recommended for those with premature wrinkles and fine lines
  • Deeply hydrates, protects and soothes
  • A skin care classic, and the centrepiece of the Dr. Hauschka range, Rose Day Cream captures both the strength and the softness of the rose to nourish and protect
  • Especially beneficial for skin prone to redness, irritation and couperose
  • The rich, luxurious formulation harmonises oil and moisture content, gently guiding the skin to a state of comfort, balance and radiance
  • Precious extracts of rose petals and wild rose hips (rich source of vitamin C) nurture and balance the skin
  • Shea butter, rose petal wax and avocado oil protect and help retain moisture
  • Extracts of marsh mallow soften and St. John’s wort soothe redness, hydrate and fortify

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Quince Day Cream

  • For Normal Skin
  • Refreshes and protects
  • A daily moisturiser for healthy, toned skin
  • Refreshes and protects normal to slightly dry skin while supporting moisture content
  • Quince wax forms a light, breathable protective layer to maintain moisture balance
  • Quince seed extract helps the skin to retain moisture and with jojoba, apricot and avocado oils helps to firm the skin
  • Often referred to as our day care for a ‘city stressed skin’ as Quince Wax is protective against environmental elements such as pollution, weather, dry winds while Quince Seed Extract helps the skin to retain moisture which is important in an air conditioned environment
  • A favourite for guys, soothing and cooling after shaving, protective for the day ahead

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Revitalising Day Cream

  • For Normal, Dull, Dry or Mature skin
  • Revives dehydrated skin
  • Gently brings almost all skin conditions to a state of balance
  • Pallid, dry skin becomes enlivened with this light moisturiser
  • Extracts of anthyllis, witch hazel and calendula combine with nurturing oils to balance oil production and replenish the skin
  • Our lightest moisturiser yet very activacting for sebaceous glands
  • Balances the oil and moisture content of the skin

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Tinted Day Cream

  • For Normal, Sensitive, Dry or Mature Skin
  • ‘The original BB Cream’ our tinted moisturiser nourishes while adding a light, sun-kissed glow
  • Used daily, it hydrates, protects and provides a smooth, translucent, natural finish
  • Iron oxide mineral pigments blend imperfections and even skin tone
  • Quince seed, apricot kernel and beeswax balance oil and moisture content
  • Anthyllis and St. John’s wort support elasticity and soothe redness
  • Matte by using Translucent Powder over the top

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Regenerating Serum

  • Support for a Maturing Skin (usually recommended for 40+ years)
  • Visibly replenishes, lifts and tones
  • Supports the skin’s natural regenerative functions, helping to firm mature skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sensitive mature skin is cooled and calmed
  • Quince seed and bryophyllum extracts replenish, smoothing wrinkles and fine lines while supporting the skin’s ability to balance moisture content
  • Antioxidant-rich red clover firms and refines, encouraging the skin’s natural processes of renewal, as nutrient-rich clover blossom honey protects

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Regenerating Day Cream

  • Support for a Maturing Skin (usually recommended for 40+ years)
  • Firms, tones and visibly minimises fine lines and wrinkles
  • Supports the skin’s natural regenerative functions, enhancing skin elasticity
  • balances moisture content, making skin feel smooth, soft, firm and supple
  • Antioxidant-rich red clover, acerola (cherry), precious raspberry seed oil and shea butter protect against free radical damage and support the skin’s natural processes of renewal
  • Jojoba, avocado, sweet almond and olive oils replenish the skin’s barrier function and smooth skin 

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Clarifying Day Oil

  • For Oily, Blemished Skin
  • Balances and regulates an oily, blemished skin
  • Rapidly-absorbing daily moisturiser that balances excessive oiliness
  • Refines the appearance of pores
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes for a calm, beautiful complexion.
  • Apricot kernel, almond and wheat germ (rich source of healing vitamin E) oils balance the skin’s natural oil content, while anthyllis and carrot (rich source of healing provitamin A) extracts calm the skin
  • Neem, St. John’s wort and calendula extracts combine to visibly minimise redness and help maintain a healthy, radiant complexion

Applying our homeopathic knowledge of ‘like treats like’ we recommend an oil for an oily skin. It may seem counter-intuitive however, harsh products just ‘strip’ the skin creating imbalance and the skin produces more oil to compensate whereas Clarifying Day Oil calms and relaxes the skin.

If you get pimples then definitely add Coverstick into your morning regime, to treat and conceal with just the right amount of tea tree and manuka for their anti-bacterial properties, and tapioca starch which absorbs. Amazing product!

If Foundation is too rich for your skin then mix a little Translucent Bronzing Tint with your Clarifying Day Oil.

Please noteClarifying Day Oil may also be used as an Oil ‘serum’ by mixing a drop or two with Rose Day Cream for additional protection against the environment and an anti-oxidant boost for any skin condition.

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Foundation

  • Makeup and skin care!
  • Highly nourishing foundation based on the finest natural and organic ingredients
  • Maintains the skin’s moisture balance and protects it from external influences
  • Easy to apply, medium coverage
  • Harmonises with skin tone
  • May use one shade lighter than your perfect shade to use as a ‘primer’
  • Formulation includes mineral pigments, pomegranate for anti-oxidants and moisturising ability, anthyllis which helps all skin conditions towards a state of balance, provitamin A rich carrot root extract, apricot kernel, macadamia, jojoba oils and coconut to nourish the skin, shea butter and candelilla wax to protect
  • Natural essential oils provide an initial light, fresh aroma followed by hints of coconut and vanilla
  • Foundation evens out the skin’s tone, giving it a balanced, radiant appearance.

Once you’ve made the decision to use Dr. Hauschka natural and organic skin care it makes sense to also be using the same high quality natural and organic ingredients in your make-up.

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Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Truly natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from chemical/synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone and PEG
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter 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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Spring Skin Care & Potent Antioxidant Blend

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Dryness and dehydration is a prime reason for premature wrinkles and lines so it’s imperative we protect our skin from this condition.

So what’s the solution to dryness and dehydration?

Hydrating Mask is our ultimate skin fix to hydrate and moisturise, attending to both dryness and dehydration. Use twice a week, cleanse early in the evening and apply the mask, around your eye contour too, and rather than leaving it on for 2-30 minutes, I prefer to leave it on to absorb all evening, removing with a moist, tepid cloth before bed.

If your skin is extremely dry you may also use Hydrating Mask as your ‘day cream’ for a month or until condition improves.

This super rich blend of botanicals soothes, protects and revitalises while sealing in moisture, leaving skin feeling smooth, supple and plumped!

– Quince seed extract replenishes and helps dry skin to retain moisture
– Nourishing almond, avocado, olive and jojoba oils
– Rose wax and organic shea butter soothe and protect

Skin Vitamins
The skin healers and antioxidants are Vitamins A, C and E, and the optimum choice when topically applying these vitamins is when they come in the form of the whole plant extract, not as a synthetic chemical isolated ingredient.

Rich in antioxidants blend

Rosehip for Vitamin C and Wheatgerm for Vitamin E, both found in Rose Day Cream, mix with a drop of two of Clarifying Day Oil prior to application to skin still moist from Toner. The magnificent orange colour of Clarifying Day Oil comes from Wild Carrot Extract, a rich source of provitamin A.  When we use Clarifying Day Oil in this way, rather than for an oily skin prescription, we are using it as an oil ‘serum’.

There you have it, a potent antioxidant and protective blend!

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Blending

This first blend is so uplifting that when our UK Esthetician Trainer tried it she only did it on one half of her face. She promptly had to do the other half because of the difference it had made.

Firming, Hydrating & Moisturising Mask Blend

  • Cleanse early in the evening
  • Apply a generous amount of Regenerating Serum – eye contour area too, as an eye mask
  • Then apply Hydrating Mask over the top – eye contour area too, as an eye mask
  • Leave to absorb all evening, removing with a warm, moist cloth just before bedtime

Soothing & Moisturising Mask Blend

  • For dry, red, irritated, itchy or flaky skin
  • Cleanse early in the evening
  • Apply a generous amount Soothing & Hydrating Mask mixture – eye contour area too, as an eye mask
  • Leave to absorb all evening, removing with a warm, moist cloth just before bedtime

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Do you need to alter your day care with the Seasons?

Yes, that may well be the case.  We have many customers using cooling Quince Day Cream in the warmer months and the more protective and warming Rose Day Cream in the colder months.  Other customers choose to use Rose Day Cream Light with its matte texture and lighter formulation in spring/summer and Rose Day Cream in autumn/winter.  Check in with your skin, see how it’s feeling and certainly change to a more protective day care if need be.

I use Regenerating Serum and Regenerating Day Cream during the week which is spent indoors and in the weekend I use Rose Day Cream when I’m more likely to have time outdoors. I usually mix in a couple of drops of Clarifying Day Oil too with my Rose Day Cream, as an oil based ‘serum’ in this case, to increase antioxidants. So even my weekly ritual changes due to my daily environment.

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We can support ourselves in stressful times with Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil which is a protective and calming blend. Blackthorn Toning Body Oil I find warming, strengthening and it helps me focus, one job at a time and tick them off. Blackthorn Elixir has been used for years as a strengthening tonic to assist in the treatment of fatigue or convalescence and for those who are feeling stressed or drained of vitality. Lemon Lemongrass is refreshing and revitalising. Almond St. John’s wort Soothing Body Oil is a cheerful blend. Rose is both exotic and nurturing. Birch Arnica is recommended during detox and is supportive pre or post exercise and also useful if you have aching muscles or stiff joints.

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Sometimes you just need a little ‘me time’ and a treat. A Foot Bath, even if it’s only for 10 minutes, can do wonders – your feet will look good too! Choose your Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence aromatics for the benefits you are looking for:

Dr. Hauschka Bath Essences

  • Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence (milky formula) – envelops and protects
  • Rose Nurturing Bath Essence (milky formula) – uplifts the spirit
  • Almond Soothing Bath Essence – luxury to the senses
  • Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence – invigorating and refreshing
  • Sage Bath Essence – is known for its refreshing, perspiration-regulating action. It provides a refreshing foot bath after sport and exercise and tired feet are wonderfully refreshed. In the cooler months of the year it helps to prevent poor circulation and chills

Complete your foot bath with an application of Hydrating Foot Balm or Deodorising Foot Balm. Both products are warming, moisturising and rapidly absorbed. I feel like I’m ‘walking on air’ after use.

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Click > Dr. Hauschka Deodorants, for more information about why it’s important to use natural and organic deodorants.

Spring is a time to tidy up the garden and plant, exercise out in the fresh air as your lymph system needs movement, early morning sunshine for Vitamin D, and it’s time to come out of winter hibernation and enjoy social times too.

Delight in our natural and organic skin care to protect from the elements and nourish, and use natural and organic body products that do so much more than just moisturise your skin.

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Antioxidants

Topical antioxidants – vitamins A, C & E

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Acerola Cherry
Acerola Cherry is exceptionally high in vitamin C. Extracts of acerola are used for their antioxidant, skin-protecting and fortifying properties.

Found in: Cleansing Cream, Regenerating Body Cream, Regenerating Day Cream, Regenerating Eye Cream Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream

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Wild Carrot
From the wild carrot (daucus carota) we obtain an oily extract which is rich in provitamin A (carotenoids). This cares for the skin and makes it soft and supple. It gives skin care products a natural yellow colour.

Found in: After Sun, Bronzing Powder, Clarifying Day Oil, Concealer 01, 02, 03, Coverstick 01-03, Eye Balm, Foundation 01-05, Hydrating Hand Cream, Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk, Lip Balm, Lip Care Stick, Lipstick 01, 03, 04 07, 09, 13, 15, 16, Lipstick Novum 04, 09, 10, 12, Melissa Day Cream, Quince Day Cream, Quince Hydrating Body Milk, Revitalising Day Cream, Revitalising Mask

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Rose Hips
Dog rose (Rosa canina), a vigorous relative of the hybrid tea rose, bears red, vitamin C rich fruits: the rose hips. Rose hip extract strengthens and cares for the skin. Dr.Hauschka uses extracts prepared using our own special rhythmic processes.

Found in: After Sun, Lip Care Stick, Lipstick 01, 03, 04, 07, 09, 13, 15, 16, Lipstick Novum 04, 09, 10, 12, Rose Day Cream, Rose Day Cream Light, Rose Nurturing Body Cream, Sensitive Care Conditioner

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Raspberry Seed Oil
The raspberry is a relative of the rose. A fruity, fine oil with a high Vitamin E content is obtained from its seeds, which preserves the youthfulness of the skin. About 10 kilograms of these small, light seeds are needed to obtain a kilogram of this expensive seed oil.

Found in: Regenerating Day Cream

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Wheat Germ
Wheat germ produces a light, vitamin E rich oil which stimulates the skin’s restorative powers.

Found in: Clarifying Day Oil, Cleansing Cream, Hydrating Hand Cream, Lip Balm, Revitalising Mask, Strengthening Hair Treatment

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Eating your antioxidants

The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene (provitamin A), vitamin C, and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colourful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange and yellow hues.

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, rock melon, carrots, corn, capsicum, kale, mangoes, turnip, cabbage, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon

Vitamin C: berries, cherries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, rock melon, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green or yellow capsicum

Vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, cherries, silver beet, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red capsicum, spinach and sunflower seeds

These foods are also rich in antioxidants:

Prunes, apples, raisins, plums, red grapes, alfalfa sprouts, onions, eggplant and beans.

Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include:

Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals and dairy products

Selenium : Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads and other grain products

Cooking tip: To get the biggest benefits of antioxidants, eat these foods raw or lightly steamed. Don’t overcook or boil them.

BTW: I’ve just discovered I can eat Brussel sprouts, chopped finely and in a coleslaw with apple and carrot, who knew! I’ve never been able to stomach them cooked.

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