Dr. Hauschka – Mum, Baby & Child

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During my baby building stages and for the baby/toddler early years Rose Day Cream nurtured more than just my skin. Keeping up with my daily Dr. Hauschka rituals was my special moment at the beginning and at the end of each day. When applying Rose Day Cream in the morning I would always cup the warmed cream in the palms of my hands around my nose first and take a moment to deeply smell the aromas of organic and biodynamic roses to nurture me. I also remember thinking it felt good knowing when I cuddled my babies that they were only receiving residual Rose Day Cream from my face.

Although I was already a long term Dr. Hauschka customer, this was a time that became a catalyst to change in many areas of habitual shopping. Basically getting rid of all unnecessary chemicals from us, our home, the laundry etc.

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During pregnancy body care is particularly important to keep the skin supple, Dr. Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil supports the skin’s elasticity in weight loss or weigh gain and helps to prevent the appearance of stretch marks. I used Blackthorn Toning Body Oil from 25 weeks while skin was still moist after my morning shower. It’s formula is based on plant extracts, with only a minute amount of essential oils for fragrance. It did the trick! I think we forged an everlasting friendship at that time. I still reach for Blackthorn Toning Body Oil, particularly in autumn and winter when I need it strengthening more than toning effect.

Rose Nurturing Body Cream to keep skin supple, Rose Nurturing Body Oil too, it’s just a matter of personal preference or mix the Oil with the Body Cream for a more intense aromatic experience.

Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil relaxes, soothes and encourages sleep.

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence gives a Cleopatra moment, exotic and nurturing at the same time, in the bath or in your Compress & Hydrate basin water pre facial cleansing. Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence aids relaxation. Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence to refresh and revitalise.

Quince Hydrating Body Milk gives the skin a fresh, firm feeling during pregnancy, as does Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk.

Rapidly tiring and swelling legs in the latter stages of pregnancy gain support from Revitalising Leg & Arm Tonic.

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A protective cocoon for the child

Only the best is good enough for a child’s tender skin. The rich Dr.Hauschka creams and oils nurture their sensitive skin and envelop the child in a warming and protective cocoon. For the youngest, this warming protection is very important, as they can get cold quickly.

Babies really only need to be bathed in warm water and a muslin cloth; however, Dr.Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash with such gentle ingredients from nature is for cleansing if needed.

Our Silk Body Powder containing real silk powder has to be the most exquisite and caring baby body powder there is! Created by combining fine Silk powder, which has anti-bacterial properties and is particularly well tolerated by baby’s skin, Rice starch, Silica and extracts of Gentian, Oak and Sage. Silk Body Powder does wonders for preventing the appearance of nappy rash. In my personal experience, Silk Body Powder was the ONLY product that worked for my daughter’s predisposition to nappy rash.

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Tip:  Rose Nurturing Body Oil for gentle and caring baby massage. Just remember to wrap baby in a towel or blanket when lifting in case they’re a little slippery!

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Your facial skin care during pregnancy and post natal

Your skin may go through changes as your body has to metabolise hugely increased hormone levels and for many as the baby takes so many nutrients their skin becomes incredibly dry.   Some new Mums will experience break outs, while others find their skin becomes parched dry.

After having my son my skin quite literally went to the pack. It became sore, dry, itchy – awful really. At the time I thought it was due to the fact that he was such a rapacious baby, leaving me short in skin nutrients. Remembering my knowledge, despite chronic lack of sleep and therefore brain fade, I reached for a 28 night treatment of Renewing Night Conditioner which is recommended for any times of transition and post natal certainly is that! Incredibly problem was solved within 4 nights.

Please contact us if you feel you may need to alter your usual Dr. Hauschka skin regime to address a changing skin condition.  We’re always happy to put together a recommended Product Prescription and Skin Care Regime for you. Email discovery@drhauschka.com.au or phone Fay, Manager of the Dr. Hauschka Discovery Store to have a chat through your skin concerns (02) 9818 6119.

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We received the below from a Dr. Hauschka customer recently…

“I have used Dr. Hauschka for over 10 years and it’s always worked well for me. When I was expecting our first child last July I looked to see if Dr. Hauschka did a baby range (I’d never needed to look for it before) and  there isn’t. Fortunately, I found several articles with a list of the Dr. Hauschka products I could use on bub so they were placed on my gift list.

The paediatric nurse gave me a tube of D****** with steroids for baby’s face which had acne and the skin was literally peeling off, including inside and behind her ears. I decided to try the Rose Day Cream on her face. I was using it as a nappy change cream. I was concerned it would be too strong for her face but it wasn’t. To my surprise within HOURS patches of dryness had disappeared and within 3 days her skin was once again blooming. I applied it religiously at every nappy change and bub started to smile as I smeared it over her face. At our next weekly visit to the paediatric nurse she was surprised at how much her skin had improved. I told her what I had used and offered her the D****** cream back. Interestingly, the nurse also uses Dr. Hauschka so I am hopeful that she will now recommend parents try Rose Day Cream rather than administering free samples of D******. Within 2 weeks my baby’s skin was completely free of any dryness and acne and has remained so although I no longer use any cream on her skin. She has had perfect skin for 2 months. My tube of Rose Day Cream lasted for 4 months using it as a nappy change cream intermittently (perhaps 5 times per week when redness started to appear but was not sore) and a solid 2 weeks on her face and ears (6-7 times per day). I consider this very good value.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because it’s the sort of information I would have loved to read when I was pregnant and looking for a suitable baby product range. I also use the Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil in her bath. The time frame to cure dry skin, how often it is applied and the expected cost per year are all considerations. The message I have is it’s not expensive to use Rose Day Cream as your primary baby cream. It works and works quickly so little is required. And of course, the most important thing is not subjecting your bundle of joy to those nasties, particularly steroids! And of course, she smells as sweet as a rose 🙂

There’s a lot of organic alternatives out there these days and yes, I have some on my change table that were given as gifts, but I have tried them once and didn’t like the feel of them. I also noticed the redness didn’t disappear after one application, unlike when I use Rose Day Cream.”
– Susan, NSW

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Nappy rash problem sorted, email from another happy customer…

“Our 9 month old typically cheerful baby girl had been suffering with nappy rash. It flared up very badly and our little girl was in pain. I consulted our family doctor and was prescribed a mild hydrocortisone to be applied topped with heavy aqueous cream and then thick barrier cream. We were also advised as much ‘nappy off’ time as possible to allow the skin to dry out. The full tube of hydrocortisone was used and the rash had not gone. I was beside myself to see my baby in such pain and felt uneasy about continuing to use steroid creams on such delicate skin. Plus the concept of drying the skin out whilst glooping it in three layers of creams just wasn’t making sense. Having worked with Dr. Hauschka in the past I felt sure there would be something in the range that may help. Silk Body Powder was our saviour! I set aside all the creams and applied just this beautiful powder and the result was almost instant. It dried her skin completely and the raw skin looked immediately less red and soothed. Within a week of use with every nappy change my little girl’s skin was healed. I recommend this product 100%. It’s simply amazing.”
– Gemma

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In pregnancy and beyond remember you also require fresh, nutritious food and get plenty of sleep while you can.

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As the kids grew I kept finding new uses for Dr. Hauschka products. For minor scratches and scrapes a quick spritz of Clarifying Toner which contains anti-bacterial Echinacea and anti-inflammatory Daisy. I’m a fan of all our Bath Essences and as I used to read to the kids while they were in the bath I also enjoyed the aromatics. The odd patch of dry skin sorted with Rose Day CreamSage Purifying Bath Essence foot bath and Deodorising Foot Cream came to our aid when my daughter picked up ‘something’ on her feet after a session at the swimming pool and both kids love After Sun applied during beach holidays to keep their skin cool and soothed, the aroma is now reminiscent of holidays for them.

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Combination Skin, Oily Skin, Pimples – what to do!

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Puberty brings about such increases in hormonal activity that most pre-teens and teens are likely to experience acne or pimples. The liver has to metabolise the increased hormonal activity and one of the skin’s many functions is as an organ of elimination, pimples are the result. Pores open to cope with the additional oil production. Even if this situation calms somewhat over time it’s likely that monthly pimples will go on through 20’s and 30’s. Hormonal acne often also features in pregnancy, post natal and menopause and also there’s cosmetic acne caused by petrochemical based occlusive make-up products. Cosmetic brushes and sponges hygiene is important too.

Your Daily Ritual
for Oily Skin, prone to pimples or acne

Morning:
1. Cleansing Cream
2. Clarifying Toner
3. Normalising Day Oil
4. Pure Care Cover Stick

Evening:
1. Cleansing Milk
2. Clarifying Toner

Your Daily Ritual
for Combination Skin, oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks, occasional break-outs

Morning:
1. Cleansing Cream
2. Clarifying Toner
3. Melissa Day Cream
4. Pure Care Cover Stick

Evening:
1. Cleansing Milk
2. Clarifying Toner

Click on play button for our Morning Ritual how to video
Click on play button for our Morning Ritual how to video

Morning Products:

Cleansing Cream
Our morning deep cleansing product with almond meal that binds particularly well to the night time elimination activities of the skin, yet respects the pH of the skin. The slightly acidic environment of a healthy skin is your protection against bacteria. Cleansing Cream is a first priority product.

Use: Place a large pea size of product in the palm of one hand, moisten with a little water to make and emulsion, not a paste, and with the palms of both hands ‘press and roll’ into the skin, see our above video.  No scrubbing, way too harsh for skin that has to last you a life time.

Cleansing Tip
Cleansing Tip

Clarifying Toner
A hydrating treatment product with active botanicals, contains antibacterial Echinacea and anti-inflammatory Daisy. Perfect ‘after shave’ preparation for guys too!

Use: Just close eyes and mist directly onto skin. This is not a conventional toner that you use with cotton pads.

Normalising Day Oil
With this product we are incorporating homeopathic guidelines, ‘like treats like’ – an oil for an oily skin! Seriously, it calms and regulates oil production, whereas harsh stripping type products just make for more oil production as the skin compensates. Don’t look for that ‘squeaky clean feel’, that means the pH of the skin has been disrupted. NDO regulates oil production and heals with Wild Carrot extract, a rich source of pro- Vitamin A. Plethora of anti-oxidants in a bottle.

Formulation: Apricot Kernel, Almond and Wheat germ oils balance the skin’s natural oil content, while Anthyllis and Carrot extracts calm the skin. Neem, St. John’s wort and Calendula extracts combine to visibly minimise redness and help maintain a healthy, radiant complexion.

Use: Only 3 drops are required on the palm of the hand, warm between the palms of the hands then press into skin still moist with Toner. One bottle will last you ages.

Melissa Day Cream

Melissa Day Cream balances and effectively cares for combination skin. Oily areas are calmed, dry patches are hydrated, the appearance of redness is reduced, and shine is controlled for a balanced, radiant complexion. The medicinal herb Melissa (Lemon Balm) has a fresh and ‘lemony’ aroma that’s wonderfully uplifting.

Formulation: Extracts of Melissa, Daisy, Anthyllis, Witch Hazel and Carrot soothe, working to balance the skin’s natural oil and water content. Tapioca starch provides an even, matte appearance.

Use: Warm around a large pea size of product between the palms of the hands and apply to skin still moist from Toner from the centre of the face, in an outwards direction.  We always work in the direction of lymph flow.

Extra Oily T-Zone Tip:
Apply Normalising Day Oil to the T-zone area, then follow with Melissa Day Cream 

Pure Care Cover Stick
Our incredible pimple treatment product that conceals as well and works in a speedy manner. Contains just the right amount of Tea Tree and Manuka for their anti-bacterial properties, Tapioca Starch to absorb the ‘yucky stuff’, for want of a better word. The quicker a pimple is healed the less likelihood of lifelong scarring.

✓ Covers spots and blemishes effectively.
✓ Antibacterial formula clarifies and harmonises the skin.
✓ Natural waxes help to prevent dryness.
✓ Anthyllis and Calendula assist the skin’s healing processes.
✓ Available in 3 shades

Use:
❤ Use at the first signs of a pimple
❤ Apply to the affected area and blend into the skin
❤ May be applied several times per day if necessary
❤ Follow with Translucent Make-up and Translucent Face Powder to give a flawless finish.  Alternatively use your Normalising Day Oil and/or Melissa Day Cream mixed with Translucent Bronze Concentrate.  Translucent Bronze Concentrate helps to even skin tone.

Dr. Hauschka Oily Skin Care Kit: Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Toner, Normalising Day Oil, Facial Steam Bath, Cleansing Clay Mask & Rejuvenating Mask. RRP $47
Dr. Hauschka Oily Skin Care Kit: Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Toner, Normalising Day Oil, Facial Steam Bath, Cleansing Clay Mask & Rejuvenating Mask. RRP $47

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Evening Products:

Cleansing Milk
Clarifying Toner

Note: We don’t use any oil or cream based products on our skin during the night, this is the time that your skin will do most of it’s elimination work, and this natural process needs to function unimpeded.

Night creams impede your skin's natural elimination processes during the night.
Night creams impede your skin’s natural elimination processes during the night.

Extra Care for Acne, Blemishes or a Combination Skin
These extras do make all the difference!

Once a week complete a Facial Steam Bath and Cleansing Clay Mask, to draw impurities, followed by a Rejuvenating Mask which helps to refine pores and is healing to any new scarring, soothing, calming and cooling – love this product!

On another night of the week cleanse early in the evening and apply Rejuvenating Mask and leave to absorb as long as possible, removing with a warm, moist compress cloth prior to bedtime.

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Skin Tips:

  • Lemon juice and warm water first thing, before breakfast, every morning helps to keep skin clear.
  • We promote Hydrate and Compress the skin for softening the pores and enabling a deeper cleanse, however please wash your Compress daily. Check out our ‘Morning Ritual Video’ above. Ideally change your pillow slip daily too.
  • Wash hands frequently and don’t touch your face or pick, because of the bacteria on your hands or under your nails.
  • Don’t use lathering, overly alkaline or harsh exfoliant type cleansers that ‘strip’ the skin resulting in even more oil production by the skin to compensate. These overly harsh cleansers also disrupt the acid mantle of the skin, and the acidic environment of a healthy skin is our protection against bacteria.
  • Drink plenty of water, at least 6-8 glasses daily and eat your 5 servings a day of the freshest fruit and veg, steer clear of fizzy drinks, fatty foods and if you know chocolate and sugary items give you pimples keep away from them.

Tip from Jose, our Esthetician Trainer Manager, “Never ever squeeze”, says Jose, “as this often brings about collapse of the follicle wall and infection in the deeper levels of the skin, which could result in cystic acne”.

Make-up:

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Translucent Make-up and set with Translucent Powder in Compact or Loose

Recommendation:  Acne is a condition that needs to be managed and we highly recommend making an appointment with one of our Dr. Hauschka Trained Estheticians for a Facial Treatment specific to your skin condition and a consultation.
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Aimee’s Story

It has now been a month since I was introduced to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, and the results have been astounding! After receiving a personalised assessment of my needs, the Dr. Hauschka Team recommended a daily ritual programme which was customised specifically for me, and worked to target the areas that I was most concerned about. I love that customisation and personalisation underpins the whole process! It’s awesome to know that the products recommended are the best products for my skin condition; I know that I will never again be caught in a situation where I have purchased products which are unsuitable for my skin. I have tried many skin care products before, but I have found none to be as effective as Dr. Hauschka in reducing pore size and blemishes, and in making my skin look and feel a million dollars. And it’s not just me noticing! I now often receive compliments from family, friends, and acquaintances about the obvious changes they can see in my skin. I have not changed my diet or routine, but for the daily use of beautiful Dr Hauschka skin care.

What’s even more exciting is that whilst the changes are evident on the outside, people often don’t realise that I also use Dr. Hauschka body care products for Fibromyalgia pain. Since using Dr. Hauschka Birch Arnica Body Oil and Rosemary Arm and Leg Toner, I have felt a noticeable difference in the degree of pain that I am experiencing. Again this can only be put down to the fabulous organic ingredients which are used in Dr. Hauschka products. After being so dependent on medicinal products to try to alleviate and reduce pain, it is such a welcome change to have found natural products which work so well! I could not rave any higher about the Dr. Hauschka brand, and the Team who are always so contactable and personable. I have truly been converted, and will now only use Dr. Hauschka skin and body care! Thank you for making such remarkable products!

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  • Authentic natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic chemical fragrances, colours and preservatives
  • Free from petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, silicone and PEG
  • Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
  • No animal testing, we test on happy to help out human volunteers
  • Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or Demeter cultivation and are recovered under fair conditions

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Dressing Daily with Dr. Hauschka Body Oils

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The Dr. Hauschka range of luxurious, and rather addictive Body Oils, envelop you with an aura of fragrance while providing rich nutrition for your skin.

We recommend applying Dr. Hauschka Body Oil on skin that’s still moist from the shower or bath. The water and oil then form an emulsion directly on your skin, which is rapidly absorbed.

Our Body Oils are especially composed to suit different moods and dispositions, providing a varied selection for all seasons. The plants at the heart of the oils are established medicinal herbs, which have specific effects on the mind and body.  Depending on your particular needs at the time, choose a Dr. Hauschka Body Oil that relaxes or fortifies, calms or refreshes.

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Blackthorn Toning Body Oil
Toning and warming

Dr.Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil strengthens and warms the skin. The harmonious composition of Blackthorn, Birch leaves and St.John’s wort is designed to firm the skin. With its pleasant fragrance this magical body oil gives a sense of renewed vitality and well-being for the day ahead. Blackthorn Body Oil strengthens connective tissue reducing the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy, weight loss or gain. The formula is based on plant extracts, with only a minute amount of essential oils for aroma. My personal autumn/winter favourite, because I feel focused and strengthened when I’m ‘wearing’ Blackthorn Toning Body Oil. At my morning coffee stop my ‘perfume’ is regularly complimented on when I’m wearing this Oil as well.

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Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil
Revitalises after physical activity

Physical activity and exercise serve to activate the body’s metabolic rate. When we perspire our body excretes waste products through the skin. With hints of Mint and Lemon, Dr. Hauschka’s Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil refreshes the body and maintains moisture levels, leaving skin soft and supple. The formula, containing skin-fortifying Birch leaves, Arnica, Burdock and Nettle activates the skin’s metabolism and encourages blood circulation whilst providing soothing warmth to tense muscles and tender joints. A massage with Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil before and after physical activity helps to keep the muscles and connective tissue flexible and prevents muscular aches and pains.

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Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil
Refreshing and firming

Women are only too familiar with the unsightly appearance of cellulite, which develops as fat cells swell and push through the elastic connective tissues in the skin, causing the ‘orange peel’ effect on the skin’s surface. Cellulite can only be managed with a comprehensive treatment plan, starting by stimulating the circulation in the affected areas. Regular massage with the refreshingly citrus Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil can help. The invigorating formula containing Jojoba oil, Lemon Peel, Mistletoe, Horsetail and Lemongrass helps to firm the skin and fortify the connective tissue.  A diet low in fat and sugar also helps to discourage cellulite, as will regular exercise. This Body Oil is perfect to bring about a revitalising start to the day and it’s my summer time favourite.

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Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil
Protects and soothes the skin and the senses

Sometimes we feel as though we are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil with rich Shea Butter and Jojoba envelops your skin in a soothing layer of protection. This creamy, two-phase formula with extracts of Horse Chestnut and Horsetail also incorporates the protective qualities of Moor (peat) extract, prepared in our special rhythmic procedure. Moor gives you a sense of being protected from external influences, and is supportive in times of stress or indeed for people with a sensitive nature. The gentle natural fragrance of Lavender essential oil has a relaxing effect and promotes calm, deep sleep. Also may be used as a ‘layer’ of protection for children.

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Rose Nurturing Body Oil
Harmonises and nurtures the skin and the senses

Every so often the skin and senses yearn for a little indulgence and nurturing care. This is the ideal time to treat yourself to the luxuriously fragrant and exotic Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil. Extract of Damask Roses, exquisite natural Rose essential oil and Jojoba oil create a balancing, harmonising body oil that helps relieve tension and emotional exhaustion and leaves your skin feeling silky-soft. Dr. Hauschka has worked tirelessly to obtain Damask Roses of the very finest organic/biodynamic quality. The quality of Persian roses is well known and we share our knowledge and experience of organic cultivation with Rose farmers in Afghanistan, Iran, Bulgaria and Turkey.  More recently we have initiated a Rose Project in the Ethiopian Highlands. 

Rose Body Oil is perfect as a baby massage oil, just remember to wrap your baby in a towel for carrying after a massage, in case he or she is still a little ‘slippery’.

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Almond St.John’s Wort Soothing Body Oil
Soothes dry and sensitive skin and brings sunshine to your day

Sometimes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. In today’s hectic world, many children and adults alike find they have such sensitive, thin skin that they cannot fully protect themselves against external influences, and their skin reacts by becoming red, itchy and flaky. Almond St. John’swort Soothing Body Oil, containing soothing St. John’swort and Hops to smooth the skin and help keep it supple. It is also an excellent choice for a calming massage. St. John’swort is said to capture the summer solstice sunshine and I find it brings a cheerfulness to my morning skin care regime.

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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 do not test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Tips for Pregnancy, Mum and Baby

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During pregnancy body care is particularly important to keep the skin supple and avoid stretch marks. Dr.Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil supports the skin’s elasticity in weight loss or weigh gain and helps to prevent the appearance of stretch marks.  I used it from 25 weeks on after my morning shower and while skin is still moist from the shower. Blackthorn Body Oil formula is based on plant extracts, with only a minute amount of essential oils for fragrance.

Rose Nurturing Body Cream to keep skin supple. Plus Rose nurtures both the skin and the spirit.

Rose Nurturing Body Oil provides supportive vigour of light and life.

Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil relaxes, soothes and encourages sleep.

Quince Hydrating Body Milk gives the skin a fresh, firm feeling during pregnancy.

Rapidly tiring and swelling legs in the latter stages of pregnancy gain support from Revitalising Leg and Arm Tonic.

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A protective cocoon for the child

Only the best is good enough for a child’s tender skin. The rich Dr.Hauschka creams and oils nurture their sensitive skin and envelop the child in a warming and protective cocoon. For the youngest, this warming protection is very important, as they can get cold quickly.

Babies really only need to be bathed in warm water and a muslin cloth; however, Dr.Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash with such gentle ingredients from nature is for cleansing if needed.

Our Silk Body Powder containing real silk has to be the most exquisite and caring baby body powder there is.  Created by combining fine Silk powder, which has anti-bacterial properties and is particularly well tolerated by baby’s skin, Rice starch, Silica and extracts of Gentian, Oak and Sage.  Body Silk does wonders for preventing the appearance of nappy rash.

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Tip:  Rose Nurturing Body Oil for gentle and caring baby massage. Just remember to wrap baby in a towel or blanket when lifting in case they’re a little slippery!

Your facial skin care during pregnancy

Your skin may go through changes as your body deals with such a huge increase in hormones.  Many will experience break outs, while others find their skin becomes incredibly dry.

Please contact us if you need to alter your usual Dr. Hauschka Skin Regime to address a changing skin condition.  We are always happy to put together a recommended Product Prescription and Skin Care Regime for you.
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Thinking about the home environment

Bringing a baby into the world is a catalyst for many changes.  It’s an excellent time to remove the huge amount of synthetic chemical overload in our homes and on our bodies; to leave behind all the conventional synthetic chemical skin, perfume, hair and body products, cleaning and laundry products.  Visit Helios Health Australia – there’s always another alternative, superior too, in my experience.

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Pregnant and in good health

At no other time does an individual enter into such a close relationship with another person as during pregnancy. But as the pregnant woman’s body adapts to fully meeting the needs of the growing child, this can lead to physical discomfort. In our interview, Manuela Burkhardt, WALA (Dr. Hauschka) contact person for midwives and herself a trained midwife, gives tips on how expectant mothers can find relief in such cases.

As a midwife you have already guided many women through their pregnancy. Are there different ‘phases’ that every pregnant woman goes through during the nine months?

Each woman’s experience of pregnancy is different. However, one can divide the course of pregnancy roughly into three phases, each of which last about three months: the phase of adjustment, the phase of wellbeing and the phase of burden.

What happens in the first phase, the phase of adjustment?

In the first three months it is not usually obvious that the woman is pregnant, and most of the changes are hidden from view. During this time the body is already starting to adjust to nurturing another human being – this is why we call it the phase of adjustment. The hormone status changes, fatty deposits in the breasts are built up and the metabolism goes into overdrive. Although there is nothing to see on the outside, the woman may already be suffering diverse complaints – nausea, sickness and tiredness. Mood swings are also quite common and completely normal.

Fussmassage bei Schwangerer; Pregnant woman doing foot massage

How can affected women alleviate these complaints?

Nausea is among the most troublesome complaints during pregnancy. Due to the hormonal changes they undergo, some mums-to-be feel nauseous a lot. A regular daily routine, several small meals and walking in the fresh air can also help. Hosing the legs with cold water in the morning will also help stimulate the overtaxed circulation.

But at some point the female body adjusts to being pregnant…

Yes, fortunately. The middle three months are the best phase of pregnancy – this is the “phase of wellbeing”. The body has adjusted to the new situation and the woman is in harmony with her child. The abdomen starts to grow gradually and the first movements of the baby can be felt. The only downside: during this phase the first stretch marks can start to appear on the belly and the thighs. However, a daily pinching massage can help stop these stretch marks forming (see instructions in the information box below).

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And after these middle three months, what can the pregnant woman expect then? Is the phase of wellbeing over?

Well, I wouldn’t say that exactly. But the last three months are considerably more tiring. The expectant mother is getting bulkier and the child pushes up on her diaphragm, making it more difficult for her to breathe. The pregnancy now becomes an increasing burden and the woman tires easily. During this phase many women also suffer from back pains and muscle tension; walking and standing become harder.

What can the expectant mother do to help herself?

Massages can alleviate the complaints caused by her increasing girth and weight. In the case of heavy, swollen legs it can be helpful to lessen the congestion by stimulating the flow of venous blood back to the heart. For this the mum-to-be should massage her legs daily with a brush, working from the toes upwards towards the thighs, or she can hose her legs with alternating warm and cold water.

As her due date approaches, what can the expectant mother do to prepare herself for the birth?

It helps a lot if she can keep calm and look forward to the event with positive feelings. Of course it is absolutely essential to have a bag packed and ready for the hospital – that’s a great help in calming the nerves. And then life with the little newcomer is all set to start smoothly.

Pinching massage
Pinching massage

Tip: Pinching massage to reduce the appearance of stretch marks

Use Dr. Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil for the pinching massage. The combination of massage and oil thoroughly warms the skin, leaving it better supplied with blood and therefore more elastic. For a pinching massage, take the top layer of skin between thumb and forefinger, lift it up slightly and then let go again. For best results repeat the process five times for each section of skin.

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