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

Moor (Peat) Extract
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
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Winter Skin Tips

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Dryness and dehydration are prime reasons for premature wrinkles so it’s imperative we protect our skin from these conditions, and during winter we need to be particularly vigilant, as outdoor weather is drying and indoor heating is dehydrating.

So what’s the solution to winter dryness and dehydration?

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Hydrating Mask is Dr. Hauschka’s ultimate winter skin fix, twice a week, cleanse early in the evening and apply the mask, also include eye contour area, and leave on to absorb all evening, removing with a moist, tepid cloth before bed. You’ll love how your skin feels in the morning!

TIP: If your skin is extremely dry/dehydrated you may also use Hydrating Mask as your ‘day moisturiser’ for a month long boost or until condition improves.

Hydrating Mask’s super rich blend of botanicals soothes, protects and revitalises while sealing in moisture, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple.

– 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

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Rose Day Cream contains Shea Butter, Beeswax and precious Rose Wax to protect your skin from outside elements and indoor heating. Precious extracts of Rose Petals and Wild Rose Hips help to balance and harmonise your skin, softening Marsh Mallow, calming St. John’s wort and nourishing Avocado Oil for winter care. Rose is a warming ingredient. 

Quince Day Cream contains Quince Seed extract which helps your skin to retain moisture, while Quince Wax is protective against the environment. Quince is a cooling ingredient, however, that’s fine for some parts of the country.

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TIP: Winter Mask Blend Treatment:

Firming, Moisturising and Hydrating Mask Blend, for a dry and/or dehydrated skin that also needs firming…

  1. Cleanse early in the evening
  2. Apply a generous amount of Regenerating Serum including eye contour area as an ‘eye mask’ as well
  3. Then apply Hydrating Mask over Regenerating Serum, including eye contour area
  4. Leave to absorb all evening, removing with a warm, moist cloth just before bedtime

If your skin is dry, red, irritated, itchy or flaky in winter, choose Soothing Mask instead of Hydrating Mask to strengthen and restore a sensitive skin. Regenerating Serum is also formulated for a sensitive skin.

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Lips and Eyes

Eye Balm is a beeswax based product. You only need use the size of a piece of rice, then melt the waxes between your ring fingers and apply gently to eye contour area. Enormously protective against winter weather and skin feels as soft as silk. Lip Balm for luscious lips even in cold weather.

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Dry winter hands?

Give your hands a once a week Hydrating Mask treatment while you watch a movie. Use Hydrating Hand Cream daily, which deeply moisturises without leaving a greasy residue.

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Body Moisturising

Dr. Hauschka Body Oils are applied to skin still moist from shower or bath, making a water/oil emulsion directly on your skin for rapid absorption and economical use. 

Winter is a hibernating time according to the rhythm of nature. We can’t exactly hibernate, but we can sustain ourselves with warming Body Oils such as Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil which is also very protective and aids with stress, Blackthorn Toning Body Oil which is also strengthening and just feels good at this time of year, or warming Rose Nurturing Body Oil.

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Cold Feet?

A warming foot bath, perhaps while you are having your Mask treatment. Choose your Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence aromatics for the benefits you are looking for:

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence to help you sleep better and to soothe and calm the nervous system. This is a milky formula for it’s protective qualities.

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence has positive, cheerful and uplifting qualities and supports clear thinking.

Almond Soothing Bath Essence quiets the mind, instilling feelings of warmth and comfort. The complex fragrance with almond and orange essential oils is uplifting to the spirit. Especially soothing to dry, sensitive and itchy skin.

Sage Purifying 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 cold months of the year it helps to prevent poor circulation and chills.

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence with precious rose extracts, envelops the senses in the soft, luxurious scent of dozens of blossoming roses. Feel the exotic care and protection of the queen of all flowers as you bathe in the velvety warmth of this beautiful bath essence. This is a milky formula for it’s protective qualities.

After you have dried your feet then apply Deodorising Foot Cream. Invigorating Rosemary essential oil, Silk and Sage combine to warm, balance and revitalise feet.

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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 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
  • We don’t test on animals, we test on happy to help out human volunteers

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Winter Skin Care

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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.

Dryness: lack of oil
Caused by ageing and the slowing down of sebum production, genetics and a drying outdoor environment.

Dehydration: lack of water
Caused by not drinking enough water and air conditioning/heating indoor environment. Air travel is extremely dehydrating.

We often see both conditions presenting in the same skin.

Quince Seed Extract helps your skin to retain moisture
Quince Seed Extract helps your skin to retain moisture

So what’s the solution to winter dryness and dehydration?

Hydrating Mask is our ultimate winter skin fix, twice a week, cleanse early in the evening and apply the mask, around your eye contour too, and leave on to absorb all evening, removing with a moist, tepid cloth before bed.

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

This blend of botanicals soothes, protects and revitalises while sealing in moisture, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple.

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

Skin healers and anti-oxidants are Vitamins A, C & E - all found in this blend
Skin healers and anti-oxidants are Vitamins A, C & E – all found in this blend

Another winter skin solution
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, as opposed to isolated and/or synthetic chemicals.

Rosehip is a rich source of vitamin C and Wheatgerm is a rich source of vitamin E, both found in Rose Day Cream formulation. Mix with a couple of drops of Clarifying Day Oil to skin still moist from Toner. That glorious orange colour comes from Wild Carrot Extract, a rich source of provitamin A.

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

Rosa Canina or Dog Rose Rose Hips in winter, a rich source of Vitamin C. Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Rosa Canina or Dog Rose Rose Hips in winter, a rich source of Vitamin C. Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Mask Treatment Tip:
Firming, Moisturising & Hydrating Mask Blend
For a dry and/or dehydrating skin that also needs firming:

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

The other blend we recommend is for those that get dry, red, irritated, itchy or flaky skin in winter. You can still do the above Mask Treatment Blend, but use Soothing Mask instead of Hydrating Mask to strengthen and restore a sensitive skin. Regenerating Serum is also formulated for a sensitive skin.

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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 or matte Rose Day Cream Light in the warmer months and change to more protective and warming Rose Day Cream in the cooler months.  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 Regenerating Serum and Rose Day Cream when I’m more likely to have time outdoors. So even my weekly ritual changes due to my daily environment.

For a dry skin we also recommend Revitalising Day Cream which helps to activate sebaceous glands, even though it’s very light in texture. Some of our customers like to apply Tinted Day Cream or Rose Day Cream over Revitalising Day Cream to provide additional winter time protection.

If Regenerating Day Cream isn’t enough in the cooler seasons then you may switch to using the more rich Regenerating Neck & Décolleté Cream for your face care as well.

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Winter Skin Regime in a nutshell

Everyone is unique as is their skin condition, however this regime is typically prescribed during winter.

Morning:
Cleansing Cream
Facial Toner
Regenerating Serum if it’s in your regime, to support a maturing skin
Eye Cream – Daily Hydrating, Regenerating or Eye Balm
Rose Day Cream
Foundation

Evening:
Soothing Cleansing Milk
Facial Toner
Regenerating Serum or Night Serum

Twice a week: Hydrating Mask

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Top winter protective products are Lip Balm and Eye Balm

Eye Balm is a beeswax based product. You only need use the size of a piece of rice, then melt the waxes between your ring fingers and apply gently to eye contour area. Enormously protective against winter weather and skin feels as soft as silk.

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Dry winter hands?

Tip: Give your hands a once a week Hydrating Mask treatment while you watch a movie! Use Hydrating Hand Cream daily, which deeply moisturises without leaving a greasy residue.

Body Oils are applied to skin still moist from shower or bath, making a water/oil emulsion directly on your skin for rapid absorption and economical use
Body Oils are applied to skin still moist from shower or bath, making a water/oil emulsion directly on your skin for rapid absorption and economical use

Winter is a hibernating time according to the rhythm of nature. We can’t exactly hibernate, but we can sustain ourselves with warming Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil which is both warming and protective, or my personal favourite, Blackthorn Toning Body Oil which I find warming and strengthening. It also helps me focus when I’m wearing it, getting through 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.

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Sometimes you just need a little ‘me time’ and a treat. A warming foot bath, even if it’s only for 10 minutes quiet time, that can still do wonders. Perhaps while you are having your Mask treatment. Choose your Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence aromatics for the benefits you are looking for:

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence: to help you sleep better and to soothe and calm the nervous system.

Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Bath Essence: has positive, cheerful and uplifting qualities and supports clear thinking.

Almond Soothing Bath Essence: quiets the mind, instilling feelings of warmth and comfort. The complex fragrance with almond and orange essential oils is uplifting to the spirit. Especially soothing to dry, sensitive and itchy skin.

Sage Purifying 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 cold months of the year it helps to prevent poor circulation and chills.

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence: with precious rose extracts, envelops the senses in the soft, luxurious scent of dozens of blossoming roses. Feel the exotic care and protection of the queen of all flowers as you bathe in the velvety warmth of this beautiful bath essence.

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Deodorants

Make the change to natural and organic Deodorant Sage Mint or Rose if you haven’t already.

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Enjoy winter, it’s time for good books, something creative or crafty, hearty cooking, share a meal with friends, watch a movie and give yourself the best natural and organic skin care to protect from the elements, both indoors and out, remembering to use body products that do so much more than just moisturise your skin, and keep cosy.

Compost piles in winter time, Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens
Compost piles in winter time, Dr. Hauschka biodynamic medicinal plant gardens

Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our 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, strengthened and radiant skin!

Dr. Hauschka Quality

  • Authentic natural and organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE and/or BDIH standards
  • Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEG
  • We do not test on animals, 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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Know what your skin needs

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You are proudly unique, so is our skin care

Don’t feel you need to keep using exactly the same products, your skin is dynamic. Skin conditions change with the seasons, hormones including pregnancy and post natal transitions, age, lifestyle factors, week day and weekend differing environmental conditions and so forth.

Personally I use Regenerating Serum and Regenerating Day Cream during the week and usually Rose Day Cream, Quince Day Cream or Toned Day Cream in the weekend. If we’re out walking I’ll use Rose Day Cream with a little Normalising Day Oil in a protective and antioxidant rich blend, along with super protective Eye Contour Day Balm and Lip Balm.

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Which products are going to be best for your skin?
Trial size minis are ideal because that gives you the freedom to try quite a few day care products and see how your skin feels.

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You may like to read a more detailed blog about the benefits of each day care product…‘Which product is the optimum choice for you?”

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Product Blends
Mix products in the palms of our hands prior to application depending on your skin’s requirement. If I don’t have Toned Day Cream I’ll mix in a little Translucent Bronze Tint to give my skin warm tones. If my skin is feeling dry, I’ll mix a small amount of Moisturising Mask with my Day Care, and if my skin feels like it just needs a boost I’ll mix a little Rejuvenating Mask with my Day Care.

A particularly beneficial blend for a ‘parched’ dry/dehydrated skin is: Rose Day Cream + Moisturising Mask.

A dry skin that also needs firming: Regenerating Serum + Moisturising Day Cream.

A protective blend against a harsh environment is: Rose Day Cream + Normalising Day Oil, which in this instance you would be using as an oil based serum, to give your skin anti-oxidants and nourishing oils.

A beneficial blend for a parched dry/dehydrated skin is: Rose Day Cream + Moisturising Mask

A blend to help even skin tone, give warmth to a pallid skin and a moisture boost is: Rose Day Cream + Toned Day Cream. If your skin is more normal than dry, then Rose Day Cream + Translucent Bronzing Tint.

Mix a little Rejuvenating Mask + Rose Day Cream Light for a younger skin with blemishes, to soothe and to help heal new scarring from pimples.

A blend to kick start the skin’s own ability to produce oil and to protect is: Moisturising Day Cream + Rose Day Cream
Please note: Moisturising Day Cream is our lightest moisturiser, yet most activating to the sebaceous glands. Moisturising Day Cream is not recommended if there’s any likelihood of pimples or a sensitive skin because it’s so active.

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Quick Reference

Do you have even-toned, well-balanced skin?
Normal Skin
Quince Day Cream

Is your skin reddened, blotchy and easily irritated?
Sensitive Skin
Rose Day Cream/Rose Day Cream Light/Quince Day Cream

Does your skin tend to be dehydrated, lacklustre and feel tight?
Dry, Dehydrated Skin
Rose Day Cream/Moisturising Day Cream

Has your skin lost elasticity, more fine lines and wrinkles?
Mature Skin
Regenerating Serum, Regenerating Day Cream

Is your T-zone oily while your cheeks are dry and reddened?
Sensitive/Combination Skin
Melissa Day Cream

Is your skin reddened, blotchy and easily irritated?
Combination Skin
Normalising Day Oil & Moisturising Day Cream Or Normalising Day Oil & Rose Day Cream Light

Does your skin have blemishes, large pores and become oily quickly?
Blemished, Oily Skin
Normalising Day Oil

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