Skin Care Concept

As a result, we have developed individual skin care plans for the various different skin conditions. All of these share the commonality of three skin care steps at night (cleanse, tone and revitalise with serum) and the nourishing trio in the morning. This trio of cleansing, toning and moisturising is optimally tailored to the skin’s morning and day time needs. Cleansing removes the excess metabolic products that the skin has excreted over night. In the second skin care step, aqueous medicinal plant preparations tone the skin while a select daytime skin care product moisturises it and protects it against environmental influences during the day.

But that’s not all. You make as much of a difference to the success of your skin care as the Dr. Hauschka products themselves. “People need two kinds of beauty – inner and outer.” Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, was well aware of this. It all starts with the way in which you use the Dr. Hauschka products and establish a dialogue with both these and your skin. After all, the key to your beauty lies in paying yourself some attention.

Interview with Barbara Becheru

Face Care Product Manager at WALA Heilmittel GmbH and Dr. Hauschka esthetician, about the special use of Dr. Hauschka daytime skin care

Barbara, you are both a product manager and a Dr. Hauschka esthetician. That’s quite unusual. How did it come about?

I had an eye-opening experience during a Dr. Hauschka skin care treatment. As the Dr. Hauschka esthetician was treating my face, she commented that my feet were often cold. She could see this in my face! At the time, I was already a Dr. Hauschka product manager but the further training enabled me to delve deeper into the Dr. Hauschka product and treatment cosmos. In doing so, I realised that our treatment and our products simply belong together. After all, Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, initially developed the products in her beauty studio for treating her customers.

So can I only use Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products with the aid of an esthetician?

No, of course not. It’s far more about doing something good for yourself with your everyday skin care; giving yourself a treatment and paying yourself some attention. It’s all to do with self-appreciation and self-care. And that begins in the morning with a special kind of facial cleansing. The basic product for this is Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream with almond meal and medicinal plant extracts. It’s applied in a unique press and roll manner (see video below) and acts as an example of how closely our products are linked to our treatment.

What exactly do you mean by a cleansing product that is linked to the treatment?

Lymph stimulation plays a central role in the Dr. Hauschka treatment. We use brushes and our hands to activate the lymph flow in the lymphatic system. This is a kind of cleansing system in the body, which excretes excess metabolic products for example. We therefore use lymph stimulation to support the skin with its natural activities, keep it healthy and cleanse it.

But what has lymph stimulation got to do with facial cleansing at home?

By correctly applying the Cleansing Cream, you can stimulate the lymph flow in your skin. To do this, roll your hands from the top to the bottom of your face and from the centre outwards in the direction of lymph flow. The combination of the product and manner of application result in a cleansed complexion. It may initially take you slightly longer to use the product as the movements will be new to you. However, the time I take during this process is time that gives me something back.

The Dr. Hauschka skin care regime for mornings comprises three steps. Cleansing is followed with the second step of toning.

That’s right. The toning products are aqueous medicinal plant preparations, such as Facial Toner. What makes this special is that you spray it directly onto your face rather than onto a cotton pad as you would a conventional toner. Even the delicate mist of spray feels delightful. I then use my hands to gently press the product into my skin.

A further lovely way of being in touch with myself and a kind of self-treatment?

Exactly. These are the little daily rituals, the periods of time-out from everyday life, my five minutes that are mine alone. This time in the bathroom allows me to enjoy some mindfulness and consciously breathe in and exhale.

That almost sounds like a yoga workout. But I still need to start my day and I’ve not yet done the third step – moisturising.

Yes, and this is a very important step as the daytime skin care protects the skin against external influences such as the wind or dry air from air conditioning systems. It can do this through the high-quality oils and waxes that form the basis of the products. However, our daytime skin care products do more than just protect the skin. Each composition is also carefully tailored to the skin’s changing needs thanks to special medicinal plant extracts, helping it to restore its natural balance.

What do you mean ‘changing needs’? Isn’t my skin always the same? Either dry or sensitive for example?

When I talk to customers before a treatment, I’ve often noticed that they can precisely describe how their skin feels. Whether it is taut or perhaps unsettled or oily. What is interesting is that this feeling may have changed by their next treatment appointment. In winter, for example, the skin tends to be drier, or at stressful times of life, it tends to become more blemished. Depending on the skin’s varying needs, we can offer the right daytime skin care to help regulate it.

Is there also a special way of applying the daytime skin care products?

We warm the moisturising product between the palms of the hands, to melt the waxes, and apply to skin, still moist from Toner, using the palms of both hands and apply from centre outwards in direction of lymph flow and/or press gently into your skin. This is the correct way to apply and it’s a more sensual and emotional experience by paying proper attention to yourself, feeling in touch with yourself while applying the products and immersing yourself in the way you feel. The natural scent of the products furthermore conveys moods. Each morning, the same delicate scent fills my nose and gives me the space I need to enjoy my skin care. That is my daily ritual. The Dr. Hauschka products are so much more.

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Elisabeth Sigmund, Co-Founder Dr. Hauschka

In memory of Elisabeth Sigmund

25th October 1914 – 20th December 2013

 

Elisabeth Sigmund, the co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of 20 December 2013 at the age of 99.

Elisabeth Sigmund was a key figure in the development of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care in the 1960s. She also developed the Dr. Hauschka Facial Treatment methods that Dr. Hauschka Estheticians are still taught and use in their work today.

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Elisabeth working in the laboratory at WALA/Dr. Hauschka

It was early on in life when Elisabeth Sigmund first took a passionate interest in cosmetics. After completing her school leaving exams and two semesters of a medical degree in Vienna, she trained to become a qualified esthetician.

Throughout her life, Elisabeth Sigmund had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and conducted extensive independent studies into cosmetically active medicinal plants. She consistently used her findings to develop her skin care products.

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Elisabeth 1932

In 1948, she emigrated to Stockholm with her husband and received permission from the Swedish King to open a Cosmetics Institute. There, she began producing skin-normalising cosmetics on a larger scale for the institute itself and continued to develop the formulations for her products. It was during this time that she came up with the idea of oil-free night time skin care after seeing such positive effects on her clients.

Elisabeth around 1927 and 1945
Elisabeth around 1927 and 1945

In 1955, Elisabeth Sigmund had her first visit to WALA/Dr. Hauschka in Eckwälden after her husband had experienced such good results with WALA medicines. Also a Swedish student had spoken of WALA products with such fervour that Elisabeth had the company send her some of their anthroposophical homeopathic medicines, which she used to further develop her skin care products.

In 1962, Elisabeth Sigmund received a letter from Dr. Rudolf Hauschka asking her for ideas for a ‘very special’ approach to skin care, in line with the WALA principles.

Elisabeth Sigmund in her Cosmetic Studio 1954
Elisabeth Sigmund, Cosmetic Studio in Sweden 1954

Her detailed reply went on for pages and was met with an instant invitation to Eckwälden, the home of WALA/Dr. Hauschka. Dr. Rudolf Hauschka expressed his enthusiasm for Elisabeth Sigmund’s ideas by commenting “I have been in love you ever since receiving your letter…”.

Three weeks of intensive discussions led to a joint decision to develop a very special skin care range based on entirely new concepts. In the years that followed, the formulations for this new range were developed with WALA’s senior doctors and pharmacists.

All developments were firmly based on Elisabeth Sigmund’s ground-breaking guiding principle: the activation of the skin’s own healthy function.

The first natural and organic skin care range was launched in 1967.

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In 1969, Elisabeth Sigmund moved from Sweden to Germany. From then onwards, she shared her extensive knowledge with WALA in person and played a key role in the creation of many products. She remained a valued consultant for all matters relating to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dr. Hauschka treatments until shortly before her death and was always willing to listen to the ideas and concerns presented by the future generations.

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Elisabeth at 90 being interviewed

We are deeply thankful to Elisabeth Sigmund for her decisive contribution to WALA/Dr. Hauschka’s development and commemorate her life’s work with the utmost respect and appreciation. Her curiosity, energy and knowledge will remain an example to us for all time.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was launched in 1967
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was launched in 1967

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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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 12

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The set-up work had been done, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care had established itself and many processes had become routine. Elisabeth Sigmund had passed on her knowledge. She was able to leave the everyday work to others and enjoy her retirement with her husband Karl, who had been retired since the late 1970s. But by no means did this mean that she came to a standstill. Together, the Sigmunds arranged anthroposophic presentation evenings, while Elisabeth Sigmund continued to pass on her knowledge of skin care by giving presentations and writing about skin care related topics. Until the end, she welcomed WALA/Dr. Hauschka employees who sought advice and asked her questions about treatments and new product developments. She thought the new products were great and she was excited about the ideas that the new generation was coming up with. When she died on 20 December 2013, she was still interested in changes and new developments and always said: “I think of myself as part of WALA.”

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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 11

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Dr. Hauschka Esthetician Training

In 1971, Elisabeth Sigmund began teaching cosmeticians the special treatment method which she had developed and tested in her beauty salon in Sweden.

There are now around 800 Dr. Hauschka Estheticians working in Germany, with an additional 800 around the world. Qualified cosmeticians receive further training to become Dr. Hauschka Estheticians. In addition to the Dr. Hauschka Classic Treatment, they also offer many variations. The Dr. Hauschka Treatment is still based on Elisabeth Sigmund’s methods.

Initially, Elisabeth Sigmund did not actually want to train others to perform the skin care treatments with lymph stimulation and facial exercises as she was worried that the trainees could use what they had learned incorrectly. Finally, the cosmetician Anneliese Horn talked her around.

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Lymph stimulation with brushes

From the first ever Dr. Hauschka Esthetician …

In 1970, Anneliese Horn completed a cosmetics course in her home es of Stuttgart. After many months of training in conventional cosmetics, she left the course with rosacea, a skin disease. Her anthroposophic family doctor had heard about the new ‘WALA skin care’ and recommended that if she wanted to work as a cosmetician, she should use their products. Anneliese Horn got in touch with Elisabeth Sigmund through WALA. After thinking about it for a few months, Elisabeth Sigmund agreed and trained Anneliese Horn as the first ever Dr. Hauschka Esthetician in January and February 1971 during several weeks of one-on-one lessons.

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… to a trainer

As Dr. Hauschka Skin Care was still little known in the early 1970s, Anneliese Horn’s beauty salon was slow to take off. Elisabeth Sigmund, therefore, suggested that she should go to trade fairs and conventions for WALA and give presentations on skin care at health food stores. After Elisabeth Sigmund had trained several more cosmeticians, she also started referring interested candidates to Anneliese Horn, who took over the Dr. Hauschka Esthetician Training from 1975.

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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 10

The pharmacist Rudolf Plantener, Elisabeth Sigmund and the chemist Dr Reinhard Schoppmann (from left to right) formed the first development group for the new ‘WALA skin care’ in 1964.
The pharmacist Rudolf Plantener, Elisabeth Sigmund and the chemist Dr Reinhard Schoppmann (from left to right) formed the first development group for the new ‘WALA skin care’ in 1964.

Cooperation with WALA: the development of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

After returning from India, Elisabeth Sigmund came into personal contact with WALA, the beginning of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.

Her many experiences of the theatre during her time in Jena and with her own theatre group in Stockholm gave Elisabeth Sigmund a strong affinity for make-up. She therefore completed a course in historical stage make-up. In 1967, she suggested the development of make-up to WALA and worked on the topic with the WALA developer Wolfgang Roth-Bernstein, who focussed on work with durable colour pigments of plant origin. In 1981, the first Dr. Hauschka lip and lid shades came onto the market. In 1999 the complete Dr. Hauschka make-up range was launched, from lipsticks to eye shadows, mascaras to kajal eye pencils. Just like Dr. Hauschka facial care, the make-up contains valuable nurturing plants and natural ingredients.

Cosmetics that fit in with WALA

For some time, Dr Rudolf Hauschka (1891–1969), the founder of WALA in Eckwälden, had been looking for special skin care products that would fit in with WALA. These were to extend the range of WALA medicines that had existed since 1935 in the area of healthcare. He sent letters to anthroposophical doctors and cosmeticians outlining his search. Elisabeth Sigmund had been ordering preparations for her skin care products directly from WALA in Eckwälden since the 1950’s. That possibly explains why she too received a letter in 1962. After receiving her 11-page reply, Rudolf Hauschka immediately invited her to visit him. In summer 1962, she travelled to Eckwälden with her husband at the beginning of their holidays in order to present her skin care concept in person. The entire WALA management team, including the developers and doctors, was so impressed by her presentation that she ended up having to stay for her entire holidays.

Between Sweden and Eckwälden

In 1963 and 1964, Elisabeth Sigmund travelled to Eckwälden on multiple occasions to spend several weeks working with the WALA developers. The rest of the time, she worked from Sweden. The WALA developers regularly sent her test ranges of the manufactured products with varying formulations, which she tested on both her beauty salon customers and herself. She sent letters back to Eckwälden with her observations.

Healing skin care by Elisabeth Sigmund

In June 1967, ‘Dr. Hauschka Healing Skin Care by Elisabeth Sigmund’ was launched. The first range included cleansing cream, face toner, facial oil, nourishing face milk, day cream, rose cream, skin treatment, lip balm, eye compresses and silk powder. In 1972 the new skin care line changed its name for legal reasons to Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Products by Elisabeth Sigmund. In 1978, this then became Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. In July 1967, all expectations had been exceeded, with 5,000 packages of the new skin care products being sold, even to countries such as South Africa and Sweden, where Elisabeth Sigmund provided the local importers with support and training. As newly developed preparations were being sold, WALA developed existing and new products further, for example skin care products for blemished skin.

Relocation to WALA

The Sigmund’s were still living in Sweden but the calls for them to relocate to Eckwälden became increasingly persistent. Only Elisabeth Sigmund was able to answer the growing number of customer letters with questions about the healing cosmetics, but the time taken to get a response from Sweden led to delays. In 1969, after 20 years in Sweden, the Sigmund’s left behind the life they had built there and began again for the third time in Eckwälden. Karl found a permanent position at WALA, while Elisabeth Sigmund took care of customer enquiries, visited trade fairs and held presentations, as well as working on further product developments.

WALA received euphoric feedback from the first users of the healing skin care products. For example, an anthroposophic doctor from Freiburg said: “These preparations are a pure joy to use and I can fully recommend them to my many patients. I have never experienced such good quality in the cosmetic sector.”
WALA received euphoric feedback from the first users of the healing skin care products. For example, an anthroposophic doctor from Freiburg said: “These preparations are a pure joy to use and I can fully recommend them to my many patients. I have never experienced such good quality in the cosmetic sector.”

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Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, visited WALA in Eckwälden for the first time in 1962. The chemist Rudolf Plantener worked closely with Elisabeth Sigmund to develop Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. Karl Kossmann, who was then a commercial employee at WALA, later became the managing director and created the WALA Foundation. Here, he is unfolding a sheet of paper containing beeswax with added medicinal plants – a simple method of caring for the lips.
Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, visited WALA in Eckwälden for the first time in 1962. The chemist Rudolf Plantener worked closely with Elisabeth Sigmund to develop Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. Karl Kossmann, who was then a commercial employee at WALA, later became the managing director and created the WALA Foundation. Here, he is unfolding a sheet of paper containing beeswax with added medicinal plants – a simple method of caring for the lips.
Elisabeth Sigmund and Max Kaphahn (1894–1975), one of the co-founders of WALA, in front of the WALA building in Eckwälden; probably in 1962.
Elisabeth Sigmund and Max Kaphahn (1894–1975), one of the co-founders of WALA, in front of the WALA building in Eckwälden; probably in 1962.

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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 9

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A year in India: a time of study

Elisabeth Sigmund, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, took a one-year research trip to India from 1961 to 1962. She was given this opportunity by the son of a friend who was studying yoga in India. Elisabeth Sigmund learned how colourfully different India could be (and still is today). She visited temples and observed the varied street life. In the eyes of the Indians, she was an exotic stranger.

The Ayurvedic doctor, Dr Kaura, taught Elisabeth Sigmund a great deal about Ayurvedic medicine and Indian plants, particularly Neem (Azadirachta indica), the holy Indian tree. Neem extracts have been used in India for centuries due to their anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties. Unknown in Europe at the time, Elisabeth Sigmund later used this nurturing plant in the formulations for Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Hair & Scalp Tonic, Strengthening Hair Treatment, Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil and Clarifying Day Oil.

At the beginning of the 1960s, it was unusual for a woman to travel alone. Elisabeth Sigmund was given the opportunity to travel to the then uncommon destination of India without her husband, who was working full-time, by Hasse, the son of a friend who had intensively studied yoga in Stockholm. While he was furthering his knowledge of yoga in India, Elisabeth Sigmund was able to visit him. She travelled to New Delhi and Mumbai among other places and spent many hours in the Mumbai University library, where she found books on nourishing plants and other natural materials with an effect on skin that could not be obtained in Europe.

Cosmetics production the Indian way
In addition to her theoretical work, Elisabeth Sigmund investigated the Indian cosmetics market and came across packages of Ayurvedic herbs with poetic advertising: “If you use this cream regularly you will become as bright and beautiful as the full moon.” She also came into contact with products that are damaging to the skin, for example a day cream named Himalayan Snow, a bleaching cream that could result in unsightly eczema, as Dr Kaura informed her. Once she had run out of her own cosmetics, Elisabeth Sigmund produced cosmetics adapted to the Indian climate. For example, she could not get any sage so instead produced a foot bath using camphor. She also made a rose cream for Dr Kaura’s wife. She found the ingredients for her skin care products in a quarter of Mumbai where she was able to buy plants, beeswax and essential oils.

An offer to stay
A wealthy man who was an acquaintance of Dr Kaura’s offered Elisabeth Sigmund the chance to open a beauty salon in Mumbai. He said that he would send plenty of customers her way and in two years she would be a wealthy woman. He would also find a job for her husband. Elisabeth Sigmund thanked him for the offer. The year spent in India had been very important to her and she had learned a lot, but one year was enough. It was not somewhere she wanted to stay forever and build a new life.

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Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 8

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Trust

When developing her skin care treatment, Elisabeth Sigmund addressed the needs of her clients, who she wanted to feel good from head to toe and to be able to relax. Because many women have cold feet, she began the treatment with a warming foot bath, to which she added her sage bath essence. She took the time to build up good relationships with her customers. An appointment lasted approximately 2 hours. During this time Elisabeth Sigmund often had private discussions with the customers. During these consultations, the causes of certain skin conditions repeatedly came to light, for example, intolerances or incorrect nutrition.

Lymph stimulation

Many new customers visited the Salong för Skönhetsvård for a facial massage. When Elisabeth Sigmund worked at the Vienna cosmetics institute, Pessl, in the mid-1930s, she noticed that facial massages allowed the facial muscles to slacken and coarsened the skin structure. She therefore developed lymph stimulation as an alternative treatment for her Stockholm beauty salon based on the manual lymph drainage technique developed by Dr Emil Vodder (1896–1986) and his wife Estrid (1898–1996). The lymph system removes metabolic waste products, toxins, pathogens and excess tissue fluids but can become blocked. Lymph drainage removes the blockages and gets things flowing again using pumping, circling, flat movements.

Facial exercises

“There are two kinds of beauty – inner and outer.”

This quote from Elisabeth Sigmund expresses, among other things, how a person’s inner attitude can influence their facial features. Wrinkles are created through a certain facial expression. Sadness or joy is reflected on a person’s face. Using facial exercises, which you can still learn today, Elisabeth Sigmund balanced out one-sided muscle tension. Targeted activation of individual facial muscles to increase their tone and strengthen the living tissue, triggering its natural activity. Wrinkles can be smoothed out. The facial skin feels fresher as a result of better circulation.

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Facial Workout

Beauty through facial workouts

When trying to tone their bodies, most people go to the gym. But how many people train their facial muscles? Their chin muscles, forehead muscles, lip area muscles, lower cheek muscles, eye area muscles or nose muscles?

Facial exercises refine our facial expressions and shape our facial features. Our face becomes more toned, the invigorated tissue is stronger and its natural activity stimulated, our worry lines are smoothened out. All in all, our facial skin simply feels different: fresher, healthier and with better circulation.

Sound good? Then get exercising!

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Knee bends for the forehead

  1. A great beginner’s exercise to work your forehead area, which you should ideally try in front of a mirror: start by raising and then relaxing your forehead.
  2. Next, place both hands loosely on top of each other on your forehead and raise and relax it again.
  3. Your hands should move passively with your skin. Now keep your hands in the same position but use them to create resistance while raising your forehead. Keep the skin tensed for about five seconds then slowly relax. Repeat four times.
  4. Finally, use circular finger movements to loosen your forehead. Now close your eyes and savour the way your skin feels. This enjoyable sensation alone boosts your inner beauty.

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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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