10 Skin Facts
Skin Fact 1
Correct Cleansing – the 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.
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.
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.
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 will 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.
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:
Place around a large pea size of moisturiser in the palms of your hands. (2-4 drops if you are using Clarifying Day Oil).
Warm the product between the entire palms of the hands to melt the natural waxes.
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.
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 began in 1935 producing anthroposophical homeopathic medicines. Today around 1,000 remedies are still being produced. 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.
There are many homeopathic guidelines to be found in the rhythmitised ingredients of Renewing Night Conditioner, Sensitive Care Conditioner and Intensive Treatments. For example pearl in Sensitive Care Conditioner, the pearl is the result of the oyster’s irritation.
Skin Fact 7
It’s all about using products to strengthen and support your skin’s own functions.
For example Revitalising Day Cream, available in 30ml and economical 100ml, is a particularly light textured, rapidly absorbed, yet highly activating daily moisturiser.
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. We find this with the conventional idea of night cream use also. In response you may find your skin will decrease sebum production, perpetuating the dry skin cycle. Revitalising Day Cream is light enough that the sebaceous glands are called upon to increase oil production.
Over time, the skin will regain its balance and be better able to fend for itself.
Skin Fact 8
Chemical cocktail or nature’s nip
Unknowingly women using conventional products may 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 skin is a radiant, balanced and healthy skin!
Skin Fact 9
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’ or ‘organic 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 we are authentically natural and organic.
Skin Fact 10
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 much clearer, softer skin”.
Fay Brander, 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.
Organic Cotton Compress
Our Compress is particularly large because the many layers folded help to retain warmth.
Fold the compress in half and half again
Both folds to be length wise, not square
Place folded Compress into the basin with Dr. Hauschka Bath Essence infused water
Squeeze excess water from the Compress
Place firstly under the chin, then wrap the face and press
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.
Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, equally unique rhythmic processes and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result, healthy and radiant skin!
Truly natural and/or organic cosmetics, certified to NATRUE standards
Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives
Free from mineral oils, parabens, silicone, phthalates and PEGs
Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin
We do not test on animals
Wherever possible, all raw materials come from controlled organic or biodynamic (Demeter certified) cultivation, and are recovered under fair conditions