5 important lessons we can all learn from this iconic skincare brand
Launched in 1967, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know Dr. Hauschka. Somehow though, amongst a sea of beauty launches, we’re still learning valuable beauty lessons from the iconic natural beauty trailblazer.
50 years ago when Dr. Hauschka products first hit the market, the concept of a natural beauty range was entirely new. Founders Elisabeth Sigmund and Rudolf Hauschka were rebels in an industry brimming with synthetic formulations. Their aim was to harness the powers of nature to formulate skincare that nurtured and promoted healthy, glowing skin – and they did just that.
Fast-forward to today and natural beauty is now the biggest growth category in the industry. It’s easy to forget the unassuming beauty brand that kick-started it all. Today, Dr. Hauschka’s 100% certified natural range spans over 100 products including natural cosmetics.
Read on for five beauty lessons we’ve just learned (yes, even us!) from Dr. Hauschka…
1. Skip the night cream
It may go against everything you thought you knew but bear with us. Dr. Hauschka’s skincare system is a very different approach to skin, which can seem strange to those of us used to traditional regimes - the main difference being, drop the night cream. Here’s why:
While you’re sleeping your skin is actually hard at work regenerating itself, balancing oil production and drawing out impurities. Regular application of night cream interferes with these essential tasks, and overtime skin becomes less able to care for itself. Covering the skin with moisturiser 24 hours a day sends a signal to sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin that becomes dependent on moisturising products just to appear “normal”.
Instead, Dr. Hauschka recommends oil-free skin care at night, this allows the skin to carry on its important night regeneration and find its natural balance. Simply cleanse, tone, and if you absolutely want to apply something to your skin, finish up with an oil-free serum. Their Night Serum contains extracts of witch hazel and apple, and is suitable for all skin conditions.
2. Treat oily skin with oil
While it may seem counterintuitive, Dr. Hauschka endorses oil-based skincare for acne-prone, oily complexions – and it actually makes a lot of sense. Drying, oil-free treatments can strip the skin of its defences, triggering the sebaceous glands to ramp up oil production, which in turn exacerbates breakouts and inflammation even further.
If your complexion leans towards oily, try swapping your day cream for Dr. Hauschka’s Clarifying Day Oil (which has just recently had a makeover). The botanical-based oil leverages the calming and balancing properties of carrot, almond oil, calendula and neem to send a signal to the skin to reduce oil production, which helps transition the skin into a balanced state.
Clarifying Day Oil provides a light, clean layer of pure plant oils and botanical extracts that balance excessive oiliness while helping to soothe and minimize the appearance of blemishes and irritation while protecting your skin from external influences such as pollution throughout the day.
3. Skin has a 28-day cycle
Skin is the largest organ in the body. It consists of three layers of tissue: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer. The epidermis, the outer layer, undergoes constant renewal; every 28 days all cells are turned over as the most superficial cells are replaced by new ones (the turnover rate slows down as we age *cry*). Dr. Hauschka’s products are formulated to work in line with the natural rhythm of the skin, nurturing it throughout each stage of the cycle. Elisabeth Sigmund devised a rhythmical regimen philosophy, developing skincare and application techniques like the ‘press and roll’ to promote optimum skin health without compromising the skin’s protective layer. Unlike many other skincare lines that suppress the skin's functions or interfere with the skin's natural rhythms, Dr. Hauschka respects the skin, allowing it to cleanse, balance and renew itself.
4. Your skin is smart
These days we don’t give our skin enough credit. We think healthy skin starts with the right products. But, Dr. Hauschka has a different perspective: “beautiful skin isn't always healthy — however healthy skin is always beautiful.”
Instead of depending on skincare for beautiful skin, Dr. Hauschka advocates the skin’s innate ability to care for itself. The natural beauty brand views the right skincare as a little extra help along the way. Despite all the ads we see, our skin is actually pretty self-sufficient - it responds constantly to changes in your internal and external environments. Skincare should step in to provide protection from overexposure to harsh elements or additional support when it gets thrown out of balance.
On top of your skin's natural abilities, Dr. Hauschka products provide extra protection and nourishment.
5. Hold back the scrub!
An absolute Dr. Hauschka no-no (which many of us do!) is exfoliation. Here’s why:
It’s easy to damage the skin by scrubbing, or using harsh drying or exfoliating products. Soaps, scrubs and harsh exfoliants can strip skin of its natural protection, leading to inflammation, irritation and premature signs of aging.
Instead, the focus should be on cleansing, which is the foundation of Dr. Hauschka’s skin ethos. The reason is simple: dirt and impurities cause breakouts and clog pores. However, not all cleansers are created equal and the wrong one, or over-cleansing, is equally as damaging as scrubbing. We love the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream for its natural renewing and nourishing properties. The gentle formulation provides all the exfoliation your skin needs and supports the skin’s natural protective function, preparing it for a toner, then day or night care.
About Dr. Hauschka
Dr. Hauschka products are 100% certified natural to NATRUE standards, which is transparent, independent and authentic certification with strict criteria such as no synthetic preservatives, fragrance, silicone, and no animal testing.
Dr. Hauschka is available at selected Farmers, department stores, health food stores and pharmacies, or learn more and purchase online.
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What skincare lesson surprised you the most? Have you tried any Dr. Hauschka products before?