Summer is here, so we caught up with Tara O'Rourke from Dr Hauschka to get her expert tips for stunning summer skin.
Beautiful skin isn't always healthy — however healthy skin is always beautiful. That's just one of the facts we stand by at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. You'll find that our approach to health and beauty is quite different from other skin care lines, and you may well be surprised by some of the skin care secrets you discover.
1. Stop Scrubbing!
Cleansing is the foundation of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. And the reason is simple: it is common knowledge that dirt and impurities can cause breakouts and clog pores. Not so commonly understood is how easy it is to damage your skin by over-cleansing, scrubbing, or using harsh drying or exfoliating products. Soaps, scrubs and harsh exfoliants can strip your face of its natural protection, resulting in dry, irritated skin and premature signs of ageing. Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream using our signature "Press and Roll" method gently exfoliates, removing excess dirt, oil and makeup without disturbing the skin's natural line of defense—the balance of oil and water on its surface layer known as the acid mantle. The activity of pressing and rolling encourages the lymph system's cleansing functions, resulting in a clear, radiant complexion.
2. No More Night Cream
While you sleep your skin is actually hard at work regenerating itself, balancing oil production and expelling impurities. Regular application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time the skin becomes less able to care for itself. Use of night time moisturisers signals the sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin. Over time, skin becomes dependent on moisturising products just to appear "normal." Therefore, we recommend using water-based night care products that allow skin to breathe freely and revitalise. Dr. Hauschka’s night care regime stimulates the skin’s natural regenerative functions and allows the skin to carry on its important night work. It involves three steps: cleansing, toning and revitalising with for example Dr. Hauschka Night Serum or Renewing Night Conditioner.
3. Like for Like
Though it might seem counterintuitive to apply oil to an oily complexion, it's actually the most logical 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 products and oil-free acne treatments can rob the skin of its defenses, leaving it vulnerable and triggering the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil. Applying Clarifying Day Oil provides a light, clean layer of pure plant oils and botanical extracts that balance excessive oiliness. The same principle applies to using a light moisturiser for dry skin: 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. In response it will decrease production, perpetuating the dry skin cycle.
4. Trust Your Skin
How smart your skin actually is: Your skin has an absolutely amazing ability to care for itself, responding constantly to changes in your internal and external environments. It requires a little help along the way, such as protection from over exposure to harsh elements, or support when it gets thrown out of balance. The key is to encourage and strengthen your skin's natural ability to regenerate, rather than letting products take over these functions.
5. Choose The Best
To ensure the effectiveness of our products, we exclusively rely on healthy, ecological and socially responsible sources for our ingredients. We always make sure to only purchase the highest quality ingredients available on the world market - if ingredients aren’t available in organic form, we initiate organic farming projects.
Nonetheless, to ensure the vitality of our ingredients is translated into our skin care, our co-founder Dr. Rudolf Hauschka developed unique manufacturing processes. He recognised the power of natural rhythms such as light and darkness or heat and cold, and invented a way to use these rhythms to capture the vitality of plants without the use of alcohol or chemical preservatives. This unique "rhythmical process" became the basis for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. This way, we're able to deliver the plant’s nurturing, supportive qualities directly to you.