Now I am in my 30's, I have really started to notice those fine wrinkles appearing, my mum has always raved about Dr Hauschka and for a women in her fifties (and an ex smoker), her skin is in quite good condition, so I have recently been trying some of their products. One item which I brought in aid to try and reduce those little lines was one of their 28 day intensive treatments.
*Price & Availability:*
Not many places stock Dr Hauschka, my mum buys it from John Lewis online, what I like about John Lewis is they offer a wide variety of delivery options (evenings, next days, specific days and Saturdays all for reasonable prices). You can also buy online from Dr Hauschka direct at http://www.drhauschka.co.uk where delivery is free if you spend over £40 but the delivery options are not as flexible.
I was not sure on which treatment was best for me so I actually brought this one in store at John Lewis, the staff were really helpful and knowledgeable and did not try to pressure me into buying anything else.
I choose Treatment 04 which is recommended for skin that is starting to show the first signs of ageing, mature skin or skin needing a seasonal boost.
There are five treatments available in total and all are said to achieve different results. Any stockist should be able to advise on which best suits you needs and skin type.
Treatment 04 is suitable for all skin types.
This retails for around £65.95 for a 40ml bottle which will last 28 days. (it is worth noting that treatments 01,02 and 03 retails for £47.95 whereas treatment 04 and 05 are both £65.95).
What I like about this brand is that they use completely natural ingredients and do not test on any animals. Also, they boast that where possible, they try and obtain most of their ingredients from certified biodynamic and organic sources.
This particular product contains vitalising precious stones Blue Tourmaline and Amber, regenerating Gold, the hydrating herb Marsh Mallow, fortifying Ginko, Olive leaves, Royal Jelly and San.
*How to use:*
You use the product in the place of toner, unlike toners though, they way you apply the product is slightly different as it comes in a spray bottle.
After cleansing in the morning, I spray my face and neck about 5 times and then gently pat (not rub) in and then apply my day cream afterwards.
The product is quite light and I would say it was more like water than a cream. What I really like is it makes my face feel instantly feels hydrated.
It also smells quite pleasant, nice and fresh and a little sweet, this is quite faint and not too overpowering though so I wasn't too concerned about it working against my perfume.
In the evening, I follow the same process except I don't apply any night cream as Dr Hauschka recommend you leave your skin 'free' at night to breathe.
You follow this routine for a full 28 days, to achieve the maximum effect, you are meant to use this treatment 4 times a year.
I have just finished my 28 day course and I am really pleased with the effects, after about 1 week of usage, the lines did not look as deep and now the are even finer and even some are no longer visible when I have my foundation on. My other half is probably the most unobservant person I know yet even he commented on my face!
I sometimes find that similar products on the market don't help the combination of my skin, I would say that this calmed down my t-zones and also reduced the amount of dry patches that I had.
Because I have just finished my first course, I cannot really comment on it long lasting effects, but the fact that it is recommended you use it 4 times a year leads me to believe that like with other products, if you don't use it regularly, you won't reap the benefits.
I know I will definitely re-buy, particularly if I know I have a special occasion approaching but due to the price, I don't think I will buy it 4 times a year as recommended (unless my numbers come up). Having said that, the fact that I am not using toner or night cream while I am using it could be an argument I could use with my other half as I am actually saving money when using it.
A 40ml bottle will last the recommended 28 days, I still had a bit left in the bottom of the bottle.
4 out of 5 stars from me, although this is a fantastic product, I have got to mark it down on the price.
Thanks for reading.
Product ingredients taken from http://www.drhauschka.co.uk
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Water, Mineral Salts/Sales, Fragrance/Parfum, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract1, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract1, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract1, Crataegus Monogina Extract1, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract1, Gold1, Amber Powder1, Tourmaline1, Royal Jelly1, Honey/Mel1 / 1 = in rhythmitised dilution / Dr.Hauschka Intensive Treatment 04 is a 28-day treatment specifically formulated to both firm and regenerate your skin / Excellent for skin that is beginning to show the signs of ageing / demanding mature skin / and as a seasonal boost after a sunny holiday or party seasons / Features: A harmonising 28-day course of treatment to be used four times a year / Hydrates, smoothes and vitalises skin that has become unbalanced, noticeably refining and smoothing the complexion and helping to prevent dryness lines / The special formula contains choice ingredients from nature in a rhythmitised form, including the vitalising precious stones Blue Tourmaline and Amber, regenerating Gold, the hydrating herb Marsh Mallow, fortifying Ginko, Olive leaves, Royal Jelly and San / Directions for use: Use Dr.Hauschka Intensive Treatment 04 in place of Regenerating Serum or your Dr.Hauschka toner / After cleansing in the morning mist your face with about five pumps of Dr.Hauschka Intensive Treatment 04 instead of Regenerating Serum / Press in gently / Follow with Regenerating Day Cream / Mist your face again in the evening, after cleansing / Do not use any further skin care products / Hints and tips: During the night, your skin needs to 'breathe' and be unhindered in the elimination cycle / It is for this reason that night creams are not used in the Dr.Hauschka range / Not providing your skin with rich creams also encourages it to supply its own moisture requirements / The ingredients contained in the oil-free Dr.Hauschka facial products - which can be used at night - help it to do this effectively without interrupting its natural rhythm /