Intensive Treatment 05

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$89.95 - 1.3 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:
2/10/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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If you believe the hokey rhythmic balancing claims made for this non-intensive “treatment,” we have a bridge or two we’d like to sell you. This product is merely eau de cologne with inane claims on the label. There is nothing in here that can balance or be even slightly helpful for menopausal skin. And what are the “fluid processes” menopausal skin goes through? Extra perspiration from hot flashes? Dryness brought on by declining estrogen levels? If that was their intent there are far better formulations to consider because these ingredients are useless.

Whatever the explanation, nothing in this product is going to bring things into balance or make a noticeable improvement in the changes skin goes through during menopause. As for the black cohosh, there is no research showing it has any benefit when applied topically, though there is research showing that oral consumption can help relieve some menopausal symptoms (Source: www.herbmed.org).

Rhythmitised dilutions of red ruby, black cohosh and argentite have a natural stimulating effect on menopausal skin, revitalizing its circulation and fluid processes. This treatment balances hormonally-related skin changes to leave skin feeling soft, smooth and healthy.

Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water (Rose Distillate), Mineral Salts (Sales), Fragrance/Parfum, Citronellol, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata/Platyphyllos (Linden) Flower Extract, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Ruby Powder, Argentite

Dr. Rudolf Hauschka is no longer around, although the Germany-based cosmetics company bearing his name definitely is. Sold primarily at health food stores, the products are a standout for their high prices alone.

If plants are your thing, these formulations, according to the ingredient lists, are some of the most "pure" there are. However, the formulas are a frustrating mix of good and bad natural ingredients, and there are no suitable options for those with  oily, combination, or sensitive skin (especially for sensitive skin, as everything, and we mean every product, in this line contains fragrance).

As for the products themselves, despite the inclusion of lots of natural ingredients sure to pique consumer interest, Dr. Hauschka's development team seemingly ignored copious research on skin-care ingredients from the last 20 years or so. For example, almost every product has plant extracts that have irritation potential, and most of the problematic ones have no known benefit for skin, so you're risking irritation without a reward. Instead, the company literature goes on and on about how the products are rhythmically mixed and the spiritual connection between nature and people. It all sounds tempting and quite Zen until you realize such back-to-nature philosophies aren't necessarily the key to a healthy complexion. We have little doubt that most consumers using these products will experience some amount of skin irritation, and the textures of many items are inelegant at best; "silky" is s not a  word that comes mind!

We're skeptical about the disclosure of the ingredients in the products because preservatives are not listed. If that is truly the case, the risk of contamination after just a couple of weeks of use is significant, especially considering how many plant extracts these products contain. The company insists that the ingredient lists are accurate and that the natural extracts and essential oils chosen have self-preserving properties—but cosmeti chemistry research doesn't support this; such ingredients don't have the same preservation track records as those (such as the parabens and phenoxyethanol) that show up in thousands of other products.

From a modern, research-supported perspective, this is one of the most ineffective, potentially irritating lines around and a classic example of why natural isn't automatically the best way to go for intelligent skin care. The moisturizers have their share of helpful ingredients for dry skin, but are about as state-of-the-art as a console television.

In early 2009 the company announced that they discontinued all of their sunscreens. This decision was in response to new European Union regulations governing labeling for products with UVA-protecting ingredients. Dr. Hauschka will not formulate a sunscreen with synthetic active ingredients, and from everything we've read and from all of the discussions we've had with cosmetic chemists about this issue, there is no way a sunscreen can meet the EU's new UVA standards without including a synthetic active.

 For more information about Dr. Hauschka, call (800) 247-9907 or visit www.drhauschka.com.

Dr. Hauschka Makeup

Termed Decorative Cosmetics, the collection doesn't much reason to give this makeup more than a passing glance, as the products are downright ordinary to inadequate, and the prices should snap even the most meditative soul back to reality. Sadly, every color cosmetic product from this brand, even those meant for use around the eyes, contains one or more problematic fragrance ingredients.

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