Mostly my skin type is normal, but from time to time – due to heating, over exfoliation, stress, hot showers or a reaction to products, it gets really, really dry. As in, it feels like it’s three sizes too small for my body, it itches, flakes and generally looks devoid of its usual glow.
Dr Hauschka Med Skin products are formulated with the ice plant, which has phenomenal abilities to store water, despite the arid climate of its natural habitat, South Africa. Nerds read on, because this will blow your mind a little. The ice plant has a special respiration technique – during the daylight hours, the ice plant closes its stomata, which reduces moisture loss by 90 percent. It does not respire until the sun goes down. The carbon dioxide that it absorbs is fixed to a molecule that the plant photosynthesises into glucose and oxygen the next morning. The ice plant also has the unique ability to retain salt (sodium chloride), which triggers the production of fruit acids within the plant. And these in turn combine with sugar alcohols, magnesium (which is present in large quantities) and proline, an amino acid, to produce a natural moisture-retaining substance. These substances allow the ice plant to draw in and fix what little moisture is available in its environment. If you were to cut a twig off an ice plant and place it on a table without any water it will stay fresh for many weeks. Pretty cool huh?
Dr.Hauschka Med Skin products contain a combination of different natural oils (jojoba, sesame and almond oils) that are very similar to those of the human skin. They are readily by the skin, but also provide additional protection for the epidermis without leaving a greasy film.
If you suffer from very dry skin, dermatitis, eczema or rosacea the Dr.Hauschka Med Ice Plant range will gently and quickly soothe and heal the skin. I found that not only did the products provide the most unbelievable sensation of immediate relief, but my skin felt moisturised for days. A hand cream for example, usually soothes my skin until my hands are washed. I found the Dr.Hauschka Med Intensive Ice Plant Cream soothed my hands to the point where I was actually only using the cream at night, such was the intense moisturisation and the effect of enhancing the barrier function of the skin.
Med Ice Plant Face Cream, $79 is magnificent on dry facial skin. Formulated for those with dry, itchy, irritated, hypersensitive skin and dermatitis, this cream is the business. I have never in my beauty editing life tried anything that nourished and soothed a dry tight complexion in one hit like this. And the effect lasts! It’s a tad miraculous. It sits beautifully under makeup and I could NOT stop touching my face all day, it was so soft. Used regularly, this day cream helps to keep the skin complaint-free and balanced for longer and helps to restore its natural harmony.