30 Day Spring Skin Fitness and Detox Challenge


Welcome to your 30 Days of Spring Skin Fitness & Detox for a healthy, radiant skin! 

We’re starting today on the 20th of March, Spring Vernal Equinox and celebrating completion on 20th April 2014, pop the dates into your calendar.

What you will need: Dr. Hauschka products (Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising) for your daily rituals plus Facial Steam Bath or any Hauschka Bath, Cleansing Clay Mask and the Cream Mask most suited for your skin, if you’re not sure check with me.  Rhythmic Night Conditioner, or if you have sensitive skin then Rhythmic Conditioner Sensitive.  I also find our Cleansing Sponge perfect for easily removing Cleansing Clay Mask.

We’re going to be asking you to complete one night a week each week the following:

1) Facial Steam Bath or Hauschka Bath
2) Cleansing Clay Mask
3) Cream Mask

On another night of the week, cleanse early in the evening, then apply your chosen Cream Mask.

I find it’s helpful to choose a particular night of the week, for me it’s Sunday night for the Facial Steam, Cleansing Clay Mask and Cream Mask and Wednesday or Thursday night for application of Cream Mask.

Day 1

1) Drink warm water and lemon juice first thing upon waking in the morning and do this every morning.

If it’s going to be easier then juice a pile of lemons, put the juice in ice blocks and freeze.  Take one block out each night and place in a cup, so you’re ready for the morning.  We need to make this habit nice and easy.


FOOD FACT: start each morning with a warm glass of lemon juice in warm water: aids the body in flushing out toxins, jump starts the digestive tract, aids the liver in its cleansing processes and increases detoxification.

2) ‘Compress and Hydrate’ skin to soften the pores in readiness for cleansing.  Use 5 drops of Lemon Lemongrass Bath Essence in your basin water.

Check out our Compress & Hydrate + Press & Roll video

3) Cleansing Cream – ‘press & roll’ technique.

Scrub the bathroom but never ever scrub your skin, way too harsh, it has to last you a lifetime.


4) Toner – close eyes and mist onto the skin, 3 pumps should do.

5) Day Care – should always be warmed between the palms of the hands and applied to skin still moist from Toner. This ensures even and economical application.

Normalising Day Oil – for oily/blemished skin
Melissa Day Cream – for sensitive combination skin
Rose Day Cream Light – for normal or sensitive skin, usually recommended for a younger skin, up to around 35.
Quince Day Cream – for normal skin or sensitive skin
Rose Day Cream – for normal, dry, sensitive, mature skin
Toned Day Cream – tinted moisturiser for normal, dry, sensitive or mature skin
Moisturising Day Cream – for normal, dry, mature/pallid skin
Regenerating Serum & Regenerating Day Cream – specific support for firming a maturing skin


1) ‘Compress and Hydrate’ skin to soften the pores in readiness for cleansing.  Use 5 drops of Lemon Lemongrass Bath Essence in the water.  If you feel you need something a little more relaxing in readiness for bedtime, you may prefer to use Moor Lavender Bath Essence instead of the Lemon Lemongrass Bath Essence.
2) Cleansing Milk
3) Facial Steam Bath or do a compress with Lemon, Lavender or Sage bath.
4) Cleansing Clay Mask
5) Cream Mask (Rejuvenating, Moisturising, Firming or Soothing Mask)
6) Rhythmic Conditioner – we’ll be using one ampoule per evening for 30 evenings.


Step by step how to do a Facial Steam, Cleansing Clay Mask and Cream Mask for Day 1 which will be repeated weekly during the programme:

1. Compress and hydrate your skin, cleanse with Cleansing Milk, remove with the warm, moist Dr. Hauschka Compress Cloth or Face Cloth.
2. Place 1 heaped teaspoon of Cleansing Clay Mask in a small container in readiness.
3. Dilute two teaspoons of Facial Steam Bath with ½ litre (500ml) of steaming water in a large bowl. Lean over the bowl, covering the head with towel, and steam for 5-10 minutes. Follow with Cleansing Clay Mask.

Note:  If you don’t wish to steam, then you may do this step with Facial Steam Bath or Bath Oils and ‘Compress and Hydrate’ instead.

4. While your skin is still warm and moist mix 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons of water (I use the Facial Steam Bath water) to the Cleansing Clay Mask in the small container. The consistency you want is spreadable, not too thin because it will drip off your face and not too pasty.
5. Apply mask to your face and neck excluding eye contour area ideally with a mask brush, even a pastry brush would do at a push, otherwise your fingers. Apply from the centre of the face outwards. We always work in the direction of lymph flow.  Allow to dry, it’s no longer active once dry.

Tip: Watch where the mask dries first. That’s a good indication that particular area of your face is dehydrated.  Are you missing that area with your Day Care?  Do you need a richer Day Care product?

6. To remove, I find using the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Sponge the easiest, but a non white face flannel will do, moistened with the now lukewarm facial steam water. Remove easily by damping down the mask first, then wiping.
7. Now apply your Cream Mask (Rejuvenating, Moisturising, Firming or Soothing Mask) including the eye contour area, as an eye mask.
8. Leave on for at least 20 to 30 minutes to absorb.  I leave mine on for most of the evening. Remove Cream Mask with a warm moist Compress Cloth before bedtime.
9. Apply the contents of a Rhythmic Conditioner Ampoule. If you are new to Rhythmic Conditioner Ampoules, flick the top to ensure all liquid is in the bottom of the ampoule, then using a towel break off the glass top. Pour 1/2 the contents into the palm of one hand, spread between the palms of the hands and quickly press into the skin and repeat with the balance of the liquid.  Apply nothing further to your skin. It’s bedtime.

Note: We do not recommend any heat for a rosacea skin condition – use tepid water for a Compress & Hydrate instead.


Using Facial Steam Bath and Cleansing Clay Mask

Day 2

Your skin will be feeling more smooth, moisturised and deep cleansed after your great efforts yesterday.

1) Drink your warm water and lemon juice first thing.
2) Compress & Hydrate, Cleansing Cream
3) Toner
4) Day Care

1) Compress & Hydrate, Cleansing Milk
2) Rhythmic Conditioner Ampoule
Apply nothing further to your skin


Day 3
Repeat Day 2

Day 4
Morning ritual: same as Day 2.
Evening ritual: cleanse early in the evening then apply your Cream Mask including eye contour area, remove with warm, moist Compress Cloth just prior to bedtime.
Apply Rhythmic Conditioner ampoule then leap into bed with a good book.

Day 5
Repeat Day 2

Day 6
Repeat Day 2

Day 7
Repeat Day 1

This is your weekly routine, so repeat until you reach your 30th evening. By which time your skin will be deep cleansed, nourished, more even toned, soft and radiant.


Great skin care is about using the best possible natural and organic products you can find, which is Dr. Hauschka!  Eat fresh, nutritious food and drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. Get 8 hours sleep and put measures in place if you’re stressed – a state of relaxation, happiness and laughter is good for your skin! I can’t function without 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning so that remains for me, even when I’m doing my 30 Day Programme.  A 30 minute daily walk in the fresh air is good for your body and your soul, in nature if you can.

You just can’t expect great skin if you eat fast food and drink fizzy drinks.  I’m not a fan of any convenience foods which are more like science than food, including overly processed over priced breakfast cereals.  Here’s my favourite breakfast I prepare every few weeks.

Easy Grain Free Granola


Instead of oats, it uses a variety of ground nuts.  Soaking the nuts overnight makes them easier to digest, and drying them at really low heat preserves the valuable nutrients they provide. 

This granola tastes delicious sprinkled over yogurt with fresh fruit, or with a little almond milk.


  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • ½ or 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoon golden flax seeds (omit for SCD)
  • 1 egg white *
  • 2-4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup honey, melted
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt (plus 1 teaspoon for soaking water)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 cup raisins or cranberries

*I no longer use the egg white in this recipe and it remains just as crunchy


  1. Soak all of the nuts in enough water to cover them and mix in 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover, and soak during the day, changing out the water one time if you want.
  2. Drain the nuts and seeds and place on a paper towel to absorb the remaining water, if you want or just drain well.
  3. Place all of the nuts and seeds out onto one or two parchment covered dehydrator trays or cookie sheets. Spread it evenly into a thin layer. Roughly chop them until they resemble the size of large oats.
  4. In a small bowl add in the egg white, coconut oil, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, sea salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Next, add the flax seeds and Coconut to the roughly chopped nuts and mixed into the nut mixture.
  6. Put in oven on lowest setting, usually 170 degrees over night. 8 to 12 hours.
  7. Or Dehydrate on 120 degrees for 24 hours, turning twice. The granola may feel a little sticky and wet when you first remove it, but will crisp up after cooling.
  8. Stir in the dried fruit, then let cool completely before storing in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.

Dehydrating is the preferred method for making this granola, but baking it for the shorter time in your oven at its lowest setting will create the same effect, or until completely dried and free of all moisture.



Parts of detox taken from Hauschka Australia

Sensitive Skin


A sensitive skin requires gentle skin care that also strengthens the condition towards a balanced and healthy skin.

How do I determine a Sensitive Skin Condition?

Redness, blotchy, thin skin. Possibly accompanied by permanently red cheek/nose region (visible capillaries), itching, flakiness. A skin that reacts easily.

Dr. Hauschka and Sensitive Skin

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is particularly suited to a sensitive skin due to the gentle and strengthening nature of our products that are formulated to bring balance back to an unbalanced skin.

Often such a sensitive skin condition has come about through the use of overly harsh exfoliating products and/or lathering, overly alkaline cleansing products.

Dr. Hauschka product prescriptions are not black and white. Your particular skin condition is as uniquely individual as you are, therefore we always recommend having a facial treatment and seek advice from a Dr. Hauschka Esthetician for the optimum product prescription and daily regime. This is particularly so with a sensitive skin.

Recommended Daily Ritual

Cleansing Cream
Clarifying Toner
Regenerating Serum – if you also require support for a maturing skin
Day Cream*

Cleansing Milk
Clarifying Toner
Regenerating Serum – if required

We recommend Clarifying Toner for a sensitive skin because it contains Daisy which is anti-inflammatory and Echinacea for its anti-bacterial properties. Often a sensitive skin’s protection has been compromised with flakiness.


*Day Cream:
Some sensitive skins also carry heat. If that’s the case look to day care with cooling properties such as Quince or Regenerating, Rose has warming properties.

Rose Day Cream Light: suitable for a sensitive skin
Rose Day Cream: suitable for a dry, sensitive skin, and contains St. John’s wort which is calming
Melissa Day Cream is specifically formulated for a Sensitive Combination (oily t-zone, dry/normal cheeks) skin
Quince Day Cream: usually recommended for a normal skin however the cooling and soothing properties of quince make it also an option for a sensitive skin
Toned Day Cream: our tinted moisturiser that’s suitable for a sensitive skin and also helps to conceal redness and even skin tone. For a skin that’s more on the dry side.
Regenerating Serum and/or Regenerating Day Cream are formulated to support a maturing sensitive skin

Extra Care

We highly recommend Soothing Mask as a twice a week mask treatment however it may be used also as a day time moisturiser to sooth and balance a hypersensitive skin or simply to give skin a helping hand boost for a month.

A skin cell cycle is 28-30 days and mirroring this rhythm we also highly recommend a 30 night treatment of Rhythmic Conditioner Sensitive, one ampoule per evening and instead of Toner to strengthen and calm a sensitive skin.


If your skin requires more support than Rhythmic Conditioner Sensitive we would then recommend Intensive Treatment 03 a one bottle/one month treatment for a hypersensitive and/or stressed skin condition.




Chemical cocktail or nature’s nip


Skin Fact

Unknowingly most woman carry with them daily up to 500 synthetic chemicals. These pollutants are self inflicted through the use of conventional face, body, hair and make-up products. A non natural moisturiser may contain around 30 synthetic chemicals and a perfume up to 400!

WALA Homeopathic Medicines began in 1935 and Dr. Hauschka skin care was launched in 1967 giving us a wealth of knowledge and experience. We also draw upon centuries of herbal healing wisdom, combining traditional approaches with modern pharmaceutical processes to create gentle yet effective natural skin care products that work with the skin holistically.

Our skin has an absolutely amazing ability to balance and heal itself, responding constantly to changes in our internal and external environments. It needs a little help along the way, like protection from exposure to harsh elements, or support when it gets thrown out of balance by lifestyle, hormones, transition, illness or stress. The key is to encourage and strengthen your skin’s own natural self-healing processes. Rather than suppressing symptoms or interfering with the skin’s natural rhythms, Dr.Hauschka Skin Care respects the skin, supporting its return to balanced health through the highest quality ingredients from nature that your skin can understand. The result, that typical Dr. Hauschka radiant and healthy skin!


A frequently asked question is:

Which of your products have the best anti-aging benefits?

While I most certainly understand the desire to look and feel our best, and to mitigate the progression of time, I am ultimately against the term “anti-aging” for the simple reason that it sends a very negative message. The inescapable and unavoidable fact is (are you sitting down?) – we all age.
The goal therefore, is to age with grace and vibrant, glowing good health!
But the ‘anti’ word doesn’t work. It keeps the endless loop of marketing hype in the negative side of our shimmering consciousness, and it keeps the cosmetic chemists busy creating toxic chemicals that fuel the never ending quest for the ultimate in ANTI-AGING products.

I prefer to support and encourage working towards strengthening health rather than fighting aging as a primary goal in caring for our skin, and to that end here is our position – and product suggestions- that we feel answer the question of what to use, and how to minimize signs of aging – and let’s face it – who doesn’t want to do that?
I know I do.

“All of our products can be considered “anti-aging” because they work to balance and heal the skin. Anti-aging is a myth. We will all age. The question is really about aging healthy and vibrantly. As long as we protect our skin from getting dry and stripped we are doing an anti-aging treatment. With that said, the three most important products you can be using on your skin is our Normalizing Oil under your day cream, and your weekly clay mask or cream mask. If you want some extra ‘anti aging’ benefits, add in our Rhythmic Conditioners or Regenerating Serum that is a light, silky, firming serum with a blend of healing botanicals.


Christmas Shopping!

We will be in this Monday, and Tuesday, for any gift certificates or product pickups! Please call for the best time to pickup anything on Monday. We will still be treating clients, and I would hate to miss you. We still have a couple gift sets in stalk for that last minute gift! Call us at 404-4009 or email us at PureEsthetics@eastlink.ca.

Happy Holiday from Bradshaw Pure Esthetics!

Stop Scrubbing – your skin is not the bathroom floor

To scrub or not to scrub? A sensitive skin question.
I am often asked about exfoliation. Is it necessary? Does it make a difference? Should everyone scrub? What I have observed in my practice, is that a lot of skin problems are caused by excessive scrubbing and exfoliation. Being a skin care minimalist, I tend to believe that less is more and I will always think twice before adding anything to my existing routine. In my book, a daily skin care routine ought to be simple, effective and most of all mindful. So a good place to start before ever applying anything to your skin is a mindful examination of your skin. Use both logic and intuition.

–>What does your skin feel and look like? If your skin is red, inflamed, with broken capillaries and dry patches, maybe even acne, it will definitely not respond well to anything that is abrasive in texture and irritating, so forget all the apricot kernel scrubs please. It is already irritated enough! Soothing and calming is what your skin needs. One thing that I suggest over and over again for any skin condition is a simple concoction I have learned about years back through Hauschka, if you can’t afford to buy the commercial brand. Clients use it with great success.

Simple ingredients which you probably already have in your kitchen:
Coarsely ground organic or biodynamic produced Almond Butter. Mix 1 teaspoon almond butter with a little spring water to make a paste and apply it to your face as you would ordinary soap. The almond cleanser will wash away dirt and other impurities and preserve the skin’s acid mantle. The oil in the almond butter will not clog pores. This cleanser is sufficiently gentle for people with dry or sensitive skin, but it is also healing, mildly exfoliating, and revitalizing for skin with blemishes and acne.

To make the product even more effective, soothing and hydrating, add oat flour or oat bran that has been coarsely ground in a coffee grinder or blender. Simply grind the oats and add them to the almond butter and spring water mix. The oats will soothe, moisturize, and act as a gentle exfoliant. Oats, like almond butter, contain vitamin E and other antioxidants that promote healing as they cleanse.

Yet another healing substance that can be added to the almond and spring water mix is medicinal clay powder (do not use potter’s clay). You can purchase healing clay in and natural foods or health foods store. Clay absorbs impurities and detoxifies. Adding 1 tablespoon clay to the base mix yields a powerful and extremely healing combination that will cleanse, moisturize, and purify your skin. If necessary, add more water to produce a rich, soothing mixture.

When cleansing the skin, gently press and roll. Avoid the eye area. Rinse well.

Alternatively to making your own, Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream is a daily cleansing formula composed of sweet almond meal and extracts of anthyllis, calendula, chamomile, Saint-john’s – wort, and witch hazel, along with other healing plants. This cleanser stimulates the skins own healing functions so the skin is actively engaged in promoting its own health long after you have washed your body and face. The cream is used for all skin conditions.

My final verdict on scrubbing and exfoliating for the sensitive skin goes something like this: STOP USING ROUGH STUFF ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE, PLEASE! You are just making things worse. Beautiful skin isn’t always healthy—however healthy skin is always beautiful.
P.S. If your skin is chronically red and inflamed I strongly suggest that you seek professional advice.