Celebrating International Women’s Day With Dr. Hauschka: Q&A
March 8th is International Women’s Day, and this year allbeauty are celebrating the women who are bossing the beauty industry! We caught up with one of our favourite beauty brands putting the girl in girl power…
Born in 1914, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and developer of the Dr. Hauschka treatments, Elisabeth Sigmund had always been fascinated by cosmetics and the powers of medicinal plant extracts. After founding her own cosmetics institute in 1952 with the blessing of the Swedish King, Elisabeth received a letter from Dr. Rudolf Hauschka inviting her to share her ideas for a new, ‘very special’ approach to skincare, and in 1967 Dr. Hauschka – or Dr. Hauschka Healing Skin Care By Elizabeth Sigmund’ was launched.
We caught up with Dr. Hauschka’s Katie Holmes, who talked to us about how Elizabeth Sigmund inspires her, her favourite products and what advice she’d give to young women today…
Katie Holmes, Head of Sales and Education at Dr. Hauschka.
Why does the beauty industry mean to you?
The beauty industry has been my home for over 25 years and it is both liberating and fulfilling. There are not many industries that enable you to make such a difference to people’s lives through interaction, product and environment. I have been privileged to work in many areas of this industry and the warmth and generosity from those I have encountered has shaped me today.
What does gender balance mean to you?
Fairness to all. Working with Dr. Hauschka, gender isn’t a word we use to define who should be using which product. Instead, we look at conditions of the skin to define the regime.
What makes a good #girlboss?
The ability to listen, be fair, to see the big picture and to conduct your business with the greatest of respects for others and yourself.
What motivates you to succeed?
My daughter! She amazes me every day, and I always try to do better than yesterday in order for me to become her inspiration to succeed in her life’s journey
What advice would you give to young women who want to make it within the beauty – or any – industry?
DO IT! Don’t hold back. Know and research your business, execute with excellence and always smile! This industry can be fierce so stand tall and be confident in yourself and your abilities.
Who inspires you?
Professionally, Elizabeth Sigmund – one of the co-founders of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. She was a woman beyond her years with future-proof ideas and ideals. In a male-orientated environment she educated herself and was dynamic in her cause.
What are you favourite Dr Hauschka products?
Our beautiful Rose Day Cream has to be top of my list! Not only does this exquisite product tell the story of our brand, its unwavering scent of the damask rose radiates my skin to give me an all day glow, as well as a long term solution to my skincare needs – no quick fixes here!
I am also a huge fan of our NEW Eye Make-up Remover. Like all of our products, it is 100% natural and works wonderfully to remove even the most stubborn eye make-up. It’s become and essential in my skin care routine.