With demand for scientific skincare products reaching new heights, many are looking to German innovation for the latest in skincare technology and products. Germany’s pioneering skincare brands are some of the leaders in anti-ageing products, with names such as Dr Barbara Sturm making waves in the industry and developing a prestigious client list. Here, we take a look at some of the best German skincare brands to know and to incorporate into your skincare routine.
Weleda was co-founded by a chemist and pharmacist from Munich in 1921 and, nearly 100 years later, remains true to its original ethos of creating holistic natural cosmetics intended to support people in maintaining and restoring health. In its quest to promote healthy living, Weleda uses natural ingredients to support the body’s own healing processes. Each product range is carefully selected with specific skin types in mind. Using a unique ‘lead plant philosophy’ that draws on the particular therapeutic qualities of the plants used, Weleda’s range is based on super-nutritional regimes to support each individual’s skin. Among Weleda’s wide selection, Weleda Skin Food has become a cult product in the beauty industry. Launched in 1926, it has remained a core product in the beauty artist’s arsenal, often used backstage to nourish models’ skin. The enriching balm is made with beeswax and extracts of chamomile, pansy and calendula, and restores radiance to dry and dull skin.
Acknowledged among the original natural skincare brands, German brand Dr Hauschka is one of the most popular German beauty labels and is stocked in nearly all pharmacies and beauty stores nationwide. A firm believer in organic farming and the power of botanical, Dr Hauschka offers a full range of skincare, all made with 100% natural, biodynamic and certified organic ingredients. Its holistic and organic approach to beauty has catapulted the label to cult status, with many beauty insiders having at least one product in their beauty arsenal. The Rose Day Cream is one of the brand’s most popular products; made from extracts of rose petals and rose hips, it is a classic favourite with nourishing and protecting qualities.
Dr Barbara Sturm
German molecular cosmetics scientist Dr Barbara Sturm has become an industry favourite thanks to her outstanding knowledge of skin ageing. The former orthopaedic surgeon turned cosmetic doctor is hailed as a skin saviour, citing women like Kim Kardashian and Cher as her clients. Her clinic in Düsseldorf specialises in non-surgical treatments and is one of the leading centres for aesthetic anti-wrinkle treatments, including the famous ‘vampire facial’. Along with these impressive services, Barbara Sturm has used her expertise to create an eponymous skincare line of ground-breaking cell-regenerating formulas. Some of her best-selling products include her Hyaluronic Serum, which provides intense hydration instantly and, used over time, provides an effective means of preventing the formation of wrinkles caused by dehydration. Those concerned about sun damage should make a bee-line for Dr Sturm’s Sun Drops, which provide SPF 50 protection.
Anti-ageing is one of the primary skincare concerns in the beauty industry. Royal Fern was developed by renowned German dermatologist Dr Timm Golüke, an internationally sought-after anti-ageing expert who, together with a team of chemists and scientists, investigated the anti-ageing properties of the fern. Through his research he showed that the fern extracts contain valuable substances which have a positive effect on signs of ageing. The Royal Fern skincare line pays homage to the evergreen with a variety of products, from its Phytoactive Cleansing Balm and Phytoactive Anti-aging Cream to the best-selling Phytoactive Anti-aging Serum. The serum has become a favourite with industry experts thanks to its antioxidants and valuable plant extracts, designed to protect the skin against extrinsic skin ageing, environmental influences and stress.
Maximum benefits with minimal products is the ethos behind German skincare brand Less. At Less, they believe the main factor contributing to skin ageing is the excessive use of beauty products and the brand asks its clients to rethink the way they see and use skincare. Less by name, less by nature: the innovative skincare brand champions only three skincare products: one for cleansing, one to treat dry skin and one to treat oily skin. Each contains no more than five ingredients, all of which are 100% active and 100% natural, making this hyper-edited range one of the gentlest and most effective skincare routines available.