Question Time with Founder Susanne Kaufmann

Question Time with Founder Susanne Kaufmann

It's time for some questions with @SusanneKaufmann.

We regularly collect your questions on our social media channels and want to answer them in this blog post. On Instagram @susannekaufmann_ or on Facebook under Susanne Kaufmann can you ask us your questions. Just use the following hashtag #AskSusanne

Is Susanne Kaufmann a certified natural cosmetic line?

Susanne Kaufmann is not a certified natural cosmetics line, because natural cosmetics are subject to regulations that, in our opinion, exclude very effective, tried and tested ingredients.

In creating the Susanne Kaufmann cosmetic brand, we have harnessed the remarkable powers of nature to work in combination with science for products that deliver specific effects, without fail, and have been produced responsibly. As is often the case in natural cosmetics, the whole that arises from the fusion of ingredients is even greater than the benefits of its individual components. Many valuable plant ingredients are used in Susanne Kaufmann products: Meadowfoam oil, wild rose oil and jojoba oil, to name a few. Furthermore, the vitamin C we use is not synthetically produced, but is obtained from Schisandra berry. Our Pentylene Glycol is made from corn and sugar cane and is not chemically produced.

As an Austrian company, we not only comply with the European Cosmetics Act, but also with Austrian food law, which has very strict requirements both individually and in total. Since there is no state certification in Austria, we have decided, together with our producer, to subject production including purchasing to a state control, which is also regularly checked. Our production method is gentle and exactly adapted to our products, in order to maintain the integrity of the valuable oils and plant extracts. This means long and complicated production times, but no compromise in the quality of the plant-based, natural ingredients, which is not taken into account in natural cosmetics certificates.

We feel that many other key elements are overlooked by natural cosmetic certificates. For example, the origin and quality of the individual active ingredients are not considered or evaluated. Approximately 70% of our ingredients come from Germany, Austria or Switzerland. The remaining 30% come from other European countries, where we keep close contact to our suppliers. Ethical standards are also not taken in to account for certificates, however are of tremendous importance to us – we do not test on animals, nor do we sell products in markets that do.

Susanne Kaufmann is more than the name of our brand, it is the name of the woman behind the brand, a brand she founded firmly on the same principles she espouses in life and the rest of her work: a belief in the power of nature, in the importance of quality, and a commitment to sustainability.

I’m always told I need to be conscious of sun damage, especially in the summer, but I always love getting a bronzed glow… What’s the best way to protect my skin but still maintain a nice tan? #AskSusanne

Sunscreen is indeed very important and unfortunately often neglected. In addition to our Body Protection Sunscreen SPF 25, we also recommend a face cream with a slightly higher SPF. Including a moisturising serum, such as the Susanne Kaufmann Hyaluron Serum Moisturising. Because, well-moisturised skin will last longer the tan. Also important for a smooth and long-lasting complexion: scrubs. Here we recommend our Detox Oil Scrub that gently removes dead skin cells through its oil content and smallest scrub particles, without taking off the tan. After a peeling best apply a body oil that pampers the skin even more. Apply the oil to the damp skin, that means dab gently after showering and do not rub completely dry. Our tip: Susanne Kaufmann Resculpting Oil that in addition to its nourishing properties also strengthens the connective tissue.

When I’m stressed, I have trouble maintaining a healthy diet routine, and I worry that that will affect my skin and cause breakouts and change in texture. How can I keep my skin healthy even if my eating habits may sometimes vary? #AskSusanne

When we are stress it often comes to blemishes. It is best to use a combination of clarifying and soothing products, such as the Enzyme Peel and Purifying Clay Mask. Use this twice a week to help maintain a fresh complexion.

My under-eyes are super sensitive—even more so when tired. Is there a specific ingredient or product line I should look for that can help soothe and moisturise my under-eyes? #AskSusanne

Yes, there is a helper. Our Eye Cream Line T contains evening primrose oil, which is especially good for sensitive skin. Evening primrose oil stabilizes the lipid protection and the moisture balance of the skin, has anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

What’s the best non-invasive tip for anti-ageing? Facial Massage? #AskSusanne

Drink plenty of water and smoothies with beetroot, which is high in antioxidants and a true anti-ageing secret weapon. In addition, you should take good care of your fascia in the face, here we recommend especially Face Yoga and solid massages. As a result, the muscles are relaxed or activated and the face tightened.

What is the best skincare routine for your mid-late 20s? #AskSusanne

This totally depends on the skin type. But a gently cleansing at the morning and at night is always very important as well as enough moisture in the care products. Also, you should work in your mid-late 20s preventively against premature ageing of the skin, which means, use products with anti-ageing ingredients. Often underestimated, but immensely important: the correct and regular use of eye cream.

What is the best way to reduce cellulite? #AskSusanne

Unfortunately, there is not a miracle cure for cellulite. It is important to eat healthy, especially a lot of vegetables. Rather reduce fruits, as they contain a sometimes very high fructose level. Little meat and sausage, no alcohol and nicotine. Pay attention to healthy carbohydrates and, above all, a lot of drinking. This stimulates the lymphatic system. An activation of the lymphatic flow helps to carry off accumulated fluid in the tissue better. In addition, a lot of exercise is essential: Our fitness experts at the Hotel Post Bezau recommend a good mix of strength, endurance and stretching. Another tip from our spa: Wolfort Shape-Wear or Powerlegs in combination with our Anti-Ageing Body Serum. Simply apply the serum, put on your leggings and go to sports.

Top 5 products to make buying into the brand easier – that everyone should have? #AskSusanne

Cleansing Gel, Tonic Soothing, Nutrient Concentrate skin soothing, Eye cream Line A, Face Fluid Line F

What are your absolute no no’s for people with highly sensitive skin? (food, product or techniques) #AskSusanne

A no-go is too spicy and too greasy food. For treatments they should be careful that the massages are not too strong and stimulating, a better option would be a lymphatic drainage. For products, we would advise against anti-ageing products, such as our Intensive Active Ingredient Serum Line A. The active ingredients are too concentrated here and could irritate extremely sensitive skin. You should also avoid strong scrubs.

Eyecream (is eye cream actually more effective than your regular moisturiser, how do I choose eyecream) #AskSusanne

A normal moisturiser is definitely not enough, as an eye cream is much more effective. The structure of the cream is structured differently and developed especially for the thin, sensitive eye area. The right eye cream is chosen according to the condition of the skin: for a dry eye area use our Eye Cream Line T, for puffy eyes the Eye Fluid Line F and as an anti-ageing care we recommend the Eye Cream Line A.

Are there special ways to apply cream around the eyes? #AskSusanne

We recommend a gentle fascia massage around the eye area. This helps against swelling and prepares the eyes optimally for the subsequent care. Did you know that all our eye creams can also be applied to the upper lid?

How often should one have a facial? #AskSusanne

We recommend every 6 to 8 weeks and every 4 weeks with skin impurities.

What does Toner do and I should I bother using it? #AskSusanne

Toner is the last step in your cleansing regime. It removes the limescale from tap water and neutralizes the ph value of the skin. When applying serums or concentrates, make sure that the skin is still slightly moist, as this allows the active ingredients to better absorb the subsequent care.

I would like to know what you recommend for milia? #AskSusanne

If you have milia you definitely visit a cosmetician. Patients should not treat this type of skin problem alone at home. For removal of milia or even in preparation for a cosmetic treatment you should worked with steam in any case, to open the pores. As a follow-up for at home we recommend our Purifying Clay Mask as well as the Tonic Clarifying.

I have acne-prone skin in the chin area. Of course, this is especially the case in the second half of the cycle. Which products are particularly suitable for the treatment? #AskSusanne

Steaming opens the pores. We recommend to use our Enzyme Peel while steaming. Apply this and steam about 7 minutes. Thereafter, apply our Tonic Clarifying selectively and then Purifying Clay Mask and let work this combination overnight. Cucumber extract and corn oil ensure that the mask does not dry out and that it can be left to soak on the skin a little longer.

I have an oily scalp and I use the Repair shampoo and conditioner. Is it helpful to scrub your scalp when using these? Do you have or would you produce products for oily scalps? #AskSusanne

Our shampoos and conditioners are primarily used as hair care products. For the scalp we would recommend the Hair Elixir. This is a real multi-tasking product which balances the pH level on your scalp due to its alkaline base. Choosing products with the right pH level is important to regulate the skin’s oil production and moisture balance.

Would you ever make a BB cream? #AskSusanne

Possibly. It’s not at the top of our list of current product development projects but we’re always thinking about our next steps.

Are you planning on releasing a perfume for the brand? #AskSusanne

Yes, our product development team is currently working on a Susanne Kaufmann scent. We look forward to surprising you with what we’ve got in store this year.

Your couperose serum is the only product that has ever helped my rosacea! What other remedies or products do you recommend for those of us suffering from rosacea? #AskSusanne

For some targeted skincare we recommend our Enzyme Peel as it is very gentle, even to sensitive skin. In addition to the Active Agent Concentrate Couperose we recommend using the Susanne Kaufmann Calming Mask twice a week to complement your current skincare routine.

I feel living in a big urban hub takes a toll on my skin—between pollution, differences in weather, and other factors. How can I make sure the city doesn’t get under my skin? #AskSusanne

There are different ways, on how to counter air pollution and other environmental impacts. Particularly important is a daily cleanse in the morning and evening. We recommend double-cleansing: First remove make up with a Cleansing Milk, then use Cleansing Gel to cleanse your face thoroughly. It is very important to finish the cleansing ritual with a tonic. It removes chalk residues coming from water and prepares the skin for the following skin care. Depending on the season additional actions should be considered like good sun protection or an ampoule treatment in the winter time like the “Pollution Skin Defence System”. In the summer time the air pollution is often lower, while radiation exposure is increased. Whereas in the winter, the skin is discomforted by smog.

Extraction – good or bad for your skin? I keep seeing mixed opinions about this. #AskSusanne

When the extraction is carried out by a professional cosmetician and in accordance to appropriate preparation (e.g. steam bath), it is definitely recommended. But in advance, it is more important to make sure that no impurities and clogged pores appear. Here, it is of importance to use the right cleanser and skin care.

Can you mix ’n’ match skincare brands? #AskSusanne

The skin will thank you, if you have some kind of red thread in your skin care routine. Especially, when using high end plant-based cosmetics it is easier for the skin to get used to special ingredients and thus obtain the optimal result.

What does Susanne think of retinoids? #AskSusanne

Retinoids are produced chemically. If not used professionally, they can harm the skin, making it dry and flaky. We are a natural skin care brand, therefore, we only work with natural vitamin A and think, there are enough effective substances in nature, which substitute retinoids.

Why do different skin care lines for men and women exist? #AskSusanne

Men’s skin is much thicker, more oily and larger-pored. In addition to that, daily shaving irritates the skin, why special care is needed. A beard hair can be as resistant as copper wire and therefore the skin can be quickly irritated and easily injured. On the contrary, women’s skin is more prone to fine lines and is thinner in general. Therefore, we offer different products for men and women: The men’s line is aimed at the above-named needs and also has a different lipid structure in order to supply the thicker skin with the right ingredients. The products in the women’s line focus more on moisturising the skin, anti-pollution and natural ingredients against skin ageing.

How should the skin care routine be adapted throughout the year (seasons, temperatures etc.)? #AskSusanne

Not only the seasons, but also other external circumstances can lead to a change in the skin care routine. A good indicator is the feeling of the skin after cleansing: If the skin feels irritated, oily or dry, the skin care should be adapted. Dry skin doesn’t necessarily mean, that it is summer and hot outside, it can also mean a lack of hydration, stress or something similar. Is it actually dry skin or is it only a feeling of tightness after cleansing? We recommend to always consult a professional in order to adjust your skin care to your skin’s needs. Moreover, you should take care of a balanced moisture level: from the inside and outside. From the inside: Drink a lot of water and add moisture-rich food to your meals like cucumbers in the summer or pears in the winter. Healthy and fresh food, preferably seasonal and regional, is important for the whole organism, from the inside and out. From the outside you can ensure to use skin care products with moisturising ingredients e.g. hyaluron.

How would a Susanne Kaufmann Starter kit look like? I am impressed by your product portfolio. #AskSusanne

Skin condition and age are crucial, but if we would have to make a kit that fits nearly everybody: Cleansing Gel, Tonic soothing, Eye Cream Line A, Face Fluid F... and as an add on the Nutrient Concentrate skin smoothing, the Enzyme Peel and the Hydrating Mask.

When does your skin actually start ageing? When do you need to up the ante and invest in ageing products? #AskSusanne

Many studies speak of an age from 25 years on. However, this is dependent on different factors. Certainly, the skin and the cellular process change in the age from 20 to 30 years. It is our opinion that prevention is a great support. A good eye cream can easily be used from the early/ mid-twenties. It also makes sense to invest in good skin cleansing products in an early stage.

Do face rollers work? #AskSusanne

Yes, using the roller regularly strengthens the muscles, improves the blood circulation and reduces slags. At Susanne Kaufmann, we use an obsidian roller to cool the skin and activate meridians. It also closes the pores after a treatment and activates the cell metabolism.

What do you think of face cupping? Does it work? #AskSusanne

It is a good opportunity to give the skin a tighter and radiant look. However, Face cupping should always be performed by specially trained cosmeticians in order to prevent bruises and tissue damages.

What are must-have skin care products for travelling? #AskSusanne

Moisturising Spray Harmonising, Hyaluron Serum Moisturising, Lip Balm, Hand Serum Rejuvenating, Hydrating Mask, Eye Cream Line A.

The best tips for allergies? #AskSusanne

Knowing exactly which allergies you have and using products matched to the specific needs. This is the way to avoid allergies. As this question has already appeared several times and more and more people suffer from intolerances, we made a separate blog entry on that topic.

Multi Masking – yes or no and why? #AskSusanne

The aim of multi masking is to achieve a treatment that is custom made for every skin type and skin problematic. Multi masking is perfect for this. You can effectively reach and improve a certain skin appearance (t-zone e.g. clarifying, cheeks more moisturising).

How does your evening routine look like, Susanne? #AskSusanne

Often, I have meet & greets in the evening with guests in my hotel and then I arrive at home at 9/ 9:30 pm at home. When I am lucky, I am home around 7 pm and have dinner together with my family. Afterwards I go into my bathroom, light a candle and play music (my husband is a musician; therefore, music plays a big role in my life). My favourite products are the Enzyme Peel, the Eye Cream Line A and the Ampoule “Pollution Skin Defence System“. Thankfully, I have very good skin, but mostly stress and lack of sleep affect my skin condition. If I have time (mostly on Sundays), I love a peeling and mask. I love bath and bath essences. This is why they are a big part in my cosmetic line. Afterwards I always change into comfier clothes and spend time with my family.

I am afraid, my moisturising skin care leads to impurities. How can I find the right moisturiser for my skin type? #AskSusanne

Define your skin type. There are moisturising skin care products with more or less lipid percentage. If the skin feels oily after cleansing or if it becomes shiny very quickly, try a mattifying face gel. Also, a matching tonic, like the Tonic clarifying, can help, that the skin doesn’t get greasy.

My skin gets worn out from wearing make-up, especially if I do so for a number of days in a row. What’s the best tip to make sure your skin doesn’t get worn out from the use of make-up? #AskSusanne

Very good cleansing is a must - in the morning as well as in the evening. In the evening, we recommend Double-Cleansing: First remove make up with the Cleansing Milk, then use Cleansing Gel to cleanse your face thoroughly. It is also important to finish the cleansing ritual with a tonic. It removes chalk residues coming from water and prepares the skin for the following skin care. It is also important to pay attention to a balanced pH-level: A constant acidification is harmful for body and skin, as bacteria are more likely to grow in acid surroundings. Therefore, it is very important to neutralize the pH-value and create an alkaline milieu. In our Alkaline Facial Treatment for example we use a deacidifying fleece mask: The fleece mask is laid in alkaline water (water + Susanne Kaufmann Alkali Salt deacidifying) and is placed on the face for about 15-20 minutes. It works deacidifying und helps the skin to get back into its natural balance. At home you can easily recreate it with thin cotton flannels.

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