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Our Story

A True Indie Brand Since 1949

We believe happy skin looks great on you. Our original
product formulations consist of high-quality ingredients with proven
effectiveness. Meticulously crafted products, to fit your unique skin and
lifestyle needs. Discover our expert skin care solutions “Made in Germany” by
us, a 3rd generation, independent family business.

Our Mission

Happy, Healthy Skin

Whether we’re talking about nature or people: beauty defies a single definition. Rather it is an expression of personality, vitality, and health. It is as unique as each individual, as unique as you.

Since 1949, we’ve put the individual at the center of our world and created a skin care company dedicated to restoring and maintaining happy, heathy-looking skin.

Our Vision

To redefine beauty as the individual expression of personality, vitality, and health.


Since 1949

Our Values

Our values have been unchanged since 1949. With integrity, we create highly effective skincare products blending pharmacology and natural science. Meticulously crafted in Germany, our hand-selected ingredients adhere to strict pharmaceutical standards. Innovation is at the core of our values and can be experienced through our wide range of products, personalized by our 4-10-100 skincare guide.

Integrity

Since our inception in 1949, we have been creating highly effective skin care products based on pharmacology and natural science. We stand behind every product we make with our name - for three generations. (Picture: Linde Eckstein at an early trade show.)

Quality

Our skin care products are developed and manufactured at our family-owned and operated facilities in Oberasbach, Germany. Ingredients are hand-selected and of highest grade. Time and care go into the creation of each product according to strict pharmaceutical standards. (Picture: Dr. Gerd Eckstein in the laboratory.)

Innovation

Whether azulene, natural enzymes, collagen, or active ingredients derived from resource-friendly plant stem cells: we are industry pioneers in providing highly effective skincare solutions. Our 4-10-100 skin care guide helps clients quickly identify a personalized skin care routine for their skin type and condition. (Picture: Iris Eckstein testing new products.)


Inspiration

Our Philosophy

In ancient Greece, beauty was described as the spirit of the gods revealed in nature, in the symmetry of its form and structure. As a scientist and philosopher, my grandfather, Richard Adam Eckstein, was inspired by this Hellenistic ideal. From it he developed the philosophy of our company which guides us to this day: just as ancient Greek artists expressed an ideal of beauty in their work, we see it as our purpose to do the same by creating skincare for timeless and ageless beauty.

My grandfather also derived inspiration from the ancient Greek words "bios" (life) and "cosmein" (harmonic order), and made it his mission to support the skin’s vital functions and help people preserve their natural beauty. According to this guiding principle of "BioKosmetik" we still develop all our products today.

~Verena Eckstein


Three Generations

Travel through Time with the Eckstein Family

1949

Pioneering New Products, New Approaches

Dr. Richard A. Eckstein and his wife Linde help shape the post-war German cosmetic industry by pioneering a new approach to the professional skin care market. Beginning with three products, they partner with estheticians to provide product and product training for better treatment results.

Innovation: Azulene products

1950

Timeless Concept: Beauty Includes Everyone

As a natural scientist with profound expertise in natural medicine, Dr. Richard A. Eckstein establishes early concepts that guide the company to this day: Doctor Eckstein®combines a deep knowledge of both pharmaceutical and life sciences into skin care formulas that deliver what they promise and support the belief of ageless beauty. Doctor Eckstein®takes a revolutionary approach to skin care products through the innovative use of active ingredients. A product icon,Azulene Paste, helps establish the family name in the industry.

Innovation: Enzyme Peeling

1957

Prix Cidesco – International Recognition for Excellence

Dr. Richard A. Eckstein, in addition to his industry changing innovations, is a prolific author. His published research further cements his reputation internationally. In 1957, he becomes the first German scientist in the industry to receive the prestigious Prix Cidesco for his pioneering contributions to the cosmetic industry.

Innovation: Ampoules

1961

Skin and Psychology Connection

The connection between a person’s skin and their sense of well-being is increasingly understood. Individual beauty is influenced not only by a disciplined approach to skin care, but also by a sense of self. Dr. Richard Eckstein recognizes this early on and delves into it deeply during his time teaching philosophy at the University of Munich. During the late 60’s and early 70’s, he touches on topics including „Cosmetics – a Means of Self-fulfillment for Women“ and „Stages of Stress and Cosmetic Consequences “. The company focus on superior skin care remains front and center throughout these years. The concept of sun protection emerges in the industry at this time and Doctor Eckstein®is among the first to embrace it. (Picture: Verena and Iris Eckstein.)

Innovation: Sun Protection

1971

Publication of Biocosmetic Handbook

More than 20 years of published research on cosmetic care and expertise in skin care is captured in the book Biokosmetik – Aus Forschung und Praxis (Bio-cosmetics - Research and Practice), by Dr. Richard A. Eckstein. Four years in the making, this comprehensive „bible“ becomes a classic in the education of cosmetologists, and remains so to this day. Simultaneously to publication, Doctor Eckstein®introduces its newest innovation: collagen, a shining star in the ingredient universe of cosmetics. (Picture: Dr. R.A. Eckstein with his son, Gerd Eckstein.)

Innovation: Collagen

1976

A System for Individualized Skin Care

After completing his doctorate in the mid-seventies, Gerd Eckstein joins his parents’ business as head of development and production. He restructures the product line from an assortment of single items to a system of care based on ten skin conditions and tailorable to individual needs. As part of the restructuring, he adds a line for sensitive skin, introduces a men’s line, and adopts new technologies to address the influence of UV radiation on skin aging. Repair Complex is introduced at this time as the first product in theRepair Line. This is followed by hyaluronic acid, a groundbreaking new ingredient.

Innovation: Repair Complex CLR, Hyaluronic Acid

1985

A System of Care

A skin care system, adaptable to individual needs, is only as good as the esthetician who applies it. For this reason, Dr. Gerd Eckstein and his wife Iris create a concept of training to ensure a high standard of care among skin care professionals. They then expand the training to all German speaking areas, while simultaneously introducing Doctor Eckstein®product to the U.S. market. It is at this time that the company introduces its first liposome products.

Innovation: Liposomes

2003

Stepping into the Future

As managing director of production, development and marketing, Dr. Gerd Eckstein, along with his wife Iris, introduce new branding that moves the company into the future while cementing its reputation for excellence established by his parents. In addition, Gerd Eckstein completes a major revision of the bookBiokosmetik - Aus Forschung und Praxisand oversees the publication of its 7th edition. Research into new ingredients and products focuses on biomimetic peptides with integration in Doctor Eckstein’s innovative Repair series.

Innovation: Bio-mimetic Peptides, Serums (Active Concentrates)

2009 & 2013

A Generational Change

Dr. Gerd Eckstein becomes owner and managing director of the company, bringing the next generation with him. Iris Eckstein joins him as managing director of Germany where she conceptualizes two new products and oversees their successful market launch. Inspired by her active life and love of nature, the products includeRich & Silky Body Butter and Active Concentrate Sun Shield SPF 50.

Innovation: Active Concentrate Sun Protection SPF 50 (2013)

2015

Timeless Beauty 

Iris Eckstein and her daughter Verena Eckstein enter the social media spotlight with their„Timeless Beauty“ video, capturing the YouTube generation’s attention and providing an early glimpse of a new direction. For Verena Eckstein, with a freshly minted doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, sustainability is crucial. For this reason, she introduces a highly resource-friendly approach to product development using active ingredients derived from plant stem cells.

Innovation: Plant Stem Cell Extracts

2017

Young and Dynamic

Our 4-10-100 Skin Solutions are the key to optimal care – for both consumers and professionals. Verena and Michael Eckstein have been managing Doctor Eckstein® together with their mother, Iris Eckstein, since 2015 and are now presenting the product range in this new, easy-to-understand way. Verena Eckstein continues the long company tradition of sharing knowledge through her blog, fresh with insights from her university experience. One insight includes anthocyanins, a potent antioxidant ingredient, and Doctor Eckstein®  is among the first to adopt its use.

Innovation: Anthocyanins

2020

Keeping an Eye on Resources

Sustainability is for Iris, Verena and Michael Eckstein an important criterion in product development. Biomimetic procedures, through which biological processes and materials can be technically imitated, are particularly promising. Great potential is credited to these procedures, because they stand for the sustainable use of our natural resources. That is why Doctor Eckstein®was one of the first to use vegan spider silk as a pioneering active ingredient.

Innovation: Biomimetic Vegan Silk Protein