Take a cue from a legendary Hungarian skin expert and start exfoliating with this treatment that incorporates the healing wonders of thermal water.
Written By ERIN FLAHERTY
As a 14th-century beauty icon, Queen Elizabeth of Hungary smelled impeccable thanks to a bespoke neroli and rosemary-infused toilette water that some fragrance historians cite as the first perfume. She also probably had great skin, thanks to the now world-famous thermal waters of Budapest that are known far and wide for their healing properties. Omorovicza, a Hungarian-based skin care line owned by a local couple with their own illustrious bloodline, harnesses the same native treasure in its innovative formulations.
And let me vouch for it all — these products work. During a visit to Budapest a few years back, I beelined it to one of the 1000 bathhouses the town is known for. I did as the locals do and submerged myself in one of the famed hot pools, filled with sacred water chockfull of natural minerals and trace elements. After a modest 10-minute soak, my stress melted away. I felt instantly calm, rested even. But it was the after-effects on my skin — rosy, glowing, plumped, and hydrated — that were remarkable. Clearly, it’s good medicine.
How I recreate the same sparkling glow at home? Via this perfect peel that delivers on that lofty goal in just two steps. The how-tp: Apply the paste infused with blue copper, the peptides that increase collagen production, followed by the thermal activator, which contains lactic acid a notorious facial resurfacer, and the gloriously soothing Hungarian thermal water. Massage the combination into a delicious foam for a few minutes, then rinse to reveal a tightened, brightened, and generally more even-toned complexion. I assure you that Queen Elizabeth of Hungary certainly never enjoyed a treatment as effective (or easy) as this.
“Love this two-step gentle peel! It left my skin feeling soft, bright, and firm with pores that were visibly smaller after one use.” —JANICE DAOUD, Makeup Artist
“What I love the most is that I get the benefits of a peel without the abrasiveness. After the treatment, my skin felt smoother and looked more vibrant and even. Definitely a keeper!”—CAROLA GONZALEZ, Makeup Artist
“This peel left my skin feeling soft thanks to the gentle exfoliation. The two-step process was very easy to use and it has a slight tingling sensation, which makes me feel like it’s doing its job.” —MAI QUYNH, Makeup Artist
As with every product on VIOLET GREY, the Omorovicza Copper Peel reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added it to our skin care edit with the Violet Code’s official stamp of approval.