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Talking to Brand Ambassador and Beauty Therapist Julie about natural healing formulas and skin-saving treatments, we get the lowdown on transformative acids, miracle anti-ageing and how to kick a bad habit.
The Omorovicza story started with love – when our founders, Margaret and Stephen, met in Budapest. A day at the thermal baths left their skin glowing, which inspired them to create a skincare range infused with those naturally mineral-rich Hungarian waters – still prescribed today by Hungarian doctors as effective treatments for various skin concerns.
My personal favourite from the range is the Oxygen Booster, because it gives skin an amazing hydration boost which leaves it plump and radiant while clearing away impurities – it’s the one product that has completely eliminated break-outs for me.
Queen of Hungary Mist is our most iconic product – customers return to the counter for it time after time. It’s so convenient, you can take it anywhere – you can even use it over makeup for instant hydration and toning.
“It’s much easier to prevent signs of ageing than it is to reverse them.”
Skipping the essential morning cleanse in favour of water is a bad habit I see often – water on its own only dries out the skin. By using a light, gentle cleanser such as our Cleansing Foam, not only are you actively clearing and purifying the skin, but you’re also giving yourself a facial massage, which increases blood circulation and therefore acts as a mini anti-ageing treatment!
To save a bad skin day, use our Copper Peel for instant results. I call it our Cinderella peel – it’s a two-step acid peel that works on stubbornly dull skin to reveal a fresh, radiant complexion. Use it in the morning before a special occasion for instant, baby-soft skin that lasts for days.
If you wake up to an unexpected break-out, apply our Deep Cleansing Mask – it’ll deliver a squeaky-clean feeling without drying, which creates the perfect canvas for makeup. It also acts as a preventative if you can feel a break-out coming on – apply it topically, as you would a spot cream, to calm the area.
Not only is it worthy of a place in everyone’s daily skincare regime, Thermal Cleansing Balm is also a saviour for skin on-the-go. Massage it over your face and eyes to quickly and cleanly melt away makeup, then simply remove everything with a warm, damp cloth.
Gold Hydralifting Mask is the ultimate choice for in-flight hydration. With an anti-ageing effect, it can be applied before travelling, left on through a flight or overnight, and then gently wiped away to reveal locked-in moisture and beautifully plumped skin by the time you’ve reached your destination.
It’s important to have a good anti-aging routine in place as early as possible – ideally from the age of 25 – and to incorporate a regular facial into your routine for a more intensive treatment.
Our Blue Diamond range is a guardian angel for anti-ageing, as it promotes all-round skin fitness. The collection is formulated with a blend of acids to limit the depth of lines and wrinkles, brighten the skin and maintain youthfulness.
Acids can act as an enhancement for all skin types – everyone should use them. People tend to be apprehensive about using acids, assuming they will burn or damage the skin, but they actually occur naturally in the body – a function that acid-based skincare only assists. Our Midnight Radiance Mask is formulated with salicylic acid, which is great for tackling break-outs.
Salicylic acid: Tackles break-outs
Lactic acid: Very gentle, perfect for dry skin
Glycolic acid: Evens out pigmentation
Hyaluronic acid: Gentle and deeply hydrating
Products have varying concentrations of acids, so you could use a very low concentration of acid over time to get gradual results. I have very sensitive skin, and even I can use Acid Fix once or twice a week, which has 10% concentration. Use acids at night and make sure you apply sunscreen the following morning, as they increase the skin’s sensitivity.