As Beauty Editors, we continue to look for the best skincare ingredients, and products. So, we have visited thousands of cities, and explored hundreds of different cultures. We have discovered ancient formulas, exotic ingredients, and found many more beneficial products.
France’s thermal waters: Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water
Naturally, France had to be our first stop, due to the number of important cosmetics brands that are based in the country. This is why we have chosen to start with Vichy and the hot springs, which combine the best mineral properties in a spray, that is applied like a caress.
Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water is a natural solution for boosting skin quality and health. A unique combination of 15 rare minerals gives Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water a remarkable ability to fortify and protect the skin from environmental aggressors.
The spray system allows you to apply the product anytime during the day, as protection for the skin. Particularly recommended to be applied before makeup, it helps to create a protective layer for your face. You can also use it to wet makeup sponges.
Mud from Hungary: OMOROVICZA Ultramoor Mud Mask
Extracted from Lake Heviz, the largest thermal lake in Europe, Moor Mud’s rich mineral content has been prized for centuries by European communities, for its ability to regenerate skin.
The health benefits of Moor Mud were first realised by the Romans when the wounds of their injured horses healed at a much faster rate when they journeyed through the mineral-rich mud. Specifically, the combination of calcium and magnesium in Moor Mud is what enabled the horses’ wounds to heal faster.
Over time, the skincare benefits of the mud were formalised into treatments for a variety of human skin conditions. The secret ingredient is the presence of both humic and fulvic acid, which help detoxify and purify the complexion, and provide a deep cleanse that removes impurities lodged within the deepest layers of the skin.
The skincare benefits of OMOROVICZA Ultramoor Mud Mask are numerous, and when used regularly will purify and re-balance your skin by stripping away impurities, reducing breakouts by balancing sebum production, reducing and fading stubborn scars, tackling early signs of ageing, and healing skin that is easily irritated.
Reishi Mushrooms from Japan: SHISEIDO Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
Japanese culture possesses thousands of ancient secrets, handed down from generation to generation in their close-knit communities. Reishi mushrooms, as well as Japanese Iris roots, are just two of them.
The mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, as they contain polysaccharides (sugar), which are well known for their hydrating and anti-ageing properties. Iris root is recognised for its vitality, and capacity to maintain well-hydrated skin. Together, these two ingredients are potent natural extracts against ageing, and also act to maintain strong and healthy skin. This is why Shiseido incorporated them to enrich the formula of their new Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate.
Apply morning and evening after cleansing, and before moisturising. This serum is also infused with Bulgarian Rose Water, gingko, and yeast extracts, that protect your skin against daily damage, and the signs of ageing.
Caviar from Switzerland: La Prarie Skin Caviar Collection
Caviar has always been a synonym for luxury, riches, and elegance. Since 1989, caviar has also become synonymous with skincare. This was the time when La Prairie, one of the world’s leading skincare brands, started to experiment with the chemical compounds of this luxury food and began using it as a base for their products. The results were astonishing, and soon became a signature line for the Alps-based brand. The brand was chosen by celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie.
The techniques involved in extracting the highest nutrient content of this precious ingredient, have been perfected over decades. For example, caviar water is produced through a distillation process that captures the most volatile elements.
The extraction of Caviar Absolute uses pressure and centrifugation techniques, that bring out the lipids and proteins and maximise their power. These properties strengthen and protect the skin of your face. Experience a total transformation, and gain firmness and flexibility with La Prarie Skin Caviar. A luxury product for the most demanding skins.
Granville Rose from Normandy, France: Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile De Rose
We return to France to find the Granville Rose, a flower that grows in a region perched on the cliffs overlooking the Norman coast. Dior Researchers marvelled at this plant’s capacity to withstand the harsh marine climate, whilst preserving its sublime beauty. The researchers started to study it closely, trying to discover the secrets of the Rose de
Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile De Rose delivers over 20 micro-nutrients essential for the skin&'s strength and beauty, including minerals, trace elements, omega-3, and vitamin E.
Its next-generation texture offers the penetrating power of a serum and the comfort of an oil. In each bottle, over 10,000 Rose micro-pearls release the micro-nutritive richness of Rose de Granville onto the skin. It is a shot of nourishment for the facial skin, leaving it charged with the beauty and strength of this flower.