Here's Why the Luxury Skincare Line Omorovicza is Downright Splurge-worthy
Updated: May 5, 2019
Omorovicza is one of Budapest's modern treasures, modernizing Hungary's legacy of healing thermal waters.
Two weeks ago, I became smitten with a luxury skincare line from Budapest: Omorovicza. I met the founder, received a relaxing facial, and learned about all about the latest launch — the pre-soaked micellar water rounds above. Culture-loving nerd that I am, my favorite part (other than the goodie bag) was learning a history lesson in the luxury skincare line's prestigious roots.
Hungary's healing legacy dates back all the way to the Roman empire, when Marcus Aurelius noticed the wound-healing benefits of the region's thermal springs on his battle-worn troops.
Public bath houses became a famous component of ancient Roman culture — which I remember learning about in History and Latin class. Still, I had no idea that hydrotherapy originally came from Hungary's heritage.
Throughout modern history, the region has been renowned for its health spas. Does The Grand Budapest Hotel ring any bells? Making a cameo in the Academy Award-winning Wes Anderson film basically earns it the ultimate "cool-kid" stamp of approval. Health spas, local culture, and old school glamour all make it an appealing wellness-destination. Based on this long tradition in holistic health, Omorovicza was born.
Since wellness travel is flourishing right now, I would absolutely include Budapest on your itinerary if you're in search of some quality spa time. It is home to the Szechenyi Thermal Bath, the largest medicinal bath house in Europe, after all.
As for where to stay, the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest is arguably the best spot in the city. My dad, a luxury hotel aficionado and the owner of a luxury travel agency, stayed there just last year. The spa blends the best of old and new, with a modern Infiniti pool filled with healing waters that overlooks the historic city view. Of course, their spa menu also includes luxe Omorovicza treatments, like the exclusive Blue Diamond Facial and Moorish Mud Therapy. (Both are now on my beauty bucket list.)
According to the founder of Omorovicza, a former diplomat with class and poise, the region's thermal waters really do live up to the hype. She experienced improvement to her once-acneic skin by the mineral-rich waters firsthand.
She explained that to this day, hydrotherapy is prescribed by the state-subsidized healthcare system. Typically, when the government pays, the research has spoken: If they are subsidizing treatments in Budapest's healing thermal waters, statistics must show that this stress-reducing, wellness practice reduces healthcare costs.
To further legitimize Budapest's magical mineral waters, she revealed the scientific source of the water's benefits. The region is geographically positioned such that the sun bakes the earth's natural minerals into the steaming hot, thermal waters with extra potency. Similar to the way that incorporating mineral salts into your diet can be beneficial to your health (as opposed to eating mineral-stripped, iodized salt), the potent concentration is responsible for health-boosting superpowers — including benefits to your skin.
As for creating a functional line of luxury skincare products, the question was one of absorption: How to make large minerals accessible to the dermis at a deep, cellular level.
Most skincare products are made up mostly of water— hopefully filtered water, at that. Having world-renowned healing waters make up that portion of product is obvjously preferred. That being said, mineral themselves are too large to pass between skin cells, limiting the product’s absorptive potential relative to the highly scientific formulations on the market. This brings us to something called the "500 Dalton Rule."
The makers of LightWave taught me about the rule, which describes the itty-bitty size needed for active ingredients to bypass skin cells and work beneath the surface. I also learned that it is possible to get larger-sized molecules beyond the surface, as LED technology has the ability to do just this. (I can't tell you how, but I can tell you that it works — maybe it has to do with how fast the electrons are moving?)
Anyway, the creators of Omorovicza tapped Nobel Prize-winning dermatologists who surmised how to do just this in the lab. Using cutting-edge science, they ensured that the world-renowned benefits of Budapest's healing waters would not be limited to the surface of the skin. Delivered alongside the dermatological gold standard of active ingredients, from vitamin C to colloidal silver, the historic tradition is translated into modern day efficacy. In doing so, they have effectively preserved Budapest's own cultural marvel within a relevant, celebrated line of skincare products.
Considering the significance of the thermal waters to the line, a luxury micellar water seems like a slam drunk. Micellar waters are one of my favorite ways to remove excess makeup, or simply to perfect my eye-liner. They are originally French-derived, and work like magic thanks to tiny micelles of oil suspended within their solution that break down oil and grime on the face. They're excellent for cleaning, toning, and removing makeup — and these babies can reportedly remove waterproof Dior Show mascara. Pre-soaked rounds are also a blessing because they save time, space, and travel well.
Other must-try products from the line include their award-winning facial oil, which contains the leading natural retinol-alternative, bakuchiol, as well as a selection of award-winning products featuring the region's mineral-rich Moorish mud.
Here are 10 products to try from the award-winning luxury skincare line Omorovicza.
P.S. As you'll see, it gets Sephora's clean stamp of approval.
A laudable retinol-alternative containing sensitive skin-friendly bakuchiol oil.
Royal-approved face mist? Yes, please.
A glycolic and salicylic must-try for people with temperamental or breakout-prone complexions. (On my wish list!)
Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C ($150)
A vitamin C serum is a derm-recommended must for your daytime regimen.
Omorovicza Gold Night Drops ($255)
Vogue stamped their approval upon this nighttime serum.
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