Exfoliating the skin correctly is one of the key essentials to healthy, line free, and glowing skin, so I’m always on the look out for new gentle exfoliators with active ingredients. Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher is slightly different in that it does contain particles, but very fine ones (lava pumice stones) that don’t scratch the skin or feel harsh on the skin. If you haven’t heard of Omorovicza, it is a Hungarian company that develops premium skincare products. Based in Budapest, the company also has spas and thermal baths that focus on the natural minerals found in the area.
All the products are free from silicones, parabens, and microbeads and use a mineral delivery system called Hydro Mineral Transference™. Mineral molecules are reconfigured so that they are absorbed more effectively into the skin, and then delivered into the skin more rapidly with this method. It sounds very technical, but it means scientifically they have concentrated the mineral content and created a system where it it stabilizes it and allows it to be absorbed quickly into the skin.
This facial polisher is black due to the Hungarian Moor Mud and marine micro algae content, and is suitable for all skin types, but especially for those with dull or congested skin. It is best used on cleansed and slightly damp skin, and as you massage the product into the skin it will change color to a grey green shade. That is the Moor Mud being activated. As the particles are extremely fine, you may need to concentrate on areas of concern more firmly such as on the nose or chin, and again you need to work fast before the mud activates and begins to dry. Leave that on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing off.
Rating and verdict
This exfoliator is pleasant to use, but you have to use a generous amount (about the size of a 10 pence or a quarter) because it doesn’t foam up like other exfoliators, and doesn’t spread easily across the face once the mud is activated. I used this a few times over several weeks, and didn’t feel at first it was stimulating enough to warrant a thorough exfoliation (I have normal/combination skin), but it did feel cleansed, and afterwards the skin didn’t feel taut.
The product comes in a 3.5 oz/100 ml tube priced at $95/£65 and is premium skincare, which compared to similar products and brands is expensive. I used to sell face creams that cost over £300 a jar, and so price doesn’t phase me, as long as the product works. This is great to receive as a gift, or to be used in a treatment, but due to the fact it isn’t concentrated and is rinsed off in minutes, it’s not an investment buy in my books. I can see by the name they have tried to move away from the word exfoliate (which has connotations of harsh scrubs), but that is what the product does. Although it’s suitable for all skin types, those with sensitive skin and who only need to exfoliate once or twice a week will benefit more from this product. It works, but I have tried and used better exfoliators.