Last year I discovered Eminence by trying their Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment
, an extremely detoxifying mask that worked wonders. So when I arrived at the new Allison Inn in Willamette County (known for their wines), I was excited they carried Eminence. The resort (comfortably luxe) opens next week (I was at a media preview) and features a dynamic, 15,000-square-foot-spa, which carries all sorts of organic products (as you know, Oregon is an environmentally conscious state and "organic" is a priority and lifestyle). My run in with Eminence was a reunion of sorts, and I was anxious to see what mask would fit the mood (or, rather, my skin problems as of late). After analyzing my mug, my therapist Laurie suggested Quince Apple Masque ($37) due to the combo of my oily skin and the woes of its dehydration (thanks to the long flight from NYC).
Eminence, an organic brand from Hungary, is incredibly refreshing and beneficial to skin problems. There's no better way to describe it than a raw food diet for your skin. After a light wash and tone, she applied the Eminence Quince Apple Masque, which gave off a nice, spicy apple scent that was both sublime and overwhelming calming, not to mention completely natural. The quince apple pulp felt delicious on my skin and the natural fruit acids got down into the pores to refine then and reduce the excess oil and shine. It also turns out apples are not only great for your skin (and teeth) when eaten but it's great for the skin when applied directly. They contain sugar, tannin, organic acids and pectin, a winning concoction that nourishes, moisten and renew the skin.
The touch of honey helped hydrate the skin, and honey in products is always a plus (it contains a wide variety of minerals and vitamins, not to mention a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids that act as antioxidants). There's also paprika (I'd like to think enhances the spicy, stimulating element) which helps increase stimulation and oxygenation of the skin. Eminence Quince Apple Masque contains a heavily antioxidant powerhouse called Biocomplex, which includes vitamin A, ester C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid).
For me, Eminence Quince Apple Mask was a treat, and I have to admit my face had a renewed, glowing complexion afterward. I wonder if apples will eventually be the new carrot in skincare.
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Quince Apple, Honey, Paprika Extract, Bioflavonoids, Natural Moisturizing Factor, Biocomplex (Vitamin A, Ester C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Natural Cream Base, Corn Germ (Zea Mays) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Derivative, Glycerin.