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Skincare trends may come and go but Herbario is here to stay. This month we’re welcoming the original plant-based
and cruelty-free skincare brand to the MECCA family. Founded by Italian-born Vito Cozza and Valli Shubere in
1977, it’s been one of Australia’s best-kept skin secrets for decades with both a clinic in Prahran and
luxurious line of skin soothers.
Discovering that plants that are good for us on the inside can also be turned into potent formulas and used
topically to maximise skin health underpins their holistic philosophy. Here, the co-founders talk through
their top five formulas; half are designed to dissolve dead skin cells and penetrate oil clogged pores, and
the other half work to rebuild and restore hydration and strength. No slick eye-popping packaging here. Just
seriously good skincare.
“We eliminate toxins through the skin, so we really need to cleanse well,” explains Cozza, revealing his
top two products to be the Detox
Cleansing Oil and Detox
Cleansing Powder. The powerful and calming two-step ritual detoxifies the dermal layers of the skin and jump starts skin function. “There’s
no way you can nourish the skin if you’re carrying yesterday’s dead skin cells impacted on there,” tells
Shubere. And, thoroughly clean skin makes moisturisers even more effective.
Both cleansers contain the herbs marshmallow, echinacea, and lavender which work to strengthen the skin’s
defences. Makeup, dirt, grime and pollution are no match for marshmallow as it’s an effective emollient,
working to soften dead cells and anything sitting on the skin’s surface. “I think that the best results
happen when you use something on a daily basis. I call it a micro-dosage of an ingredient,” reveals Cozza,
nudging us to make this double cleanse a daily habit. The lavender and the echinacea work to relax nerve
endings (there are 2000 nerve endings per square inch of our skin). According to Cozza, those nerve endings
communicate with each other around the body, and when relaxed, they help the body detoxify and destress.
A tip from Shubere; create a mask mixture with the oil, powder and water. The longer you leave the herbs on
the skin, the deeper they will penetrate and the more beneficial the therapeutic results.
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Following the cleansers is this very gentle yet effective Hydrating Regen Toner. Spray this
over the face and neck and gently press into skin for maximum absorption. It has a mild astringent action so
there might be a satisfying tingle. The herbs rose, horsetail, rosehip and vitamin E combine to leave your
skin feeling both invigorated and hydrated. “I like to use the Regen Toner in the morning to tone and
hydrate and the Detox Toner at
night to take care of the immunological function of the skin and help the nightly renewal process,” says
Next up is Valli’s most-loved product; The Moisturising Serum No. 1. “When I apply it on somebody, there’s an immediate sense
of happiness of the skin,” reveals Shubere, whose wait-list facial treatments are legendary. Formulated with
omega 6 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid and vitamin E, this serum is deeply moisturising and leaves skin
instantly soft, making it a mainstay in the clinic. It also absorbs quickly so there isn’t a greasy film
sitting on the skin at the end of the day. Shubere does warn that any product that just sits on the surface
is a big no-no, as this stops the skin from breathing, resulting in dry skin and open pores.
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Lastly, it’s Cozza’s desert island product: Skin Rescue Paint.
“This is my skin soldier because it has everything you need to protect and nourish your skin ,” he say,
recommending that you can add a few drops into a cleanser, serum, or balm to super-charge them for oily or
irritated skin. The herbs echinacea, myrrh, calendula, and ginger work together to create an anti-bacterial
and anti-viral skin SOS. Apply a small amount with a cotton bud or clean finger to a nasty mosquito bite or
blister and it will help speed up the healing process. It can also be used it on scars, itchy and irritated
skin, or acne-prone skin. “It really is marvellous — my tip is to add this to the cleansing powder or
oil if you have a strange passenger travelling through your skin!” reveals Shubere.
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