Drawing inspiration from her royal family heritage, Tuscan spa retreats, and vibrant fashion designers that thrust “Made in Italy” style into the limelight, Princess Marcella Borghese introduced her first cosmetics line in 1956. She boldly altered the beauty landscape with the concept of the at-home spa experience, which propelled Borghese cosmetics and skincare to become the world’s preeminent Italian beauty brand.
Borghese continues to deliver a comprehensive line of beauty solutions under the guidance of Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah, an American-trained skin surgeon and a fellow of the International College of Surgeons. Here are five of our favorite contemporary Borghese products for a luxurious skincare routine.
ADVANCED FANGO ACTIVE PURIFYING MUD MASK
A pioneering spa-treatment-at-home product, Fango Mud’s rejuvenating properties are legendary, and continue to be inspired by the mineral-rich volcanic hills of Tuscany and the Terme di Montecatini spa regularly frequented by Marcella Borghese. Enhanced with a blend of extracts and oils, Fango helps purify, smooth skin, and enhance skin elasticity in just five minutes. Made for face and body. 7.7 oz. $50
CREMA SPONETTA CLEANSER
A loyal league of cream cleanser fans have made Creama Sponetta a Borghese bestseller. The clean formula is a water-activated, lathering cleanser that gently detoxifies skin without drying. A dime-size amount, used morning and night, lets the Hyaluronic Acid attract and bind moisture while battling enlarged pores. 6.7 oz. $38
INSTA-FIRM ADVANCED WRINKLE RELAXER SERUM
This best-selling wrinkle relaxing serum tightens, tones, and targets fine lines and deep wrinkles with Hexapeptide, a weightless serum. For a lifted look, use twice daily, focusing on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. 1 oz. $84
ENERGIA RETINOL RENEWAL NIGHT OIL
A few drops is all one needs to benefit from Borghese’s fragrant overnight wonder worker. Energia employs triglycerides, hippophae rhamnoides oil, and fruit extract along with hydroxypinacolone retinoate to improve skin suppleness, elasticity and texture. Free of unwanted parabens, petroleum, phthalates, and formaldehyde, though the retinol may irritate sensitive skin. .9 oz. $81
CURAFORTE MOISTURE INTENSIFIER
Rather than wait until damaged skin requires repair, soothe your skin before spending a day in the sun with this super-charged pre-moisturizer treatment serum. This serum uses Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen and nourishing Olive Oil to cocoon the skin in a calming veil of hydration. Best used in conjunction with your SPF of choice. 1.7 oz. $72
Photos courtesy of Borghese
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