Monday, September 3, 2012

Origins Skin Care Products

      Now that I'm nearing a milestone that each one of us goes through, I couldn't help but feel the need to slow down the signs of aging on my face. After doing a rather cursory research online for skin care products, I decided to buy a few products from a well known brand that shall remain nameless. One month later my skin didn't show any improvement at all. With my skin having a tendency to get really oily yet flaky, red and itchy on certain areas on the forehead I needed something that had more natural ingredients. Origins' skin care products fit the bill.

Skin Cleansing/Exfoliating

Modern Friction™ Nature's gentle dermabrasion     Modern Friction is an exfoliant that uses white rice instead of chemicals to remove dead surface skin cells. The results are similar to a microdermabrasion treatment at a spa or clinic, except this costs much less and is gentler on the skin. After washing with this I like how fresh my skin feels without the dryness that often makes the remaining patch of dermatitis on my forehead red and itchy.

Clear Improvement® Active charcoal mask to clear pores     Clear Improvement Active Charcoal mask is a combination of activated charcoal and white china clay with other ingredients that draw out dirt deep from the pores. I use this twice a week (whenever I remember to do so, hehe). It makes my skin feel all tingly as it dries and after rinsing.

Eye Care

Plantscription™ Anti-aging eye cream     Plantscription Anti Aging Eye Treatment is an eye cream that's good for both day and night use. It contains anogeissus and is supposed to help reduce wrinkles around the eye area, along with puffiness and eyebags. Thankfully I don't have any wrinkles in this are yet and I'm hoping this product will keep it that way. As for my eyebags, I've seen some improvement.

Anti aging, Protection and Moisturizing

Plantscription™ Anti-aging serum with Anogeissus     Plantscription Anti aging Serum with Anogeissus is a wrinkle reducing and erasing treatment for both day and night use. As far as wrinkles are concerned, the jury is still out on this one since I still see the major lines I have between my eyebrows and across the bridge of my nose. But I did notice that a small scar that I have on my right eyelid has become much less noticeable.

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ Mega-Bright Skin tone correcting serum     Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright is a skin tone correcting serum that aims to remove dark spots to even out overall facial skin tone. It's main ingredients are Rosa Roxburgh, White Peony and Licorice, which all work together to lighten problem areas. I definitely saw an improvement just after a few days of using this one, particularly in one spot on my forehead that had turned dark after a pimple was taken out.

Starting Over™ Age-erasing oil-free moisturizer with Mimosa     Starting Over Age is an age erasing oil free moisturizer that contains mimosa that can be used for day and night. I opted for the oil free version over the regular version since I do have oily skin. Like the Plantscription Anti aging Serum, I'm still waiting to see what the results will be.

High-Potency Night-A-Mins™  Mineral-enriched oil-free renewal cream     High Potency Night-A-Mins is a renewal cream for night time use. It is a mix of vitamins A, C, E and H, minerals and replenishers that work together to refresh and renew the skin overnight. It feels quite cool on the skin when it's applied. I'm also still waiting to see the long term results.

    I've been using all the above items for about a month and a half now with mostly positive results. I say mostly because as I've mentioned above, there are some products for which I'm still waiting on the long terms results. What I do like about all of them is the fact that the ingredients are mostly natural and can be seen right on the label. The previous brand I'd tried didn't even have instructions on how to use on the box or labels. The best part though was the great improvement this whole regimen has made on the stubborn dermatitis I have on my forehead. I've been going to a dermatologist for going on three years now for this problem, and although the other affected areas had cleared up, my forehead has bouts of flaking, itching and redness. But since I'd started using the abovementioned Origins products, I was surprised to see that it had almost cleared up. I'm hoping it will clear up permanently in the near future, with the help of these products.


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  1. you know we asian has a very different type of skin and so we should or could not use american formulated skin products. they are more toxic and if not do anything with the skin, makes it worse.
    so this products is tested huh? i want to try them on me, as you well know i am not into taking care of my facial skin. and i am in that age that i should really take care of my skin well. but i don't wear make up, only lipstick and occasional eye liner. so where can i buy them?

    1. Yes, asian skin is indeed different from caucasian skin. That's why now when I look for personal care products (shampoos, bath soap, etc) I really have to be careful so my skin doesn't get irritated. That was my mistake with the first skin care products I bought before Origins. As I mentioned in my blog, these are mostly made of natural ingredients, which I have found to work really well for me. Of course each person is different, so what works for me may not work in exactly the same was for you or someone else. I also don't wear a lot of make up, it's just eyeliner, mascara, lip balm and on occasion, face powder for me. If you want to give these or other Origins products a try they're available in department stores (I get mine at Macy's) and at Sephora branches. When you buy, just make sure to know what your skin type is to get the best results. Mine is really oily now (hormonal changes I guess) so the ones I'm using are the best choices for me.

      By the way, if you're also in the market for a good hair care line you might wanna try Carol's Daughter. They use all natural ingredients in their products. I discovered them after my scalp got irritated with most of the shampoos here.

  2. Wow before and after pa ha! I want all of these plus foot spa.

  3. Hahaha, Malou proof lang that I really tried these on me and they worked for me. As for the foot spa, let's talk about that when I go back there next time. :)

  4. Origins skin care produc is described in the post here. Useful post

  5. Love this post, really helpful as I’ve not tried some of these products. I’ll definitely be adding them to my shopping list! I’ve just done a review on Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash and United State Toner if you’d like to check it out –

    Monica x

    Raid Her Wardrobe – A Fashion & Beauty Blog

  6. Love their origins product! :) Good for skin!!