Recently, my skin has been losing its mind – severe dry patches with lots of textured bumps in the cheek area around my nose. I spent about two weeks trying to get it back to normal, and it’s finally in a place where I’m happy with my skin again. While trying to calm my skin problems, I relied on three products to help it recover, and today I wanted to share them with you. They are all Origins products, which until the end of last year had never really been a brand I had ever gravitated towards. A few years ago, I tried their A Perfect World moisturizer, and it didn’t particularly impress me. However, these three products below have really done wonders for my skin every time it encounters some issues, especially when used in combination. Without further ado, these are the products:
Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion – $51 CAD for 125 mL
I only own a sample size of this product, but a little goes a long way, and it has lasted me a dozen uses. I mainly use it to take off the patchy dry skin I was experiencing, although I do feel that it helps smooth out the bumpy texture. This is what the Modern Friction claims to do:
Skin-refining rice starch, cushioned in cream rapidly removes dead cells, uneven patches, and signs of skin damage and discoloration. Fine lines and pores appear instantly diminished. Lemon oil starts the process of illumination, all while aloe soothes and prevents irritation, redness, or flaking.
I apply it to damp skin and work it in circular motions across my face to massage the rough beads over my skin, and then I let it sit for a minute before rinsing it off. Although the instructions say to use it twice a week, I find it to be quite an abrasive exfoliator so I only use it when I find the texture of my skin to be a little rough, although I think my skin could handle using this once a week. The very first time I tried this exfoliator out, it burned my skin a little and my face felt a little red and irritated afterwards, but it gave me good results the next day and now my skin seems to have since adjusted to it since I only get a slight tingly sensation when working it on my skin . However, I’m hesitant to recommend this to people with sensitive skin could possibly experience a negative reaction, as it contains a few products that are known skin irritants, such as lemon peel oil and peppermint oil. It is probably the peppermint oil that gives it a light minty fragrance.
Ingredients: Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Shiu/Camphor) Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citral, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Laureth-2, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Trisodium HEDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide
I find that after I use it, my skin feels very soft and renewed. You do have to be very careful when rinsing, though – understandably, the instructions tell you not to get it in your eyes, but I accidentally got some in my eye while rinsing it off my face and I thought I was going to go blind. I am currently finished with this exfoliator, and while I really do love what it did for my skin, the full size is very expensive and I feel like I would never get through 125 mL of an exfoliator, so I’m not entirely sure I would repurchase it.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – $34 CAD for 100 mL
Charcoal masks are known for being good at clearing the gunk out of the pores, and I use this once or twice a week to draw out the impurities in my skin. The Clear Improvement charcoal mask claims to:
Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask helps flush out environmental toxins, dirt, and debris that can clog pores and cause skin to look dull—leaving the complexion clarified, refreshed, and healthier-looking. Bamboo charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, white China clay absorbs environmental toxins, and lecithin dissolves impurities.
I mostly use this on the areas when I feel like I have large pores, namely the T-zone and the cheek area next to my nose. I let this dry on my skin until it hardens, which takes about 10 minutes, before I rinse it off.
Ingredients: Water, Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Leaf Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 20, Peg-100 Stearate, Charcoal Powder, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Peg-150 Distearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Simethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Trisodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.
Every time I use this, my skin feels very smooth afterwards. Although the texture of the mask is quite thick, it is easy to spread out and doesn’t have a distinct fragrance. One thing I don’t like as much is that it seems like I will go through the tube of this mask quickly, as it takes a fair amount of product to spread an opaque layer over the face.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – $34 CAD for 100 mL
While the Modern Friction exfoliator takes off flaky skin and the charcoal mask cleans out the pores, this overnight mask hydrates the skin.
This intense moisture replacement mask with avocado and apricot kernel oil deeply and instantly quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Best for dry skin types, Japanese seaweed repairs skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging.
I apply a generous layer over freshly-washed skin right before bed, and I wash it off in the morning. I love the smell of this mask – it has the most wonderful and fruity fragrance. This mask can be used as often as you wish, but I tend to use it once or twice a week, and it leaves my skin feeling supple and hydrated.
Ingredients: Water, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Stearic Acid, Polybutene, Glyceryl Stearate, Oleic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Acrylates Copolymer, Panthenol, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.
I purchased all of these Origins skincare items at Sephora, although you can also find Origins at select Hudson’s Bay stores. All three of these products are 3 Free, which means they don’t contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Although I do sometimes use the products all in the same day, I more often space out the usage – one day I might use the exfoliator with the overnight mask, and two days later I will use the charcoal mask – or some variation of this! While I’ve been using all of these products together, I don’t think it’s necessary to buy all three items together. They are all gems in their own way and will produce good results on their own.
Have you used any of these products, and if so, what did you think?