You know I love and, more importantly, trust Origins with my skin. We just get along so well. I'm not so enamored with their foundations and makeup, but their skincare rarely has any duds. I did say, "rarely", didn't I? They recently released a new face mask that I had high hopes for, but it didn't deliver. I thought I'd do a little quick and dirty review of all of the masks I've tried from Origins.
Clear Improvements ($25): While this charcoal mask works wonders for those with problem skin, I think it could work wonders on every skin type. I have dry to combination skin and I love the way this feels (it looks horrid...like, scar your children for life, horrid). It's cool and has a bit of a tingle as it sets in. It just feels like it's sucking out all of the impurities that get clogged in your pores. After ten minutes, you use a warm wash cloth to rinse it off revealing bright, fresh, super clean skin.
They offer it in a cool travel or sample pack for only $8! While that's much more expensive in the long run, this was the way I tried it since I didn't want to commit to the full tube (not that Origins doesn't have a good return policy, as you'll see later.).
GinZing ($24): I saw a blogger or youtuber mention this (probably Anna) and I thought I'd give it a try. I have tried their GinZing eye cream before and really liked it and thought the tagline "wake up tired skin" was very intriguing. Especially since sleep has been hard to come by around here, lately. I did exactly zero research on this one and purchased it without batting an eye.
I don't think research would've helped (it's super new and there weren't many reviews up yet), but boy I didn't like this one. Not just, "meh, it's okay." More like, "get it off my skin..MUST SCRUB OFF IMMEDIATELY" after about two minutes. I'm so disappointed. Maybe it's better for those with oilier skin? I returned it with no questions asked. (I love you, Origins!)
Drink Up ($25): Now this is a mask I've been using almost since I started using Origins (well over ten years). It mainly gets used in the winter when my skin can get outrageously dry out of nowhere. They have two versions: an overnight treatment and a 10 minute wipe off version. I like the 10 minute one. I used to use it after exfoliating with their Modern Friction (a heavenly product that is so gentle, yet effective), but I mainly use it whenever I feel like my skin is venturing into that dull, dry and dreary look. It does the trick! I love having this in my bag of tricks.
Masks used to seem like something you only did at the spa...kind of out of reach, or extravagant to me. But they are cropping up everywhere at affordable prices. Sephora has a large variety of options and Target has some cheap ones, too. If I venture away from Origins and try one, I'll let you know how it goes!
Thanks for reading!