Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Loving Your Beautiful Work: Origins

I’m always a fan of brands that employ a natural approach to skincare and Origins have the wonderfully promising slogan of ‘Powered by Nature. Proven by Science’ a double whammy statement if ever I heard one.

Origins products are formulated with natural and certified organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. They are without detrimental nasties like Parabens and (the worst) animal ingredients. The company uses recycled materials whenever possible as well and as a result have planted the equivalent of 1.25 million trees: guilt-free skincare shopping? ‘Yes please’, I say.

I’m Using it Now, LOVING it:
GinZing™ is a refreshing eye cream to brighten and de-puff (RRP £20.00 for 15ml)

Sometimes I wake up and appear to have more luggage resting under my eyes than a packed-to-the-hilt aeroplane. Luckily this wondrous cream seems to manage to take care of every eye-related concern at once. Origins site it as ‘nature’s clinically-proven morning rescue eye cream’ and I am inclined to agree. It’s packed full of good stuff like Panax Ginseng (traditionally used in Chinese medicine), caffeine from coffee beans and magnolia extract. A healthy dose of shimmer comes from natural optric brighteners-an undeniable eye-brightening bonus. It takes a lot to get me looking wide-eyed and bushy tailed in the morning but this cream combined with a bucket-load of Nescafé (in my mouth, not on my face) seems to do the trick admirably at the moment.

(If you like this then you’ll love using Origins’ mineral enriched High Potency Night-a-Mins after dark, another fabulous way to fool people into thinking you have had eight hours when you have actually had none.)

I’m Going to Try it Because it Sounds AMAZING:
Brighter by Nature™ is a skin tone correcting serum (RRP: £30.00 for 30ml)

Ageing and sun damage are evil: they stress the skin and lead to overproduction of melanin and skin tone unevenness which makes skin look older prematurely.

This lightweight serum uses potent plant extracts to remove dullness and eliminate dark spots, a bit like laser surgery without the laser surgery. Yeast extract, vitamin C and yummy-smelling Japanese basil leaf all help to restore your skin to glowing gorgeousness. All you have to do is slap it on after cleansing and before moisturising for an instantly more radiant, balanced looking complexion.The science bit? 73% of sensory participants saw an improvement in skin clarity after the very first application.

Get. In. My. Bathroom. Cupboard.

Notable Origins Fact
Origins are currently offering three tailor-made mini-facials to give your skin a boost-perfect for this transitional weather which can play havoc with the face. Choose from:

1. Protect and Repair (using A Perfect World™ products)
2. Calm and Soothe (using Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ products)
3. Firm and Lift (using Youthtopia™ products)

These facials are £15.00 but this amount is redeemable against any Origins purchase.

Find out more about Origins here: Origins products are available to buy directly from their website and have a concession in Harrods.

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