Today I’ll be sharing a skincare combination that has been working well for me over the past few months. Origins is a brand I really rate; I’ve used quite a few of their skincare products the Drink Up Intensive overnight hydrating mask and GinZing Eye Cream are also currently nestled in my bathroom cabinet and the Night-A-Mins night cream is one of my favourite-smelling moisturisers of all time.
For a brand with such lovely smells, I’ve never had any problems with Origins on my sensitive, easily-reddened skin. This is a rarity for me as even brands that market themselves especially for easily irritated skin Simple, I’m looking at you can either make me break out or cause my face to flush red with anger. The scents in the Make A Difference range are just lovely and fresh. A little fruity but herbal, clean without being clinical, it’s noticeable without being NOTICEABLE.
Rolling in at £34.00 each, these little jars are by no means cheap but the 50ml in each lasts me three months easily since a little goes a long way, and value-wise it works out better than spending a tenner on a cheaper moisturiser you need a massive dollop of. Also, Origins sales assistants are always lovely and will give you a sample if they can, so don’t be afraid to ask if you’re passing your local counter, it’s a lot of money to fork out without trying beforehand.
The Origins Make A Difference range has been around for a while, and has very recently had an overhaul. The moisturiser and treatment I’m discussing are still in the range, and are joined by an Ultra Rich Cream, a Night-time Gel-Cream which sounds interesting, and a Rejuvinating Cleansing Milk, which I bet would be lovely and soothing.
The range uses Nature’s Rose of Jericho and a (and I quote) “Lychee and Watermelon hydra-sustain complex” oo-err! as its key ingredients, with other natural goodies thrown in for each product. Designed for those with dry/combination and dehydrated skin, these products are clearly designed to work in conjunction with each other, as with many of Origin’s ranges, and it’s good to see a company continuing to develop their products along these lines. Not cheap, though…
As you can see from the in-pot shots, the consistencies of the products is quite different. The Treatment is more of a gel-like texture whilst the Moisturiser is a medium thick, though more runny than rich, cream. To illustrate this further see the picture below:
I first encountered the Make A Difference + Rejuvinating Moisturiser, pictured right in all the photos in this post, around a year ago. This product, as all in the Make A Difference range, are targeted for dehydrated skin in need of moisture, but is also suitable for those with combination skin as the formula is not too rich at all. And whilst the not-too-rich-ness is great for daytime, and this is a great moisturiser for applying under make-up, it’s not quite cutting the mustard for me as a night cream. This has been especially noticeable as the weather has taken a definite turn for the colder recently, which means biting cold outside and drying central heating inside not that I’m complaining – I love you, radiators. My general rule of thumb is, if I can’t feel a night cream still on my face in the morning, it’s not quite right. This is, to be fair, a tall order as my skin is very dry; not even the rich formula of the lovely Origins Night-A-Mins night cream quite fulfils this quota, as nice as it is. More on night creams soon…
After being impressed by the moisturiser, I also began to hear very good things about the treatment in the Make A Difference range from two beauty bloggers I value recommendations from, Essiebutton and Gh0stparties. Both cited this as a miracle worker when their skin was going through a troublesome, blemishy time, and so when my own skin took a bizarre turn for the worst a couple of months ago I went straight out to buy this. And I have to say, I’ve been really impressed by it. Not only is it great at soothing angry spots or any red patches my skin accumulates, my skin has definitely been calmer and far less blemish-prone. I tend to apply this at night, allowing it to soak for about ten minutes before applying my moisturiser.
Despite all of these great things, and as much as I like both of the products, I’m unsure if I will be repurchasing these straight away. Having gone through two pots, the moisturiser is no longer cutting it hydration-wise over the change of seasons so I may need to invest in something new – perhaps even the newly released rich version of the moisturiser in the same range. As for the treatment, this definitely improved my skin when it was suffering, and so when it runs out I anticipate another week or two is left in the pot I may see how my skin does without it, but if my face misses it too much then I’m sure I’ll rush out and buy it again: then I’ll know it really does make a difference.