Origins Original Skin Essence
I’m really impressed with Origins at the moment – knocking it of the park with their mask offerings, and now an essence to tap into the Korean and Japanese beauty trends. Not only is it a good offering into the essence arena but it’s a dual-ferment which is another strong trend within the category. It’s thought that using fermented ingredients on your skin (Origins don’t say what’s in their ferment blend) gives the product a potent super-charge that translates to your skin: the fermentation process reduces the size of active ingredients making them easier for your skin to absorb. Put like that, it does make the extra step (although a standard step in Asia) of using an essence (after cleansing and before moisturising) seem worthwhile.
I’ve used essences on and off for long enough to say with certainty that it does make for softer skin and I quite like the ritual of it. Soak a cotton pad with the product and press it all over your skin. Obviously, this one is new to me but I’ve loved testing it. It feels like a silky water, so it’s very fluid and has a fresh, floral scent. I was slightly expecting it to smell a bit fusty because of the ferment element, but not at all.
Anyway, if you’re tempted by essences but haven’t so far explored the category, at £22, I think Origins Original Skin Essence is a good place to start. It’s HERE and suitable for all skin types.
Origins also have a whole load of new masks – including body masks. I can’t say I’m looking forward to trying them – what do you think about body masks? I just think mess vs reward can’t be worth it!