MY STORY: After some over enthusiastic use of salicylic acid recently my skin was looking flakey so a hydrating mask was in order.
I know the overnight intensive drink up mask is popular but I like to use retinol overnight so I thought the 10 minute option would slot into my regime better.
This, like other origins products, contains tonnes of ingredients, the number of oils & extracts is impressive however their benefit is questionable, even the origins website doesn’t explain the rationale for using so many potentially irritating extracts such as bitter orange & camphor oils.
Sodium hyaluronate & algae extract are listed low in the ingredient list so the main effects come from apricot kernel oil & other plant & fruit extracts.
But do all these ingredients make an appreciable difference? Sadly despite the nice creamy texture & yummy apricot smell, after washing this off my skin looked minimally hydrated.
There was no added plumpness or radiance to my face that I’ve experienced with other hydrating masks. There was no irritation but at this price that’s not good enough.
All in all disappointing effects but if you love apricot yogurt & want to put it on your face this is for you!
AIM: Thirst-quenching Algae Extracts deliver a helping of hydration while emollient-rich Apricot Kernel Oil acts like a “fountain of youth”.
DIRECTIONS: apply to clean skin. Wait 10 minutes, rinse off.
Apricot kernel oil – Emollient, reduces inflammation, anti ageing & antibacterial also prevents skin from damage by free radicals.
Algae extracts – emollient & antioxidant
Sodium hyaluronate – hydrates
Multiple essential oils
PROS: smells nice, creamy texture. Didn’t irritate.
CONS: many essential oils with potentially irritating effects & limited information about benefits. Hydrating effects minimal.