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Origins are a natural skincare brand whose motto is "Powered by nature, proven by science" They have won several beauty awards and their range uses potent plants, organic ingredients and essential oils.
One of the Origins ranges is called A Perfect World and I use several products from this range. It uses the natural ingredient Silver Tip White Tea which is beneficial to skin to help banish signs of aging and deterioration and create health and vitality.
The Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian is a product that is meant to be used after cleansing and before your moisturiser to create a barrier on your skin and prevent pollutants and impurities from entering your pores. As well as Silver Tip White Tea the product contains, Boswellia to prevent age-accelerating static and stress. Mimosa, Orange and Bergamot.The product is dermatologist and ophthalmologically tested, and states that it is suitable for all skin types.
The skin guardian comes in a tall round plastic container with the green Origins logo on it. There is removable lid which when taken off has a pump nozzle underneath it to disperse the product.
I tend to use this product in the evenings after I have cleansed my face and must admit that I often use it in place of a moisturiser instead of in addition to one. The pump works well ands I find that I only need a couple of pumps to cover my whole face. The product has a slightly gel like consistency to it and is thicker than a moisturiser and it glides easily over the face and is quickly absorbed. It smells beautiful - a light floral and orange scent.
The skin guardian leaves my face feeling really smooth and hydrated and works well under make up (on the times when I use it during the day). It is a bit like a primmer or BB cream to smooth out your face while at the same time defending it from impurities. It also helps reduce any redness or skin irritation and improves skin tone.
The skin guardian is expensive at £34 for 30 ml and can be bought from a number of stores such as Boots, Debenhams and the Origins website. I do really like it but find that now I am using a BB cream during the day I use this less and less (there are so many products out there these days that all do nearly the same thing!) so will probably not purchase it again at this price
Winter is a really bad time of year for my skin. Most of the year I'm cursed with a dry T-Zone, but in winter it crosses the line from mildly irritating to the bane of my life. My poor forehead has been known to get so flaky I look like I have really oddly placed dandruff. It ain't pretty. The only way to combat this is to be really really nice to my skin at these more difficult times of year.
Origins A Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian, as well as being a bit of a mouthful, is a cream to use before moisturiser to help protect your skin from the daily trials and tribulations it faces. I first heard about it in a review over on Ciao a few years ago, and it sounded very much like a "can't live without" product for skin like mine, which doesn't deal very well with cold weather or other environmental problems.
The ingredient that Origins make a song and dance about in this is the Silvertip White Tea. It's widely known that tea contains antioxidants - well, Silvertip White Tea contains bucketloads. Because it is the youngest buds of the plant, and because the drying process used is entirely natural (the tips are dried in the sun), this particular tea retains all of its antioxidant properties much better than any other tea available. You know how people think Green Tea is just about the healthiest thing in the world? Well Silvertip White Tea is much better for you, both when it's drunk and when it's used in an extract.
According to the Origins website, the way this wonder cream works is this: the antioxidants in the tea set to work preventing any damage from free radicals, and the other ingredients set about creating a barrier between your skin and environmental nasties like pollution and nasty cold weather. With these two things taken care of, your skin is free to set about repairing itself and make you look even more beautiful. Free radical damage is known to be a large cause of premature skin ageing, so this cream does have anti-ageing properties, which is always nice to know.
I'm aware that this may sound a little far-fetched, and I'm not scientific enough to tell you honestly that it does all of those things. But I can tell you this: when you put this on, your skin feels amazing, and continues to feel amazing all day. I used to use Estée Lauder's Idealist every day, year round, but I find that it's not the best option for my flaky skin in the Winter due to its exfoliating properties. White Tea Skin Guardian, though, really spoils and protects my skin rather than stripping away at it, which is really what I need in the winter.
White Tea Skin Guardian (there really is no way to make this product name much less of a mouthful, sorry!) isn't cheap - a 50ml bottle will set you back just under £37, with the 30ml around £27. It comes in a white plastic solid tube with dark green writing on the front of it.
When you squeeze the product out of the tube, it looks translucent white and smells divine - a little fruity from the Mimosa, Orange and Bergamot within the cream, and very refreshing. The consistency of the cream is almost gel-like, with it smoothing over skin easily and being absorbed immediately. You don't need very much at all, with my first 30ml bottle lasting about two years with weekly use (although now I use it daily, I'm sure I'll start to notice it go down a lot quicker!).
I do find that I use this more in the winter, as with skin as dry as mine, it really needs protection, but when I use it in the summer I find that it moisturises sufficiently for me to forgo my usual day cream some days. The effects of the cream last all day, with my skin still feeling great after a whole day of cold, wind and pollution in London town. At the moment, I'm using this miles more than I'm using my Idealist, because I feel like my skin really responds well to it in these borderline arctic conditions.
I'd definitely recommend this to people who have dry skin, or skin which is sensitive to pollution or adverse weather conditions. It goes a long way to helping protect and nourish your poor weather-beaten skin, and even at a mere 25 years old, I have seen that this helps to sort out my few fine lines and plump up my skin a little, which can only be a good thing for the future!
I can be a bit on the obsessive side when it comes to fancy creams and potions for my skin - I own a cupboard full of moisturisers, exfoliators, face masques, all of which I use in the hope that if I look after my skin properly at the grand old age of 25, by the time I reach 40 I'll look as youthful as a 30 year old!
I love Origins products and the A Perfect World range really appealed to my anti-aging quest - their tagline is "Banish Youth Offenders long before they cause visible signs of oxidation, deterioration, dehydration" and they focus on prevention rather than cure. The White Tea Skin Guardian is packed with Silver Tip White Tea, an antioxidant which has long been thought to be key to the anti-aging process. The Origins website says "Long, long before the benefits of Silver Tip White Tea were discovered as a miraculous skin therapy, Chinese emperors of the Song Dynasty enjoyed its exquisite taste and fragrant, flowery aroma. This magic drink was prized for relieving fatigue, delighting the soul, strengthening the will and enhancing vision. Many claimed it was an important ingredient in the elixir of immortality. Today its potent antioxidant powers can help your skin look younger, longer". It also includes the exotic sounding Boswellia which offers more protection, Mimosa to calm and smooth skin and maintain firmness, Orange to brighten the complexion, and Bergamot (as far as I can tell, just for its lovely smell!)
The product is a serum designed to be applied after cleansing but before moisturiser, and will create a barrier between your skin and the outside world. It comes in a white coloured 30ml pump dispenser with the trademark green Origins logo on the front. Packaging is as with all Origins products understated but very practical - I love the pump dispenser, it allows you to dispense just the right (tiny) amount of serum you need and is very hygienic.
The serum itself is cream in colour and very rich. The smell of this stuff is divine - it's very delicate but really refreshing and citrusy and great to wake you up in the morning! When you apply it to your face you can feel the difference it makes to your skin - it is instantly smoother and silkier. On application it is absorbed almost instantly and leaves your skin feeling very matte - especially good on any oily patches. It also manages to minimise the pores and lift the complexion giving you a lovely glow. This provides the perfect base for make-up as it seems to prevent it from being absorbed into the skin and instead seems to just glide on - even powder. Living in London it's difficult to keep your skin looking good as you do pick up dirt on your skin just by walking around. However, while I can't yet comment on the anti-aging properties of this product, I do find that my skin is in better condition when I wear it, so it does appear to work very well as a barrier for the skin.
I like to use this serum maybe 2 or 3 times a week to give it a little pick me up. My stinginess in use is probably down to the price - at £27 for 30ml it's not cheap! However, it is cheaper than the Estee Lauder Skin Refinisher serum and although they do slightly different jobs I would say they are serums of a similar quality, and although it is quite a lot more expensive than the No.7 Protect and Perfect serum, the quality of this product is simply miles better. I was given the No.7 serum as a gift and would never purchase this for myself - it just did nothing for me at all. Although I am notoriously stingy with my make-up products, this one has lasted me just over a year and a half as my current one ran out this morning!
this product is really lovely- its applied before moisturiser (useing a perfect world moisturiser, both in the morning and in the evening after cleansing.
It basicly smooths the skin over, it leaves skin feeling really soft, really smooth and really well looked after- pamaered.
I should add that I have tried this without the perfect world moistruiser and found the end result was not the same so I think for best results, use the perfect world moisturiser afterwards also.
The application is flawless, its a tube which you pump the product out off and is very easy to use. It looks good on the bathroom shelf and smells really nice too, not a stong scent, but a subtle friendly one.
Added to this, its made from (as all Origins products are) 100% natural essential oils, so not too many negative harsh chemicals used here- nice for your piece of mind!
As a bit of background on my skin, as soon as I hit 13, my skin erupted. I had an t-zone so oily I was getting paranoid George Dubya was about to invade and my cheeks were so dry and flaky that if I rubbed them, clouds of white skin dust appeared. I had a lumpy forehead, spots all over my chin and blackheads over my nose. You'll be amazed to hear I didn't have a boyfriend, LOL.
After about a year of trying every skin product available, I ended up at the doctors, who put me on oral and topical products, which made me look fine until I was 18. Then she made me come off them, just to see what my skin was like. Since then, I've had slightly spotty skin around my cycle and one or two spots most of the time, none too bad. I still have the weird combination of cheek dryness/t-zone oiliness, though it's nowhere near as bad. I'd been using lots of different products from lush, neutrogena etc - they helped a bit, but not much.
Cue me buying a copy of elle. Inside was a voucher for free sample sizes of the origins perfect world range - eye cream, skin guardian and moisturiser. So I picked them up, where the sales girl explained they're great for wrinkles and skin ageing. I'm 21. So I took them home and left them on the shelf, thinking I'll give them to my mum next time I see her.
Forward two days - I have no moisturiser and my skin is looking horrid. I notice the origins products on the shelf and think 'well she'll only be alergic to it anyway'. I dab on the eye cream, smoothe on the skin guardian and after a few minutes, the moisturiser. I noticed then how lovely it smelled - a hint of oranges and baby powder. I also noticed how little I needed on my skin.
About an hour later, I left the house, noticing in the mirror how I don't look as bad as I thought I did. At work, my collegue mentioned how well I looked - glowy. My skin felt moisturised and soft all day even with the air con on.
The next morning, the same routine. My skin looks less red and no new spots. I was complimented by a different person on how well I look, again saying I look glowy and how my skin looks better.
A week later and I SHOULD be in PMS hell with my skin - it flares up with lots of spots, redness and my chin literally aches. Today, I have one tiny spot on my forehead, which I had to point out to my OH before he noticed it. ONE! My skin looks fab, even if I say it myself. It looks transcluscent, healthy and clear. It's even improved the scars I have on my chin and forehead, and I've felt comfortable for the first time in a few years in going out without concealer on them. I also don't have undereye darkness for the first time in a while (although Ihave never really had bad dark circles.
The only criticism I've been able to see with this product so far is the price, but even then I'm not sure about that. The prices in my local John Lewis yesterday were
- Eye cream - £24 for 15ml
- Skin Guardian - £28 for 30ml
- Moisturiser - £26 for 50ml
From my sample sizes, I've used maybe 1/10 of the 3ml eye cream, 1/8 of the 6ml skin guardian and 1/20 of the 7ml moisturise in EIGHT DAYS. So based on that, I think they would last for ages (did you think I'd do the maths there? no chance, it's long lasting, that much I know).
I'm trying not to get my hopes up yet with this range - it's only been a week, but I've never known my skin to respond in this way to anything, even the stuff prescribed by my doctor. I hope I won't have to update this op in a few months saying 'no, forget it'. But so far, it has been amazing and I would recommend trying it to anyone.
I received this as a 3ml sample in November 2003 and absolutely loved it. I promptly received the full size as a Christmas present and have been using it ever since. If I could have only one skincare product for the rest of my life, itd be this: let me tell you why.
WHITE TEA SKIN GUARDIAN
To the majority of people, the idea of using yet another product before your moisturiser probably sounds like a lot of unnecessary hassle. I would have agreed with you before I used this. However, serum/pre-base/primer is probably one of the professional makeup artists best kept secrets. Apart from all the other magic it works, it helps prolong the life of your makeup throughout the day and provide a smooth base before application.
This product comes from Origins 'A Perfect World' range. Essentially, it is a prevention tool rather than a cure. It claims to help banish youth offenders long before they cause visible signs of oxidation, deterioration, dehydration. So its a great product for anyone in their 20s/30s wishing to prevent signs of aging before they even begin. I dont use it for this reason alone (Im 22) but it does help to know that it could be doing something to banish the inevitable wrinkles for longer!
The container is trademark Origins: classy but understated, predominantly creamy white with green text. It comes in a 30ml pump tube which looks rather small for the price (but thatll explain itself later). The tube has a cute little pump dispenser which saves you sticking your bacteria covered hands in a pot every day. In addition to this there is a plastic lid to prevent it depressing itself and stop dirt getting in. As per usual with Origins, their outer packaging is made from 100% recycled cardboard but still manages to look gorgeous with an attractive leaf on the outside.
The pump is wonderfully smooth in its action so you can use as little or as much as you like (about a half pump works for me). The serum (its not a cream) is a rich white/cream coloured gel, probably unlike anything youve seen before. Its so rich that it wont drip through your fingers. However, once you transfer it to your face, all that thickness transforms into an extraordinarily soft matte velvet texture. Unlike BeneFits Dr Feelgood, it doesnt sit heavily on the surface of your skin: it becomes as one with your face, so much so that you just want to sit and stroke your skin (no Im not weird, its just SO soft!)
The smell is fantastic, but delicate. It smells vaguely like tea tree but slightly gentler as with all Origins products, very natural. If you dont like the idea of the smell (you must be crazy?!) dont worry, you cant smell it after youve applied it to your face.
If youre among the more nature-conscious of us, fret not, Origins pride themselves on being more natural based than chemical based in comparison with other companies, We do no harm to animals and do no animal testing for reasons of good conscience. Additionally we insist that our suppliers do not test raw materials on animals on our behalf. We conduct our own, independent tests to assure that our products and ingredients are safe and worthy of your trust.
You can either use this on its own to improve the texture of your skin before moisturiser if going au-naturel or apply it before makeup. If Im having a period of very good skin I find that this does actually improve the appearance and texture of my skin if I use it after cleansing, under my moisturiser. It just finishes it off by slightly reducing any uneven skin tone and reducing my pore size (if they were enlarged). However, if my skin is not so good I dont expect it to work miracles and will use it under tinted moisturiser.
It provides a flawless base on which to apply foundation, even when using my powder based one. I find that the serum makes it go on smoother and stay on perfectly all day. One massive advantage to this product is that I find it will keep my skin matte all day something which can be quite a challenge on bad skin days. It is perfect for all skin types and definitely doesnt clog pores (I know, as mine clog very easily!)
PRICE AND AVAILABLITY
Despite writing about all these beauty things I dont actually use them non stop. I use this serum about 3 times a week maximum and it the 30ml tube will last me around 12 months. Of course it depends how youd use it, because if you used it AM & PM 7 days a week itd be considerably less. It costs £25 for 30ml which is expensive but once youve used it youll understand why if I could only have one beauty product it would be this - it's won many beauty awards so I can't be totally wrong!
Origins is available in some department stores and separate Origins shops. The store locator is here: http://www.origins.com/locate/index.html
carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
From the first time I tried this product my skin has felt smoother and been visibly clearer. The idea is that it protects your skin leaving your moisturiser to do its job better. Having normal skin this definately has improved its texture. My skin has not felt this smooth before. The only downside is the price. At £25 it may be costly but I have found that a small amount goes a long way. It is a thick fluid that is easily spread and sinks in extremely quickly. Even before applying the usual day creams, the skin feels soft and smooth. I would recomend this to all ages. It also has a nice smell - not at all chemical. Its my saviour product! Not all branches of a department stores stock it but so far I have been able to buy this in Rackams, selected John Lewis and some Debenhams. As of yet I have been unable to find a UK web site with it.
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