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I bought a box of Origins 'best sellers' in the USA. It was a set of 10 of their most popular products. I knew many of them but the Dr Andrew Weil range was new to me. I received two of those products - the facial serum and the eye serum and have been using both of them. Both were supplied in full sized containers.
The range is designed for people with sensitive or very sensitive skin. I have quite dry skin, but I don't consider it to be sensitive but once I'd bought the product, I wasn't about to waste it.
When I first started to use it, I thought the smell - which was oddly earthy and 'mushroomy' - was a bit strange. With many weeks of use, I started to not notice the mushroom so much and to spot the citrussy fruity notes.
It's a very thin serum and just a couple of pumps of the dispenser gives enough to treat your whole face. It slides smoothly across the skin and soaks in quickly so you can apply your moisturiser a couple of minutes later.
I have used other Origins serums, particularly their Perfect World White Tea skin guardian serum, and the others tend to be much heavier and thicker than this one. I used this pretty much every day for two months and I do think that my skin tone looked a little brighter and more even during that time.
The serum contains Dr Weil’s special ‘mega-mushroom’ blend which combines several different mushrooms - Hypsizygus ulmarius, Cordyceps and Reishi Mushrooms. As well as the mushroom extracts, Dr W squeezes in some ginger, a dash of turmeric and holy basil and some grapeseed extract. Honestly it reads more like a recipe for a curry than a facial serum. It’s a very ‘culinary’ scent.
My problem is that I don’t really have the problems that Dr W is trying to fix but if you do and you want a facial serum for sensitive skin that’s prone to redness, it may be worth a trip to your Origins counter to ask for a small sample.
A bit of background first, because my review won't help if you don't know whether your skin type is like mine! I'm 35, have combination skin which can be quite sensitive especially to harsh weather; am starting to worry about a few lines, especially around my eyes.
~ The product ~
The Mega-Mushroom Face Serum comes in a dark green glass bottle, looks very smart in the bathroom and the dark glass also helps protect the contents against sunlight. It has a pump action dispenser which you twist to switch on and off - nice and convenient to use, AND you can unscrew the whole top so that once the product gets too low for the little pipe to reach, you can turn it upside down and get to those last few drops of product!
The Dr Weil Mega-Mushroom range contains, as you might expect, extracts of mushroom (Cordyceps and Reishi) which are allegedly hyper-nourishing, good for calming down sensitivity and redness, and reduce puffiness, lines and wrinkles. Other ingredients include Ginger, Turmeric, Holy Basil, Resveratrol and Argan Nut Oil. The blurb says - "Use this serum twice daily and you'll soon see a renewed radiance and clarity. Your skin will look and feel calmer, healthier and less stressed."
~Does it work?!~
The packaging says to apply the serum twice a day after cleansing. I've been using it pretty consistently for over a year now, so feel qualified to comment!
In use, the fluid is more of a light cream than a serum - it doesn't have that strange slightly greasy feel some serums have, which is a plus. It also smells absolutely delicious in my opinion, the smell alone would certainly convince you it's doing you good.
I need about 1 1/2 pumps of the serum to cover my face, and find that if feels very soothing and pleasant going on, and is absorbed very quickly. It doesn't seem to make my T-zone (greasier) areas greasy at all.
On the all important anti-ageing question, i have to say i'm not convinced. Yes, it's a nice moisturiser, and i enjoy using it because it smells and feels so lovely. And, of course, you can never be sure how much worse things would be without it! But having said all that, I don't think that the areas of my face prone to redness/ small broken veins have really improved very much, and the lines around my eyes are just as visible as they were a year ago. I don't think my skin looks especially radiant, either. I think when i finish this bottle, i'll be looking around for something else to deal with the ageing issue, rather than buying another one.
It's also really very expensive, in my opinion - you're looking at the best part of £40 retail for the smallest bottle. It can be had slightly cheaper on ebay, but then you can't always be sure how fresh it is. I think overall that for that kind of investment, i'd be expecting a definite improvement in my skin in order to buy it again.
Optimizes skin's defences /