Saturday, 19 October 2013

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Review

I was pretty excited to try out the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins* moisturiser because it claims to target dullness and leave the skin radiant, and that's usually all I'm really after in a night cream - to be able to wake up to a glowing complexion. It contains vitamins C, E and H, as well as hyaluronic acid to hydrate and salicylic acid to exfoliate, therefore removing the dead layers of the skin and leaving a brighter complexion. It also doesn't contain any parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan. The cream is quite thick in consistency, which I personally really like, and it feels lovely on the skin and smells scrumptious - almost like oranges!

Now this all sounds rather fantastic doesn't it? Unfortunately there are some problems with the packaging and formulation. The beneficial ingredients in this product are great, but they will lose their potency due to the jar packaging. They break down in the presence of air and so once opened, the ingredients will start to deteriorate slightly. I recently got the opportunity to have lunch with one of the founders of Radical Skincare, Liz Edlich, where I learnt a great deal about how to preserve the potency of ingredients and I feel that I'm now really able to appreciate how it all works (blogpost coming soon!) and why unfortunately this Origins moisturiser needs some tweeking. There's also a bacterial issue with this current packaging due to the fact that we're constantly dipping our fingers into the jar, and this will further deteriorate the potency. In addition, the product's pH is also not in the required range for salicylic acid to work as an exfoliant so the beneficial effects are lost. There are also a number of fragrant oils and plant extracts included that are known to cause irritation so it may not work for sensitive skin, although I personally found it didn't break me out in any way.

Overall this moisturiser is a little disappointing. It does feel lovely on the skin and keeps the skin hydrated through the night, but the effects of some really key beneficial ingredients will deteriorate overtime due to the packaging, so even though the vitamins C, E and H will have an effect, it won't be as potent as it could be. If Origins can change the packaging then they'd be onto a winner! 

Have you tried this product? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading,


PS - I'm thinking of writing a skincare guide that summarizes all of these scientific concepts that may seem a bit unclear, so let me know in the comments below or on twitter (@MI_Marylebone) if you'd like to read that! 

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