Origins A Perfect World moisturizer
(nails are Essie Sew Psyched!)
The Brighter by Nature peel is an exfoliating product in the form of thin cotton pads that pretty much look like astringent pads. I've been using it twice a week, as the packaging recommends, after I cleanse my face at night (with Aveeno Positively Radiant daily cleansing pads - I love this!).
Origins Brighter by Nature peel (in the center!)
I follow with the Perfect World moisturizer (which I've also been using pre-makeup during the day). It's a rich and creamy consistency that feels amazing on the skin. It has a nice scent of orange, bergamot, and spearmint, which I find kind of relaxing. My skin is combination, if you're interested (dry cheeks, oily t-zone)!
One of the great things about Origins is that it's GREAT for sensitive skin types. I never realized my skin was sensitive until I really got into makeup and noticed certain products irritate my skin and cause breakouts. Origins products are plant-based, organic, and contain natural essential oils. Good stuff!
After only ONE USE of the Brighter by Nature peel, the breakout I was experiencing at the time around my jawline was completely gone the following morning. I've also noticed the redness and scarring in my cheeks is less visible, and my skin just feels smoother in general. I've been using it for about two weeks now, and along with the moisturizer, I have not had ANY breakouts!
a recent pic, just to show some "skin".. ;)
I do think it's a good idea to change up your skincare routine every once in a while, and I definitely recommend Origins if you're looking for a change! They sell their products on their website (origins.com) and in stand-alone shops. I made my purchases at Macy's Origins counter and on drugstore.com (LOVE this "e-tailer" - always have coupons and great service).
Oh, and in case your interested, here are some of the other skincare products I use and love:
+ Soap & Glory Clean Mary cleansing milk (almost daily)
+ Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash (once or twice a week)
+ Aveeno Positively Radiant daily cleansing pads
+ Boots Expert Sensitive Cleansing & Toning wipes (when I'm feeling lazy!)
+ Pond's Cold Cream (the one w/the green lid; my absolute fave eye makeup remover EVER...)
+ Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (for the occasional pimple - which I've had none of lately!)
+ Soap & Glory The Fab Pore facial peel mask (once in a while - my fave mask)
+ Shea Moisture African Black Soap shea butter wash (this keeps my body soft & clear!)
What skincare stuff are you using and loving - or hating? One product I hate is St. Ives Apricot Scrub - breaks me out horribly!!
By the way, My MAC Venomous Villains order arrives tomorrow! Eeeee, can't wait!! Surely a post will come soon....
Love you guys!