Starting Over, by Origins (srp. $45.00), just launched and it is quite an impressive product. It uses Argan Leaf and Green Algae, working with Mimosa Tree Bark to help rebuild natural collagen and prevent against Glycation. What’s “glycation?” Excess sugar in skin and environmental concerns fuel the destructive process of Glycation which causes strong collagen to “ball up” and collapse resulting in lines, wrinkles and tone and texture damage. But, apparently, the bark of the Mimosa Tree is a powerful natural collagen booster.
That’s not all that that Starting Over packs into a little, glass jar. A skin-evening complex helps enhance dull and uneven skin tone with Apple extract, Cucumber extract and Scutellaria Baicalensis Root. Resurfacing agents of Chestnut-Castenae Sativa Extract, Salicylic Acid and Mannose Phosphate from corn weaken the bonds that anchor dead skin cells helping to resurface skin. Caffeine from coffee beans, Turmeric and Yeast Ferment help provide antioxidant benefits and protect against irritation. And of course, every skin needs to be moisturized, so Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose from Corn, Wheat and Barley extracts provide moisturization that lasts (for hours) after you’ve applied it.
Origins is known for natural, effective skin care products, but in studies performed with real women, age-erasing moisturizers provided both immediate and long term results. In less than 1 day, Origins claims that their unique line-leveling formula will begin to amplify the natural production of collagen. In their studies, after one month, 100% of panelists saw a clinically significant improvement in skin tone. 96% felt the product left skin with a smoother texture; 92% felt the product left skin with a healthier appearance; 87% felt the product left skin brighter, more radiant; and 81% felt the product improved skin’s elasticity. After two months, 94% of the women studies saw what Origins calls a “clinically significant improvement” in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Origins Starting Over™ comes in two versions: the Age-erasing moisturizer with Mimosa; and a Starting Over™ Age-erasing oil-free moisturizer with Mimosa. I tried the regular (not oil free) version. The cream is rich and thick, and very nice. It absorbs very quickly, has a bit of a citrus scent (just a pleasant touch) and feels very lightweight on my skin. As with most products The Advice Sisters review, it is nearly impossible to verify how well a product will work for everyone, under every circumstance. I couldn’t dedicate a month (let alone two months) to substantiate or negative Origin’s claims for results. I did use the product for a short while, and on and off since then. I really like it. Really!!
For starters, I love that this product, even though it is moisturizing and rich, didn’t make me break out (bonus number one). It didn’t irritate my always-sensitive skin (bonus number two). My skin felt soft (bonus number three), and looked good (bonus number four). I can’t quantify luminosity, elasticity or even brightness. I didn’t see a huge softening of wrinkles, but again, I didn’t use it long enough to see serious results. My take, from experience with this product, and more than 11 years of reviewing skincare, is that this is a great products for those who want anti-aging benefits, but not harsh chemicals or invasive procedures. It is a good product definitely worthy of your consideration if you want effective anti-aging, moisturizing, and skin-enhancing results, at a reasonable price.
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