Wednesday, July 16, 2014

First Look: Dr Andrew Weil for Origins - Mega Mushroom Skincare

You remember when I instagrammed that embargoed Origins envelope way back in June? Well, fittingly enough, it was mushroomy goodness that had to be kept in the dark. Dr Weil's mushroomy goodness to be precise and I've been trialling it since then so that I could bring ye a review as soon as the embargo lifted. I'm grand like that. 

Dr Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Calming Face Mask - €47
Designed for sensitive skin, this Mega Mushroom Skin Calming mask aims to reduce redness, itchiness and flare ups caused by everyday stresses. Regular use promises to build up resilience to outside stressors and pollutants using naturally derived ingredients and a trio of stress busting, anti-oxidant laden mushrooms. 

Based on the teachings of Pysychodermatology, that's internal stress and worry affecting our skin to you and I, the Mega-Mushroom collection is designed with internal and external calm in mind. 

I try very hard not to be one of those people constantly bemoaning their lot, because, quite frankly, who doesn't have a hard time now and again but for the past several weeks this skin calming mask has been working wonders on my stress related breakouts. 

Rich and creamy with a comforting herbal scent, I've been slathering my face twice a week and trying to take ten minutes just to breathe. When my hiatus is up I wipe the excess off with Shiseido cotton pads (I only say the name because you need them in your life) and go about my business. 

It could be the ten minutes of mindfulness, it could be the strong anti-oxidant ingredients or it could be that Origins and Dr Weil are seriously onto something with Psychodermatology but my skin has never felt as calmed in times of stress as it has this past few weeks.  

Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum - €54.50
Formulated with Dr Weil's signature Mega-Mushroom blend (that's Hypsizygus ulmarius, Cordyceps and Reishi Mushrooms with Ginger, Turmeric, Holy Basil and Grape Seed Extract) this comforting, light weight serum absorbs beautifully into the eye area. 

I felt a slight tingle on the first couple of applications but I'm putting that down to the inclusion of ginger in its make up. Rather than reducing puffiness, I've found that this serum brings back a suppleness to my eye area, something sadly lacking when I'm losing sleep. 

The result is a lighter under eye area and less need for brighteners and concealers, now that's a money saving, bag busting win, right? 

There are seven facial creams, lotions and serums in this Dr Weil for Origins edit released this month. I'd urge you to speak nicely to an Origins counter gal (some of the nicest in the business by the by) to nab yourself a sample or two and get to loving the mushroom as much as I do. 

Are you a sensitive skinned gal? Do you hold sway with the notion that our skin is affected by our mindset? 

Lemme know!

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