I do like to avoid being a negative nancy here on my blog, but sometimes something just has to be said about a product I really have not got on with/do not agree with. The Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment is one of those products (along with having the longest name e.v.e.r) in that I really do not like this at all. 

If you read my post on Nouvelle Daily recently about choosing to go natural with all my beauty products, you will have seen me pretty much slate an un-named moisturiser for causing havoc to my skin. Well, it was this one. 
There's an awful lot of hype around Origins products, especially the Make A Difference range lately and I admit I have fallen for said hype time and time again, with Origins previously being one of my favourite brands for quite some time. But the more I've been learning about ingredients and brands that are truly natural I have come to learn that Origins is not. The ingredients in this treatment confirm this 100% for me and I wish I'd of realised sooner.
When I first got my hands on the fetching acrylic pot I was a little too excited to bother with what was in it and happily slathered it on my skin for days, waiting for miracles that never came. I'm prone to milia around my eyes and cheekbones but after using this I had so many new little white lumps of keratin popping up I nearly wept. Not only that but my skin dried out, broke out and pretty much self imploded. So attractive guys. This all happened quite slowly and it took me a long time to realise my skin is sensitive to silicones and all the other synthetic, pore clogging ingredients that are in this pot of joy.

I'll quote a little of what I wrote on Nouvelle about the main ingredients that I am so upset with:
"As we all know ingredients are shown in descending order, with the highest quantities shown first, so it was highly worrying that the second ingredient was Cyclopentasiloxane (I know, can you even say that?) - a silicone-based fluid. Secondly we have Butylene Glycol, a surfectant with good 'slip' and no skincare benefits. Next up is Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, a synthetic oil created as a substitute for mineral oil. Nice. Then there's Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate VP Copolymer, a synthetic thickener used because it makes creams feel nice when applied. Finally we have demethicone, another silicone which acts as more of a hinderance than a help to your skin."
Not very natural is it? Don't be fooled by creams and gels like this that feel nice and give skin a fake 'plumping' effect, it's all lies!! 
I have avoided using this for a good few months now, attempting to let my face get back to normal (unfortunately the scars are here to stay for a long time) but I gave it a go on friday night and by morning there was a new painful red friend on my face. So that's all the telling I need! What a waste of £34.

All I'm trying to say is... please take care with what you're putting on your face, guys. It's your FACE. You only get one.
Also, one last thing to make it all a little bit worse for myself, Origins is owned by the giant Estee Lauder company so of course the products are not even a little bit cruelty free. It's just like a big slap in the face, right on my spot. 

Ingredients: (taken from here)
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Trehalose, Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate VP Copolymer, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Litchi Chinensis Seed Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Anastatica Hierochuntica (Rose of Jericho) Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Vetiver Root Oil, Camphor Bark Oil, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract, Magnolia Acuminata Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Extract, Iris Palida Root Extract, Linalool, Citral, Limonene, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Lens Esculenta Lentil Fruit Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract/Extrait D’Orge a Deux Rangs, Astrocaryu Murmumuru Seed Butter, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Polyquaternium-51, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium PCA, Caffeine, Urea, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Pentylene Glycol, Dextrin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Essential Oil 


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