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Product Review: Origins Modern Friction

First, let me make one thing very clear: I was not blessed with soft skin, particularly on my face. It's hard enough to keep my combination skin looking smooth, with its oily spots, flaky patches, and occasional blemishes. But getting it to feel soft to the touch has always been fairly impossible. That is, until I discovered the life-changing Modern Friction face scrub from Origins ($36).


In the past, I have steered away from so-called dermabrasion products, because I was afraid they would irritate my skin. But this product does quite the opposite: It gets rid of irritation, uneveness, dry patches, and dullness by gently resurfacing your face all over. After the scrub, my face has a ruddy glow, but it looks polished and not the slightest bit angry, so read more

Even if you have sensitive skin, this product is amazing. (If you don't believe me, ask Colormesticky, reviewed it a few weeks ago.) Its main exfoliating property is rice starch, and it also contains aloe to sooth your face.

I use Modern Friction at least once a week — often after a long night or when my skin looks especially tired — before getting in the shower. To use, you simply scoop some on your fingertips and massage gently over your face when it's dry and clean. Then, add a bit of water and work it into a lather.

Next, the jar says "Rinse Well," and I cannot stress this enough. To wash it off, I immediately step into the shower, close my eyes, and wait for all of the scrub to wash off. Because when this stuff gets in your eyes, it stings like hell. Otherwise, it's pretty much perfect.


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