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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

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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AlliJean AlliJean 10 years
I've been really happy with this product. I never break out (and I am very prone) and my skin is always glowing the morning after.
emehling emehling 10 years
Can't wait to try it!
lovealways lovealways 10 years
I need to check this out. Thanks for the heads up!
MissRoxy MissRoxy 10 years
This is the ONLY exfoliator I will ever use on my face! It is amazing!! It works so good I would never consider a professional job.
Char_Sugar Char_Sugar 10 years
I used to use this stuff. It worked great for about 2 weeks and then I got rebound irritation. I have combination/sensitive skin with the oily nose and chin, dry cheeks and forehead. I've had much better luck with the Patricia Wexler anti-aging collection, my acne-prone best friend looks radiant using their anti-acne collection. Great exfoliators included. It's priced at around $50 for a month's supply of the entire line. For a great cheapy alternative if the Modern Friction doesn't work out, is Cosmedicine self adjusting exfoliator. You can get that from Sephora for $10!! Hooray!
steen steen 10 years
I have to recommend the Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion. It's transformed my skin, which is oily and sensitive, without being too harsh or mild.
Katiefrog Katiefrog 10 years
I agree. I have been using this stuff for a year or so now and it really does sting the eyes. It hurts more than just getting any kind of soap or something in your eyes. It is a great exfoliant though. My facialist said she could tell that I must use a great exofoliant by looking at my skin and that is what I use!
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
I get real microdermabrasions twice a year, these at-home things make me skeptical.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
This was the main product Origins was promoting when I went to get my FIRST facial ever with them last month (thanks to you, Bella, who alerted me of the FREE facial promotion going on at Origins stores!). It felt nice, however it sort of burned in areas afterwards, and I don't have very sensitive skin.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Sounds like it might be something worth trying!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
lol, I had my first experience getting it in my eyes the night before last. You're not kidding about it stinging! But I still love it. It's the only scrub that doesn't make me break out.
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