I’m going to be totally honest up front: I’m absolutely not the right market for this product. Plantscription anti-aging serum by Origins is designed for perimenopausal skin that either cannot tolerate retinols or for pre-mature to mature skin seeking a more natural alternative to retinols.
I’m in my late twenties and once winter hits I’ll slap any bit of mild vitamin A I can get. Like, I am totally not the official target market for this product.
All is not lost though! I’ve been using Plantscription for the past month and a half so I can tell you what it’s like from the perspective of someone who has some tone and texture issues caused by environmental factors like dry air-conditioning, city pollution and seasonal change.
Right. Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the latest serum from Origins. Plantscription is the newest addition alongside Origins already strong existing anti-aging skincare line, Youthtopia.
Around this time of year I add a mild strength retinol to my skincare routine a few times a week to combat signs of visible dehydration around my mouth (smile lines!), upper cheekbones (also smile lines!) and my forehead (clearly I need to stop grinning so much). The downside to retinol use is that I’m not a fan of the initial breaking in period where my skin adjusts to it, plus given that I’m blessed/cursed with skin that runs a little thin I’m also hyper conscious of retinol-derived skin thinning.
Plantscription isn’t a retinol product, but it does imitate the effects of a mild-strength retinol cream. I’ve noticed retinol-like results around my upper cheekbones, particularly in regards to tamping down any fine lines caused by hot, dry air-conditioning.
As far as tone and texture goes Plantscription is leagues ahead of my previous daily serum, Origins Mega-Mushroom Serum. My skin feels plump and smooth but without the stickiness you’d get from, say, a hyaluronic acid-based serum. My freckles remained faint and the vitamin C agent in Plantscription gave my skin just a nice amount of glow.
A couple of notes if you have more sensitive skin and are interested in Plantidote. It contains salicylic acid so if you’re allergic to willowbark or get a reaction after ingesting asprin, either avoid it completely or do a patch test on the inside of your elbow to see if you’re also skin sensitive. On a similar note it also contains a variety of essential oils (mandarin, star anise, pink rose, lavender and geranium), so if you have any doubts about the topical application of these oils, do a patch test.
Verdict? I’m going to keep using Plantscription over winter to help fight the ravages of hot, dry artificial air, then decide whether or not I want to switch back to Mega-Mushroom when the hot weather and humidity returns to Sydney. For now though it gets a nice big tick from me.
Origins Plantscription anti-aging serum is AU$97 for 30mL and is available at Kit Cosmetics.
This item was provided for review.