Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer Review

This gel moisturizer is lightweight and great for oily skin like mine. I love using it in the morning under sunscreen.

Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer was included in the Origins bestseller gift set I received as a Christmas present. It’s pretty similar to the Origins’s GinZing Eye Cream that I reviewed a few months ago, but more citrusy and “zing”-y, if that makes sense. If you love the smell of oranges, you’ll love this moisturizer. And if you have oily, acne-prone skin, this is a great gel moisturizer to incorporate into your routine.

Origins Ginzing Gel Moisturizer review

Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer ingredients

water, methyl trimethicone, butylene glycol, glycerin, jojoba esters, panthenol, dicaprylyl carbonate, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, limonene, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) butter, castanea sativa (chestnut) seed extract, rubus idaeus (raspberry) leaf wax, dimethicone, coleus barbatus extract, hordeum vulgare (barley) extract, trehalose, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract, panax ginseng (ginseng) root extract, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, salicylic acid, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) seed extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, phospholipids, tocopheryl acetate, sodium pca, arginine, caffeine, cholesterol, linoleic acid, biotin, folic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, polysilicone-11, carbomer, pantethine, squalane, sodium hyaluronate, hexylene glycol, lecithin, calcium carbonate, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, tromethamine, phenoxyethanol

Like Origins’s GinZing Eye Cream, it contains caffeine, glycerin, ginseng root extract, and sodium hyaluronate. This study showed that ginseng provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that help fight the enzymes that cause hyperpigmentation.

The eye cream contains more anti-aging ingredients like peptides, but this one contains more moisturizing ingredients like squalane and cholesterol. Cholesterol is in lots of CeraVe products, and that’s because it’s naturally found in our sebum. (So is squalene, and remember, squalane is the saturated version of squalene.)

Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer review

As Dr. Aegean Chan recommended, if you have oily skin, you should opt for a gel or serum sunscreen. The same is true for moisturizers, I think—especially in the morning, when you want to use something that doesn’t leave your skin feeling super oily by the end of the day. Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer is very lightweight, blends into your skin like a dream, and is perfect for moisturizing oily skin without weighing it down. I like to apply it in the morning before sunscreen. And unlike lots of other gel moisturizers, this one doesn’t contain any fragrances or dyes. Yay!

Origins Ginzing Eye cream texture tinted review

It doesn’t contain anything listed on’s list of comedogenic ingredients. Note that though it’s technically fragrance-free, it definitely has a scent, probably from the essential oils included. If you remember my Q&A with an allergist, Dr. Ratika Gupta, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid products that contain essential oils.

Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer includes a few essential oils—lemon peel oil and grapefruit peel oil—which mix to form an interesting, energizing scent that never fails to remind me of an orange Creamsicle. Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer is like a lovely dessert for your face. I like this moisturizer; the texture is light, silky, and doesn’t leave your skin feeling too sticky afterward. It also doesn’t pill at all. I recommend using it if you’re looking for a lightweight gel moisturizer to layer under your sunscreen. It will nourish your skin without making your face look shiny.

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