I spent my high school years in a boarding school. Gathering with friends and trying on makeup products we somehow got our hands on, such as a powder foundation that’s 4 shades darker than our skin tone, and then trying to remove it with a bar soap was how we spent our weekends. It wasn’t until college that I started using a proper face wash. A Sephora employee sold me a little set from Origins that included Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, the Ginzing eye cream, and the oil-free moisturizer from the same line.
That was when I first tried Origins and also when I learned that skin type matters. That cleanser helped my oily, acne-prone skin in so many ways. Looking back, I wish someone taught me this sooner. But I give back. To this day, I buy the same 3-piece gift set for young women in my life every holiday season. And I always receive appreciation in return.
So Frothy and I go way back. It’s been one of my all-time favorite foam cleansers that I can always rely on when my skin is acting out, and breaking out. Keep reading for my honest review of Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash.
Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash is a foaming cleanser. These types of cleansers lather up when mixed with water and give you a very satisfying cleansing experience.
The face wash features tourmaline, which is anti-bacterial and helps acne-prone skin manage breakouts. The cleanser also contains a blend of essential oils such as spearmint leaf and lavender.
But with foaming cleansers, it isn’t usually about what they contain but more about what they don’t. And that’s sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
This surfactant creates foam, which is why it’s so common in foaming cleansers. On the flip side, it’s known to dry and irritate skin 1. The good news is that Frothy is free of SLS.
The Frothy face wash has the most satisfying texture. And it’s all thanks to the light foam. With little water, the cleanser bubbles up and turns into a whipped cream texture. A little squeeze is enough to clean your face.
Even though it’s made with fragrant essential oils, the cleanser doesn’t have an overpowering scent. You smell a minty fresh scent as you rub the cleanser into your skin.
The Cleansing Experience
I squeeze out a little amount of the cleanser and start massaging it onto my wet skin. It quickly lathers up and I can feel the light foam picking up excess oil, and dirt from my skin. Once I’m confident that my skin is all clean, I rinse my face with water.
That’s when I feel that squeaky clean skin. I pat my skin dry and it looks polished and feels soft. There is no tight feeling, irritation, or redness either. My skin is visibly matte, even, and calm.
The Makeup Removal
Now, I regularly wear a full face of makeup. If you’re wondering if Frothy Face Wash can remove your makeup, the answer is yes -about 90%. But here’s why I don’t use or recommend it for makeup removal.
To properly remove heavy eye makeup, such as black eyeliner and several coats of mascara, you need to really take your time with cleansing by working your cleanser onto the eyelids.
Most cleansers, including the minty Frothy Face Wash, don’t allow that as they travel between your lashes and get into your eyes, causing watery eyes.
This makes it difficult to completely remove eye makeup. So while you can technically use Frothy to get rid of your base makeup like your foundation, be thorough if you wear eye makeup.
Just do a double cleanse. Use a separate oil cleanser to remove your makeup first. You can try the oil cleanser from the same line, Origins Checks and Balances Milky Oil Cleanser + Makeup Melter, to dissolve your makeup. Then let Frothy pick up the rest. The two pair well together.
I’ve been using Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash intermittently for years. When my skin breaks out and I need to adjust my skincare routine, it’s the cleanser that I build everything around.
It keeps my skin balanced, redness-free, shine-free, and oil-free, which in turn keeps my pores clean. It never dehydrates my skin or leaves it tight. The fact that it’s made without SLS is why I can comfortably use it on my rosacea skin.
Who It Is For
Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash is great for all skin types! If you’re someone with oily, combination skin, you can use it as your daily face cleanser.
Additionally, if your skin is congested, or suddenly breaking out, as mine does on my chin area when I’m stressed out, you can swap your cleanser for Frothy to help calm acne until your skin is clear.
If you’re adjusting your skincare routine for summer, add Frothy into your daily skincare routine to maintain clear pores and a grease-free complexion all summer.
How to Apply It
Wet your skin first. Squeeze out a little amount of Frothy Face Wash into the palm of your hand. A pea-sized amount lathers up nicely, so you don’t need much.
Massage the cleanser into your skin using both hands for as long as 60 seconds. Avoid getting the cleanser into your eyes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry.
On a side note, if I’m washing my face in the shower, I like to leave the cleanser on for a couple of minutes before rinsing, especially if my skin is extra oily. It works like a mattifying, pore-clearing face mask!
How Often to Use It
As a daily cleanser, you can use Frothy Face Wash twice a day in your morning and evening routine. However, if this is your first time with a foaming cleanser and you’re not sure how your skin is going to react, use it once a day in your evening routine until you’re sure your skin loves it. You can then move up to twice daily use.
What to Use After Applying Frothy Face Wash
After you’ve washed your face with Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, you can start applying your lightweight products such as toner, serum, and finally, your moisturizer.
If you’re on the lookout for complementing products, here’s what I can recommend on the assumption that you have oily skin.
Apply Ginzing Energizing Gel Cream ($37) on clean skin. It’s a lightweight daily moisturizer. It hydrates without clogging pores.
For your evening routine, apply Ginzing Into the Glow Brightening Serum ($48) on clean, dry skin. It smells like heaven, brightens with vitamin C, and also helps with uneven skin tone and texture with the help of lactic acid and salicylic acid.
If you don’t mind the subtly radiant finish, you can use it in your morning routine too. Remember to top it off with your moisturizer.
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- Patil, S., Singh, P., Sarasour, K., & Maibach, H. (1995). Quantification of sodium lauryl sulfate penetration into the skin and underlying tissue after topical application–pharmacological and toxicological implications. Journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 84(10), 1240–1244. https://doi.org/10.1002/jps.2600841018