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Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash by origins

Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash

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my complexion was never perfect but just recently i have noticed how clear and smooth my skin looks

- Nordstrom User

i love this product, but love all origins products, this product in particular leaves your skin smooth and fresh and you only have to use a dab, it will last a long time

- Nordstrom User



with its silky, creamy texture and light fragrance this product is a delightful part of my cleansing ritual, at the end of which my skin feels soft, well-cleansed, and beautiful

- Nordstrom User

i love the smooth, creamy texture of checks and balances

- Nordstrom User


good for acne

i have acne prone, oily/combination skin, and my husband has dry/combination skin and even he loves this stuff

- Nordstrom User

wow, this face wash is really amazing for acne prone skin

- Nordstrom User



it doesn't dry out my skin like other products, which i love, and along with the rest of the origins products in my facial regimen, my skin has dramatically improved

- Nordstrom User

i used to use it with my fingers, now i use it with my brush, it gives a deep clean without drying, the best cleanser i have ever used

- Nordstrom User



i love that my skin now looks healthy, balanced, radiant and almost perfect

- Nordstrom User

its the most perfect cleanser i've ever used, it doesn't dry out my skin yet it deeply cleanse my skin, and it leaves my skin looking bright and feeling fresh

- Nordstrom User



i love this face wash, it is gentle yet does the job and leaves my skin feeling soft and looking great

- Nordstrom User

the effect is gentle and a little matte (as opposed to a deep, stripped and shiny clean)

- Nordstrom User


redness relief

no more red blotches on his skin

- Ulta User

a good clean feeling without redness

- Nordstrom User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

cleans every pore spotless and keeps my skin looking great

- Nordstrom User

i have combination skin and this product leaves my skin clean and refreshed and keeps my pores tight without over-drying my skin

- Nordstrom User

uneven skintone

evens out skin

my skin is so clear and even-toned ever since i started using this amazing face wash

- Nordstrom User

it has helped to even out my skin tone significantly, has drastically impacted the frequency and severity of my breakouts, and leaves my face glowing and refreshed

- Nordstrom User



i have found the perfect combination of products for my aging, t-zone skin

- Nordstrom User

i'm 46 with aging, very oily, and blemish-prone skin :( my main concern is getting my face really clean without over-stripping it, using as natural a product as possible

- Nordstrom User


good quality

after i use it i feel very clean but not very smooth ,it has a cheap privce and good quality

- Nordstrom User

the quality of my skin is a 100% better after using this :)

- Nordstrom User
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nordstrom userApril 24, 2017

A personal cult classic

I may not always have this in my skincare line up, but I always find my way back to using Check and Balances. This was my first "adult" skincare product that I used as a young adult. It was purchased for me, by my mom, when I was in high school. She enjoyed Origins products and passed that enjoyment on to me. I tend to use Checks and Balances as my morning face wash, because I like how it leaves my skin feeling for the rest of the day. Balanced and clean. I love how creamy this face wash feels upon lathering it up. You don't need a lot of product either. I will get a creamy lather going by wetting my face and then applying Checks and Balances. Once rubbed into my skin, I'll add more water to my face to make the face wash even frothier. From there I will rinse it off and pat my face dry. It leaves my skin feeling clean and soft, never stripped or dried. It's gentle and never have broken me out. It even helps calm my acne. I also enjoy the smell. It's fresh and caries a bit of nostalgia for me all these years later. I'd put the price at mid range, it does cost more than drugstore brands but I feel you are getting what you pay for. And as I said above, you don't need a ton of product, so the tube lasts for a nice amount of time. Even after all of these years and so many products used, I know Check and Balances will always be the same perfect face wash that I love. Disclaimer: I received this product for free/complimentary for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

- nordstrom
nordstrom userApril 22, 2014

NOT for all skin types

This product was sooo drying! My skin felt so tight and uncomfortable and I had major dry patches and flaking skin.I personally find that most cleansers that are labeled for "all skin types" don't do much for oily skin,acne,combo instead then generally lean towards people with no trouble skin or dryer skin. This product breaks the mold and seems pefect for people with super oily skin. I typically have normal skin with occasional breakouts but after moving from a humid climate to a dry climate my skin went a little crazy and I had to find new skincare. My skin was a tad oily with some acne and acne products had become super drying so I thought this would be perfect..WRONG.sure it got rid of my acne but also my soft skin! I tried to get a better moisturizer but then I was stuck with more acne and still crazy dry skin. Maybe its just the dry climate I live in but I have never used such a drying cleanser in my whole life.

- nordstrom
nordstrom userOctober 01, 2011

Best Cleanser On The Planet

It's pretty rare that I find a product I love enough to leave a review for it, but Checks and Balances is hands down the best cleanser I have ever used. It smells great, foams up perfectly (especially when I use it with this little soft rubber face scrubber that came with a different cleanser I tried before discovering Checks and Balances), removes dirt oil and makeup effortlessly, leaves your skin feeling smooth refreshed and like it can BREATHE - not at all tight and uncomfortable. And the cherry on top is that it's fairly inexpensive and a little goes a long way. I use a tiny pea-sized amount and am able to wash my entire face and neck. Also, I have difficult skin - extreme combination where some areas looked like an oil slick and others were so dry it would be practically peeling and cracking, and in addition I have occasional breakouts, plus am in my late 20's and my skin just looked dull and boring. The difference I noticed from using this cleanser was unbelievable. It has helped to even out my skin tone significantly, has drastically impacted the frequency and severity of my breakouts, and leaves my face glowing and refreshed. I've had numerous people comment on the difference they have noticed. Lastly, I tried to convince my boyfriend to try using this cleanser for as long as I can remember: he has combination skin as well, but in addition he suffers from eczema and recently had some pretty bad flares on his face. He finally tried Checks and Balances (not because of my nagging, because he ran out of his normal stuff - typical guy), and he is completely hooked. He has been using it for about 3 weeks now and the eczema has been steadily diminishing. Plus he said it makes his skin feel much better too, and has helped to soothe the discomfort. I've actually had to go buy a new bottle because he has stolen mine. I'm done rambling, but honestly if you are unsure about trying this or are on the fence, please go for it!. You'll love it so much you'll wonder how you ever could have used other cleansers. It is absolutely the best out there.

- nordstrom
nordstrom userNovember 19, 2015

No Balancing Life with Acne!!

Everything I used to do was centered around my acne. It was if I balanced my life *around* my acne. Well, no more~! My skin, just after one month of use, cleared up completely. I've been using this product for a little less than six months and I cannot believe I haven't found Origins sooner!oio This product smells so good, is so gentle, and froths up beautifully! Can you believe I'm just about to run out of this face wash after a little less then six months - a lot goes a long way! This product is great for sensitive skin and it doesn't feel like it dries out my face. My skin is much softer to the touch, my complexion and redness much less noticeable, and the little acne that I do get (due to hormones, etc.) are very minuscule and not at all a concern! I have combination/oily skin and when I get acne I tend to get miserable cysts that last for weeks if not a month. Therefore, to finically be free of that nightmare, I cannot stop raving about Origins. I'm currently studying to become a Dietetic, so I value the importance of quality and of the types of ingredients used in origins products. It seems to be pure, straight to the point, and gentle. I am in love with this company and credit my beautiful skin to this product! ♡

- nordstrom
nordstrom userApril 08, 2017

so clean!!

This stuff is amazing! For the past two years I have been dealing with weird hormone imbalances that have caused me to bounce around on a bunch of different birth control pills and my face has definitely paid the price. I've developed what seems like the oiliest T-zone known to man kind, while my cheeks flake, and my under eyes turn super puffy and red and get crazy sensitive. Well, in comes Origins to save my life, yet again. I don't know why I waited so long to try this face wash. One wash and my oiliness is taken care of while the dry and sensitive parts of my face aren't irritated or worsened. My skin feels so clean and insanely soft afterwards! And since using it regularly, I find my skin to be less oily long term. Better yet, this has helped control my breakouts SUBSTANTIALLY, and tends to even out the redness around the sides of my nose. My pores DO look pretty big afterwards, but that's nothing a quick Origins Charcoal Mask can't fix. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone with combination to oily skin for sure. I reecieved this product free for testing purposes but all opinions are my own.

- nordstrom


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I’ve been using origins check and balances and I’ve been loving it. I have oily skin and i feel it really cleans my skin
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has anyone used this? i’ve used it probably 2 or 3 times on my face but i was just curious if anyone had a long term review of it? it also says for acne prone skin and mine DEFINITELY is, does anyone know if it actually helps prevent it? thanks! :)
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If you would want something more for your acne I would use something like this. When my skin would breakout first of all I would lay off makeup for a bit then I would use this everyday once a day and it helped my skin! but i am not a serious acne person my skin has always been a little bit smoother than most
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Need recommendations for face cleanser . I’m breaking out a lot out of nowhere . 😞 I have combo skin and sensitive 😬 help plz
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checks and balances by origins works great!
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This is amazing. It has mint which helps with acne. It’s gentle enough where you can use it everyday & you can also use it to remove your make up. I also recommend exfoliating with a scrub once a week to help remove whitehead & black heads.
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Hey Love! I have similar problems and I use this face wash! It’s pretty good! Really do only need a nickel size amount of the product, so it will definitely last you! Hope this helps you!
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