Origins GinZing moisturizer review: can this oil-free formula fully hydrate my skin?

The bestselling Origins GinZing Moisturizer has had an upgrade, promising 72-hours of hydration.

Origins GINZING Moisturizer
(Image credit: Origins)
My Imperfect Life Verdict

Radiance in a jar, this fresh-smelling moisturizer is gloriously light and leaves skin feeling soft and dewy. This could well be the best moisturizer for dry skin that’s oil-free.

Reasons to buy
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    Natural, active ingredients

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    Long-lasting hydrating

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    Fresh, uplifting scent

Reasons to avoid
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    Lightweight, very dry skin may need something heavier

Wondering if Origins GinZing Moisturizer is the one for you? Well, it made it onto our list of the best moisturizers for dry skin, and it could really be a lifesaver for anyone who suffers with combination skin.

The search for effective, non comedogenic - that’s a fancy way of saying products that won’t cause pore blockages - moisturizers is a lifelong commitment for us combination and oily-skinned. And that’s not the only reason I veer away from oil-based skincare. 

I managed to reach my late 20s before I realised that I suffered with mild rosacea. The telltale signs were there; flushed cheeks after a glass of red, blotches at the gym, a heightened sensitivity to the sun… but it took visiting a dermatologist for a different reason to stumble upon my diagnosis. “Skin that has rosacea will feel more sensitive but often has an oily component,” Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, aesthetic doctor and medical director of Adonia Medical Clinic, told me. “Oily products and products that clog the pores can really aggregate rosacea.”

I waved goodbye to my much-loved facial oil and embarked on a quest to find the perfect oil-free moisturizer - enter Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer, a hybrid of glow-boosting ingredients and super-hydrating technology, that’s light and oil free. So can it hydrate without aggravating my skin? 

The basics

Targets: Tired-looking and dull complexions in need of a moisture hit. Suitable for all skin types. 

USP: Reviving plant extracts. Promises to keep skin hydrated for 72 hours. 

Key ingredients: Caffeine (derived from coffee beans) to refresh and recharge, panax ginseng, a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine to boost the skin’s energy, sunflower seeds and barley, containing essential lipids, and Hydra-Hug, Origin’s latest hydration technology.

The science bit

Packed full of natural, active ingredients, Origins’ USP is its ability to harness the power of plants to revive our dull complexions. Origins’ iconic Dr. Weil’s Mega-Mushroom range, formulated with potent reishi mushrooms, is also a fantastically hydrating collection of lotions, emulsions and creams. 

Origins’ GinZing Energy Boosting Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer is charged with panax ginseng, a small-but-mighty perennial plant grown in the mountains of East Asia. Ginseng is well known for its invigorating properties and has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a powerful antioxidant. While Origins isn’t claiming the same health benefits as if you were to go straight to the source, this moisturizer does encourage anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which is quite evident as regular use did calm my rosacea-prone skin. 

The formula of this bestselling moisturizer has been recently reconsidered, with the introduction of “Hydra-Hug” hydration technology, a term coined by Origins. Hydra-hug technology claims to tackle dryness at a cellular level, bridging the gap between skill cells (with a “hug”, geddit?) and thus helping to lock in moisture. 

First impressions and immediate effects

The marketing spiel around this moisturizer is loud and clear; it wakes up your tired skin. It even includes traces of actual coffee beans in the ingredients list. But credit to Origins, it lives up to its namesake and if you want a moisturizer that will leave you looking like you’ve had your full eight hours, I fully recommend this glow-boosting formula. 

The moisturizer’s cooling texture is a welcome reviver after an early morning wake up call. My lacklustre 7am skin and puffy eyes felt instantly refreshed and the uplifting scent - composed of orange peel, grapefruit and spearmint oil - adds to that fresh-as-daisy, ready-to-take-on-the-world feeling. 


Origins are well known for their bold colours and pretty fonts, making products a welcome addition to any dressing table or bathroom cabinet. GinZing is, quite fittingly, housed in a vibrant orange tub, packaged up in the brand’s usual aesthetically-appealing, but first and foremost sustainable, cardboard packaging. The brand has a commitment to sustainability and it’s a big part of their ethos. All packaging is made from largely recycled materials, produced by renewable energy sources.

The verdict 

Does the hydration life of this refreshing gel span 72 hours? Well, I’ve never gone that long without washing my face (apart from maybe at Glastonbury, but that was in a pre-GinZing era). But what I can tell you is that this delicious-smelling hydrator does deliver a dewy, post-facial freshness that lasts all day. 

The zingy scent and texture as light as a candy floss may scream summertime, but hear me out - this is also the perfect moisturizer for the colder months. Thanks to its hero ingredient, panax ginseng, this gel moisturizer is a genius hydrator, as the Asian plant is a solid source of vitamin B3 (or Niacinamide), which is evidenced to help your skin cells to hang onto moisture. Cue plumper, hydrated skin - even with the harsher elements to contend with. 

Who should buy the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer? 

Early birds will rejoice at this energy-boosting moisturizer that glides onto skin after a morning shower or early work out session, offering up a mood-boosting scent and hydration that will last all day. 

After ditching the oil, I’ve been careful about which products I invest in, but it’s reassuring to know there are options out there that offer lasting moisture throughout the day and night. I’d recommend using this cream as a morning pick-me-up and switching to something a little more heavy-duty in the evening for more nourishment overnight. Oiler skins may want to use it both day and night. 

This is not a product that will deal with specific skin concerns, but, if like me, you’ve a combi complexion and want lasting hydration - without oil - it’s a real winner.