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Olay Review: A Review of The 10 Best Olay Skin Care Products

What Are The Top 10 Best Olay Skin Care Products?

Olay offers a wide variety of skin care products, including cleansers, toners, masks, mists, moisturizers, serums, treatments, and sun protection products. Since there’s way too many Olay skin care products to discuss in one review, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 best Olay skin care products.

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream

  • Anti-aging facial moisturizer
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, panthenol, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, and sodium hyaluronate
  • Claimed to visibly diminish wrinkles and fine lines starting day 1
  • Contains fragrance
  • Contains three parabens as preservatives

 

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer

  • Anti-aging nighttime facial moisturizer with retinol
  • Claimed to deliver visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, retinol, and retinyl propionate
  • Fragrance-free, dye-free formula
  • Jar packaging means the retinol will deteriorate over time due to exposure to air

 

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum

  • Anti-aging nighttime facial serum with retinol
  • Claimed to deliver visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, retinol, and retinyl propionate
  • Higher concentration of retinol than the Night Moisturizer
  • Fragrance-free, dye-free formula
  • Opaque plastic bottle with a dropper dispenser protects retinol from exposure to air

 

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream

  • Anti-aging nighttime eye cream with retinol
  • Claimed to visibly firm, brighten, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, retinol, retinyl propionate, and vitamin E
  • Light, silky texture that absorbs quickly
  • Fragrance-free, dye-free formula
  • Jar packaging means the retinol will deteriorate over time due to exposure to air

 

Olay Collagen Peptide 24 Moisturizer

  • Lightweight anti-aging facial cream that absorbs quickly without leaving a sticky, greasy, or heavy feeling
  • Key ingredients include palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, niacinamide, glycerin, and panthenol
  • Claimed to help skin look and feel visibly firmer with less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles in two weeks
  • Fragrance-free
  • Recommended for normal, oily, or dry combination skin types
  • Can be applied morning and night

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Olay Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer SPF 25

  • Anti-aging daytime facial moisturizer with sunscreen
  • The term “whip” in the name due to the inclusion of “Whip Technology”
  • Whip Technology offers you a light formula that transforms from cream to liquid on contact for fast absorption and a breathable feel, resulting in a smooth, matte finish that leaves your skin feeling moisturized
  • Includes chemical sunscreen ingredients to provide broad spectrum SPF 25 protection
  • Additional key ingredients include niacinamide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, and sodium hyaluronate
  • Contains fragrance

 

Olay Total Effects Whip Face Moisturizer SPF 40

  • Anti-aging daytime facial moisturizer with sunscreen
  • Claimed to hydrate, replenish, brighten, and even the look of your skin, while also minimizing the look of your pores and visibly firming and smoothing your complexion
  • Includes chemical sunscreen ingredients to provide broad spectrum SPF 40 protection
  • Additional key ingredients include niacinamide, panthenol, and vitamins C and E
  • Contains fragrance

 

Olay Total Effects 7 in One Face Moisturizer

  • Oil-free, anti-aging facial moisturizer
  • Claimed to provide your skin with seven benefits: it hydrates, replenishes, brightens, evens the look of tone, minimizes the look of pores, visibly firms and visibly smooths
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, panthenol, and vitamins C and E
  • Contains fragrance

 

Olay Exfoliating & Moisturizing Body Wash

  • Olay body wash that is claimed to gently massage away dead skin cells to reveal radiant, moisturized skin
  • Key ingredients include sugar, cocoa butter, and niacinamide
  • Rinses off clean without leaving an oily residue on the skin
  • Contains fragrance

 

Olay Cleansing & Brightening Body Wash

  • Olay body wash that produces a rich and creamy lather, leaving skin feeling soft and silky to the touch
  • Key ingredients include petrolatum, niacinamide, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • Contains a high amount of fragrance

What Are The Key Ingredients in Olay Skin Care Products?

Even though Olay produces hundreds of different skin care products, we’ve noticed that the formulations are nearly identical. Nearly all Olay moisturizers have the same key ingredients, which include niacinamide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, glycerin, panthenol, and silicones. Let’s take a closer look at how these ingredients work, as well as the research that supports their use in skin care.

One ingredient that Olay loves to include in their formulations is niacinamide. Niacinamide is the amide form of vitamin B3 (niacin) that provides many benefits to the skin. For instance, a publication in the  Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, states that niacinamide can repair the skin barrier and improve skin moisture, as well as reduce inflammation, blotchiness, hyperpigmentation, acne, and wrinkling. Niacinamide is also an antioxidant that helps the skin combat free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

Another key ingredient used throughout the collection of Olay skin care products is palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, or what the brand calls an “amino peptide”. Palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 is a matrikine, a messenger peptide that regulates cell activities through cell signaling. For example, when the collagen protein is degraded, matrikines send signals to fibroblasts to produce new collagen.

Since matrikines have the ability to increase the production of collagen, elastin, and other macromolecules in the ECM, synthetic peptides like palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 have been created to mimic these effects. According to a publication in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 stimulates production of collagen types I and III and fibronectin. Thus, the inclusion of palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 in the Olay skin care products means you may notice an improvement in skin firmness after using these products.

You’ll also notice that Olay skin care products are formulated with high concentrations of humectants (like glycerin and panthenol) and silicones (like dimethicone). Humectants are beneficial skin care ingredients because their structure is composed of hydrophilic (water loving) groups, such as hydroxyl groups (OH) and/or amine groups (NH2). The OH and NH2 groups hydrogen bond with water, essentially “grabbing” it and holding it on the skin.

The inclusion of silicones in the Olay skin care products helps to give these products a silky smooth skin feel. Silicones also form a protective covering on the skin that provides both water-binding and water-resistant properties. Furthermore, the smooth, even base that is formed helps other beneficial ingredients traverse through it to the skin more easily as well as prevent contact with potentially irritating ingredients.

What is The Olay Return Policy?

The Olay return policy states, “You will be responsible for the shipping charges to return the item(s). To obtain your refund, the item must be returned to us, unopened and in its original packaging, with all accessories, within 30 days of the date upon which we provided the item to the carrier for shipment to you.”

Is Olay Cruelty Free?

Olay is not cruelty free. Olay is owned by Procter & Gamble, a company that tests on animals. Olay also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is required by law.

Olay Reviews

Olay reviews on the brand’s website are mostly very positive. One product that has an impressive amount of reviews is the Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream. After more than 23,000 customer reviews, this product has received an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars.

The positive Olay reviews for the Micro Sculpting Cream mention that this moisturizer really does help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while keeping the skin moisturized and smooth.

For example, one review says, “I am in my 50’s and have been on a constant search for something that really works to diminish my fine and deeper wrinkles over the long term. After experimenting with numerous products, I have found that this cream really does work. The big test was when I switched to another brand for 6 months. New lines appeared. The texture of my skin became coarser. I switched back to Olay. I would say that within 2 weeks, my skin improved. Within 1 month, my skin was significantly improved. This cream always gets good reviews, for a good reason. It works! Superior moisturization as well. I use it with the serum at night. Definitely recommend it!”

However, there are quite a few negative reviews for Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream from customers who did not see the results they were hoping for after using this product for months. For example, one review says, “I have been an Olay user for years. I was sure that the Regenerist Micro Sculpting cream would live up to the standards of prior products. I have purchased a total of 12 jars(3 unused so far) and have seen NO improvement or change as promised. I do not expect miracles at my age (71) but do expect some small and positive changes. Not happening with this product.”

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