Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser Deep Sea Kelp & Aloe
Olay claims that Cleansing Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser Deep Sea Kelp & Aloe "actually improve your skin's condition as you wash." While it's true that the lotion-esque texture feels nice and produces a comfortable, light lather, the formula is also loaded with fragrance—so strongly that you can still smell it after you rinse the cleanser off. (See More Info to learn why it's always better to go the fragrance-free route when it comes to skincare.)
Otherwise, you're left with a basic cleanser that does an OK job of removing makeup and oil. Pay little attention to the claims about the sea kelp and aloe extract—those ingredients are in minimal concentration and get rinsed down the drain before they can cling to skin in a cleanser formula.
OK, one more comment about the fragrance: It's also a problem if you plan to use this cleanser around the eyes. Highly fragranced products can cause or worsen eye irritation.
- Lotion-esque texture produces a comfortable, light lather.
- Doesn't leave skin feeling stripped or dry.
- Highly fragrant formula (enough so that you can still smell it after you've rinsed it off).
- The strong fragrance is just as bad for the eyes as it is for your skin.
- Sea kelp and aloe get rinsed down the drain before they can have much impact.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.
In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.
For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.
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