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Olay

Complete All Day Moisture Cream with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Sensitive

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 10.99
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Olay brought back the former version of this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen due to consumer demand. The previous version used avobenzone for reliable UVA protection while the reinstated formula includes zinc oxide, which is preferred for sensitive skin. Although broad-spectrum sun protection is assured, this remains a fairly lackluster formula that, beyond the zinc oxide sunscreen, has no benefit for sensitive skin other than being fragrance-free. One of the actives (octinoxate) isn’t the best for sensitive skin, and the base formula is lacking a good mix of soothing anti-irritants.

This contains an impressive amount of antioxidant vitamin E, but the jar packaging won’t keep it stable during use. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

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Help prevent premature sun damage, when used as directed. Give your sensitive skin a broad spectrum SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen in a daily moisture cream.

Active: Octinoxate (6%), Zinc Oxide (3%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Steareth-21, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Steareth-2, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Oleth-3 Phosphate

Olay At-A-Glance

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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