Luminous Brightening and Protecting Lotion SPF 30
Luminous Brightening and Protecting Lotion SPF 30 ranks among Olay's best daytime moisturizers with sunscreen—and is a top pick at the drugstore if you have normal to oily or combination skin (including breakout-prone skin).
Packaged in an opaque white bottle with a pump dispenser, this lightweight, hydrating lotion applies easily and works well under makeup. Broad spectrum sun protection is supplied, with stabilized avobenzone on hand for sufficient screening of UVA rays.
Along with sun protection and hydration comes a cavalcade of anti-aging ingredients led by skin tone-improving niacinamide. The amount of niacinamide is likely enough to make a positive difference on spots and uneven skin tone—and of course the sun protection keeps either concern from getting worse.
The niacinamide is joined by antioxidants and restoring ingredients, along with titanium dioxide for a subtle brightening effect. All told, this is an esthetically pleasing daytime moisturizer.
The only drawback is the fragrance, although the amount used is minimal, which helps reduce the risk of irritation. Still, we'd be even more enthusiastic about this if the fragrance was removed, but there's certainly enough here to make this worth trying.
- Provides broad spectrum protection.
- Silky lotion base works well under makeup.
- Visibly brightens skin.
- Good mix of anti-aging ingredients, including niacinamide.
- Packaged to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- The fragrance poses a slight risk of irritating skin.
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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