Luminous Micellar Water with Rice Bran Extract
Micellar waters are in the spotlight as special type of cleanser, but they're not all that special. It's not that they don't work—most work quite well, a statement that applies to Olay's Luminous Micellar Water with Rice Bran Extract. In essence, micellar waters are one way to formulate a cleanser; actually, they have more in common with liquid makeup removers than standard facial cleansers.
Olay's fragrance-free liquid formula is in a clear bottle with a unique applicator on top that nicely fits a cotton ball or pad. You push down on the applicator to dispense the cleanser onto the waiting pad, then massage over your face. It's quick, clean, and easy to use.
In use, this micellar water removes makeup reasonably well; we had to use a silicone-based remover to ensure all traces of foundation were gone. Consider it if you wear light makeup, and know you'll need more if your makeup taste runs more "full face" than a swipe of lip gloss and eyeliner pencil.
Olay calls out the rice bran extract, but this doesn't contain any rice bran; instead, you're getting inositol, a vitamin-like ingredient that's a component of rice bran. Not bad, but nothing exceptional, either. The niacinamide and peptide in this cleanser are far more interesting ingredients to spotlight.
This micellar water missed our top rating because it contains witch hazel water, which poses a slight risk of irritating skin. Because this form of witch hazel is the most diluted and isn't listed within the first couple ingredients in this product, we feel comfortable recommending it—but for best results, rinse with water after use.
- Convenient packaging makes this easy to use.
- Contains hydrating ingredients.
- Doesn't make skin feel dry or tight.
- Fragrance free.
- Not adept at removing a wide range of makeup, especially long-wearing formulas.
- Witch hazel water poses a slight risk of irritation.
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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