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Luminous Whip Face Moisturizer

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 29.99
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Luminous Whip Face Moisturizer has a unique texture: If you have normal to oily or combination skin and want a lightweight yet hydrating shine-free moisturizer that doesn't feel heavy and blurs pores, this is your product. But before you add it to your shopping bag, we have a couple of drawbacks to discuss…

The first problem is its packaging, which is a standard, albeit attractive, jar. This type of packaging won't negatively impact the niacinamide (it's stable in the presence of air and light) but will impact the effectiveness of the green tea and other vulnerable ingredients Luminous Whip contains. See More Info for details.

This also contains fragrance, which is not skin-caring because it can trigger irritation. Thankfully, this isn't heavily scented but consider this: If every product in your skincare routine has just a little fragrance, that can add up to a problem when everything is layered morning and evening!

The niacinamide this contains does triple duty as a pore minimizer, skin tone brightener, and antioxidant, but this is hardly the only Olay product that contains it (check out their serums with niacinamide, many of which we've rated highly).

We love the innovative whipped texture and cream-to-water hydrating technology this weightless moisturizer offers, but you can get a great sensorial experience in better packaging (and minus the fragrance) from other lightweight gel-cream products on our list of Best Moisturizers.

Pros:
  • Wonderfully light whipped texture hydrates without heaviness.
  • Leaves a shine-free, smooth finish that works well under makeup.
  • Minimizes the look of pores as it brightens.
  • Contains skin-restoring niacinamide and antioxidant green tea.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep most of the key ingredients stable once opened.
  • Short on skin tone and dark spot-brightening compared to today's best facial moisturizers and treatments.
  • Fragrance poses a risk of irritation.
More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!

References for this information:

Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106

Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259

Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660

Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683

Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88

Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes
Delivers lasting radiance without the shine. This breakthrough facial moisturizer transforms from cream to liquid on contact for fast absorption and a breathable feel. Youll see skin thats smooth, matte and shine-free. Formulated with key tone and pore perfecting ingredients, this brightening moisturizer actively hydrates to even skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores. Skin is left with a smooth, matte and shine-free finish that doesnt feel sticky or greasy.
Water, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Inositol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Copper Gluconate.

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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