Mist Ultimate Hydration Essence Calming with Aloe Leaf & Chamomile
Olay’s Mist Ultimate Hydration Essence Calming with Aloe Leaf & Chamomile has a lot of likeable qualities but is bit of a lightweight when it comes to ingredients capable of doing what it claims.
This water-like product comes in a plastic bottle topped with one of the better mist dispensers we’ve tried. The mist comes out as a very fine spray, so it works well over makeup (though it doesn’t “refresh” it) or on its own without heavily misting your face.
The formula contains skin-replenishing niacinamide (vitamin B3) along with chamomile and aloe extracts, both of which soothe skin. Though these are welcome additions, this would be far more impressive with a greater complement of skin-restoring ingredients and antioxidants. Quite frankly, we expect better from Olay.
Another strike against this mist: it contains fragrant rose extract and fragrance. It’s not overpowering, but fragrance-free is still the best way to go when it comes to skin care.
While not a terrible choice by any means, this simply doesn’t stack up to the best toners and face mists available.
- Mist action is very fine and works well over makeup.
- Contains skin-replenishing niacinamide.
- Contains fragrant rose extract and fragrance, which can trigger skin irritation.
Instantly glowing skin is finally within reach with the Olay Mist Ultimate Hydration Essence Calming face spray. When skin feels dull or moody, tell it to chill with the hydrating benefits of an Aloe Leaf, Chamomile and Vitamin B3 mist. Every cloudlike mist instantly quenches and restores, leaving your face looking radiant and makeup looking refreshed.
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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