Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Foaming Cleanser

6.70 fl. oz. for $ 8.99
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Regenerist Luminous Brightening Foaming Cleanser won't make your skin inherently brighter or more luminous, but what it does do a good job of is removing oil/makeup and paving the way for the rest of your skincare routine.

The pump-dispensed, silky gel cleanser produces a light lather and gently cleanses skin, leaving it soft and balanced rather than tight and dehydrated. We wish that Olay would have omitted the light hint of fragrance, but at least in a rinse-off product the risk of irritation is much less. Therefore, unless you have ultra-sensitive skin, there isn't need for concern.

This would have earned our highest rating, but the fact that it can't make good on its claims to fade dark spots or correct an uneven skin tone held it back. Even though it contains a tiny bit of vitamin C, considering the short amount of time a cleanser is left on before rinsing, your skin won't reap its benefits in this type of formula. If you do not have sensitive skin and don't have unrealistic expectations of what concerns cleanser can treat, then this is good option to check out. The formula is best for normal to oily or combination skin (even if you're acne prone). Not a bad price, either!


  • Leaves normal to oily/combination skin feeling balanced rather than tight or dry.
  • Effectively removes oil and makeup while being gentle on skin.
  • Silky gel textures produces a light lather ideal for those who like foaming cleansers.


  • Despite what the name implies, this won't make skin inherently brighter or more luminous.
  • Contains a hint of fragrance which isn't ideal for those sensitive skin.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Get brighter, more luminous skin with Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Foaming Cleanser.
Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Citric Acid, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-100, Fragrance, Lauric Acid, Cocamide MEA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Laureth-10, BHT, Carnosine, Ascorbic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

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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