Regenerist Instant Fix Exfoliate and Renew System

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Regenerist Instant Fix Exfoliate and Renew System is a two-part system that includes a Microdermabrasion Treatment and Peel Activator Serum. The Microdermabrasion Treatment does not contain the usual aluminum oxide crystals. Instead, this bright orange, gel-based scrub contains baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and silica to polish your skin. You’re instructed to apply the exfoliating gel to dry skin and massage for a minute or so. Next, you apply the Peel Activator Serum to fingertips and massage a thick layer over the exfoliating gel. Since the baking soda in the exfoliant gel is alkaline and the serum is acidic, two things happen: a mild, fizzy, foaming action occurs, and there‘s a slight warming sensation. This happens whenever alkaline and acidic products are mixed together. As the skin’s pH acclimates to this change, the warming sensation subsides.

After another minute of massaging the mixture over skin, you rinse it off. The abrasiveness of the baking soda makes your skin quite smooth, which is where the bulk of this duo’s benefit lies. Although the Peel Activator Serum contains the AHA lactic acid and has a pH of 3.8, it is not left on the skin long enough to cause a peeling effect. All of this amounts to a somewhat convoluted way to exfoliate skin with a fairly good risk of irritation given the “salt” scrub followed so closely by the AHA peel. In Olay’s attempt to be innovative, they simply combined the benefits of manual exfoliation with chemical exfoliation. We wouldn’t suggest using this scrub, but rather just a washcloth with a gentle cleanser that you rinse off—and then apply an AHA or BHA product that you leave on the skin. Please see our list of Best AHA and BHA products for top recommendations

Note: This product’s former name was Microdermabrasion & Peel System. You may still see it in stores under this name, and on Olay’s website. Olay confirmed that the “Fix” products are renamed versions of original products whose formulas have not changed.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

The system has two steps that actively work together to give you a combination of a microdermabrasion and mini-peel treatment, but it's gentle enough to use up to two times a week for continuous results. Gently resurfaces skin's texture. Activates surface cell renewal. Conditions skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth. Visibly improves skin tone. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Microdermabrasion Treatment: PEG-8, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica Silylate, Polysorbate 20, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Red 40. Peel Activator Serum: Water, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide

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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