Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil Daily Treatment
Oh, Olay! The category of facial oils is ripe for a change of pace, and we were hoping your entry would turn the tide. Unfortunately, despite some great ingredients for dry skin, Olay's contribution to the crop of facial oils is loaded with fragrant oils—just like so many others we don't recommend. A pleasant fragrance is great, no question, but what makes your nose happy isn't likely doing the same for your skin. In fact, the fragrant oils in this product have a fairly strong track record for irritating skin!
The prime fragrance offenders are orange, tangerine, and lemon peel oils. Each of these oils contain a fragrance chemical in the peel known as limonene. Research has shown that limonene is a skin sensitizer when exposed to oxygen, which is what happens when you apply this product (after all, we cannot escape oxygen in our environment…well, at least if we want to stay alive). Also, each of these citrus oils (especially the lemon, as it has a high limonene content) can put skin at risk for a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight—and it's not clear how much of these fragrant oils is needed to elicit such a response!
How sad! This could've been a fairly priced, wonderfully restorative facial oil for those with dry skin and signs of aging. As is, using it means treating skin to several good ingredients along with fragrant oils known to be troublesome. That's not a compromise worth making.
- Rich mix of dry skin-beneficial triglyceride and oils.
- Inexpensive given its concentrated formula.
- The plant oils provide an antioxidant boost.
- Contains fragrant citrus oils shown to be irritating.
- Lemon oil can cause a phototoxic reaction if skin isn't carefully protected from sunlight.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Formulated with 9 luxurious enriched natural oils, Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil instantly hydrates skin to reveal luminous, healthy-looking skin. Lightweight and non-greasy, this all-natural facial oil is designed to work with your skin to protect against moisture loss and preserve balance. It also conditions skin to smooth the texture and even tone, and it brings a surge of hydration to nourish dull, dry skin.
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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