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Olay

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 25.99
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Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream purports to be the result of 50 years of Olay research, so you’d expect this to be a breathtakingly unique formula. It’s not. In fact, it’s very similar to all of the other Regenerist moisturizers and serums (we can’t imagine what Olay was doing for 50 years, because if this is all they came up with that would not be something to brag about).

The company claims the latest version of this product penetrates 10 layers deep in skin, which sounds more impressive than it is. Lots of products can penetrate that far, because we’re talking micro-layers of skin’s uppermost layer, the epidermis. This isn’t going any deeper than lots of other moisturizers, and that’s fine, because a moisturizer cannot prevent water loss from skin’s surface if it sails right past that layer!

Increasing hydration can make skin cells plump, but that doesn’t restore volume to a face that is sagging due to the complex process of aging. In other words, despite the name, this is not a face-lift in a jar. Actually, the jar packaging does a disservice to the range of antioxidants in this product (it does contain more antioxidants than many Olay products). That leaves you with a decent lightweight moisturizer with a soft powder-like finish for normal to slightly dry skin.

The mica this contains lends a soft glow to skin; nice, but a cosmetic effect, not the result of any “micro-sculpting” occurring beneath skin’s surface.

Note: this moisturizer is available in fragranced and fragrance-free versions. If you decide to try it, go for the fragrance-free version (your skin will thank you)!

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

The result of over 50 years of Olay research, this luxurious cream has the highest concentration of our signature amino-peptide complex infused with intracellular fortifier and a touch of precious marine proteins. Intracellular hydration regenerates volume and shape across skin's 10 million surface cells, progressively lifting and micro-sculpting to help: Firm sagging-prone areas, even the jaw line, smooth skin's surface and restore elasticity.

Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Isostearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Dimethiconol, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, C12-13 Pareth-3, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.

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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