Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum Fragrance Free
This water- and silicone-based serum doesn't have any sculpting ability so you can ignore that portion of the name. Hydrating and plumping skin that is sagging isn't going to make it look lifted—it's not as though this serum is a mini face-lift in a bottle.
Skin sags for various reasons, mostly due to sun damage that destroys the skin's elasticity and support structure, the cumulative effects of gravity, fat pads shifting beneath the skin, and bone loss. Simply plumping the skin cells with moisture isn't going to change any of that.
The reason this is rated so highly is because it has a lot in common with the other serums from Olay Regenerist. That means with each use your skin is treated to a helpful amount of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide, skin-identical glycerin, and a cadre of other anti-aging ingredients, including peptides, antioxidants, and more cell-communicating ingredients. This serum also contains mineral pigments that leave a shiny finish, which is how this manages to make your skin look brighter and more radiant. The shine factor is the most significant difference between this and the other (less expensive) Olay Regenerist serums, so spending more on this version doesn't get you a better formulation.
This formula is fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin. Texture-wise, it works well for oily to combination skin and it's an option for dry skin if paired with a moisturizer.
- Silky texture contains a good mix of anti-aging ingredients.
- Works well under makeup or paired with moisturizer.
- Fragrance-free; suitable for sensitive skin.
- Leaves a soft, radiant finish.
- Cannot sculpt skin or lift sagging skin (see More Info).
Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
Instantly skin is hydrated and after just 5 days, skin is firmer. Skin looks brighter, more radiant.
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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