Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate
Olay enters the burgeoning "booster" category with this, their Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate. We were hoping this booster's formula would differ from what Olay offers with their Regenerist serums (and moisturizers), but instead it feels more like a retread and is a fairly basic formula, but that doesn't make it not worth considering.
Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate's fragrance-free formula is packaged in a beautiful, somewhat weighty plastic bottle topped with a dropper applicator. The applicator works well to dispense this thin-textured, milky serum that's spiked with Olay's standard anti-aging mix of the very good B vitamin niacinamide, hydrating panthenol, and a peptide (and those are the only anti-aging ingredients in this formula making it far from stellar). This type of packaging does a good job keeping the light- and air-sensitive ingredients from degrading.
Once on skin, this feels remarkably silky and nearly weightless. It layers well with other serums and moisturizers, and, in true booster fashion, can deliver enhanced results when used as part of an anti-aging skincare routine.
This booster is suitable for all skin types. If you have oily, breakout-prone skin, you might find this provides enough hydration, either at night or during the day (but don't forget to apply your sunscreen each morning!).
The only issue is that this really doesn't bring anything new to the table if the Olay or other brand of skincare products you use already contain hydrating ingredients, peptides, and niacinamide. This isn't a bad product, but it also doesn't stand out as a special formula worthy of adding to an already great anti-aging skincare routine. See our list of Best Serums and Boosters for options that we think you'll appreciate more.
- Beautifully silky, fluid texture.
- Very good mix of niacinamide, a peptide and lightweight hydrators.
- Packaged to keep key ingredients stable during use.
- Fragrance free.
- Doesn't bring anything new to the table in terms of anti-aging prowess.
- For the money and given its booster status, this should have been a more robust anti-aging formula.
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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