Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser
On the surface, Olay's Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser seems like a good, inexpensive cleansing option available from the drugstore. Unfortunately, a couple of iffy ingredients make this one you should consider carefully.
This cream cleanser in a tube has a mild lather action that's easy to spread across the face, and rinses cleanly. It does a good job removing dirt, oil, and most makeup. There are even a couple of antioxidants included (vitamin E and vitamin C), though since they're rinsed off the skin they won't make much of an impact.
The problem is that there are two ingredients in the mix that aren't good for skin: sodium lauryl sulfate (not to be confused with the similar-sounding, but much gentler sodium laureth sulfate), considered one of the more sensitizing cleansing agents used in skincare products. And fragrance, which also has the potential to irritate skin.
Even though these sensitizing ingredients will be rinsed off the skin, we suggest you skip this potentially-aggravating cleanser and opt for a gentler alternative, like those on our list of Best Cleansers.
- Effectively removes dirt, oil, and most kinds of makeup.
- Rinses cleanly.
- Contains skin-sensitizing sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Has potentially-irritating fragrance.
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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