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Olay

Regenerist Regenerating Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 25.99
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Olay beautifully achieves its goal of creating a daytime moisturizer with a high level of sun protection that feels like a silky, lightweight moisturizer rather than a heavy, occlusive sunscreen with this recently reformulated option. This in-part avobenzone sunscreen (the avobenzone is stabilized with octocrylene) feels wonderfully light yet makes skin feel smooth, moisturized, and protected.

There are lighter products out there that carry lower SPF ratings, and many of those are excellent, too. But those with normal to oily or combination skin who desire or need a high SPF rating should check this product out. It contains an impressive blend of niacinamide, peptides, and antioxidants for anti-aging defense, plus it works beautifully under makeup.

The smooth formula sets quickly and won't leave skin feeling greasy. Just about the only thing that would make this already great product better would be the omission of fragrance—but at least this isn't a highly fragrant product.

Pros:
  • Provides broad spectrum protection in a lightweight formula.
  • Very good mix of niacinamide, peptides, and antioxidants.
  • Works well under makeup.
  • Feels more like a moisturizer than a traditional sunscreen.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance which poses a slight risk of irritating skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion with SPF 50 UVA/UVB sunscreen combines sunscreen with Olay's exclusive peptide + B3 complex and Olay moisture.
Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%, Oxybenzone 6%. Inactive: Water, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide, Polyethylene, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Carnosine, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

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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