Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream
Olay’s Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream has the makings of a great fragrance-free eye cream to combat wrinkles and loss of firmness. Sadly, its jar packaging will render almost all of the anti-aging ingredients less effective each time you open it (see More Info).
The beautifully light, silky cream texture is laced with retinol and retinyl propionate, a new generation retinoid that is considered an ester of retinol. In the ester form, retinyl propionate can convert to retinol in skin, but is not as potent as pure retinol. On the upside, retinyl propionate doesn’t have the irritant potential retinol can trigger for some people as they adjust to it.
Interestingly, comparative studies with retinol produced conflicting results: some state results are equivalent to retinol with less risk of irritation, while others show pure retinol outperformed retinyl propionate on wrinkle depth, firmness increase, and skin tone improvement. With this eye cream you get to experience both, but neither is likely to perform to peak potential due to jar packaging.
Olay sells a nighttime moisturizer version of this product, its ingredient list and aesthetics being incredibly similar. This is a great example of why you might not need a product labeled “eye cream”, as we explain in the More Info section. Check out our list of best eye creams with retinol for better bets.
One final comment: This product’s jar and outer carton both call this product “Olay Eyes Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream”, no mention of being part of the Regenerist collection.
- Beautifully light, silky cream texture.
- Contains two types of retinol, niacinamide, and vitamin E.
- Fragrance free.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the retinoids stable once opened.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!
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Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
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Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There’s much you can do to address signs of aging around your eyes, but it’s not mandatory to use a product that claims to be special for the eye area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and skin-brightening agents, and skin-soothing ingredients will also work well in the eye area. Those ingredients don’t have to come in a product labeled eye cream, eye gel, eye serum, or eye balm—they can be present in any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most of the products designated as exclusively for the eye area are not really necessary because they contain nothing special for the eye area, they come in packaging that will not maintain the effectiveness of their key ingredients, and/or they are poorly formulated.
Just because a product is labeled as a special eye-area treatment does not mean it’s good for the eye area, or for any part of the face; in fact, many can make matters worse.
It’s staggering how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don’t contain sunscreen, which is a serious problem because it leaves skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse! Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine. If you opt to apply an eye cream without sunscreen during the day, be sure to apply a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater over it.
Any product you use in the eye area must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes. You might prefer to use a product specially labeled as an eye cream, but you might do just as well by applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes. Experiment to see what combination of products gives you the best results.
Penetrates deep into the delicate skin surface around your eyes. And it’s safe enough to use every night with virtually no irritation. Apply nightly to the skin around your eyes for 24-hour hydration. Retinol 24 Eye cream visibly firms, brightens, evens skin tone, and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. It has a light, silky feel and absorbs quickly, going deep into your skin’s surface so you wake up every morning to younger-looking, radiant eyes.
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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