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Olay

Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer Fragrance Free

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 38.99
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Olay’s Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer Fragrance Free would be a great way to see what retinol and niacinamide can do for aging skin, if not for its jar packaging. As we detail in the More Info section, such packaging means that unfortunately, the retinol won’t remain stable once opened. A cardinal rule when shopping for retinol moisturizers is to always avoid products in jars or clear packaging.

What a shame, as Olay’s fragrance-free formula has an airy-yet-creamy texture that glides over skin. It seals in moisture, leaving a smooth, non-greasy finish that would also work great around the eyes, no need for a separate eye cream. Alas, modern-day aesthetics don’t matter much if the packaging won’t keep the star ingredients effective during use.

Olay supplies what appears to be an effective amount of retinol as well as a derivative of retinol known as retinyl propionate. The blend is intriguing since research has shown either works well on its own: retinol has considerably more research supporting its benefits; on the other hand, retinyl propionate has a lower potential to irritate skin since it requires an extra conversion step in skin to become retinoic acid (the active form of retinol).

In better packaging, these retinoids coupled with niacinamide and a skin-firming peptide would be worth auditioning. In its current state, Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer isn’t worth choosing over our favorite retinol products.

Pros:
  • Contains two types of retinol.
  • Retinoids supported by niacinamide + skin-firming peptide.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the retinols effective once opened.

More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients like retinol, 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!

References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
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
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Penetrates deep into skin’s surface layers. Our proprietary blend of Vitamin B3 + Retinol complex hydrates skin for 24 hours for a bounty of benefits. You’ll see visible improvements in fine lines & wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores. Retinol 24 delivers all of these benefits with virtually no irritation. This fragrance and dye free moisturizer absorbs quickly and goes deep into your skin’s surface layers so you wake up every morning to younger-looking, radiant skin.

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Retinol, Retinyl Propionate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (Amino-Peptide), Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, DMDM Hydantoin, Polysorbate 20, Laureth-4, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Laureth-7, Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Aminomethyl Propanol, Titanium Dioxide, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Capryl/Caprylic Triglyceride.

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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