Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum

1.30 fl. oz. for $ 38.99
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Olay’s Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum is another good entry in the brand’s skin care lineup, offering a fragrance-free drugstore option to those who want to incorporate retinol into their skin care routines.

Housed in an opaque plastic bottle with a dropper dispenser that protects its delicate ingredients, this serum’s lightweight, milky texture sinks into skin quickly with no residue or tackiness, making it a good option for all skin types.

This contains two types of retinol (retinol itself and retinyl propionate), though the exact concentration isn’t certain. We contacted Olay to see if the brand could give additional details, but were told the percentage of retinol in this product is proprietary information. Still, with its positioning in the ingredient list you’re likely getting an effective amount of retinol to see a real difference in the improvement of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and sun damage.

Also included is a high amount of niacinamide, a multitasking ingredient that refines pores, brightens skin, and has antioxidant benefits. There’s also palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 (also known by its trade name Matrixyl), which limited but intriguing research has shown may positively impact signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s an impressive ingredient line up – in fact, the only issue we have with this is that we’d like to see some skin-soothing ingredients to help with some of the initial sensitivity that can occur for some people when they add a retinol serum into a skin care routine.

Still, this is a solid formula that ranks among one of Olay’s better products.

  • Contains two forms of wrinkle-fighting retinol.
  • Includes a good amount of skin-brightening and pore-refining niacinamide.
  • Contains a peptide that some research shows can improve signs of aging.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Formula would be more impressive with some skin-soothing ingredients.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Facial Serum 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 Night Face Serum delivers all of these benefits with virtually no irritation.

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Retinol, Retinyl Propionate, Niacinamide, Palimtoyl Pentapeptide-4, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Titanium Dioxide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, DMDM Hydantoin, Mica, Polysorbate 20, Laureth-4, Dimethiconol, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butyl Carbamate, 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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