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Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 29.99
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The best thing about Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer is its texture. If you have normal to slightly dry or combination skin and want a lightweight yet hydrating moisturizer that doesn't feel heavy or look shiny, this is your product. But before you add it to your shopping bag, we have a couple of drawbacks to discuss…

Problem one is the packaging, which is a standard, albeit attractive, jar. This type of packaging won't impact the niacinamide (it's stable in the presence of air and light) but will impact the effectiveness of the peptide and sole antioxidant this moisturizer contains. See More Info for details.

Speaking of antioxidants, niacinamide provides some benefit in this regard, but skin needs a more robust mix than what Olay's offering here, especially at this price point.

What skin doesn't need is the fragrance woven throughout this moisturizer. Fragrance isn't skin care because it can trigger irritation. Thankfully, this isn't heavily scented but consider this: If every product in your skincare routine has just a little fragrance, that can add up to a problem when everything is layered morning and evening!

We love the innovative whipped texture and cream-to-water hydrating technology this Regenerist product offers, but the sensorial experience this offers can be found in other lightweight gel-cream products on our list of Best Moisturizers.

Pros:
  • Wonderfully light whipped texture hydrates without heaviness.
  • Leaves a shine-free, smooth finish that works well under makeup.
  • Contains skin-restoring niacinamide.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep some of the key ingredients stable once opened.
  • Fragrance poses a risk of irritation.
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, 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
Powerful wrinkle results without heaviness. This breakthrough facial moisturizer transforms from cream to liquid on contact for fast absorption and a breathable feel. Formulated with advanced Amino-Peptide Complex II, this anti-aging moisturizer actively hydrates to improve elasticity and firm skin for a lifted look while diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is left with a smooth, matte and shine-free finish that doesnt feel sticky or greasy.
Water, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Behenyl Alcohol, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethiconol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA.

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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