Sensitive Calming Liquid Cleanser
Olay Sensitive Calming Liquid Cleanser is suitable for normal to dry skin but this fragrance-free formula has an issue we feel many will consider a deal-breaker.
Packaged in an opaque bottle topped with a pump dispenser, the pearlescent cleanser produces a silky cream lather than feels quite luxurious. Once rinsed, skin feels remarkably softer.
When gently massaged over wet face and eye area, Sensitive Skin Calming Liquid Cleanser ably removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup without leaving skin tight or dry, another plus.
Specific to sensitive skin, we’re disappointed to see this cleanser contains the sensitizing preservatives methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone. Although neither is typically considered a problem in rinse-off products, we’re concerned that some may remain on the skin due to the petrolatum residue.
The bigger deal-breaker is the somewhat thick-feeling residue left once you rinse. This is due to the high amount of petrolatum (it’s the third ingredient), an emollient that is highly water insoluble. What’s surprising is that Olay has used petrolatum with cleansing agents in other products that don’t have this one’s after-feel. You may like it if you have dry to very dry skin, but we suspect all others will want to give this cleanser a hard pass. See our list of best cleansers for our latest favorites.
- Silky, creamy lather feels luxurious.
- Leaves skin noticeably softer.
- Effectively removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup.
- Fragrance free.
- The high amount of petrolatum leaves a filmy feeling on skin.
- Contains preservatives that can be sensitizing due to the residue this leaves.
This feather-light, fragrance-free face wash rinses away toxins and drenches skin in hydration. Thanks to Olay’s cleansing formula, inspired by skin, it lifts away dirt with non-stripping cleansers and acts as a sensitive skin makeup remover. Olay Sensitive helps fight dry skin at the source and lets you enjoy a calming clean.
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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