Sensitive Hungarian Water Essence Calming Cleansing Water
Our recommendation for Olay’s Sensitive Hungarian Water Essence Calming Cleansing Water isn’t because it contains some special Hungarian water; indeed, the brand states “inspired by” in relation to the water, which doesn’t mean this allegedly great water is in this cleanser. The reason we we rated this highly is because its gentle, easy to use, doesn’t contain fragrance, and doesn’t leave a residue (a great benefit for a cleanser you don’t need to rinse). In short, this is well-suited for all skin types.
This watery micellar cleanser (micelles are but one way to clean skin) is housed in a clear plastic bottle. You pour some on to a cotton pad, apply to your face and eye area, and voila, skin is cleansed and makeup is removed--well, at least most types of makeup.
It’s worth mentioning that this Cleansing Water isn’t ideal for completely removing long-wearing or waterproof formulas. But if you don’t use this type of makeup, by all means give this an audition!
Bonus: Since this contains gentle cleansing agents that don’t need to be rinsed, your skin will gain further benefit from the niacinamide and hydrating glycerin this contains. Although these don’t “drench skin in hydration” as claimed (you’d need a lot more glycerin to count as hydration-drenched), the cleanser still leaves skin soft and refreshed.
Note: What appears to be the same formula is available as cleansing wipes in Olay’s Hungarian Water Essence Calming Makeup Remover Wipes. The wipes would be the better choice for on-the-go use.
- Gentle, hydrating formula is easy to use.
- Doesn’t leave a residue.
- Deposits tone-improving niacinamide and hydrating ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Not effective for complete removal of long-wearing or waterproof makeup.
Olay Sensitive Calming Cleansing Water inspired by Hungarian Water Essence is soap-free, so it’s gentle on skin. Combining the Micellar Water form with the gentle formula of Olay Sensitive, this soothing face wash and makeup remover rinses away daily buildup, and fortifies skin’s surface by drenching skin in hydration. Inspired by Hungarian Water Essence, this sensitive skin facial cleanser is infused with essences of aloe, cucumber and tea extracts, which work with Olay’s gentle skin formula to calm dry, stressed skin.
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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