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Olay

Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Deep Penetrating Moisture Body Wash

15.20 fl. oz. for $ 8.49
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Total Effects is hardly total when it comes to fighting wrinkles. Total Effects seems to think that there are seven signs of aging; some companies list more than seven and others less, but none of them convincingly back up their assertions with definitive research, so it’s anyone’s guess. This body wash claims to counter signs of aging with the same ingredients that Olay includes in their Total Effects facial-care products. Although it contains some of those ingredients (niacinamide, panthenol), Olay included more fragrance than what’s supposed to work to improve aging skin. What’s more significant is that in a body wash, the beneficial ingredients are rinsed down the drain.

This simple body wash, which contains mostly water, Vaseline, and detergent cleansing agents, also contains rounded polyethylene beads for mild exfoliation, but that’s about as anti-aging as it gets. It will moisturize dry skin, but so do most of Olay’s other body washes.

Olay also includes sodium lauryl sulfate as a secondary detergent cleansing agent. They typically avoid this ingredient, and for good reason: It’s a known skin irritant and capable of disrupting skin’s barrier function, leading to dryness. The petrolatum and mineral oil in this body wash will offset the drying effect of the sodium lauryl sulfate, but you can easily find a far less irritating product that is equally good at cleansing.

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Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyethylene beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).

Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyethylene beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).

Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Olay's most advanced body wash, Total Effects goes beyond cleansing to deeply moisturize and fight 7 signs of aging all over your body.

Water, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Trideceth 3, Simmondsia Chinensis, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Oxidized Polyethylene, Acrylonitrile/Methacrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Isopentane, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, PEG-90M, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides

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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