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Olay

Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30

for $ 17.99
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The 7-in-1 anti-aging benefits Olay claims for this product aren't as unique as they may seem; in fact, all but one of them can be said for any daytime moisturizer that provides broad-spectrum sun protection in a lightweight hydrating base that contains a brightening mineral pigment like titanium dioxide. In short, this product isn't as special as it seems.

You'll get reliable broad spectrum sun protection from an in-part (stabilized) avobenzone sunscreen and, like 99% of Olay's anti-aging products, this option from Total Effects contains the B vitamin cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. That ingredient and its effect on normalizing pore function is the one benefit many daytime moisturizer lack, but you need not stick with Olay for it; many other brands use niacinamide, too.

Best for normal to slightly dry or combination skin, this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen has a lightweight cream texture that hydrates without feeling too heavy or occlusive. Along with niacinamide, Olay includes some vitamin E and panthenol, but that's it as far as exciting ingredients goes—which is why this product isn't rated higher. It does contain fragrance, so isn't a great pick for those who have extra-sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

Pros:
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Hydrates without feeling heavy or occlusive.
  • Contains anti-aging, pore normalizing ingredient niacinamide.
Cons:
  • Not a very exciting formula compared to today's best daytime moisturizers.
  • Six of the seven benefits are obtained from any well formulated daytime moisturizer.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Daily, all-in-one moisturizer with SPF 30 includes age-defying formula for younger-looking skin Gives your skin 7 beautiful benefits: reduces fine lines & wrinkles, age spots, uneven tone, uneven texture, dryness, dullness and the appearance of pores Broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen with SolaSheer Technology helps protect against the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 15.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octycrylene 2.6%, Oxybenzone 6.0%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide, Polyethylene, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheyl Acetate, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Isohexadecane, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Cetyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Laureth-7, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Idopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Titanium Dioxide.

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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