Total Effects Mature Skin Therapy Moisturizer

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 19.99
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When our readers contacted us about the reformulation of this product, we wanted to see how it stacked up against its predecessor, which earned our highest rating. Unfortunately the revamp wasn't an improvement, and in fact resulted in it getting a lower rating than its prior version!

The original Total Effects Mature Skin Therapy Moisturizer featured a high amount of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3), along with skin-conditioning panthenol and antioxidant vitamins C and E. The result was a cream for normal to dry skin that, while not specifically formulated for "mature" skin (mature isn't a skin type because age isn't a skin type), had the goods to reduce the signs of aging and improve skin health. While it did have fragrance, it was a low amount near the very end of the ingredient list.

This modified formula appears to have the same amount of niacinamide but increases the fragrance. It's not at the beginning of the ingredient list, but it's an amount where those with sensitive skin and noses are more likely to notice it. Some of the best ingredients (the previously-mentioned vitamin C, in addition to green tea extract) are now lower in the list too, appearing after the fragrance.

We should also mention that both formulas are packaged in a pump-style container that will protect beneficial-yet-delicate ingredients from light and air exposure.

While this is still a worthy product, it just doesn't meet the high bar set by its earlier version or by today's best facial moisturizer, which you can find on this list!

  • Contains a high amount of cell-communicating niacinamide.
  • Includes beneficial ingredients that can help reduce the signs of aging.
  • Packaged to protect delicate ingredients from light and air.
  • Updated formula includes a higher amount of fragrance and a lower amount of beneficial ingredients than the previous version.
  • Nothing about this formula is unique to "mature skin" because age isn't a skin type.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Recognizing the special needs of mature skin, Olay created the Total Effects Mature Skin Therapy. Total Effects Mature Skin Therapy harnesses the power of a vitamin-rich formula to give you 7 benefits in 1 for younger-looking skin.

Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldiemethyltaurate Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethylsilsequioxane, Panthenol, Titanium Dioxide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2 Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Fragrance, Laureth-7, Stearic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Zinc Oxide, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Yellow 5, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Triethyoxycaprylylsilane, Red 40.

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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