Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting EyeSwirl is the eye cream version of the brand's Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum. The two products share several key ingredients, including niacinamide, peptides, panthenol, vitamin E, and the mineral pigment mica for a soft, reflective glow that visibly reduces the appearance of dark circles.
Both the EyeSwirl and Serum are recommended for all skin types, but it's worth pointing out that not everyone needs a special product for the eye area (see More Info). In this case, the anti-aging ingredients that can help skin around the eye are also present in many of Olay's facial serums and anti-aging moisturizers.
Regenerist Micro-Sculpting EyeSwirl's fragrance-free formula, dispensed from a pump container, instantly brightens and hydrates skin without making it feel slick or greasy.
Niacinamide is known to help improve skin tone and barrier strength, two benefits that can help skin anywhere on the face, but, as mentioned above, this cream also contains other notable ingredients. In short, skin is getting a fairly well-rounded mix of ingredients to improve its color and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The texture of this eye cream allows it to work well under makeup, but because it lacks sun protection ingredients it's best to follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater to ensure the eye area is shielded from daylight's aging rays. Those with dry skin around the eyes will likely find that this doesn't provide enough moisture; however, at night you can always layer it with a rich facial moisturizer to ensure your eye area gets enough hydration.
Overall, if you're looking to add a separate moisturizer for your eye area to your routine, this is a great choice.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is much you can do to counter signs of aging around your eyes, but it's not necessary to use a product that claims to be specifically for the eye area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, and skin-restoring and soothing ingredients will work wonders used around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come in a product labeled as eye cream, eye gel, eye serum, or eye balm—they can be present in any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most eye-area products aren't necessary because many are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that doesn't maintain the effectiveness of the key ingredients. Just because the product is labeled as a special eye-area treatment doesn't mean it's good for the eye area or any part of the face; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
You would be shocked at the number of eye-area products that lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen, which is a serious problem if you aren't wearing the product under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30+ because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse! Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine.
Whatever product you use in your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, it must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes. You may prefer to use a specially labeled eye cream, but you might do just as well by applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.
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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