OlayPro-X Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Treatment
1.3 fl. oz. for $39.99
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This lightweight lotion is packaged in a sleek bottle outfitted with a dropper applicator that reinforces its treatment-based nature. Spot-treating discolorations can work, but chances are good that you've got more discolorations that haven't become visible yet. In that sense, you're better off treating the entire face with a skin lightening product—and this product is one of many excellent options to consider. As with any skin-lightening product, daily sun protection is a non-negotiable must. If you know you won't be good about sun protection, there's no sense bothering with a product like this; it simply won't work well, if at all—because sun damage is the root and ongoing cause of almost all dark spots.

The pigmentation-fighting ingredients included in this skin-lightening product are niacinamide and an Olay-developed skin-lightening agent known as undecylenoyl phenylalanine. Olay's parent company Procter & Gamble has some published research on the latter ingredient, and it is emerging from some other sources, too, indicating there's promise (Source: The British Journal of Dermatology, June 2012, Supplement 2).

Pro-X Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Treatment has a silky texture and fragrance-free formula that's suitable for all skin types. We like that it contains some good soothing agents and the amount of niacinamide is likely to improve brown spots and uneven skin tone, though you can find workable amounts of this B vitamin other skin-lightening products (and some moisturizers) for less money.

  • Fragrance-free formula has a silky-smooth texture.
  • Contains ingredients that can improve brown spots and uneven skin tone.
  • Able to hydrate skin, though those with dry skin will still need a moisturizer.
  • Fairly priced.
  • None.
Last Updated:12.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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The gentle yet powerful Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment reduces the look of dark spots and discolorations caused by years of sun damage, while hydrating skin for a brighter, more even tone.


Water, Niacinamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycerin, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Laureth-4, Allantoin, Dimethiconol, Sodium Benzoate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer.

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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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