OlayRegenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer
1.7 fl. oz. for $30.99
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The name "Regenerist" is starting to have new meaning, as Olay has a habit of "regenerating" the same formulas repeatedly throughout their product line. Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer is almost identical to the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and their Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex, along with formulas that appeared in their now-defunct Definity collection.

Unfortunately, what doesn't seem to consistently evolve with each reincarnation of this moisturizer is the packaging. Like many of their moisturizers, Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer is packaged in a jar. Jar packaging is a terrible thing to do to a water-based moisturizer (primarily due to the breakdown of ingredients with air exposure + the hygiene issue of dipping fingers or objects into the product). We discuss the details on jar packaging in the More Info section, but in any event, it's disappointing that Olay is either unaware of or choosing to overlook this important consideration for anti-aging skin care.

It's a shame about the jar packaging, as this is a good formula that would absolutely be worth considering for those with normal to dry skin. It contains a blend of skin-identical ingredients, antioxidants, anti-irritants and cell-communicating ingredients. This contains a prominent amount of niacinamide, which has considerable research demonstrating its ability to improve signs of aging and skin tone (especially when combined with acetyl glucosamine, as Olay did here).

Rather than consider this good formula in less-than-ideal packaging, we'd recommend considering any of the alternatives in our list of Best Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime), all of which are packaged to protect their ingredients from routine exposure to air and light.

  • Contains a range of ingredients with proven anti-aging ability.
  • Niacinamide and acetyl glucosamine have research demonstrating their ability to fade discolorations.
  • Moisturizes as it treats uneven skin tone.
  • Jar packaging severely hinders the effectiveness of most of the best ingredients in this moisturizer.
  • Not a groundbreaking formula from Olay (you'll see similar version throughout their line).
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The fact that this cream is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Last Updated:12.12.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
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Recapture healthy-looking, youthful luminosity with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. You’ll feel intense hydration immediately, and see visibly younger-looking skin in 2 weeks and more even skin tone in 8 weeks.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acetyl Glucosamine Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allatoin, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, DMDM Hydantoin, Laureth-10, Laureth-7, Dimethiconol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, PEG-100 Stearate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5, Red 40.

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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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