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Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with Sunscreen SPF 30 may not live up to its claims to sculpt skin or "regenerate volume and shape," but iffy marketing statements aside, there is much to love about this well formulated daytime moisturizer.

This provides reliable broad-spectrum protection from its in-part avobenzone sunscreen, and its lightweight cream formula is best for those with normal to oily or combination skin (including the breakout-prone).

Dispensed via a handy pump, it has an elegant, smooth texture that's usually seen in pricier moisturizers. Olay has bolstered this formula with anti-aging ingredients such as niacinamide, peptides, and antioxidants.

This sets to a satin finish that doesn't feel the least bit greasy, so most will find it works well under makeup. In fact, its smooth finish enhances makeup application enough so that you may just want to skip the foundation primer.

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream SPF 30 is minimally fragranced. While that may not seem like a benefit to everyone (hey, fragrance has its appeal), low-to-no fragrance is what's best for skin.

  • Provides broad spectrum protection.
  • Hydrates and leaves a luminous finish.
  • Contains a good mix of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Packaged to keep its ingredients protected from air and light.
  • Doesn't "regenerate volume and shape" as claimed.
Last Updated:07.25.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Anti-aging moisturizer hydrates to regenerate volume and shape across skin’s surface. Improves skin’s texture in 4 weeks. Formula with Amino-Peptide Complex, visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles fast.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octinoxate 7.5% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Tapioca Starch, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Polyacrylamide, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethiconol, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexaneidol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide.

Brand Overview

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

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