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Olay 28 Day Challenge

Over the past 2 years I’ve noticed a big change in how my skin has aged- fine (and not-so-fine) lines, dryness, dark spots- I’ve got it all. Pregnancy, followed by late nights combined with early mornings has been REAL. And it shows. Instead of getting carded at the wine store, I get sympathetic looks. I get called ‘ma’am’ instead if ‘miss’. So, it’s been time to step up my anti-aging skincare game.

I’ve always been very conscious of taking good care of my skin. Removing makeup before going to bed, moisturizing, exfoliating, and slathering on sunscreen year round have been in my routine for as long as I can remember. Phasing in products that have an anti-aging focus has become a hobby bordering on obsession over the past year, most of which came with a pretty hefty price tag. Some of them worked, others felt luxurious but really didn’t produce any noticeable change.

Enter Olay Regenerist.

If you’ve watched TV, flipped through a magazine, or been to a Target in the last 6 months you most likely have an awareness of the line and some of the results it promises. They are advertising these products like crazy with several claims to it’s effectiveness including,

“Hydrates skin better than the $100, $200, and even $400 creams.”

“See visible results Day 1. By Day 28? Years off your skin age.”

These claims sounded too good to be true. Especially for a line of products which are modestly priced compared to the brands they not only put themselves in competition with, but claim to beat in both scientific and consumer testing. The results? I’m a believer.

I picked up the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum and the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream to take the Olay 28 Day Challenge, which you can read more about here. Basically if you don’t see results, or aren’t satisfied with the products in any way, simply fill out this form and Olay will refund your purchase (regardless of the retailer you purchased through) with a prepaid card.

The Results:

First of all, the cream feels and smells amazing, leading to a very positive initial impression. The scent is soft and fresh, and the texture is very thick and luxurious. As soon as the cream is applied your skin feels and looks smoother. While the application experience feels indulgent, the best part came after a few days when I could see a noticeable difference in the fine lines in all of my “problem areas”- namely my eyes, forehead, and smile lines. The cream is very thick, so I found that if I gave it a little time to sink in before attempting to apply makeup, I had better results.

The serum I got is fragrance-free, and the texture is thick, and a little sticky. It has a gel-like feel to it and also goes on very smooth, giving skin a velvet-y feel after it’s been applied. Overall, I wasn’t as enthusiastic about the serum as I was about the lotion. I actually alternated using only the serum for a week, then only the lotion for a week to determine which product was actually delivering the results I loved, and it was very clear that the winner was the lotion. Additionally, when used together, I found that my makeup didn’t go on well, and either slid all over my skin as I was applying, or formed little balls of product instead of spreading smoothly. (Even after allowing 10 minutes or so of ‘sinking in’ time.) The culprit here is a main ingredient in both products: Dimethicone.

Dimethicone is a silicone-based polymer that is used in many beauty products as a skin smoothing agent, and is what delivers the smooth, velvety finish I described feeling from both products. While I have used and benefited from this ingredient in primers, serums, and lotions, for me, layering two products with dimethicone as a main ingredient was proof that there can be too much of a good thing. Once I stopped using the serum, however, I noticed a big improvement in how my makeup looked.

Overall, this is a product to try! It delivered the results it promised, and you really can’t beat the price compared to products that deliver similar results. (Especially since if you don’t like it, they’ll give you your money back, right??) Since I tried the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Olay has come out with a new formulation that has a lighter texture, Olay Whip. I’m interested in trying this out soon to see how it compares.

Has anyone tried any of the Regenerist products, or anything from the new ‘Whip’ line? If so, what did you think?




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