This is great for aging or dry skin, especially in the winter time in the Northeast where cold weather and low humidity takes its toll. It smell nice, has a good texture and is not sticky. I put it on before my makeup and everything goes on smooth. It is also hypoallergenic. Great, great product!
I don't know why, but every product I've ever tried from Olay has broken me out. Every one. Yet, still, I persist in trying new products. I was looking for something to perk up my dull, winter-beaten skin, and fade some discoloration. I emailed the Olay helpline for recs, and this is what they recommended. Coincidence that it happens to be their latest line of products? So, I gave it 3 weeks before giving up. I was tired of dealing with the breakouts, and felt I could do better. The cream/gel formula is very nice, though, goes on velvety soft, and has a matte finish. Don't like dipping into a jar, a tube would be better, IMO. I'm using this on feet and elbows now, just to use it up. The search goes on.
This is not at all emollient enough to be called "Intense Hydrating" anything! Full of mica flecks.
The cream does have a pleasant, gel-like texture which feels smooth but doesn't actually penetrate or sink in. It spreads easily but then sort of just "sits on the skin". There must be a lot of silicone in the formulation. It feels like the Regenerist serums, and would probably be wonderful for the warm humid months.
After 2 continuous weeks of use, I have not noticed any improvement or change. Granted I do have good skin, but too much traveling and stress from work have recently been wreaking havoc on my skin. This cream didn't help, and I even got a few whiteheads on my forehead.
Disappointing product from Olay, which is a drugstore line I am consistently impressed with for quality and scientific innovation. This is not a bad product, but it's by no means a very good one.
I got a sample of this quite awhile back, and I have to say, that after reading some of the glowing reviews on this product, you would think it was in the same league as Rx treatments for uneven skintone, etc - NOT! It was just, well, OK as a moisturizer. Even my cheap Cetaphil works better as a moisturizer than this stuff, without the fragrance, the mica in it which is the "skin-brightening" gimmick in it for a supposedly immediate improvement in appearance. Plus you have to buy several products in the line too according to Olay for the full benefit.
But from what I've learned on MUA, Rx retinoids + 4% hydroquinone are the ticket out of hyperpigmentation-land, so to speak!
Never in million years would I shell out any $$ for anything in the Definity line, despite the hype!
I didn't think much of it when I tried the sample until everyone commented that I was "GLOWING". I immediatley ran out to buy the product when my boss who NEVER gives anyone compliments agreed "yea, she is kinda glowy, and your skin looks amazing".
My combo/afroamerican skin found it's not a good moisterizer for winter, so I use it at night, and Kiel's or La Mer in the morning.
So far I've only used a sample of this but I really like it. Great consistancy, sinks in fast & makes my skin feel really smooth & soft. I usually just use samples but I might end up actually buying the full size of this continued >>
Definity Intense Hydrating Cream is one of those gel-like creams that absorbs quickly into the skin. It would make a perfect day cream, but the previous reviewer Krys totally read my mind: Where is the sunscreen?! For me, it is not emolient enough to be used as a night cream except during hot, sticky summer months. And I noticed that the Definity SPF 15 lotion is more emolient than this, probably due to the sunscreen.
Does Definity Intense Hydrating Cream work on spots? I think so. I intended to use the cream at night and the lotion during the day. (I know for sure that the lotion works on fading hyperpigmentation. I've been using it continually for seven months with great results, and the sunscreen keeps the spots at bay.) During the winter, I'm having to shelve the Definity Cream in favor of a more moisturizing night cream, and I gotta say, I'm not totally lost without DIHC.
I bought several sample size ( 40 samples ) of this product on eBay. I love the samples because they provide 2-3 ( depending ) uses. I started this cream on my neck area where I have several spots. In a few short days there was noticeable improvement on my neck. The spots were less visible and texture of my neck less wrinkled. This was especially noticeable right below my jaw line where most women start to get that crepiness. Anyway, I eventually went to using this on my face. Although it has worked there, I noticed it leaves a slight sticky feeling on my face. I don't worry about the sticky feeling @ night time while I'm sleeping. So, I would eliminate this as a daytime moisturizer. In spite of that, I would have given this product five lippies across the board.
UPDATE: Today is 2-3-08 and I'm still loving this product. The spots on my neck are 80% diminished. It would take more than one sample to see any results. Definitely a product that requires consistency and patience. Its the first 6-7 ingredients in any product that determines the effectiveness ( hydration, brightening & etc;..) Anything after that is lower in concentration and minimum. Also, I noticed that mica was the last ingredient ( list on drugstore.com ). I wouldn't consider this a smoking mirrors type product. continued >>
They hooked me with samples, and I think this might end up as a nighttime staple for me. I really like its gel cream formula and the way it vanishes into my skin.
But I don't expect miracles. This might slightly fade the damage I did to my skin during my surfer-girl, baby-oil-and-iodine days, but I don't really think it would. It's a good basic moisturizer with some nice water-binding ingredients and a vitamin complex that should remain fairly stable over the life of the average jar. It smells nice, and makes my skin feel soft and hydrated. And it does have the same kind of faint mica shimmer that Prescriptives uses in its Magic line (though Definity clearly has less). This trick might improve skin's appearance in a slight cosmetic way, but it won't provide any lasting benefit.
If Olay does want to improve skin's long-term appearance, WHY DOESN'T THIS HAVE SUNSCREEN? Sorry for yelling, but it seems to me that any moisturizer that doesn't have sunscreen can never qualify for five lippies. No sunscreen = no good for daytime use.
I also deducted heavily for the hugely wasteful packaging. A double-walled jar inside a huge plastic can? Unnecessary! They could have put in a a box and used some of that plastic to make a spatula - which would have been more useful.
My skin's getting dryer and this cream moisturizes and makes my skin feel soft all day long, without the heaviness some creams leave!