For my oily skin this is a decent serum to use but still leaves my skin tacky feeling after it dries. I will probably not be able to use it during the summer months. I do not like it as well as my Neutrogena Intensive Night Cream in the tube. The Neutrogena one sinks in and leaves my skin feeling bare not tacky feeling. I also am seeing more results with the Neutrogena one than the Olay one as well. I will finish up the Olay one but will not purchase another. My skin has had no reactions to it so I think it is very mild. I usually can not take any SA or gly acid but with this one so far no problems.
This product does moisturize my skin, which is great for winter nights when my skin can get quite dry. My only problem with this product is that it does not contain enough glycolic acid for my liking. If it contained at least 8-10% glycolic acid, then it would be perfect for me. This product only contains about 3.9%. Even though glycolic acid is listed as the third ingredient for this product, there is not a lot of it in the product. I have gone back to Reversa's Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin. I may use the Olay product over the Reversa solution just to add some moisture.
Ok, well, I think this stuff may be as close as I'll ever come to an actual miracle product. I've used it exactly twice, and after only those uses, my skin looks so much better than it did before that I thought I was dreaming at first. I've had these stupid blackheads near my temple for, I kid you not, around a year, and they're nearly gone now. And I couldn't believe how smooth my skin felt when I washed it in the morning.
This product is seriously excellent. The one downside is the price, but I don't think I'll be using the product more than two or three times a week (and only at night, of course), because I don't want to put glycolic acid on my face more often than that, so it should last a decent time. And it is *so* worth it!
I think this is helping to heal a blemish that I've had for months and brightening my skintone. (I also just started using the Olay Advanced Cleaning system - also great). It is so gentle and my face feels fresh in the morning. Recommended.
Edit: I have to say after one week of use, I am very impressed with this elixir. Granted, I also started using the Olay cleansing brush at the same time, but my skin hasn't looked this clear and bright since using prescription dermatology products, and there has been no irritation at all.
This stuff it great! I have combination to Oily skin, and am on quite a few products from my dermatologist at night (retin a micro one night, then a skin bleaching medication that she mixed up on other nights). She initially wanted me to use the retin a micro during the day followed by a titanium dioxide based sunscreen (Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 is da bomb!!) and then the glycolic and bleaching cream alternating at night, but I didn't feel that I was getting the full benefit of the retin a in following it with the sunscreen, so I switched my glycolic product to the day, which is this Olay product.
I LOVE IT!! it is light weight, slightly moisturizing, but if you were dry, I think you would need something else, and definitely is in the correct ph to exfoliate (according to Paula B anyway!). So I use my Vitamin C serum, followed by the Olay Night Resurfacing Elixer, followed by my Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen and and I do not get oily at all during the day, and am super well protected from my melasma coming back or getting worse. FINALLY found some great products and a great routine that seems to be working wonders.!!!
I highly recommend.
I have been using the elixir for the past two weeks. I am very satisfied with the results.
I have extremely sensitive skin and am very allergic to lanolin, mineral oil, olive oil derivatives and cannot tolerate cones (especially xanes).
I am also 20 weeks pregnant. I tried a sunscreen that made me break out terribly.
When I am pregnant my skin becomes even more sensitive so I was hesitant to put anything on it to heal the breakout.
I read the ingredients for this elixir and didn't see any of my skin care ingredient no-no's. Typically leave on AHAs really irritate my skin and cause irritation whiteheads.
The first time I applied this serum, I did not even feel a tingle. I assumed it meant it was not working. I was about to return it but realized that it had some great antioxidants and provided enough moisture that I only needed additional cream under my eyes. I decided to keep applying it at night as a light moisturizer. To my surprise, some underground pimples from the breakout started coming to the surface. My skin tone started to look even. My cluster of clogged pores from the sunscreen debacle is virtually gone. Mind you--the exfoliating is not super intense or dramatic
My skin looks fantastic with using just this as an active, cetaphil bar soap, and witch hazel once a day.
I highly recommend this serum, if not for the irritation free exfoliation, but as a lightweight moisturizer for acne prone skin, especially for those looking for a serum without xane silicones.
I am so pleased to have this product in my s/c routine now. After just 3 days, I suddenly noticed that the skin on my face is noticeably smoother.
Note that I do use it in the morning prior to any other moisturizer, ss or makeup. I use Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub in the shower to help buff the skin, and feel that the two products complement each other very nicely. Also, I want to reserve my night routine for when I might introduce a retinol to the process.
Hope you get as nice results as I have -- good luck!
Miracle in a bottle with absolutely no side effects on this very sensitive skin. After just 3 days you will see clear smooth skin with a wonderful healthy glow. This is the first treatment product of any price range that I have used that I saw immediate results with no irritation. It is a miracle in a bottle that cannot be beat. I'm in absolute shock!